Tending the Garden of Your Mind

“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” 

– Matthew 13:7

I will always remember my Grandpa Persley, who lived with us years ago and turned our backyard into a lovely and fruitful garden. In essence, he took boards and created a big sandbox and fertilized it regularly with composted topsoil. He made sure that nothing was ever thrown away, even nasty stuff like rotten eggs, coffee grounds, and banana peels, because they could all be used to help the garden grow, and boy, did it ever! He had tomatoes and all kinds of other veggies that got along well…until he and my grandma moved to Springfield. Guess what happened then? Unfortunately, as well-tended as it had been, no one else in our household had the time or the interest to keep that garden healthy, so within three or four weeks, it was completely overrun by weeds; in fact, so swift was the destruction that it made a lasting impression on me.

Friend, your mind is just like that garden. Not only must you tend to your mental and spiritual well-being by planting good seed and cultivating fertile soil, but you must pull out the weeds. In other words, you have to nurture the right kinds of thoughts to yield the best fruit while guarding your mind to prevent the negative and destructive ones from taking root. This means that you have to train yourself and take caution in the friends you keep, the books you read, the media you consume, and the voices that you listen to. Taking in too much negativity will quickly cause thorny, destructive shrubs to sprout up and overtake the robust, healthy, and nourishing crops that come from the Word of God. Tending to your mind takes hard work because it requires “swimming upstream” against culture, but the rich harvest it yields in your life will more than make up for your effort!


Jesus, thank you for being the One who sows good thoughts in my heart and spirit. I pray for the harvest of your truth to be evident in my life as I proactively uproot negativity and other destructive forces in my thinking.


Which weeds do you need to pull from the garden of your mind today? What good fruit can you plant in their place?

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4 Responses

  1. Thank you. My prayer is that Gods faithful promises of strength, provision, protection and grace will never again be replaced in my mind by guilt, fear, negativity, selfishness and self pity.

    1. Amen, Rowena! That’s a wonderful prayer and we are in agreement with you for it. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. God loves you and so do we!

  2. Yes I have some roots to pull but with listen from you and reading the bible I am getting closer and closer to pull this one foot I wish I would have never taken root when I was very young
    Smoking cigarettes
    Please pray for me.
    I have tried everything. Chantix was working but had the worst side effect ever. So I couldn’t finish them
    Thank God I will be sending you a praise report soon. Because God is my deliverer. Amen

    1. Hi Maribeth! We are so thankful for the work of deliverance God is doing in your life. He is indeed faithful and we are in agreement that you are set free from the addiction to cigarettes.

      “Lord, we thank you for the deep love you have for your daughter, Maribeth, and we know that you want her to be completely free. Thank you for breaking the chains of addiction and for granting her peace and resolve in the process. We pray that you would wrap your arms of love around her and do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we can ask for or imagine according to your power that is at work within her! In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen”

      It’s our honor to pray with you. God loves you and so do we!

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