Monday, June 25, 2012

let your garden grow.

One of my favorite features of our home is the yard. The people we're renting from put so much effort in planting beautiful flowers, trees, fruits, and herbs. 
Because it's a rental I've only put flowers in pots and have some hanging plants. I didn't want to plant things we couldn't take with us someday. But they have enough for me to take care of without me adding to it.

Roses and hydrangeas are some of my favorite.

My great-grandmother and I used to work in her garden. I'd stay close by her side as we planted and weeded. Then she'd let me pick the roses and make arrangements with them. I love thinking of her as I put on my gardening gloves and get dirty. Sometimes it feels like I'm back there working next to her again. 

I smell the roses everytime I pass by and love staring out my front window at them. I can't look at them without seeing God. He reveals himself through his creation. I see the many different colors and types of plants and am amazed at what a creative God we serve. 
It's also impossible for me not to think of him as I care for the plants and pull the weeds. I see the need for me to care for my own spiritual life much in the same way I do my garden. It needs daily attention, watering, and pruning to stay looking beautiful. I enjoy the feeling of working with my hands and seeing a job accomplished.
We even have a bunch of mini strawberries. The kids and I love to eat them while we're working in the yard.

 I've loved learning different plants and how to care for them. 

I frequently have the children knocking on the screen door bringing me flowers they picked for me. They know how much I love them and always want me to put them in water no matter how small the stem. 

<bits of splendor monday


Christi said...

Hi Jessica! Stopping by from Bits of Splendor, and I'm so glad I did. Loved seeing your beautiful garden and reading your sweet thoughts. Have a great day :)

Rebekah said...

It looks like your garden is beautiful. Hydrangeas happen to be my most "Favoritest" flower.

christina said...

I just got into gardening about a year ago! I love love love it! I also find it is a great way to spend time with God :)

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