Growing In God’s Garden

It is this time of year that I am really reminder of the wonders of God’s creation!  The trees are budding & beginning to bloom, the daffodils are in bloom, grass & other flowers & plants are starting to poke their tender heads up from their long winter’s nap, and the smell of fresh turned soil is in the air!  Ahhh!  I love spring! And I especially love gardening season!
The growing season serves as a continual reminder to me that I am still growing in God.  He is doing the same thing for me that I am doing for the tender plants in my garden.  He has planted me, and he continuously waters me & feeds me the nutrients that I need to grow healthy & strong.  Sometimes a really bad storm blows through & does some damage, but He carefully & lovingly picks me up & helps me to stand again, pushing the soil up around my roots & patting it back into place so that I can regain the strength that I need to stand tall once more.  Occasionally, I will put forth a blossom that sometimes it turns into fruit, but sometimes it withers & dies, but He continues to nurture me & encourage me to continue to grow strong in Him & try again.  Always picking me back up when I’m too weak to stand on my own. 
I have come to realize lately that I am at a place in my spiritual life where I have reached a plateau of sorts.  I haven’t done a lot of growing lately, but I can still feel His hands tending the soil around me, trying to pull the weeds from around me that have entangled their roots with my own, so He cannot freely yank them away without causing pain.  But He is allowing me to coax my roots into letting go so that He may make my path clear once more.   Sometimes He does have to go ahead and pull those weeds even with knowing the pain that it will cause, but He knows that, through that pain, I will grow bigger and stronger in Him. 
Romans 12:1 says, “I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”
When we (I) resist what we (I) know is not pleasing to God, we (I) cannot grow spiritually. When we (I) decide to give our lives (my life) up to Him, we are (I am) free to worship & grow in Him.  He wants ALL of us (me) not just the part that we are (I am) willing to give up.  It’s hard to give up everything, but when we (I) do… wow at the growth spurt that follows! 
Sometimes, I think we needed to be reminded of what God wants from us because we tend to grow complacent in our lives and forget what a wonderful feeling it is to be on the mountain top with Him.   Thank God for his unending love and amazing grace!  When was the last time that you were on the mountain top with God? What fruit have you bore for Him? 

Tuesday’s Ramblings


OK , so I just thought that the sickness bug was leaving our home.  It seems to have my sweet husband in its grip & doesn’t want to fully let go. Poor thing.  He’s being a real trooper though.  Hoping today shows much improvement for him in that he’s feeling significantly better.   I know it makes for long days when you’re trying to do your job & you’re sick, & it’s even longer when your job means attending classes while you’re still not feeling up to par.  Thankfully, he’s able to come home & rest, for the most part. 
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so glad to have really nice days with lots of sunshine & good breezes blowing.  I’ve taken full advantage of being able to hang my clothes out to dry again!  Brian laughs at me when I’m snuggling down in bed after the sheets have been hung outside that day & are now on the bed with that fresh, clean smell.  Our short conversation goes something like this:
me: (sheets up to nose & smelling that sweet smell)  Do you smell that?
Brian:  What?
me:  Sunshine?
Brian:  What does sunshine smell like?
me:  This!  (showing him the sheet)
Brian:  LOL  Oh! (big smile on his face)
It’s the little things in life that you love & appreciate the most, ya know?  And you don’t realize how much you miss them until you have them again.  Oh, how I wish I could bottle that scent.  To me, that is what clean is!  That wonderful smell you get when your laundry has been dried by the gentle breeze provided by the Almighty God!
Another reason that I am so glad that spring is just right around the corner is that it has come to that time of the year when I really start itching to get my hands (& feet – lol) dirty.  This past weekend would have been the perfect weekend to get the garden turned, but with my poor hubby sick, that had to be put on hold and will hopefully be done by this weekend.  I’ve been getting lots of seed catalogs in the mail and am in the process of laying out plans for my garden once again.  I’m really praying that this year’s garden will actually do something since the last 2 years have been failures due to the crazy weather. 
With grocery prices on the up again, I’m definitely wanting to try to get my garden in early enough that I can have a decent spring planting of lettuce, peas, broccoli, etc.  as well as get it ready for the summer produce.  With me not working now, this will really help to stretch our grocery budget even further.   Plus, I plan to can move than ever this year.  I want to put up as much as I can this year to help our grocery budget during the months when I can’t have a garden.  Not only does it help to save money, but it’s also healthier for us because I know what has NOT been put on our food that we are eating.
Another thing that I plan to take full advantage of this year is the farmer’s market. It’ll be a bit of a drive for me, but I plan to take full advantage of the local produce this year.  My goal is to not only make our money stretch as far as it can, but to also feed us using more fresh & local ingredients while they are in season.
God has so richly blessed our decision for me to finally quit working & becoming a full time homemaker that I am trying to make sure that I am honoring Him in all that I do.  This is such a wonderful privilege & blessing that I never want to take it for granted.   Brian & I want our home to be a place of honor & worship for our Lord, as well as a place of peace & happiness for our family.   I know we fall short a lot of the time, but I am so very thankful that He forgives & lets us (me) start anew each & every day (sometimes many times a day, lol). 

~A Reminder of God’s Promise~


And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making beteen me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy ALL life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

– Genesis 9:12-16


This is what we saw last Thursday evening (September 17th).  It’s rare to see a rainbow, rarer still a double rainbow.  Rainbows are amazing and awe-inspiring to me.  Not only is a reminder to us and God about his promise to Noah, but it also reminds me that God ALWAYS keeps His promises.  No matter how well intentioned we may be, we, as humans, tend to break promises.  How awesome is it that, no matter what, God will never break His promises to us? 



God bless!