Thursday, January 5, 2012

Godly Gals ~ Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith ~ Stephanie Shott

Weeds in Our Souls
By: Stephanie Shott

Before we went to the mission field, my husband owned a landscape company. He was known for his designer landscape plans and meticulously manicured lawns.

Designing, planting, pruning, mowing, blowing, edging and hedging. He did it all and he did it well. But no matter how detailed or diligent he was, he could not eradicate the weeds. Even when it was time to re-sod and he rooted up all the dirt and sprayed the bare soil like crazy with weed killer, he still had to wage war with the weeds later on that year.

He relentlessly fought to keep those weeds at bay, but the roots were virtually indestructible and so he had to consistently and diligently deal with those pesky weeds.

As I was praying about what to share as a guest on Godly Gals, I noticed Melissa’s Romans 12:1-2 mantra and immediately knew I needed to share this parallel principle in light of such a profound passage of Scripture.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”


The phrases, present your bodies, do not be conformed and be transformed are all calls to constant surrender. No magic bullet here. Each command comes with a call to consistency. All are intentional instructions for an incessant killing of the weeds in our souls.

On the surface, all may be beautiful, but down deep, weeds grow. They grow in our sod and they grow in our souls. The weeds of sin, sorrow, temptation and bitterness tenaciously tuck themselves in the depths of our hearts and begin to spring up without warning.

At times we unknowingly feed them when we allow the thoughts of our painful pasts to consume our hearts and minds. We feed them when we endorse unhealthy emotions or give ear to the enemy’s lies. We feed them when we wear our hearts on our sleeves and insulting words on our tongues.

Like the weeds buried deep beneath the soil, the weeds in our souls need perennial picking if we are going to be a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto God. We present our bodies as a living sacrifice each time we lay our lives on the altar...weeds and all.

We consistently choose not to be conformed to this world when we are willing to wage war with the weeds that seem to shove their way to the surface. We intentionally decide to be transformed by renewing our minds when we desire to sift through the seeds of doubt, fear and failure that seem to hide in our hearts.

I’ve definitely got my share of weeds in my soul. Weeds of doubt, fear, impatience and a past that can wreak havoc on my heart. They may stay dormant for a while, but if I don’t stand ready to wage war, they will spring forth and bring a harvest of hideous and obvious growth. A weed infested mess in need of complete re-sodding.

I don’t want my life to look like that. So, if I want Romans 12:1-2 to be my mantra too, I must diligently deal with my weeds.

What weeds do you need to consistently deal with in your life?
How do you keep the weeds of your soul at bay?
Which weeds need to be burnt on the altar of sacrifice?



Stephanie Shott is a popular, practical and passionate speaker who travels internationally to share hope for the hurting, peace for the weary and truth for all. She is also the author of Understanding What Matters Most (a Bible study on Ecclesiastes).

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Stephanie, you have no idea how happy it makes me to see your bright smiling face here for the Godly Gals series! What a sweet gift your friendship is and I look forward to the day (this year!) that we can sit down face to face over a cup of coffee and celebrate this amazing journey God has had us on!

Thank you for sharing so beautifully today for the first Godly Gals post in 2012...I love it!

The Godly Gals series is was started over two years ago as a way to show "Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith" in action and we have been so blessed over that time to have some truly remarkable women come hang out with us.

The whole concept behind this series is to show each of us that we can take our everyday, ordinary lives and place it as our offering to Him. The women that have shared and the women that will share this next year are just real women living out their real life with a big ole dose of real faith!

I hope you take some time to pray about joining us...If you'd like more information about sending something in for the series, then email me at melsworldministry {at} gmail {dot} com and I'll send you the guideline.

I look forward to hearing from you!
~ Melissa

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1 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Marsha 10:47 AM  

Great post, Stephanie. I surely need to get the garden gloves & little spade out to dig up all the weeds in my life. Whoo...

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