Mudpies of Life…

March 17, 2010

As a child I would ‘craft’ in the barren area of our backyard.  Rocks, dirt and water being the ingredients; a spoon or shovel the tool.  I would build habitation for the Flintstones, design my own universe or just make a muddy mess and be happy. 

Not and I (I being the operative worker) are preparing to undertake a gardening remodel project.  The action of which I find delightful; it is the planning I find stressful.  But, God is using this experience and to teach me wonderful spiritual insights as I pray my way through this mine-field of melding thoughts, desires, visions and goals. 

What do I truly want to achieve, in this or any endeavor?  To be more Christ-like ~ to hear His voice guiding my heart and actions.  I know He is preparing me for His eternity.  I want my reactive choices to be reflective of obedience to Him.  In the creation of gardens there is such a vast array of colors, shapes and textures to consider.  It is the same with Christians – each one is unique.  We can only grow spiritually by allowing God’s guidance, we will all grow differently, but together we will make a gorgeous garden!

Now my basic ingredients are: Christ (my Rock), repentance of my sin (dirt) and His shed blood (water) washing it away – faith is now my tool.  Think of the beautiful garden He desires to make in everyone’s life — He does not want us to be life’s mudpies, He wants us to reflect His glory and proclaim His love!!

 

Enjoy Spring and God’s blessings!!

 

 

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Dirt….

May 20, 2009

there is nothing quite like its healing properties. 

I finally have been able to get my fingers dirty again!  My aching knees can prove it!  Six weeks is a long time to be away from a garden as it transitions from winter to spring; from under snow to the tulips are blown.  I missed seeing their colors, but there are lots of other perennials out there just waiting to pop.  And passing by the nursery…there are lots of annuals in need of a good home!  😀

I’ve spent the six weeks transitioning too; transitioning our fourth parent with ALZ into better care.  Independence is no longer a viable option.  What this disease does is heart wrenching and unstoppable.  But it is a reality of life and so must be faced and dealt with as best one can.

That was last week, this is today.  Today, I will go out and get dirty pulling weeds, moving plants, listening to the birds sing.  My partner will be munching on the rocks I uncover, finding them to be her own special treasure.  Today, I’ll be in my favorite spot, in the garden, walking and talking with God.  I’ll be on my knees and while there, I will be praying for you.

YEAH!

These came to me years ago from someoneorother on one of those pass around emails, no matter, they still make me laugh!

  1. When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him. Michael, age 14.
  2. Never tell your mom her diet isn’t working. Michael, age 14.
  3. Stay away from prunes. Randy, 9.
  4. Never pee on an electric fence. Robert, 13.
  5. Don’t squat with your spurs on. Noronha, 13
  6. When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. Taylia, 11.
  7. Never allow your three-year old brother in the same room as your school assignment. Traci, 14.
  8. Don’t sneeze in front of mom when you’re eating crackers. Mitchell, 12
  9. Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac. Andrew, 9.
  10. Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time. Kyoyo, 9.
  11. You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Armir, 9.
  12. Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. Kellie, 11
  13. If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. Naomi, 15
  14. Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick. Lauren, 9.
  15. Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat. Joel, 10
  16. When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone. Alyesha, 13
  17. Never try to baptize a cat. Eileen,8
  18. Never trust a dog to watch your food. – Patrick, age 10.