Building Strong Spiritual Lives

Posted: October 19, 2009 in October 2009

Story of the day:  Building Strong Spiritual Lives

In Untended Places, Bill Crowder writes:

Our family had just arrived at the lake cottage we had rented for a week of much-anticipated vacation when my wife discovered the unmistakable evidence of spiders and mice in the house.  It wasn’t that we had never encountered such things, but that we had expected the cottage to be cleaned and prepared for our stay there.  Instead, the counters, cabinets, and beds were lined with the residue of infestation, requiring much cleaning before we settled in.  It wasn’t a bad house; it had just been left untended.

We might be guilty of dealing with our hearts the way that cottage was managed.  Our “untended places” can become breeding grounds for infestations of wrong thinking, poor attitudes, or sinful behavior–creating problems that require significant attention to correct.  The wise path is to recognize our need to tend our hearts by staying in God’s Word and embracing its truths.

In Psalm 119:11, King David recognized the danger of not building our lives on the Scriptures.  He said, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

With a focus on the Word, we can build strong spiritual lives that will help us avoid the dangers that inevitably grow in untended places.  [Crowder, Bill.  Untended Places.  Our Daily Bread.  September 10, 2009.]

Quote of the day:  Branon

“To grow spiritually strong, read the Word.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 119:15 (NKJV)

“I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Please search my heart for any areas that are untended.  May the spider webs in my life whether it is a bad attitude, wrong thinking, or sinful behavior be brought to the light so that I may recognize these areas in my life and can tend to them through Your Word and by embracing them with Truth.  I pray that You continue to build into me a strong spiritual life that will help me to avoid the dangers that grow in untended places.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,




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