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Watering & Growing

wateringthegarden7thumbwateringthegarden14thumb wateringthegarden10thumb wateringthegarden9thumbwateringthegarden18thumb wateringthegarden17thumb wateringthegarden13thumbwateringthegarden16thumb wateringthegarden11thumb wateringthegarden8thumbOur landlord/neighbor takes extreme care in our yard.  He has beautiful flowers planted and a vegetable garden.  I really love planting and gardening but I don’t have much of a green thumb or the money to do any of that, so it is a blessing that we really don’t have to do a thing to care for the outside of our home.  We water his plants for him when he goes to visit family and the boys love helping out.

I think about how often God cares for me where I don’t even have to do anything or take note of how things function because of how well He cares for me.  My cells in my body are working correctly, I have food on the table and a place to live.  He shows Himself to me through those I know and through day to day activities such as watching the weather change or helping me get from place to place in safety.  I feel like a plant of God.  He gives me His Word and I can grow when I read it, listen to it, live it out, pray through it, and worship Him for all He is.  When I am away from Him I feel myself withering and needing water and sunlight.  I am so thankful that He provides even when I feel at a loss. I am so glad Jesus was sent to save me. Thank you God for all you do, when you don’t have to do anything at all! If He so chooses to take things away from me, I still hope I can find things to thank Him for and hope to find worship in every circumstance.

“The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” -Isaiah 40:7-8

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9 thoughts on “Watering & Growing

  1. What a beautiful way to write about God’s love! I love reading your words. I think it’s wonderful that you are taking care of the plants with your boys….often moments like these are what stands out later in life. It’s the little things that are most important. Hope you all are having a wonderful summer!!!

  2. Very beautiful! Our garden looks like a mess in comparison. I love that your boys have fun in the garden, Liam likes helping out too 🙂

  3. You took beautiful pictures of the garden and you lovely little family in it. that’s wonderful your landlord takes such good care, I always try to care for my things more because I truly am grateful for what I have, but sadly kept forgetting about it. luckily my mother would water it whenever she stopped by, which is often. Also, will you post what you put on fbook the other day on here? My hubs and I talk about that pretty often, it really resonates w/ us since he did grow up being hungry a lot (he is from the slums in Venezuela, if you didnt’ know) and it frustrates us so much to see people preaching things but then just heading out to dinner/movies/the mall instead of giving their money to people in need (and of course even worse that it’s usually a chain restaurant where money doesnt stay in the community, an awful and wasteful movie, and then of course clothing/stuff made in questionable working conditions…. you said it very well though, I was really happy to hear the other day!
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

    1. I can totally understand how that frustrates you both to see how a lot of people in this country treat those who are not from here. I’ll probably post about it here sometime. I get so sad and burdened about it!!! I did not know that your husband grew up in the slums, but I know Venezuela is sometimes a very difficult place for families to live. I hope the rest of his family that remains there is doing well and that there will be much kindness shown to those who live in Venezuela who may come into the US. May they all be treated with love and respect, as they deserve. Thanks for the comment. I didn’t think many people read what I had written on my facebook status at all.

      1. Hey Victoria – I think I miswrote that, actually for the most part people here have been really kind to my husband. He just gets very frustrated at seeing people be so wasteful with food, money, etc. and especially Christians we know who seem to spend more time shopping than helping out others. it frustrates us a lot and is a topic we often talk about, which is why I really enjoyed what you wrote on fbook and would love if you posted here as well. My hubs’ mom always raised him to be ready to offer a helping hand to people, which was usually through listening to their stories as they did not have material things to give and relied on donation money for food (and usually did not have enough) since his family ran an HIV/AIDS foundation to help people with job placement and offer general support. My family was pretty normal, which of course means even though we always grew up taught to live frugally, we lived like queens/kinds compared to people in other countries. my dad was in the peace corps in his early 20′s though in a rural village in Ecuador and always raised us to save resources and volunteer because many others dont even have running water for example, which he always told us. his values and his appreciate for artisan work is what inspired me to found my shop, and of course all of my shopping principles.

      2. That is amazing about both of your families.
        I grew up in a household where it was hard for my mom to put food on our table because my dad would spend the money we did have on himself (that’s a whole different story in itself).
        I think that is wonderful about the HIV/AIDS foundation and your dad’s peace corps work!! I think that is wonderful that it helped you both understand the importance of taking care of others!!

        I think I get easily frustrated with most Christians I know, but I try to be understanding of it. I live in a place where people spend and spend and Christians don’t seem to live any differently from those who aren’t, as they are supposed to. . . it makes me burdened and sad. I know couples who have about a dozen cars. . that were expensive and just sit there and they rotate using them. I don’t get it. I have one vehicle that we share and can barely pay our car payments for it. Maybe they give lots and lots, I don’t know, but to me, those cars are hungry children and people without homes in other countries. It frustrates me because when I do tell others such things they are all about, “my money, I can use it how I want.” NO! God made everyone. They are more important than “your” money! Ahh! See now I am sad about it as I type this. Anyway, I’ll probably write something about it. Not many people read my blog anymore because I talk so much about Jesus, so I don’t know how many will read it, but we’ll see what happens.

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