Monthly Archives: August 2014

One Yellow Leaf

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One single yellow leaf hangs in a sweet gum tree amidst a forest of green in our yard. It’s a sure sign that autumn is not far off. I don’t want summer to be over. After all, it’s only mid August. I like the growing season, the long days, the sun waking me up before 6:30 am. I remember feeling this way back in elementary school, wishing summer would go on and on.

Yet one yellow leaf reminds me that nature is already preparing for change. And as I look around the yard there are other signs. The spiders have been active, there are webs everywhere. A couple of the chickens have started to moult, losing their feathers before growing newer ones for winter. God created life with the ability to adapt and accommodate change. His creatures announce change even before it occurs.

Sometimes I don’t like change, I dislike the shorter days of winter, I liked Windows version 7, not version 8. I dislike a separate app for Facebook messenger, I like eating, I dislike gaining weight. I like staying alive but dislike the impact of age on my stamina, my eyesight, my balance and my digestive system.

Yet as a child of God, I too am equipped to walk through the seasons, the changes in life and prosper. I remind myself again – I am already equipped by God to handle change. What I have noticed about nature, about plants and animals is that they do not try to deny that change is coming, they don’t hide from it. They prepare and they embrace. The spiders are catching more food, the dogwood trees are developing berries to scatter seeds.  And the sweet gum tree is preparing to let go of things it no longer needs.

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God, you who know all things knew that man would encounter many changes in life. You who created the birds of the air and the flowers of the field and equipped them for change, have also equipped me for change. As I walk through these seasons I want to embrace the changes that life brings. I want to prosper. And I want to watch and celebrate the beauty around me that You created as it changes.

Cultivate

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Cultivate

  1. a. To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops;till.       b. to loosen or dig soil around (growing plants)
  2. To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
  3. To promote the growth of (a biological culture).
  4. To nurture; foster.
  5. To form and refine, as by education.
  6. To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


 I’ve been challenged for a few months to begin blogging about journeying with God.  I’ve delayed because of fear – “who will read this”, “how will they react”, “what if I am no good “. And the answers I continue to get are “Do not worry, you are doing this to honor Me, no one else”.  I recall Moses telling God he was not a gifted speaker, and God replying  “I will go with you…I will teach you what to say”.  I am not comparing myself to Moses. I am no Moses, but humbly reminding myself that scripture has provided an answer.
I love to grow things flowers, plants, vegetables and chickens. I enjoy seeing people grow.  I am excited to see what God does in people’s lives when we invite Him in.  Plants can grow without care, but the outcome and the harvest are so much better when the soil is cultivated. They thrive when we loosen the clods, water the dirt, and add nutrients.
Seeing this,  I want God to cultivate me.  That is what this space is about; cultivating  plants, cultivating people, watching and interacting with God as He cultivates me.

 

God I invite You to:

  •  improve and prepare me and this space, to plow or fertilize us, use us for raising Your crops
  • loosen or dig soil around me and around this space
  • grow or tend me and this space
  • promote our growth
I ask you, my heavenly Father to  nurture and foster me; to form and refine me; to seek my acquaintance and to make me Your friend.