Well Watered Garden

June 14, 2017

 

 

 

Summer Gardens are rewarding as the plants mature bearing beautiful greenery, flowers, vegetables and fruit.  These plants all began with a seed and require proper care. Last month’s blog- Beauty in all Forms, I related the distinctive beauty of a flower to our unique gifts. Let’s look further at more analogies of God’s garden.  The ways we nourish a garden are relatable to the ways we nurture our children, grandchildren, spouse and those we love.

 

 

 

Fresh Vegetables from my Garden-- so thankful!!       Photo by Rachel Iliadis

 

 

A flourishing garden takes proper preparation, love and work.  A garden begins with nourishing the soil, making the ph balance so the plants can thrive. As parents and grandparents we prep our babies by lots of love, kisses, sweet songs and nutrition. 

 

 

We build that trust with the foundation of meeting their needs.  Once the trust is established and their basic needs are met, we feed their souls with God’s word, “The seed is the Word of God.”  We have the opportunity to whisper sweet prayers in their hearts and sing beautiful songs to offer comfort and peace.  Just like the plants in our garden, they need to be planted in good sunlight, watered regularly, and given plant food or certain nutrients in some cases.

 

 

As we observe our plants we take notes of how they are growing.  It is the same with our children and grandchildren.  I have learned from a dear mentor, Jackie Kendall, to be a student of your child.  We observe the needs of our plants, learn what is needed, and act accordingly.  We as parents learn the bent of our children and grandchildren by careful observation.


 

Penelope enjoying the first picks from the garden     photo by Rachel Iliadis

 

 

 

 As we observe our plants we take notes of how they are growing.  It is the same with our children and grandchildren.  I have learned from a dear mentor, Jackie Kendall, to be a student of your child.  We observe the needs of our plants, learn what is needed, and act accordingly.  We as parents learn the bent of our children and grandchildren by careful observation.

 

One of the needs of children and our plants is rest and renewal.  With our children, we provide space for them to grow, reflect and find solitude.  Plants given proper space in the garden allows their root systems to spread and grow. Children need quiet space to ponder, allowing their souls to dream.  In the quiet space, our children can learn to listen and connect with the God of the Universe.

 

 

Then, we offer lots of love to our children like the Father sends rain and sunshine on our gardens. Part of the care for a garden is the tedious chore of pulling the weeds and cutting off diseased or dead leaves. Like weeds, we observe the sin, the ugly weeds in our children.  It is our job to help our children recognize their sin.  This is a beautiful opportunity to point them to God and their need for Him and his forgiveness.  Weeding our gardens is a picture for us to remember the necessity of helping our children as well as us recognize the sin that so easily entangles all of us.

 

 

The cycle of caring for our families and gardens is continuous.  We need to be aware of the growth in one another, offering constant encouragement and love.  In our gardens, look where the plants are thriving or struggling and give care accordingly.  A flourishing mature family can help encourage each other in weaknesses to be stronger in our walks with Jesus.  This is my prayer for our growing family.  

 

 

A master gardener chooses plants that work well with one another to make a thriving garden.  God has given us the exact family that He planned.  So, be intentional by giving each family member love, grounding ourselves in the living Word of God daily, exhorting and admonishing, preparing one another as the Spirit leads us to one day meet Jesus in the garden that lasts for eternity.

 

 

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1

 

 

In a week, my youngest son will be married.  I will gain another daughter and all my children will be married.  My heart is that we will be a well watered garden and enjoy growing in Jesus together.  Family is a a beautiful garden with varying needs.  We must seek God in prayer and His word and diligently seek discernment in the care of our spouses, children, grandchildren and our loved ones!  We can enjoy each other’s gifts and beauty working in perfect harmony with one another.

 

 

 Vegetables working together from my garden just like family unity.-

    Eggplant Parmesan     Photo by Sharon Moye

 

 

 

“The Lord will guide you continually giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.  You will be like a well watered garden, like an ever flowing spring.”  Isaiah 58:11  

 

 

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