Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Making Room for God

My post yesterday got me thinking about gardening and how God works.

My garden really isn't anything special. I don't spend hours fertilizing and tilling, although in the beginning we spent a lot of time getting all the grass out of the way and putting in good soil (soil! there's another rabbit trail!).

After we planted the plants or seeds, we really left the rest up to God. Occasionally we will water, especially in dry Texas summer. But our ultimate goal with plants is to let them take care of themselves.

This summer has reminded me how little I actually do and how much God does in my garden. There have been summers when I poured much more energy and spent more money on resources and got a terrible result. This year it was all rain and climate. Sure, we planned to plant at the right time, and we chose good plants for our climate. But the rest of it (and the rest is SO MUCH!) was all God.

Now let's get all spiritual and apply this to our relationships with God. I have been studying the parable of the sower and every scripture that relates to that parable has emphasized our job as caretakers but that we don't actually do any of the growing or the work related to that. We can plant and harvest but that's it.

So when we make room in our lives, clear away the "oughts" and "shoulds" that this world tells us we need to do, and clear out all the plans we have to "fix" our spouses and kids and selves, and let God work, he can make amazing things! His plan isn't a cultured lawn. He has a vision so much bigger, so full of awesome, that we cannot even dream it! We can try to plant seeds of Bible study, being with wise people, and etc, but we cannot do it on our own. It's impossible.

Our small minds can only imagine a lawn with pretty trees. But God has much much bigger plans for you. Clear away the weeds, put in some good compost of the Bible, and see what will grow.

our little minds vs God's bigness

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

God's Garden

This morning I had a chance to spend a few minutes in our family garden (it's really God's but whatever).

What I saw amazed and delighted me.

Our tomatoes this year have gone crazy to the point that I am almost sick of them. We've had over 2 months of lots of tomatoes every day. The key for us was to put them over by the a/c drain line, so they get lots of free water every day.

Near our tomatoes are the sunflowers Denali wanted to plant. They are huge and beautiful. I have a tiny passionflower vine that has not put out any flowers yet but the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have found it. This is the only thing the baby caterpillars eat and so the mama butterfly has to find this one plant to lay her eggs. She found ours even though it was barely a foot tall, and every day there are about 10 caterpillars on it.

This morning I saw a cocoon near the vine, which I assume is from one of those caterpillars.

My bird of paradise plant has made its first bloom. If you have never seen one of these you should definitely click the link and see the prettyness. It's gorgeous.

We had a garden spider about an inch long back behind the tomatoes but I don't know where he went.

Our peach tree is so loaded with peaches that we have a stick propping up one of the branches. Every day a squirrel comes and eats half a peach. He seems to think the peaches are ripe but we know they aren't. Soon though.

Every thing in our garden reminds me of God's glory and power and wisdom. I cannot imagine this happening by chance. It is by design.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Emlyn's Recovered

thanks everyone for your concern for Emmy. She is feeling much better and the doctor has cleared her. We are thankful that none of the rest of us have gotten the illness, whatever it was.

Our summer is now in full swing including visits with friends, art projects, and all sorts of delights.

Off to make breakfast!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seeds Music

My friend Bethany let me know about this awesome music available. Seeds Family Worship puts out Scripture to song, and they do it in a fun and great way. We have two of their CDs and let me tell you we all love them. Even Joel is able to tolerate them, and that's saying a lot.

They are trying to fund their next CD, "Seeds of Character", and are having a fundraiser called 45 Days of Worship. I would like you all to click over and check them out!!

Bethany put more details about it in her blog. You can access her posts about Seeds Music here, here, and here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer!

"So what are you doing this summer?"

I have been discussing this with lots of people recently- school is out and we have lots of free time to play, see friends, go on trips, and do special things that we don't seem to have time for during the year.

This year specifically we are going to soccer camp (indoors, score!), VBS, swim lessons (also indoors!), we're having a cousin visit for a couple weeks, and my sister Ruth is going to be married. It's going to be great.

Unfortunately all we've done so far is nurse Emmy. She has a nasty virus that has fever and staying on the couch. This is day 6 and we are doing all we can to help her get better. Last night that included grandma watching the kids overnight so I could regain my sanity with a date and some time to myself.

This is frustrating for me. While I enjoy being home with my kids and not having any other calls on my time, I am also frustrated with being home with my kids and not having any other calls on my time. I feel like I am treading water here. I have lots of projects to do around the house but it seems like nursing Emmy is sorta like taking care of a newborn. It is so intense that when there is a break I just mindlessly play computer games or toot around rather than doing anything "productive" that is "on my official list and agenda".

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining too much. It's so so nice to be able to stay home and not have to pack lunches and be certain places at certain times.

I'm just ready for summer to really start. Bring on the pool! And the friends! And the exciting stuff!

On a side note our garden is still doing very nicely. We are getting about a pint of tomatoes and a pint of blackberries every day right now, and soon we will have more bell peppers and figs and peaches. The herbs are all growing well and it's just a lovely place to be. I also got a hammock for Mother's Day and when the mosquitoes are otherwise occupied I love resting there. The butterflies are all coming out of their cocoons and fluttering around, and the heat is holding off for now. All in all this is a great place to be.

This also all reminds me that in heaven there won't be any of these little earthly things to distract us from God's power and glory. I pray that Jesus will come back quickly and that every day here I will be doing what I need to be doing to prepare myself for heaven. And I am so thankful to be a stay-at-home mom who can take care of her sick little girl without being worried about my paying job.