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Monday, May 11, 2015
My Spiritual Garden
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 3:18
I don’t have a green thumb. The genes which make for a successful gardener passed me by. Therefore, I was surprised when the geraniums, set beside a window in our garage for the winter, were not only growing leaves, but blooming. They were pale, sickly looking things, but they were alive.
The only plants I manage to grow are giant pots of geraniums on my front porch. They not only survive my hit-or-miss watering and feeding techniques, they are not a favorite with the squirrels which seem to think flowers stems which must taste like Brussel sprouts) are a delicacy.
Food and water in regular helpings are necessary for plants to grow and thrive. I managed this with my children, however, when it comes to plants, my methods often fail. The geraniums may have survived my neglect over the winter, but they withered and the leaves dropped off following a liberal dosing of plant food in the spring.
Watering and praying go well together, and my plants are not so different from my relationship to God. My spiritual life requires appropriate food, water, and light. Neglecting daily prayer and Bible reading, and failing to attend worship services on a regular basis, causes me to wither and die spiritually. I fail to become the thriving specimen of God’s handiwork that He created me to be.
Scripture makes it plan that Christians are needy. Fellowship encourages me to blossom and reach out to others. Prayer waters and refreshes my spirit, helping me to withstand the perils of life. Spending time in His word on a daily basis feeds my hungry soul, keeping me strong and healthy.
Neglecting any one of these aspects of the Christian life, it affects all the others. Like neglected flowers, I lose my beauty and fail to benefit those around me. My spirit languishes without careful nurturing, just as my flowers wither without proper food, water, and light, but the Master Gardner knows exactly what is required for my spirit to thrive.
As my geraniums remind me daily, I can thrive and be healthy with proper care. Nurturing my spirit as I nurture my plants enables me to become a thing of beauty in God’s garden of life.
© Copyright June 1, 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman
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About the author:
Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, set in Scotland and New Mexico released in April 2014. She has led weekly women’s Bible studies for 19 years. Her devotionals, poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. She is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 38 years. They have two adult children.
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