Picking Flowers and Leaving the Weeds

Because someone cared enough to show concern…

I’m a reader. I always have been. Growing up, I spent endless hours with my nose in a book. I remember when I was about eight years old, my mom dug out a few of her old books. I started with the Bobbsey Twins, and then jumped into the Nancy Drew books. I was hooked. I collected and read every single Nancy Drew book written from #1 to #78. I remember going to flea markets with my parents and searching out inexpensive copies. When we found one or two for $.50 to $1.00 I thought we had found treasure, because $3.50 for new at the bookstore was a bit pricey for a collection that large.

I still read, though I have to limit my fiction reading to only a few times per year. I can get so engrossed in a novel that I ignore everyone around me and get annoyed when interrupted. That was fine as a pre-teen with little responsibility, but that is no way to behave as a wife and mom.

These days I spend most of my reading time with Christian non-fiction, and blogs on the internet. Actually most of what I read would fall into the category of hope giving. I like to fill my mind with the good stuff – words that build my faith and encourage my walk with the Lord.

I think I have a pretty solid grasp of the Word to recognize truth from falsehood, at least most of the time. And I am careful to stick primarily with authors and writers that teach sound doctrine.

Do I agree with everything written by every author or blogger I read? Certainly not.

I seek to read everything with discernment and I pick the flowers and leave the weeds.

There are times when I may choose to read a weedy book to become knowledgeable on a current trend; however, I am careful to not recommend these out of concern that a young believer who lacks the knowledge to have discernment would stumble in their faith. With any influence that God may choose to give me in this space, I can think of little else that would upset me more than to cause another to stumble.

So, while I may not agree with everything written, the books and bloggers that I recommend on my blog offer a lot of beautiful flowers. Many more flowers than weeds.

If you spot something that you think is a weed, I just might agree! And if you’re not sure if something is a weed, just ask! And we’ll try to figure it out together. {And if I get stuck, I’ll lean on my man. Have I ever told you what a botany geek he is? And he’s a pretty good Bible geek, too! 🙂 } And when we do find the weeds, we’ll let them be.

Only the flowers are worth picking.

In hope,

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. You, my friend, are a flower!

    • And to be gathered in a bouquet with you…a lovely thought!