Wednesday, June 9

The Garden

My life is meant to be a finger pointing, a warm beacon glowing in the darkness.
With my children, how well am I doing of pointing them to Christ?
Do I bang them and rebuke them with scripture, or do I point to the grace and forgiveness and encouragement found in them?

Do I hold myself in higher esteem then my children? Am I an example of perfection or an example of God's grace daily at work?

Do I pile my works before me, comforted by their number, failing to see they are nothing to Him who made me?

Am I soft and gentle or harsh and cruel?
Am I quick to rebuke?
Am I quick to hug, forgive, and pray?

My life is a mere breath. Will it be remembered for being cold and chilling or warm and comforting? What about the atmosphere of my home?

The children weed their gardens with me, removing the plants that would steal sunlight and nutrients from the vegetables. Lord, weed the garden of my heart from things that would steal attention from You.

Garden prayers....

Then the rain comes softly, the beets standing in their leafy red lines, carrots and cilantro doing life together, tall pea plants waving in the wind...

Peonies turn full faces toward the sun in their ruffled elegance.

My life is meant to be radiant. Does my countenance reflect this?
Is their laughter within these walls, a ready seat for guests, love spilling over?

I am so thankful for this life. It may not be understood by everyone, but if you have been blessed by such a connection to earth and family and understand.


Amanda said...

well said...
Hi Hannah~
Amanda here. I've been reading your blog for a few months. I am really enjoying it. REALLY enjoyed the post today. I can relate to this so much in so many ways. I love how you used the analogy of the garden to tell the story. We must carefully, prayerfully cultivate our garden inside our home. Thanks for sharing this.

Treasures from a shoebox said...

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful words. Beautiful message. Thank you!

Diane said...

Beautifully put Hannah! :O)

Nurturing Faith and Family said...

i definitly understand. very encouraging words, and beautiful garden!

hope you and your family have a wonderful evening!


Maya said...

Thank you for this. I was just thinking about how chaotic I was feeling lately and this helped bring me back to what is important. I do so enjoy your blog!

annamaria potamiti said...

Thank you Hannah- what a beautiful post...I have been quietly reading your blog for some time now, and I have loved it all. I am at a turning point in my life and your thoughts have been an amazing source of inspiration and comfort.
Thank you.
Annamaria :)

The Amusing Redhead said...

Thank you Hannah for this inspiring post!

mira said...

your blog is such an inspiration to me. I look forward to each post, and often walk away from the computer with a renewed energy for God, motherhood, homemaking, and the like. Thanks for giving us these regular peeks into your world!

~mira (a regular lurker from the western end of the state)

nocton4 said...

perfect post, wonderful xxx

Unknown said...

you have a way with words. thanks for the gentle yet poignant reminders.

Mrs. Mike and kids said...

I understand...