Saturday, April 16, 2016
Aphids, Spidermites, and Other Little Things



One of the biggest problems we face in our organic garden is tiny little pests, aphids and spider mites in particular. They are so small that they are hard to detect. Usually the first signs that they are present is when plants begin to die. By then the little critters have a substantial head start.

There are many chemical solutions to this problem, but our goal it to keep chemicals out of our garden. So we resort to simpler, healthier ways of dealing with them. We have tried varying degrees of warfare and have found that introducing other bugs, their natural enemies, into the garden works best. In a short amount of time it seems all the little pests have been eliminated. Yet, it only seems that way. Before long the telltale signs begin to appear that the little pests are back.

Marriage is a lot like that. It's those tiny little things that are hardly noticeable that begin to eat away at our relationship. By the time we really notice them, they have become well established. Sometimes when we are experiencing the effects of the attack, we begin to blame each other. It's like using those harsh chemicals in our organic garden. We may have seen the problem, but harsh accusations damage our relationship more than help it heal.

No, the key to our healing is just like in the garden. We need to bring in life that overcomes the attack. The Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit when applied with faith will overcome any attack the enemy brings against us. It takes a bit longer when we have allowed the enemy to get a foothold, but it never fails to work.

We need to examine our marriage daily as if under a microscope. Those tiny "pests" that create such havoc in our lives are totally visible to the Holy Spirit, long before we can see them. And they keep coming back and trying to establish themselves in our marriage once again. If we submit our lives to Him, He will alert us early when the attack is underway. And we can get victory a lot sooner!

Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15


Posted by: Marilyn Phillipps @ 12:00:00 am 

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