Thursday, January 12, 2012

Start Growing Something

That is it, I finally got all the Christmas decorations down.  Yes the tree wasn't too much of a pain getting it back into the box.  I am satisfied on that account with my first artificial tree.  I still have my "Winter" decorations up though.  A few scattered twinkle lights here and there, glitter and candles, sparkle and glow that helps get me through the bleak winter days and nights.  Yup...not my favorite season.  Perhaps nobody loves winter after Christmas unless you ski.   As always this time of year I am looking forward to green.  Not just the color but the real green that comes only from the natural world of life and growth!

Fortunately I was able to grab some late winter bulbs as I was shopping for said Christmas tree.  I found a few amaryllis bulbs, and then some tulips in my garage that didn't get planted this fall.  Popped them into pots and glass containers, and now I get to sit back to watch and wait for growth.  It is so encouraging to my soul and spirit to see this process in nature.  I would also like to see similar growth in my own life in several areas.  I guess even at my age I don't want to think of myself as fully mature.  I know only too well that I still have much more room for growth on the inside of my being. Hopefully not on the outside =)

So as I start this year I hope to be sowing some things into the soil of my heart that I can sit back in patience and wait for "green."  Or maybe find some forgotten "bulbs" that still need to be planted, that really only need some moisture to get the roots started.

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.  I Corinthians 13:13 MSG

 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:16-18 NLT


Vee said...

And as one teacher told me do you ever hear an apple tree muttering "grow, grow." These things come from beyond ourselves as we yield to Him and in season. Many blessings... You need a good old-fashioned New England winter to put you in the mood for snow! I could share!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I love this post...a reminder to keep growing. Good thoughts for the start of the year...and the start of another decade for me. I'm underlining Eph.3:16-18...a great passage.

Sara said...

Amen! Have you read Luci Shaw's "Water My Soul"? All about God's creation and gardens as analogies for our spiritual growth.

Kathy said...

Beautiful post....and I too need to be watered in some areas of my life. I love your bulb ideas.....may I borrow? Thanks:)
Great verses!

Barbara said...

Your first picture almost looks like a marble hall! Like the bit where you hope to grow on the 'inside' and not the 'outside'.

I know God will honour your hearts desire but don't start trying just trust Him.He knows what is best for all of us. I know you know this.

Gwendolyn said...

Wow! Your place looks lovely! I've got to look those verses up again. I love those descriptive words - "steadily" "unswerving" "extravagant" That is surely how He has loved us!

Blessings! ~ Gwen~

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