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  • Elizabeth Marie

New Growth and Developing New Habits

As summer arrives in New Zealand, I am reminded of fresh growth as the paddock around our little container house grows into chaos. I thought of the word entropy. One definition is a lack of order or predictability, a gradual decline into disorder.

Over the last two weeks, I have had help to dig the veggie plots to grow veggies for our salads this summer and strawberries, hopefully. Yum! The beautiful sweet taste of organic strawberries straight from the garden is a delight difficult to put into words.

Enjoying these delights requires weeding and sometimes replanting the strawberry plants. It's a bit like habits in our lives. Digging out the old unhelpful ones that’ll choke our joy and happiness and nurturing the good and godly habits.

A helpful tip my fabulous guitar teacher, Shane Cammell, gave me (click here to see more of his work and he is taking on new students) as I develop new habits is to anchor them to something else. For example, anchoring a habit to breakfast. Then it becomes easier to get the task done and develop a regular habit, whether it is prayer, bible study, musical practice, or another task.

Even though I no longer have children at home, it is so easy to be distracted. My dog Gemma reminds me it is time for her morning walk. This time is a wonderful time to begin the day in prayer.

So in this season, what are some new habits you’d like to develop? And to do so with Yahweh’s help? The picture of the garden reminds me of the process of developing our faith and planting a seed, or seedling, like the Word of God in our hearts. Not to dig it up and dissect it again and again, but to water it by meditating on it, and watering it with our meditation and praise to our God.

I am continuing to study God’s glory, and I love this verse. I hope you too this week can rest in His presence and know Him as your shield through the challenges you face.

Psalm 3:3 But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you Yahweh, have become my shield. You take me and surround me with yourself.

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