Not Exactly Briar Rose…

Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
 
          ~ Napoleon Hill
 
 
Wake Up from Your Sleep ] Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
 
         ~ Ephesians 5:1 MSG 
 
The object of my struggles?  A clean corner of a house.  We had such a great summer, much of the yard work went undone.  We do our own, and sadly it has been lacking.  But I wouldn’t trade any of the time we had this summer for a clean yard.  (Unless pixies came in with trimmers!) 
 
I had hacked through the lions share of Rose of Sharon, Bridal Veil and Blackberry bushes amassing a huge thorny pile in the driveway. I wanted to get one more limb and soon felt a prickle in the back of my ankle.  I was happy it wasn’t a bee or any other stinging flying thing. I figured it was a thorn and swatted at it with a lick and a prayer…
 
Once inside, I washed up and sat down.  I went to put my feet up and felt the thorn that I thought I had removed.  Instead, my daughter had to remove what she called a sizeable thorn from the rear of my ankle.  Ow!  Not when she removed it, but when I found it …the fruit of my labor.
 
So…I cleaned, made a big mess and got bitten by nature. And left my mess with a weak promise of doing it the next day. On top of that, I asked my husband to “help.”  
 
My family for me was just like God.  They healed my wounds and cleaned up my mess…and I got this lesson to share.
 
Today, as you head into a job, a task, a tangle; consider the whole job, and let God lead you in, and out in love.
Because of Him,
Linda
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