Growing with Effort


A plentiful harvest from a modest garden.  I am about “squashed” out.

As I walked under the grape vine I said “It smells like grape jelly.”  They are Concord grapes.

As the sweet grand girls walked over the fallen plump ripe grapes, there was a rich sweet aroma in the air.

A new scent for autumn.

“Yes,” Jim said, “Can you imagine how much we could grow with more effort.”

It is a modest garden.  A hobby of sorts.  Expanding a bit each year we settle here even more in to a new rhythm of life.  Past the sixtieth decade with grandchildren and adult children and our two extra blessing ones.

Imagine, how much could we grow with more effort

Grow with effort.   With prayer, tilling, pruning…with effort.

Make no mistake about it; gardening for growth is hard.

What are you growing?

Children, a marriage, a home, a life, a ministry, a circle of community.  Are you part of something that is growing? A ministry, a project, a NGO, a church, a small group?

What are you growing?  Your life in Christ?

blessings, linda

About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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2 Responses to Growing with Effort

  1. CC says:

    DITTO! Love it!

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