I had noticed last night that a strawberry in the bottom of the carton was really molding, so I decided to use them for breakfast today.

As I opened the carton today to pull out all the other strawberries so they did not mold.... I was surprised that the mold had already spread to most of the bottom strawberries and a few on top. I had not been able to see that on the outside. 

I felt like I was looking at my heart and how life can throw us into situations and it is my choice to allow my hurt and woundedness to turn into negative emotions of anger, hate, bitterness, jealousy, selfishness, self pity, worthlessness, fear, hard heartedness, guilt, shame, etc. 

Once I allow those negative emotions take root, they do not just effect one part of my life..... but it grows and begins effect every area of my life.... even though it may not be visible initially, just like those strawberries. And if I don't remove that bad root it will infect every part of my life. 

It is like the scriptures that say.

"It's not what goes into your body that defiles you;  you are defiled by what comes from your heart." Mark 7:15

    "Above all else, guard your heart, 
    for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23

    "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up 
     in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil 
     stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." - Luke 6:45

If we have the heart of Christ our response to everything will be loving. Our challenge in life is to go through difficulties and storms and to still have the heart of Christ. So how we respond to our situations in life create the way we will respond to others. It is our choice to respond to life through negativity or love. To allow what grows inside our hearts to products life or death. And in that way we can decide to allow ourselves to be defiled from what comes out of our hearts or to allow the Holy Spirit to pour love and life out of our hearts because it is not ours, it is the Lord's to use. 

We have the choice to surrender our lives and allow God to heal all the hurts and wounds so that he can use us to be there for others and to bring His love and life wherever we go. 

See the strawberries I cleaned up? They have some parts removed because the bad had to be cut out so that the rest could be saved. Sometimes we feel broken and only part of what we were. But God cleanse us up and fills in all those broken parts so we are whole again and can testify to who He is and pour out his love to others.

Such a beautiful picture from strawberries! I didn't get my quiet devotion time today, so God used strawberries to talk to me. He is so faithful!


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