My wife and I have some bulbs outside of our home that we had scattered in our flower beds. We have some other plants in there that we didn’t realize would grow so large so when we planted the bulbs some ended up under the shade of the larger plants. It didn’t matter how much we watered the ones under the bushes they just stayed around 8-10 inches tall while the ones in full sunlight grew to over 2 feet! There’s things that we need in our walk with God for spiritual growth and if we are lacking in these certain areas then how can we expect to grow. If we go to church on Saturday or Sunday but don’t read our bible or read the Bible and not have a prayer life then how can we expect to succeed? I find of myself lacking in these areas from time to time. I will be out praying for myself and others but only read a Bible verse a day. Sometimes I’m so busy at work and come home exhausted that I forget to fellowship with others outside of my home. Luke 8: 14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by preserving produce a crop.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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