Monday, May 09, 2011

A Garden and Life's Lessons

What does spring represent to you?  Are there lessons to be learned from this season of rebirth?  

I like to think of spring as a time of starting anew. When winter arrives, plants die back and the terrain is cleansed of weeds and overgrowth. Gardens are cleared and the soil sits fallow for the winter. When spring comes, the soil is tilled and ready for planting. Seeds in colorful packages and starter plants in little gray containers are ready and waiting for the sun to warm the temperatures enough for plants to grow.

I like to think that lessons can be learned in a garden. Traits like patience and gentleness can be learned. Gardens also provide us with opportunities to create and to experience all our senses as we appreciate color, fragrance, and textures of plants, flowers, and produce. Gardens can help us to slow down and to take care to appreciate the little things in life. They provide beauty for the home and nourishment for the body.

Obviously others feel the same way about planting a garden. A quick look on the web reveals some very interesting websites and blogs, created by others who love to garden. At Glens Garden, one can read about lessons learned through gardening. Over at The Last Leaf Gardener, Patricia shares about lessons learned in the garden on Mother's Day.  How appropriate for May. And Julie, on Hub Pages, shares a thoughtful post about life lessons learned while gardening. These writers say it so well. I encourage you to take a moment to read their thoughts about gardens, life, and what matters most.

“I planted, but God was causing the growth.”
1 Corinthians 3:6


  1. Grow it, Lord, grow it!

  2. No wonder everyone on this side of the world is crazy, it's too hot for a garden and winter hardly comes anymore. Ha! I have two balconies and try my best to keep plants on them. It sure takes a lot of work and not all survive. Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

  3. Hi Sweetie! Such a delightful post about growth...personal and in our gardens. Love how they go together, too! And I love that God grows it all!

    Hope your week is off to a great start!!

    Love n hugs,

  4. Because of my poor gardening skills I always call on God to keep my plants alive and let them grow. God causes the growth in every living thing. Blessings! A book is on it's way in the mail to you...

  5. My sentiments exactly! Thank you for sharing the links to other like-minded folks.

  6. Everything looks so beautiful. I'm just beginning to risk putting in some flowers, but the garden still waits...

    Blessings, Debbie


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