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Growing Grass 101- Light

Growing Grass 101- Light

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Wayne and I love trees. When we built our home, we were careful to leave every tree possible on the lot. We wanted lots of trees and we got them! Huge live oaks, bay trees, I hate those huge rubbery leaves, loquat, fig, orange, lemon, pine, hickory and scraggly scrub oaks.


But what we don’t have is grass.

Growing Grass 101- LightWe have installed sod twice. Seeded it. Fertilized it. Prayed over it. The man that sod our yard the last time promised that this special grass, which we paid extra for, a lot extra, would grow under trees! Well, the truth is– nothing much grows under trees and I have the bare spots to prove it!

Because the reality is– green plants need light.

Even big trees will twist and turn to find some sun!


They need it to grow. Some trees will shoot up tall to reach the sun they need. Others, will twist and turn, leaving limbs and branches twisted and turned permanently as it grows toward the light. Look at this tree. Joy Hemler and I think it did this trying to grow toward the light.

Growing Grass 101

I’m not telling you about anything new, you know plants need light. You check the light requirements on the back of the seed package or plant tags. You plant in full sun or partial shade according to the directions, or you WILL watch the plant refuse to grow in spite of watering and fertilizing.


But do you realize that if you want to grow, if you want to be fruitful– you need the light?


Look at Ephesians 5:8 in the King James Version “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)”


It says the “fruit of the Spirit” which is referencing the Holy Spirit. But NAS says (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).

I love that it uses the word light here for two reasons.

  1. One of the major roles of Precious Holy Spirit is to “turn on the light” or be the light that opens our understanding to truth that is hidden in the context of Scripture.
    • He wants to reveal truth.
    • He wants to show us Jesus.
    • He wants to give practical understanding, so we can live out the truths of Scripture.
  2. If you’re gonna grow fruit, and every believer should, then you must have light. If we walk with Him, we walk in the light.


But walking in the light isn’t always easy.

Sometimes the glaring truth I see makes me want to put on sunglasses so I don’t see what I see. Sometimes I see things makes me feel uncomfortable. I see needs that made me feel sad. I’d rather be happy, so walking in the light can be challenging. Often it means something in my life has to die-habits, attitudes or wrong motives.


Or it can mean that I see an area I have to grow in, like witnessing—now that’s a scary thought. Sometimes, it means I have to forgive or give someone a helping hand or say something encouraging.


When I walk in the light, I never really know where it will take me. The light never stays on safe, level pathways. The Light takes me to exciting places and challenging places, to beautiful places and dark, lonely places.


Sometimes I struggle to stay in the light and sometimes I rejoice in the Light. One thing I know for certain, there’s life in the Light. If I want to be fruitful, if we want to be fruitful, we must walk in the Light!

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Catfish Thought He Could Drive in the Dark

Catfish Thought He Could Drive In The Dark

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Catfish Thought He Could Drive in the Dark

Everyone has a nickname, but some names that are better than others. Nick names like Bubba or Bogger; Wingnut or Skeeter hardly scratch the surface of names that kids get labeled with. Some folks earn their nicknames, while others are tokens of endearment. I don’t know how Catfish got his name, but he definitely made my list of “interesting people”.


Catfish worked nightshift in a sawmill. He was part of the clean up crew after the last shift. He refused to use tools that anyone else had touched, so he had his own tools. He kept wet gloves on his hands at all times. When the gloves began to get dry, he retrieved a second pair that he kept soaking in water. But a stranger habit resulted in a stern reprimand from his boss.


His boss started the conversation with a question, “Catfish, Is it true that you drive to work without your turning on your headlights?”


“Yes, it is!” Catfish nodded as he spoke.


“But Catfish, you work the night shift. It’s dark going and coming at those hours.”


“Yes, it is!” Catfish nodded again.


“But Catfish, that’s really dangerous. Why would you do that?”


“Cause I don’t want anyone to see me coming.” Catfish tried to explain.


