Friday, May 23, 2008

Renewed HOPE

Sorry I was a little down in my last post. There is part of me that badly wants to share my struggles and pain and then there is part of me that would rather just ignore those feelings and not think about it. The change in weather has that crazy effect on me (like I am an animal or a group of grade school children that act out when it rains).

I wanted to share some of my renewed hope. I mentioned before that I am choosing to focus on the positives of my life. I am fully aware that lots of families live without 2 parents in the home and I have the hope that this is only for a season. I have such respect for those military families and single parent homes. I bet there is more relying on God in those homes than I can even comprehend.












To share the little things in life that bring joy...the growth in the garden. Remember when we dug and worked and weeded and planted? And then that post about not sure if we could harvest what we started? Well the garden has exploded. Growth everywhere (even weeds Ginny). I am amazed at the whole seed growth process. Talk about a spiritual lesson. I can do my part on those seeds and plants (watering, weeding and such) but the growth ultimately is up to God. I can NOT make those seeds sprout and produce a plant. And how come some of the plants do well and others do no? That is up to the grace of God. There is no point in me getting worked up about controlling those plants. They will do what they are going to do. Get over it Cris (and learn this lesson in your own life too ~that is me talking to myself).












In due time, if it was meant to be, those seeds will turn into the plants which produces the fruit. And just enjoy the process. Step back and look at the big picture (again...me talking to myself). Enjoy the beauty of the growth and the outcome of the mature plant. I desire to not get caught up in the details of life that I miss the growth process. And LOOK...we get to harvest some of these seeds that we planted. {Clover got to enjoy those radish tops}.






9 comments:

Lee & Bev said...

My heart was so heavy last night - thinking of SCC and also of you. How much I love you and want everything to be wonderful and easy. But like the seeds - it is God's work and He brings the growth in His way and His time. How often we want it to be the same as our time. This morning we are trying to figure out where our passports are! Not sure if we left them in CA or they are in a box somewhere here! Sigh! Again - laying them (those blessed passports) and You - before the Master's feet and trusting HIM! I love you. We are trusting God for great things to come!!

Shaleen said...

Good job "Farmer Cris."

Lee & Bev said...

I forgot to comment on the garden - everything looks GREAT! Beautiful radishes. Sorry they are so hot. How I would love to try one! BTW Shaleen found our passports in the motorhome. Grrrr! This moving thing is for the birds - !! Glad you are encouraged today. Chuck comes home tomorrow! YEA!!

Ginny said...

Weather always affects my moods too.
Your garden looks beautiful! I was just outside pulling weeds in mine-not sure I even made a dent though. I am still praying for the sell of your house!

Annie said...

Good heavens! How beautiful! How I wish I had a place to garden! My children would love those radishes! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

Susan said...

The pictures are sweet. And your garden looks great. Enjoy the fun of harvesting and seeing things grow I guess, even though you rather wouldn't be there. Thanks for being honest in your last blog and for choosing to be positive in this blog...you need both, huh.I am so glad that Chuck comes home for a visit.

twyska said...

Your garden does look great-- You've done a great job. Enjoy your weekend!

Rachel said...

The garden looks great! What a blessing you are sharing with the buyer of your home.

Prayers...

jandkmoon said...

Cris,

Your garden looks great. We planted a small veggie garden in our yard, and are starting to reap a harvest. We ate our first cuke last night. I was so amazed to be eating something that we grew. What a feeling! You really do feel such pride to see something through from seed to fruit.

Hope you're feeling better.

Kristin