During a recent counseling session I was reminded that I was not keeping my yard clean. It wasn’t a scolding, but a gentle reminder that I had gotten so off track and needed to start cleaning my yard.
Your “yard” in counseling means the area of your life you let people in. People good and bad will come through the gate- gates are good, they are barriers, boundaries. When people come in they either drop off “stuff” and leave it for you to deal with, or they leave you good gifts of encouragement, love, laughter, some gentle reminders, and sometimes discipline. We can become so overwhelmed by our situation that the yard becomes full of the “bad”. When the yard is full of the “bad” we face depression, discouragement.
Outside of your yard are your life experiences. Some are good and some are bad. You should be drawing from the good experiences letting feelings inspire you and encourage, but when it comes to the bad you need to turn them off. Satan loves to have you remember bad experiences, he loves to pump you full of the offense, the emotions, and get you off track
I have been letting these old offenses pump junk into my yard. This has to stop. Every time an old situation returns, I visualize it as a water faucet. I walk over and turn the handle on the spout and shut it off, and then I pretend to pump the line full of cement to seal it.
The stuff that has happened to us needs to remain out of your yard. It will always be out there- a part of shaping us, but we don’t need to relive the feelings and the hurt. It’s only when we are daily vigilant in the keeping of our yard, that we will see progress.
Daily vigilance means we are in prayer, reading and meditating on God’s word, and speaking life into our situation through verses of encouragement. Your success is voiced activated!
-Busy keeping my yard clean, welcoming to those who do me good, and a “boot” to those things that don’t! Keeping the water faucet shut and sealed with you. AMEN!
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.