Creating Your Eden

“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

-Dinos Christianopoulos

eden

 

What if I told you that, right now, you are in the Garden of Eden? And essentially, you are. Eden is your world. It is the place where a man decides his fate… where a man decides whether he will live for God or be deceived by Satan. Eden is where you plant seeds, grow plants, bear fruit, and ultimately determine destiny. Your destiny …

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. – Matthew 7: 16-21

Naturally speaking, when a person eats good fruit, they receive good benefits. Their energy increases. Their health increases. And their life is lengthened.  In contrast, when we eat bad fruit, we get sick. We lose energy, time, and have to spend days (or longer) attempting to recover from eating spoiled fruit. In this same sense, people also create fruits and eat fruits.

So what exactly is a fruit? And how in the world are we, simple fleshly beings, responsible for Eden? Well read this carefully and I’ll tell you.

In Genesis, God tells Adam and Eve that they are to exercise dominion over the garden of Eden. Dominion is defined as sovereignty or control. And Adam and Eve are symbolic of us, Men and women alive today. So we all have dominion over our garden. But it up to us to decide how dominion is exercised. We determine how Eden is ran. However, we have limited dominion. Man’s authoritative dominion only includes those things within Eden. Not the entire world. Nor does man have dominion over God.

After God gave man dominion, he gave man directions. Man was told to name the animals and what fruit he should and should not eat. Note that of all the things to issue a specific direction for, God chose fruits.

There are many types of fruits. Both natural and spiritual. One type of fruit is people.

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:28

All children are fruits of their parents. When a man plants his seed in a woman, the child grows in the soil of this woman. The soil must be taken care of for the child to grow in utero. This includes the woman herself, the food she eats, her mental state, etc.  A child, even in the womb, takes the characteristics of the man and woman who created him. After growing in the womb, the child emerges from the soil by physical birth.  The child is the equivalent of a small plant. The quality of the plant the mother  brings forth is initially determined by the environment the child is raised in. This includes the physical, spiritual, emotional, and biological factors of both the environment and the parents. However, the end result for the plant (or child) can change overtime.

Moreover, we are also children of God.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. – Genesis 1:

And although we may not be God, we do have his some of his characteristics.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. – Genesis 1:27

But we are not the only type of fruit. The results of our action and the things we have to offer such as our talents are as well. But to bring forth fruit, one must first plant your seeds.

Planting Your Seed

Before plant grows, a seed must first be planted. Seeds can be as things as small as the words you speak or the things you believe. When you speak negatively over things, you plant negative seeds. Subsequently, these seeds are given the nutrients they need to grow and bear bad fruit in your life as you feed it. When you continue to speak negativity over your life or allow doubt and pain to hinder your growth, you start to become a breeding ground for bad fruit to grow. Luckily, every seed planted does not have to bloom. When you refuse to feed the seed, it cannot grow. Don’t give bad seeds your energy.

So we must learn always be aware of the seeds we plant and allow to be planted in us. When we speak positive words and have positive thoughts, we plant good seeds. But good seeds must be planted in good ground to grow. Good seeds bring forth good fruit and bad seeds bring forth bad fruit. So you must first take your good seeds and plant them in the proper environment.

The proper environment is attained by cultivation.

Cultivating the Land

…The LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. – Genesis 2:16

The duty to cultivate the land was also given to man by God in the Garden of Eden. Cultivation is defined as the process of preparing and working on land in order to raise crops or tilling. It is also defined as the process of trying to acquire or develop a quality or skill. Cultivation requires hard work… pulling up weeds… sweating… getting your hands dirty.  The better your soil is cultivated, the better your fruit will be. soil can also be used as a metaphorical reference to your soul .

 

Agriculturally speaking, there are several things that gardeners advise for making sure your soil is ripe to bear fruit. The first thing is manure. Manure is made up of animal feces. Yes, feces.  So essentially, to make sure you fruit grows, you make have to go through some, um… crap.  But plants don’t bear the crap without just cause. Manure contains nitrogen which is essential to enriching the soil. So your circumstances, or what you go through, helps to grow you.

