Planting Your Garden
There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.
My dad lives with Dan and me, and having a multi-generational household, while challenging, has benefits beyond measure. Landon is very lucky to know and be able to interact with his Great-Grandfather which is something few children are able to lay claim to. The Bruscella-Hilliard families live in very close proximity and while we are no longer across the street, we remain in the same housing development. Because Landon has Early Intervention during the week, I pick him up from daycare and he comes here almost every day in the afternoon. Then we enjoy a family dinner all together, holding each others hands as we offer grace, our Amen’s followed by 3 squeezes of the hand we are holding. The reason is twofold. It first represents the Holy Trinity and secondly, means I LOVE YOU in our household! We kiss one another every single night before Sabrina (et al) heads home. Yes, sometimes we all grate on each other but the pros of a household like ours, far out-weighs the cons. You see, we are sowing the seeds of family and love in our house. The seeds I sow in my house might be different from the ones you plant in your own, but the burgeoning blooms that are found in a home where love exists (not only love of family but love of God, as well), are glorious indeed.
My dad forwarded this email to me on Saturday and it is the perfect recipe for sowing your very own beautiful blooms. I hope you not just enjoy this little post, but perhaps try a few of these ideas yourself as you till your own gardens. Just imagine the beautiful colors and smells and tastes that might just burst forth in your own life!
FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING
First, you Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS COMPLETE WITHOUT TURNIPS
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for church services
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN YOU MUST HAVE THYME
1. Thyme for God
2. Thyme for each other
3. Thyme for family
4. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE THE FRUIT OF THE VINE WITH LOVE!
May your gardens teem with breathtaking beauty because of the care you gave each and every seedling. And just as you care for each one, so may you understand the correlation between the seeds you sow and the plants that grow within the fertile soil of God’s love. “Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation.”
Ephesians 3:17 (GODS WORD Translation)
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