While making this jam and realizing it was turning out great, I heard one word spoken to my heart through the Spirit. The word was "courage". My eyes teared up and.....
By our Mentor Danie Davis
I was not in a place of joy a few days ago. In fact, I recognized I was feeling the emotions of dismay and discouragement quite strongly. As I took a moment to sit in that space, to honor my emotions and think about how my current situation was turning out certain feelings and that I simply had no idea how NOT to feel those feelings, I knew that I needed to use the Weeding Tool.
I went to the Lord in prayer and opened my heart to tell Him all about my discouragement and dismay. When I had gotten to a place where I felt ready to fully give those emotional weeds to Him, I let them go. I then felt a "void" and I knew, with gratitude, that He had accepted my offering. My heart rejoiced!
I felt Christ ask me, "What do you want to plant instead?" The first thing that came to mind was COURAGE. I told Him that I desired to feel courage and strength.
By remembering a time that I felt those emotions in the past, I allowed myself to then feel those emotions again and allowed them to enter my heart. When the emotions were strong and present, I thanked the Lord and went about my day with hope and growing joy.
As evening came and I was making bread for my family, I decided while I was at work in the kitchen, to make peach freezer jam while I was at it. I have never made jam like this before, having only vague memories of helping my mom make jam years ago. While making this jam and realizing it was turning out great, I heard one word spoken to my heart through the Spirit. The word was "courage". My eyes teared up as I realized in that moment that I had not only chosen to "plant" a seed of courage with the help of the Master Gardner earlier that day, but that I was going to harvest from that seed of courage by making something new. And what a tasty harvest it has been!