1. Category Archive: Gardening

    gardening in my heart

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    In my dreams I am an amazing gardner – growing apple trees, pear trees, lemons and limes, parsley, mint, spinach, kale, cucumbers, berries, etc along with some fun flowers for the girls to pick.

    In reality? Neither of my thumbs are green, I tend to accidentally kill everything I’ve tried to grow, and with our traveling schedule I think I had just given up in my heart to even try.

    I have quite a few friends who have flourishing gardens and I admire their ability so much, but sometimes feel like maybe I’m just not that person…yet.  Maybe my time to garden will come later in life when my kids are grown.

    Recently, of friend of mine, Kelli, out of the blue invited me to go to a local  garden shop with her and make a “garden in a pallet.”  I was a little hesitant due to my afore mentioned lack of gardening skills, but I went because I was willing to try (again).

    Here’s my problem: In my mind, in order to be a gardner, I need to have it all together right away.  And I’m so like this in life.  I’m often scared to do something new because I feel like I need to have it all together and figured out before I do.  And this has been something God has been teaching me this year.

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8

    This is part of living by faith. Taking steps and then seeing how God leads, seeing how He moves, and letting Him do so.  My husband recently preached in a short series of messages called “Sometimes Always Never” where he talked about this very concept, and to illustrate it, he preached while riding a bike. He said that the will of God is like riding a bike, God will steer us, but we have to starting pedaling.  Once we start pedaling, then we’re giving God the room to steer.  SO good!

    All this to say, Kelli’s encouragement reminded me that I’m not going to be an incredible gardner over night.  I need to just start with baby steps and grow in it.  It seems silly even bringing this up, but it’s true. One step at a time. One plant at a time.

    We’ll see what happens…

    {and thank you for these shots Kelli}

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