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Just like my garden, my heart needs water.

Just like the flowers, my heart needs sunshine.

It is impossible for most things to grow in the dark, cold places.

Oh they may start there, but eventually sunshine is needed.

Our hearts need love, hope, truth, and peace.

Our hearts need grace, forgiveness, strength, and purpose.

Truth is like water on thirsty ground.

Friendship and kindness are sunshine and hope.

Then hope produces purpose.

Seeds of kindness become acts of mercy.

Love overflows.

and a beautiful harvest feeds many.

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Pulling Weeds – Garden Step 1

salad planter

salad planter (Photo credit: dolanh)

Last year I grew my very first garden.  There were tomato’s, squash, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, and onions.  Since it was my first attempt, it was fun, rewarding, and educational.    At the end of the growing season, I cleared out the garden, and then let everything freeze over for winter.

Today I went out to my planter beds, and there were all sorts of things growing.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t planted anything.  There were weeds, and somehow, they’d filled the planter boxes.

How does that happen?  How do weeds fill up empty ground? Dust? Pollen? The wind?

It reminded me of life, and my need to pull out the things that have cluttered my heart and my mind, like worry, stress and fear.  On the inside we need to clear out those things that crowd out the good things, like patience, love and hope.    So I pulled weeds in the boxes; lots and lots of weeds.  

Now that the planter boxes are cleared, I will add some nutritional fertilizer to the garden, and then I’ll be ready to plant my seeds.  I’m happy to attempt Summer Garden II.

I’m ready for the new season.  I’m grateful for the changes in the weather, the green on the hillsides, the longer days, sunny afternoons, and the chance to warm my face in the sun.  I’m ready for rest, and time to focus on growing really good things, and I’m reminded, that it is all a gift from God.

Ecclesiastes 3:

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

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11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.