“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

I’m an avid gardener. Hardly a day goes by that I am not out in the front yard tending to the plants, watching the bees and butterflies and listening to the yellow finches crowding around the bird feeder. I am at peace among the flowers; the perfume of blossoms fills my soul. I feel totally naked in front of God in the garden. He see’s everything about me: my intentions, my dark thoughts, my weaknesses, my fears… everything. I can’t hide from Him. He knows everything about me, down to the number of hairs on my head. (Matthew 10:30) How profound that is, to be known so completely, so intimately.

I hear God’s word best in my garden. It was there that I sought Him during the years it took my brain injury to heal. His words pierce through me, all the way down to my core essence. His words pierce me all the way to my heart’s intentions. I am filled with His glory. I worship Him as my creator, my salvation.

In recovery we are grateful that God’s word is living and active, and can piece us all the way to our core, for that is what we need for correction and direction as we create new lives, clean and sober and free from prescription medications. We give thanks for His word in our lives and we seek ways to hear it loud and clearly. For me, it is in my garden. Where is it for you?

F.R.O.G. Practice: Where do you hear the word of God most loud and clear in your life? Can you create a space that nurtures your connection with God? Can you feel His word pierce all the way to your heart’s intentions?