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Just a few little words

The day wasn’t too warm.

For the better part of the afternoon a refreshing breeze blew.

Sis had come over for lunch.

After we ate, Jase and Anne went back to school work, I took our granddaughter out to pet the plants.

Sis joined us in a short time.

Bringing shoes for tiny pink toe-protection and to allow them the joy of walking the patio unassisted.

When she came out she commented.

“Grammy has so many beautiful flowers all over. This way you can go look at them.”

It was a small thing, just a few little words.

Sis wasn’t talking to me, but to her baby girl and I just grinned.

It was later, I was outside sitting on the patio, when I began to realize.

“Lord, thank You so much! The yard is such a joy.”

When we first moved here nothing was blooming.

The red rose in the front yard had wrinkled-brown, dried-dead rosehips.

But the back was mostly over grown weeds, in the beds and under the apple trees.

As I thought about the words of our daughter I was humbled by God’s grace.

He has caused so much to change in the yard.

There are flowers all over.

And I love it!

Flowers bring me so much joy.

Did I mention the vegetable garden?

The purple tinted kale, the lettuce, cabbage, and tomatoes all hold a certain anticipation and gratitude at God’s creation.

Although, Sis’s words were small, their impact was large.

I don’t think I’ve truly thanked the Lord enough for all the beauty He has grown in this season.

But thanks to our daughter’s well phrased words, I’m making it a priority.

As I water plants, I’ll be praising the Lord.

I know God didn’t have to give me flowers, but He chose to.

Flowers are His creation and they have been used for generations as gifts, things to show affection from one to another.

Which is how I feel about mine.

The flowers are a symbol of God’s love.

And it was a few little words which brought that to my attention.

My prayer is for others to look at God’s creation and praise Him too.

Isaiah 61:11 KJV — For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the garden. Thank You for growing delicately designed things which point to You. Lord, I long to be grateful for Your many amazing works, but I don’t always recognize them. Please open my mind and heart to all Your works. Please continue to grow me in Your love and understanding. Lord, fulfill Your Word, let righteousness and praise spring forth! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

A few veggies

We were going to put in raised beds so we could grow a few veggies.

Because our family loves gardening, especially vegetables.

The shape and configuration of the back garden is very unique.

It’s similar to a flat topped triangle, beginning on either side of the house and tapering down till the back fence cuts it off straight.

Since the yard doesn’t face directly East, but is angled to the Northeast, and has trees on three sides, the yard has more shade than sun.

Just before he was supposed to purchase the materials for the raised beds, my husband came to chat with me about a change.

He shared what the Lord had put on his heart, and we knew.

It wasn’t God’s will to put in the raised beds.

I’ll admit it.

I was disappointed.

I spoke to the Lord about my disappointment, and He graciously listened.

Trust Me.

I know what’s best.

And I let it go.

I know it probably seems trivial and silly that growing veggies would mean so much to me, but it’s one of the things which I have done to bless my family.

It has always been a joy for all of us.

Although, I couldn’t understand why God wasn’t allowing it, I was willing to move on.

My husband even looked at me, hugged me, and said, “Don’t worry, we will grow flowers.”

Which has been a blessing as well.

We have lovely potted plants and the front yard is so pretty with the bushes already established and the plants my husband added.

Whenever I caught myself yearning for a vegetable garden, I’d ask the Lord to remove the desire, ask for His forgiveness in not resting in His perfect will, and I would thank Him for all His provision and blessings.

This Saturday, Anne and I were pretty much on our own, Jase and my husband were helping a neighbor move.

I mentioned to her the last section of yard which really needed attention before it became so overgrown we couldn’t get to it.

She put in a full day of work and I set timers on my phone in an effort to keep from over doing it.

Late afternoon rolled in and I sat looking at the progress when I realized something.

I’m certain it was the Lord.

One portion of yard near the back fence was in the sun.

It had been that way all day.

I told Anne, “We might be able to grow some tomatoes or something!”

She was thrilled.

When the guys were back, we shared our discovery.

And today, there’s a veggie garden in that same section of yard.

My husband had gone and gotten a load of top soil and plants.

The kids finished cleaning up all the brush, weeds, and branches.

Truly, it is a joy for all of us.

And once again, I’m amazed at God.

He knew what was best.

He allowed me to give up my desire to His perfect will, because He had a far better plan.

It’s just another tiny example that He cares for the details, far more than we realize.

Matthew 10:29 NKJV — “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for caring for the tiniest details. Thank You for showing me that surrender of my own plans and ideas is always best, and sometimes You allow a desire to linger in my heart, because You are still working in it and through it to teach me about myself and about You. Jesus, how I want to obey Your every Word! But I am weak and frail and often I make so many mistakes. Please use those things for Your glory and hone my stubborn heart into Your perfect will. Teach me humility and grace, that I might be loving, gentle, tender, kind, and strong. Not for my own gain, but for the testimony of Your goodness and mercy. Thank You, Jesus. I love You! Amen.