It worked out well for both of us, but now that I am on my own, with my own bit of land, it was time. Let me tell you, I never realized how much work it takes to make a garden. It isn't as easy as just digging a hole and placing the seed in it. Nooo..you must put some serious sweat into it. I had to clear the area out, pulling weeds and roots, then turning the soil. Once I planted the seeds, I had to keep the area watered and weed free. Let me tell you, weeds have a sneaky way of accumulating over night. I swear, where there was one the night before, ten more sprouted. But, where the hard work came, seeing the new buds of growth coming, became so satisfying and rewarding. To step back and look at your garden, realize I did this. With Gods help of course , all this growth and vegetables started to blossom from all your hard work. It took a lot of time and patience. You couldn't just sit there and forget it. Gardening has also taught me a lot about life. Be it in anything in life, from God to relationships, parenting,friends..to really really be the person we need to be, we can't just haphazardly lazily go about life. To be a Christian, a mother, a sister, a wife,a friend,a girlfriend..or husband, boyfriend,brother..it takes WORK. You can't just give up when things get hard. You can't just shake your head and walk away. You have to dig in when life throws obstacles in your path. Stand up and hold on when you feel like you are falling. Devote yourself even more when you feel like your under attack. Just like gardening, the weeds can accumulate in your life, one sin growing to ten if your not careful. Every morning, I spend at least ten minutes outside weeding my garden. This also can be like our walk with God. Every morning devoting our time with Him. We need this to survive out there. If you just claim your a Christian but don't put in the work asked, you will become like an overgrown garden, full of weeds(sin) and nothing like Jesus. It is true we are saved by grace but it is through this grace that we have the desire to do all He has asked. To truly understand all of this, is to devote your time with Him. To love Him, truly love Him, is to wake up each morning with a smile on your face and an eagerness to talk with your Father. To open His word and learn more and more about Him.
When you devote your time like this, with patience and perseverance, you will begin to see the changes and blessings He will give you. It took many years for me. Tough times and lots of hard work, for me to begin to see, slowly, what He was doing inside me. I was an unkept garden, full of weeds, but as He worked inside me, I blossomed more and more to the glory He originally made me to be. My goal woman in proverbs worked hard. Staying up late and getting up early to get her work accomplished. She devoted her time to God,family,people...she wasn't idle. This is what we all need to be. Don't just stop when it gets too hard. Don't give up. I promise, just like my garden, your reward will be so great in the end.
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.