I grew up hearing people say, “April showers bring May flowers.” My Grandfather had a beautiful flower garden every summer. He would pick a lovely bouquet and put it in the back of our station wagon after our visits- one of my special childhood memories. It takes many things for flowers to grow- water, sunlight, and nutrients from the soil. Now that I am a grown woman, I look at my life as a garden. I can step back and see how it takes many different things to have a life filled with love, joy, gratitude and contentment; a life that honors God.
God is my Living Water. He supplies and takes care of all my needs. By reading His Word and spending time in prayer, I can connect with Him anytime. His love flows through me and hopefully out to others. But, it is up to me to stay filled; to seek, connect, and learn from Him.
My family and friends are the sunshine in my life. They are the bright spots that bring joy, laughter, and love to my world. My relationships warm my heart, just as the sun warms the plants shooting up to grow tall and strong. My family and friends are also the ones who comfort me during trials and storms. They are the hands and feet of Christ in my world.
My nutrients are the things I add to grow and expand my life. To expand my spiritual walk, I add Bible Studies, my small group, and worship at church. To grow physically, I strive to eat healthy and exercise. I also know that ample sleep is important. To move forward emotionally, I take time to be alone and seek God and His plans for me. I get energized by being with others, so I plan dinners, walks, and activities with other people on a weekly basis.
One thing every good gardener knows is that weeds will pop up among your flowers! These weeds try to rob the beautiful flowers of the essentials to grow. I know what the “weeds” are in my life…. those things that try to distract me from fulfilling God’s purpose in my life. It may be habits, addictions, or disobedience. And, it’s often hard to see the “weeds” in my own life- it’s much easier to see this in others! I strive to stay connected with God and prune those things that are not pleasing to Him. This is definitely an ongoing process!
So, how many of you are gardeners? How many of you love flowers! My favorite flower is the daisy. In this new season of singleness, I often buy fresh flowers to fill my house with beauty. I know God is pleased when I fill my life with things that are beautiful- things that are pleasing and honoring to Him. I hope you take some time to ponder what needs to be pruned from your life, so God’s best has a chance to grow! May you have a beautiful garden in your yard and life this year!