My daughter and I have been talking a lot about bulbs the past few days. Bulbs… as in flower bulbs.
I don’t know if you know this or not but I absolutely LOVE flowers. Like REALLY love flowers. I would cover my entire front yard in flowers of different colors if I could.
The thing is… we actually have very few flowers in our yard. We have lived here for 2 years and we really haven’t paid much attention to working on any landscaping. In fact, just keeping our lawn mowed has been an issue. (I’ll have to tell you about our lawn mower experiences another time)
So THIS year I’ve been determined to plant some flowers & work on the front beds. I spent an entire afternoon just cleaning out the front beds & killing weeds. It was tough & tiring, but it felt so good to step back and look at what a difference it made!
So my 7 year old & I went to pick out some spring bulbs to plant & some seeds to plant in pots for the porch. There were so many options it was a little overwhelming. Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Drought Resistant, Deer Resistant, Annual, Perennial… My poor head was swimming! My daughter, of course, was just going by what her favorite colors were & dropping them in the cart. Needless to say, we had to have a discussion that even though we like what it looks like it may not work in our yard.
We finally figured out what bulbs & seeds we wanted, checked out, & headed home. In the car she asked me what we would need to do to plant them & take care of them. I explained that we would follow the planting directions on the packages & we would probably also look up some more information online so we made sure that we could do our best to take care of them.
Then I got to thinking.
Although planting & growing plants isn’t easy, it’s something that I am willing to spend my time & money on. I’m not a fan of the planting & waiting part, but when the flowers bloom it’s all worth it.
Isn’t our spiritual life similar?
God calls us to do many things that are difficult, time consuming, & even tiring but He asks us to do these things because in the end it will bring glory to Him. All of the hard work is worth it in the end, even if the end result doesn’t occur during our lifetime.
So much of this time consuming work is preparation. So, just as we would prepare the ground for the planting so that it will be able to grow, we should be preparing ourselves for the work that God has for us to do.
How can I prepare myself? I’m not soil?
1. We can prepare our hearts with prayer.
God has really been convicting me lately of what I pray to Him about. Lately instead of asking for more tangible things I’ve been asking him to prepare my heart & mind for whatever it is that He has for me. Whether that means something this week, next month, next year, or years from now.
2. We can prepare our minds with God’s Truth.
How often do you delve into God’s Word? I’ll be honest, depending upon the season, I tend to slack off when it comes to my personal bible study. When I’m not preparing my mind & studying God’s Word I tend to fall flat when life gets difficult. Just 15 minutes a day reading & studying helps tremendously. It’s like getting ready for a big test. If you haven’t studied, & aren’t prepared… You’ll fail.
So as we prepare our yard for spring plantings I’m going to continue to think about how I need to prepare myself. As I water & weed over the next few months I’m going to use that as a reminder.
I’ll share lots of pictures of our flowers when they bloom! Be sure to let me know what is blooming in your life!
Until Next Time,
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