Am I Fertile Ground?

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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Confession of a Busy Mom

Well I’ve let it happen to myself again. There has been so much going on in the past month! Its the end of the school year and we’ve just been GOING, GOING, GOING… DOING, DOING, DOING… We’re so Busy. I’ve gotten to a point where I think I need to re-evaluate everything we are “doing”. What are we “busy” with? Does God call us to these things? Is it time to let go of some things? I have always struggled with being busy. In High School I played tennis, was on the cheer squad, was in the High School Musical each year, sang in the choir, was involved in church, (of course there was ALWAYS a boyfriend to spend time with) and somehow I managed to be an average student at a College Prep School. None of these things were “bad”, but I think I was so busy that I didn’t give the necessary attention to the things that should have been priorities. Sometimes I wish I could go back and shake my teen self and tell her to focus on what really matters!

  • “Cheerleading is great but don’t make it a priority because you’re going to end up hurting yourself so many times that you can’t even Cheer on the College level.”
  • “Don’t worry about that silly boy because he’s just going to break your heart in a few months after he meets another girl while he’s away for a few weeks over the summer.”

Or maybe I should look in the mirror right now and say it to my adult self…

  • “Don’t join another committee that will take up more of your time. Your daughters are starved for your attention.”
  • “Think and pray more before you agree to go as a chaperone on that next Youth trip. Your husband is tired and you need to spend some one on one time together. He needs you.”
  • “It’s time to step away from that commitment. Your season there is over. It’s time to open yourself up to whatever God is calling you to next.”

It’s tough stuff to think about, let alone pray about. “God, show me what you want me to be doing… and what you DON’T want me to be doing.”, because the thing is I need to follow through & obey. Yikes! I may actually have to STOP doing something! I may have to say “No”! I might have to disappoint someone because God is calling me to something else. So for now, I will pray for strength in this season of busyness. I will pray for God’s discernment, that He will show me what He wants me to be doing. I will pray that He will guide me as I weed out those things that I am not supposed to be spending my time on. I will ask Him to set my priorities straight.

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me the right path, O Lord;     point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me,     for you are the God who saves me.     All day long I put my hope in you.”

Have you ever found yourself in a season of busyness like me? Has God called you to let go of some activities? I would love to hear what God has done & is doing in your life! Until Next Time, signature.fw

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Five Minute Friday: Why I NEED to “Gather”

So this is my first time joining up with the #fmfparty group! YAY! I’m excited!

FMF means “Five Minute Friday”. On Fridays many bloggers take the opportunity to write for five minutes on 1 specified topic. I first heard about it a few weeks ago and this week I’ve decided to join up! Check out Kate Motaung’s over at her blog “Heading Home” for more info about the #fmfparty.

This week’s word to write about is “Gather”

So I was thinking about why we gather.

This weekend I am gathering with several Children & Youth Church Workers to learn how to create better ministries. Sunday I will gather with other believers in Jesus Christ to worship God & learn more about Him. Next week my family will gather to celebrate my daughter’s 7th birthday!

We gather together in times of joy & in times of deep sorrow. Sometimes we just gather together so we can talk or have a good time. We NEED to gather together. I know as a wife & a mom it really helps me when I can get together with other women to share & talk about what’s going on in our lives. I have a friend that I don’t get to have lots of quality conversation time with because we’re  both so busy. Let me tell you though, when we DO get together & talk we can talk for hours! I always come away from our conversation feeling so much better because I know I’m not the only one that struggles with balancing all of the areas of my life.

Hebrews 10:25 says

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

So in God’s word He’s even telling us to gather! We need friend & family time. We need to share with & encourage one another. I think that’s one of the reasons why the #FMFparty each week is such a great opportunity! We can virtually “gather” together to talk on one topic. We can share & encourage.

I definitely need it!

Ok, my five minutes are up. Thanks so much for “gathering” with me this week!

I’m also linking up with www.christianmommyblogger.com today! If you’re a mom that blogs check it out!

I would love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below what you do to get in some good Friend or Family time. I would love some new ideas to use myself!