His boss tried to convince Catfish that the danger was not in “being seen”, but in “not being seen”. But everything the concerned boss said ran off “like water off a duck’s back.” Now that’s a saying Catfish would love. Nothing the boss said soaked into Catfish’s brain. Catfish continued to inch his way to work and home from work with only the moonlight to guide him.


Until one moonless night an 18-wheeler slammed into Catfish’s truck. Fatal? I’m sorry to say it was. Eccentric? I’ll let you decide.


Catfish thought he could navigate in the darkness. His fear of being seen; his fear of discovery kept him in the dark.


Still Trying to Navigate in the Dark?

Jesus said that sinners are like that too, they want to avoid the spiritual light that shows their sins, so they remain in the darkness.


John 3: 20-21nlt “They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”


Catfish Thought He Could Drive in the Dark

Path to Peace

Often people don’t seem to understand that the light that illuminates their sins also illuminates the path to peace. Sometimes, they neglect their Bible reading because they know God will deal with their heart to forgive someone that hurt them. Or they know He’ll talk them about tithing or purity or gossip. But His way is their path to peace and freedom.


Luke 1:78-79nlt “Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”


Don’t cover it with a Blanket of Darkness

Catfish thought he could do just fine in the dark, but it finally caught up with him. We think hiding our sin, our little indiscretion erases it, but it only gives it a breeding place like yeast. Yeast and sin love to grow in the dark.


Proverbs 21:2nlt “People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart.”


Values can be upside down. So evaluate your life in the light of God’s Word instead of comparing your values to someone else.

Luke 11:35 nlt “Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness.”


Embrace the light.

My prayer is: “Father, show me any area in my life where I am living in darkness. Reveal your truth in areas where I have been deceived or I believe a lie. Show me truth.”


John 8:12 nlt “ Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


Help me to line up my life, my actions and my attitude with your truth.

Ephesians 5:8nlt “For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!”

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You Know About Darkness, If

You Know About Darkness, If…His Light

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You Know About Darkness, If

You know about darkness, if you’ve ever been on a camping trip in the middle of a thick patch of trees on a moonless night.


You know about darkness, if you’ve ever been deep in a cave and the guide turned off the lights.


You know about darkness, if you’ve ever been through a hurricane that left your part of town without power.


You know about darkness, if you’ve ever been in the middle of a large group of people at a ball game, a parade or the county fair–spiritual darkness. You see it on their faces. You recognize it in their celebrations. You hear it in their conversations.


If you’ve ever, even once seen the news, you’ve seen the results of individuals and families crushed and robbed by the effects of darkness. You’ve seen lives destroyed because people tried to cruise through life without a light. The darkness may be normal for some folks, but the resulting carnage and devastation is heart-breaking. Isaiah 60:2 “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people…” That darkness, that gross darkness is stripping our children of their innocence and families of their fathers. It leaves people twisting and perverting love and sex and destroying our morals and culture in the process.


But I stopped too soon when I copied that verse, there’s more. The remainder of that verse says, “but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” God has a cure. He sent the light-Jesus into the world and He sent you to be a jar of clay or a lamp for that light to shine through.


Verse 1 says “Arise , shine ;You Know About Darkness, If


I am a simple person and I always try to be very simple in my approach, but I can’t tell you what it means for you to shine. I can only send you to Jesus. Will you go running to Him…yes, running. Don’t you think it’s dark enough to get passionate about illuminating the darkness? Ask Him to show you how to be a light. Commit to pursue Him with all your heart until you become a bright and shining light that reflects His glory!



In my pursuit of Him, this is how I pray:

Illuminate my darkness.

Let your light rest on me- my conversations, my actions, my home.

Help me to see and seize opportunity.

Give me the boldness to do what you tell me to do and say what you tell me to say.

Hey! Thanks for stopping by.

I’m Pat Holland…

I tell stories- who doesn’t love a good story?

But I tell mine for a reason. I want to equip, empower and energize people just like you to enjoy the riches of God’s life-changing Word. So I use stories about people, sometimes myself,  places I’ve been, and life experiences as a tool to make Bible truths so simple you can walk them out in your everyday life.

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