Monday, June 29, 2009

How does your garden grow?

I was reminded today, the details I'll leave out, that life is a test, an opportunity to grow. I was reminded that we can't grow unless given the opportunities to do so. If we meander from day to day, year to year without opposition or challenge, can we ever really prove that we have the faith and “gumption” to rise above? Will we remove ourselves from situations that could prove harmful? Will we forgive someone who has harmed us? I think within us all there is a seed. A tiny manifestation of our creator. We can cultivate and tend this seed or we can ignore it while it slowly hardens and withers. I learned today that my seed could use some water and I'm thankful that I've been blessed with another day to grow stronger. I want to be counted among the mighty oaks, not the drought-stricken saplings. I also want my children to be strong, to be able to combat the temptations of every day life. In the world that we live in, temptation will be at every corner, at the touch of a button. I consider this post a journal entry of sorts. I will have to come back and read this often as a reminder of this day. I learned a lot today, and I am thankful, but I'm glad it's over.



5 comments:

Alyssa said...

those are such sweet pictures. :)

Connie said...

the garden is looking good and the pictures are great! You are a great person and I have no doubt that you will persevere through the daily trials we must all face.

Valencia said...

I love these photos, Christy! I like this post, too, and like Connie and I know you will persevere. Let me know if you ever need anything. I am also taking maternity and newborn photos and have a project I'm working on. It is really fun and a new adventure for me...Take care and I'll see you soon.

Michelle said...

I love your pics! Hang in there!

Jayne said...

Your post reminds me of something I read in one of Stephen Covey's books. I'm paraphrasing a little, but it's something like, "Water the flowers you want to grow." He's actually talking about people, but as we know, it's so true in a garden. Friday when we got back from our mini-trip, we noticed that a dogwood tree that we planted in the fall was drying up. It upset both of us so much that we immediately began watering it and have continued doing so ever since. Today I can see that it's going to make it.