As women, God has created us with a desire to nurture. What comes to mind when you hear the word “nurture”? Most likely it’s a positive feeling with images of raising children or caring for a friend in need or a pet. Maybe even nurturing a garden and reaping the rewards of fresh fruit and vegetables.
But let’s look at it from another angle. The way I see it is you can nurture something that isn’t good. A weed needs the same environment to grow as a flower, and can also be nurtured. The difference is a garden is planted and it is intentional but weeds spring up haphazardly. What’s more, certain types of weed produce nothing useful or edible, and if left unchecked, can strangle u kill the good vines in the garden. So, I am carefully made aware that I don’t have to, nor should I, nurture anything that just happens to spring up in my heart and mind. I can choose to pull out that thought and reject it.
The simple dictionary definition of nurture is “to care for, and encourage the growth or development of.”
Synonyms include: bring up, care for, provide for, take care of, attend to, look after, rear, support, raise, foster, parent, mother, tend. …and there are lots more we could list.
We all know that Satan, the father of lies, likes to twist the things of God and distort their true nature.
So I ask myself: what am I nurturing? Is it something good? Do I attend to my desire to gossip? Am I rearing and fostering a root of bitterness in my heart? Am I providing a safe haven for unforgiveness to grow in me? Do I encourage Godly friendships?
Make a habit of praying as David did in Psalm 139:23-24
Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
We have been created in Christ Jesus. Don’t let the enemy distort your true nature in Christ.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
When we accept Jesus into our hearts and invite Him into our lives we inherit heaven and all the blessings that God intended for us from the beginning. We are given back what was stolen so long ago. We still wrestle with our fleshly desire while we walk on this earth, but are no longer bound by it. We receive the Holy Spirit who aids us in our daily walk to remind us that we are no longer slaves to the flesh. It is up to us to either give in to our sinful nature or exercise our spiritual muscles of self-control.
I find myself convicted and spurred on to be intentional about weeding my own thoughts and nurture the things that glorify my Heavenly Father.
Prayer: Thank you Father for creating me with a nurturing nature please show me what you want me to nurture in the day to day so that my fruits glorify you.