Good Soil in a Godly Heart

Several years ago when I first built my raised vegetable beds, I mixed a special soil of equal parts compost, peat moss, and vermiculite to fill the beds. These components came together to create a light, well-drained, well-fertilized mix: the ideal growing medium for my produce.

My heart’s garden is like my raised beds. When I became a new creation in Christ, God covered over my sins with Jesus’ sacrifice. The old roots and seeds from previous sins don’t grow in my heart like they used to, because God changed the soil in my heart. He removed the rocks and sticky clay. He made my heart lighter, more porous, and healthier through his Word and his process of cleansing and sanctifying me.

As the years have passed and my raised beds have become established, I still have to weed them from time to time. But it’s far different from weeding the soil in a tilled garden. In my old tilled garden, weed seeds were mixed into the soil itself. Weeds were much harder to pull out, especially because my native soil is thick with clay and laced with rocks. The weed seeds that sprout in my raised beds lay on top of the soil, scattered by the wind or birds, making them much easier to pull out.

I still struggle with sin, like everyone else does. Yet as I grow in faith, my sins seem less stubborn to remove. I want to live a life pleasing to God, so I weed my heart’s garden daily from sin through confession and repentance.  The sins don’t take root as deeply because the Holy Spirit helps me identify and remove them faster and more easily than when my heart’s soil wasn’t as workable.  It’s taken decades of preparation and cultivation, but my heart’s garden is more productive now that God improved the soil.

Question for reflection:

Read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. What kind of soil is in your heart?

Join me again tomorrow as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, check out the other posts in this series:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Read my first guest interview with Barb Bailey

Check out my post on finding beauty in the garden

Visit with Michele Morin, fellow blogger and gardener

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Weeding My Heart’s Garden


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  • Jodie Filogomo

    What a great analogy!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Jodie!

  • Sarah I love, love, love that analogy! I’ve been going through another cleansing season and I’ve noticed it’s easier. Your post put my wonderings into words. I’m so glad I was beside you for #TestimonyTuesday Praying this post helps many to examine the soil of their heart and let God do a little more tending.
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Sherry, I’m glad to be your neighbor this week. Thanks for your encouraging words here!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    This is so good, Sarah. Love reading your garden-weaving heart talks. It puts it in an AHA way. Blessings! Visiting from TuesdayTalk

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Meghan! Glad to be part of your linkup each week!

  • Calvonia Radford

    Sarah I love the picture you painted of the raised garden and how you compared it to the weeds that sprout up our lives. I pray that my heart is good ground and that only what God wants will sprout up there, but truth is I have some deep rooted weeds that I protect from the wind. Lord help me to allow you to pull up those weeds that crowd my faith and disallow my potential. Bless you Sarah, you are such a blessing.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Calvonia, thank you for your honesty here! Blessings to you also.

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  • I agree wholeheartedly, Sarah. In fact, just the other day I was contemplating 1 Peter 4:1 where Peter urged us to be like Christ who is “done with sin.” Of course, Christ conquered sin and death through His death and resurrection, but we have that same power to be “done with sin” too. And like you’ve said, the more we dive deep into God’s word and walk with Him daily in it, the more we can be “done with sin” and shake ourselves free from what once were stubborn sins. Great thoughts, my friend. I especially like the garden analogies to help illustrate these truths.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Beth. You share great truth here!

  • “The sins don’t take root as deeply because the Holy Spirit helps me identify and remove them faster and more easily than when my heart’s soil wasn’t as workable. ” It’s true that it’s a process and the more we focus on Christ and are rooted the Him the easier it becomes.

    Blessings to you, Sarah! I’m your neighbor at #TeaAndWord.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Gayl, thanks for your visit! I’m working on that process right now, weeding out the sprouts of doubt and fear in a time of transition.

  • Susan

    I will surely check back on this series. We are organic gardeners in raised beds also! I even wrote a book about it!!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Wow, you wrote a book about it! Please send me the link, and I’ll be happy to read and provide a review if you wish!

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