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Month: April 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

I’ve been around gardeners my whole life. The first person who contributed to my new found interest in gardening was my granddad. If I were to describe him in a few words it would be choir director and gardener. He loves plants. Going to my grandparents house in Cary there were always new flowers blooming, a giant magnolia tree for us to climb, and birds at the many feeders hanging in the trees. It felt like an oasis. Their porch was filled with so many flowers and potted plants. He even had a mini greenhouse and what I would call a “tending to new sprouts” room in their basement. I remember the smell of that room; musty dirt. Is that even a real smell?? He would show me how to cut flowers, how to plant them, and what the many different types were. My sister, cousins, and I would help (willing or not) in the many outdoor chores they had lined up for us when we visited. The best part of all of this was….my granddad always wore dress pants! Most people assume the typical gardener wears jeans, overalls, or boots…not him! But that is my granddad; he always dresses up no matter the occasion.

The second person that taught me a lot about gardening was my dad. Growing up, and even now, on any beautiful day you would find him outside. We lived on 5 acres with beautiful pastures and throughout my childhood we grew lots of fun things: corn, sunflowers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, green beans, tomatoes, watermelon, squash, lettuce, tulips, roses and SO much more. He can tell you though, I never really enjoyed helping. My sister and I would play outside or do our own thing, but never were interested in pulling weeds, preparing the soil in the spring, or any of the “work and waiting”. I just wanted the end result…the veggies or beautiful flowers.

Until now I guess I never really appreciated all the things they taught me. Now being 25 and owning a home has changed some things. I’ve decided to take up gardening this spring. Our porch is starting to transform into our own mini oasis. I’ve planted herbs, vegetables, and flowers in pots and our garden beds. I know my granddad and dad are proud and excited.

I have realized now it is not about the “end result” with gardening. Don’t get me wrong I am super excited to have vegetables to eat that I personally grew!!! But I am learning it is about the process; the journey; the experience.

(Our raised garden beds with lots of fun veggies; planting zinnias in the last bed in the near future)

I think this is relevant in our lives as well. So many of us race through life to get to “the best age”, “the best time”, “retirement”, “marriage”, “kids”, whatever you are wishing and reaching for and we lose track of the present. I know I do. We need to be in the now, even if it is not perfect or we stumble a few times. Because we will. Who knows if any of the plants will stay alive, but I am excited to tend to them, try something new, and enjoy the process.

Enjoy your now. Stop and smell the roses!

(The beautiful roses by our mailbox)

xoxo,

Grace

Freedom or Fear?

Freedom or Fear?

Recently I read an Instagram post from Life Lived Beautifully (@llbshop; go follow her, she is awesome!! I got my new Give Me Jesus journal from her shop) that really jumped out at me. The first line read,

“Are you walking in freedom or fear”

Wow. It then went on to say,

“If you’re caught in anxiety, fearful of the uncertain and worried about the future, rest in these truths…”

 

That’s me!!! God you are speaking to me! I am walking in fear. Wow, that is tough to swallow. I’ve always been an anxious person; I don’t like the unknown and I worry about irrational things. This post really struck me. I don’t like walking in fear. I want to walk in freedom. She then lists these truths:

-” Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

-We’ve been given a spirit of adoption and freedom, not one of slavery to fear (Romans 8:15)

-It is for freedom that we’ve been set free, we are no longer slaves (Galatians 5:1)

-We can cast all anxiety on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7)

-We can be honest before God when we are anxious and share those concerns openly. His peace covers us in return (Philippians 4:4-7)”

 

If you have heard the song “No Longer Slaves”, by Bethel Music, these words might have sounded familiar. I’ve been listening to Bethel Music a lot recently and love that song, but until now it never really resonated with me. Reading this post and hearing that song…now I feel like God is directly speaking to me. It is amazing how that works. I cannot change overnight, but knowing I can live in freedom sounds so refreshing! You can too! Open up to God freely and His perfect love will cast out fear. My prayer is this post opens up your heart and speaks to you. Many of us are fearful to something…why worry when we have our Lord.

xoxo,

Grace

P.S. Sorry I have been absent! This little guy has been taking up my time 🙂