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My garden currently looks like this…..

Notice the tall fence? For as long as we have lived at this house, 21 years now, we have had a “resident” family of woodchucks. They live under our shed. Most days I am not bothered by them. Until they     enter my garden, then they make me mad.

For instance, the other day. My broccoli heads are finally growing. To see the woodchuck in there, dining on the leaves, drove me to near insanity. Danny came home at that very minute & went in to chase him out. All he did was run from one side of the garden to the other. He would not exit the garden door. Danny finally grabbed the hoe & “assisted” him out. He placed the hoe under his now larger belly & hoisted him up & over the fence. I kid you not. Not one bit of this is exaggerated. I think our little furry friend may think twice about      coming to his new dinner table any time soon!

But this got me to thinking…..

Scripture tells us, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” (Song of Songs 2:15 NIV).

This Scripture brought several points to mind:

  1. The foxes are little but ruin the vineyard. Sometimes we think we can let the “little” things remain in our lives. May we be     diligent to remove anything, big or small, that would hinder our relationship with God.
  2. We are to catch our own foxes. We must be diligent to guard our own hearts.
  3. The foxes come when our vineyards are in bloom. In the middle of our greatest successes, blessings & victories, the foxes will show up.

So what are we to do? How do we catch the foxes & guard our lives?

“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14 NIV).