The second thing is compost. Composting is the process of recycling old waste. Compost is placed on the soil in modest increments at certain time intervals. Compost provides a slow-release of nutrients, which help to improve the soil’s ability to retain water and help suppress disease. So to correlate that to your life, sometimes you have to take the past and use it to help improve your growth. You have to recycle the things you have learned in the past to prevent yourself from causing disease, or negative things to happen to your seed. You have to educate yourself and learn from those before you and from your own mistakes. But You can’t consistently dwell in the past. Too much compost stunts growth. Likewise consistently replaying the past also hinders growth. So use the past. Look at it. Examine it. Learn from it. Take what you need from the past and move on.

The third thing gardeners recommend to cultivate the soil is the mining of the soil with deep rooted plants. Deep rooted plants have the ability “mine” or to draw up nutrients from deeper layers of the soil. Deep rooted plants are your elders, those people you can look up to, people who have paved the way before you, your ancestors, history, the knowledge of those who came before you. These are more established plants that have already obtained the stability you desire one day have and need to grow. To ensure growth, you have to make sure you have people you can depend on and people to advise you. And you should also be the miner plants for the children you bring into the world and the generations that will come after you.

The fourth thing is growing a cover crop. According to gardeners, growing cover crops is the most beneficial thing to do to the soil. Cover crops are crops grown prior to planting your seeds which suppress weeds, manage soil erosion, help build and improve soil fertility and quality, and control diseases and pests. Cover crops are the lessons and test runs you encounter before you plant the seed. Once the the cover crop is fully grown or the gardener wants to plant in a given area, he cuts down the cover crop and allows it to dry. The people you encounter before you marry your spouse may be seen as cover crops. Once a relationship loses its value and no longer fulfills the soil, its time to cut the crop. Cutting the crop is ending the relationship. This concept does not apply only to romantic relationships but platonic relationships as well. The friendships you make and lose are cover crops. These lessons and these people teach you things along the way to your destination. These are the seasons you go through and ultimately learn from but are not meant to last forever. After you cut, or severe these types of relationships, you let the soil dry. You dry your tears. You take time for your soul to heal.

The fifth thing recommended is covering the soil with mulch. Mulch is used to cover the surface of the soil and helps to conserve the soil’s moisture, improve fertility, the health of the soil, reduce weeds, and even beautify the planting area. Mulch is those seasons of isolation or singleness. Often times, we despise periods of isolation but this is when God is protecting you from harm. You are not ready to bear fruit. When seeds are planted into soil that has not yet reached it’s full potential the fruit suffers. Your outcome may not be as good as it could have been, even though it may be one of your most prized blessings. Planting seeds before they are ready are things like jumping into things without seeking God first, acting on your emotions without processing your situations, getting in relationships with people when you (or them) are not ready. When you skip the period of isolation, your water is not preserved. You dry out and water is needed for a seed to grow. Water is your energy. Without water, the seed is dehydrated and won’t bear fruit or will bear fruit of a lesser quality.  Luckily, water may be replenished with the Word of God. God is also water, our living water. So even when we act prematurely and plant our seeds when or where we shouldn’t, if we seek God, he will replenish our energy and gives us what we need to survive and thrive.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” – John 7:38

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14

Mulch also improves fertility.  When we accept our seasons of covering or isolation, we allow God to prepare us for our futures. This can be marriage, careers, etc. If we remove the mulch too soon, we may end up planting seeds in soil prematurely. This can lead to missed opportunities and creating problematic situations which could have been avoided. However, I’m not saying to uproot yourself from every seemingly difficult situation.. sometime Your seed has already been planted. If you uproot a plant after you have plant it, you risk doing more harm than good. You may cut the roots and severe ties and relationships that matter. And ultimately, you have to find a new soil, or a new environment, to place your plant in. You have to start the process all over. Instead, you should seek God and ask him to restore your relationships, restore the water you need to get through, and revive the love and passion you need to make it work. This same concept applies to those circumstances in which our seeds get planted due to circumstances out of our control. Bloom where you are planted. Relocation should be a last resort after you are planted.

