Soil of Character

How well developed then

My soil of Character

The soil into which God’s word falls

The place where His ways establish

As a harvest to feed others

Reception for God

All He would teach

All He would make from


All he would make from


All He would make from

Dark and Difficult times

I wonder what happens when life delivers

Stony Ground

A Roadside verge

Or weedy patch

Not all find themselves

In the possession of ‘Prime Estates’

Deep, constant Soil of Character

Must be cultivated

Difficulty carves Character

No matter what terrain we are dealt in life

There is opportunity

To develop soil ready for growth

Rock turns to soil

Beneath lichen’s determined correction

If single-minded

I can provide good earth

To receive the seed

Allowing it to take root and grow


Meditating on the Word of God

Allowing God to show me through my everydayness

How that Word applies to life as I know it

Wanting God in my life

Allowing His Truth to seep into my being

Turning to God throughout my day

Allowing His Spirit

To influence

To become

Part of me

Part of my life

Part of decisions I make

This is Deep speaking to deep

Innermost not outermost

Timetabling God

Allotting quiet time

Keeps Him at arms length

Making Him

Merely surface stuff

To run off as the day presses on

No matter how significant the moment

If that’s all there is

For the remains of the day

Then there is no depth

No going Deep

Plants don’t convert stone to soil

By merely brushing the surface briefly

Once or twice every 24 hours

They sit with it

Cover it

Influence Tough Exterior

Penetrating surface

Through Tiniest Gap

Allowing moisture to seep in

This is how change begins





If I fight every change

God brings to bear on my life

If I run from every difficulty

If I avoid each trial

If I pretend all is good

Denying the struggles

Hiding the pain

If I keep busy

If I hide from Ugly Truths

If I challenge every alteration

If I fill my mind with all else but Him

Failing to invite Him

Then how is this stony ground

Ever to become soft tilth

Ground pliable enough

To receive the Word of God

And the purpose He ordained

Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2011

Inspired by:

 The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

Matthew 13 v 20-21 The Message

~ by Denise Within the Vine on 03/02/2011.

2 Responses to “Soil of Character”

  1. Hi Denise….I have been pondering on these words this morning whilst out in the garden enjoying this beautiful day…..and just wanted to say thankyou for drawing out the real message written in Matthew about how we need to lay the foundations for God’s word to saturate our life and soul in our every day life. When the tough times come, which they do to us all – we will be better prepared to rely totally on Him knowing that his love can wash through us and guide and protect us for His good. Also thinking how well this all ties in with Matt’s message yesterday…..thank you for helping me really “meditate on God’s Word” – instead of just reading the words….I will try to read only a small passage from now on and really extract and understand God’s message rather than read and think I’ve done what’s ‘required’ as a christian…..thank you for your powerful and deep insight but mostly for sharing and helping people like me (probably a little lazy and/or complacent) to really think….. X

  2. Humbled… by how the Lord has used my offering and your willingness Blessings x De

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