This is tactile now. A literal I-can-see-the-fruit-of-my-labor success as I pluck a strawberry from our garden. This little berry from a combination of soil and water and sun and love. We planted a garden and here it is and feels like a tiny little miracle.
Mostly because of the fact that we planted a garden and we kept it alive. Well, as long as you don’t count the rosemary. I’m not really sure where we went wrong with the rosemary.
Scarlette marches outside behind me in the morning, watering can in hand and shrieks delightedly as she very carefully waters the squash. I pick some lettuce for tonight’s salad and recite nursery rhymes to her.
“Look how our garden grows.”
I wanted to do this. I wanted to put my hands in the soil and bring them out holding a harvest.
I cut up the squash and think about how this one came from the vine.
I think about The Vine and I feel connected, to the Creator of the earth I’ve sown, to the Word of life that makes all things new.
This isn’t my fault. I read this book and it changed my life and made me grow a garden and donate all my clothes and start thinking outside myself about how much abundance I have in life and in grace and why am I not sharing it more? Thanks for
nothing everything, Jen Hatmaker.
I’m putting visual reminders everywhere. There is dry erase marker scrawled across my bathroom mirror. There are sticky notes on the fridge holding words with so much more weight than grocery lists. There are words that go before me as I leave the house and again as I enter.
I don’t want to forget this.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
And then pass it along.
The products in these photos are c/o DaySpring, who provided them in order that I might tell more of my story. The outdoor mat is my favorite, it’s a welcome message to those who cross the threshold into my home so that I can practice the gift of hospitality but it’s a welcome message for me as well, a refreshing reminder as my feet cross it several times a day in the most mundane of errand running.
You can click HERE to read stories from some other lovely women and enter to win a flag + mat set of your own.
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