Mulch reduces weeds as well. Weeds are tactics of the enemy. They come in the form of people, situations, etc.

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the weeds are the children of the wicked one; – Matthew 13:38

The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. “Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. “Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. – Luke 8:5-8

When God has put his protection over you, he is protecting you from those people who come to hinder you. When you plant your seed among things or people that have no use to you, and only come to prevent your growth and increase their own, your potential for growth is choked out and you lose the ability to bear fruit. With God’s covering, you remain protected and able to bring forth fruit. But, sometimes the mulch is deteriorated by worms and micro-organisms. These are also tactics of the enemy to remove your covering. So make sure you do your part to keep yourself covered. Stay in God’s word and in his will. Take time away from people. Recharge. Turn your phone off. So what you need to protect your environment. But don’t put too much mulch on your soil. Too much covering will result in depriving the soil of necessary nutrients needed beyond the mulch.  So socialize! Make friends! Get out the house! Do something! But remain REASONABLY covered.  Protect those you love. Protect your life with God’s love and covering. That way, when those small things come, you will remain unhinged. Brush it off and keep going.

Mulch is also used to beautify the soil. There is beauty in being covered by God. It is your protection. Take pride in the fact that God wants to preserve you. That means that you have something worth having.  You’re someone worth being. Periods of rest are also mulch. So get some sleep. Get some me time. After all, rest preserves your health, your beauty, your looks. 😉

The sixth thing recommending to prepare soil is tilling. Tilling is the agitation of the soil by digging, stirring, and overturning. Sometimes you need to mix things up to make sure your seed will grow.  But be intentional with your tilling. See new people. Go new places. Learn new things. And do this on PURPOSE. Plan it out. When you try to mix things up on whim, things don’t always turn out too good. Too much tilling can disrupt the soil food web and breaks down the foundation you have worked so hard to achieve for your plant. So in other words, don’t nag. Don’t pressure people to do things. Don’t cause too much disruption in your life. Seeds grow best in stable ground. Be assertive but not aggressive. Be confident. Tilling also helps loosen the soil. When the soil is looser, the seed has space to breathe.  So give people room to breathe. Don’t be uptight and give relationships room to grow.

Lastly, plant your seed in wide but close permanent beds.  Close planting shades the soil surface, which benefits both soil life and plants by conserving moisture and moderating temperature extremes. So build a network of people around you and your seeds. These people will help preserve your energy and keep you sane when the going gets tough and you feel you make crack under the pressure.  And although close knit, you have to give each other space. Planting your seed in a permanent bed also restricts foot traffic along the plant beds. So root yourself among people who won’t let others walk all over you.

 

Tending to your Plant as it Grows

Once you have planted your seed in cultivated ground you must nurture the plant and wait for it to bloom. Plants need water and sun. Keep your soil fed with the Living Water.. God. And the son of God, Jesus.

“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”- Isaiah 44:3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper. – Proverbs 1:1-3

In the verses mentioned above, God refers to a blessed men as trees who bear fruit in due season. A blessed man roots himself in the word of God, thus bringing forth good fruit and prospering in all ways.

Furthermore, Growing a plant takes time. So don’t wait around for one plant to bloom before planting another. Keep your growth continuous. Diversify!

 

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

 

Sharing Your Fruit

Once your plant has bloomed and your fruit is ripe, share it.

When Eve gave Adam the fruit from the tree of knowledge, she shared it. BUT unfortunately, she shared bad fruit. And although Adam could have rightfully declined this fruit, he didn’t. Consequently, man was cursed. People will offer you bad fruit, but you don’t have to take it. They may even believe that this is good fruit but keep in mind what God has warned you of. God’s warnings can be found in his word.

So take the good fruit ONLY. Surround yourself with good… Be planted with good people, filled with good words, & consume good things.  Likewise be you will be good fruit because of this.

So dear good fruit, share your goodness! Your words, effort, talents, etc. Plant seeds everywhere around you so that you may help to bring forth good fruit to world.

With Love,

 

Skyler Elizabeth

xoxo

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