We plant. He makes it grow.

This week we are switching our schedule. Tuesday’s posts will be a bit more irregular. We may skip a Tuesday here and there, in the interest of carving out more time to work on new Doorposts products. Project posts and posts directly related to child training will now be posted on Thursdays.

Last bouquet of the year!

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

Today I picked what is probably the last bouquet from this season’s garden. The cold air of late afternoon hinted at the first frost that most likely will leave the garden a black and ugly mess in the morning.

I picked a big bowl of almost-ripe tomatoes, a pile of peppers, and the last of the ever-thriving zucchinis. I pulled some weeds around the onions and winter greens in the raised beds. While I worked, I thought about how close I had come to not planting a garden at all this year. I knew our summer was filled with trips away from home. I watched it rain and rain and rain all spring, and then it continued to rain into June. But I couldn’t imagine not having a garden.

So we planted one. And it grew.  It was late, but it grew, and God graciously stretched our summer into October, just to make up for its late start in June. As I picked my veggies today, I thought about planting seeds. We plant them. God makes them grow. We plant, we water, we pull weeds, we fertilize. But we can’t make the seeds grow. We do our part, and  trust God with the results.

It’s the same with parenting. We can teach, we can love, we can discipline, but only God can change a heart. We can’t make that happen. We must faithfully do our part, pray, and trust Him with the results.

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  1. Thank you for this – God’s timing is always right. My son is six years old, and he is very smart and very strong-willed. I have prayed for him to accept Christ as Savior since before he was born. Since I came to Christ at an early age, I guess I have been expecting him to do the same. We talk about Jesus and the need for salvation, but he is not ready to make the decision yet. I needed this reminder to be faithful in the planting, watering, and weeding. God will indeed continue to make him grow.

  2. Beautiful, words and flowers. Yes, I too am watching my tomatoes grow into almost November here in Lincoln City and marvel at all of the downpours we had from January til June. Ha! Here at the lake it never did dry out all the way. Pondering about parenthood in the garden is one of my favorite past times. So much about relationships seem to be so apparent in the plants. I know why Grandma prayed so much amoung her strawberries and radishes. 😉

  3. Thank you for the encouraging words. I’m having so many issues with my 13 year old son, Austin. He’s been a challenge since he was 2, and I just don’t know why we haven’t been able to reach him. Please pray for Austin, and for my husband, myself and our other 7 children, as we try to teach him, love him, and leave the results to God.

  4. We serve a great God! Imagine thinking that it was all up to US! He graciously let the plants be an example to us to remind us that ultimately, HE makes the flowers bloom and HE blooms the Word that we plant in our children’s hearts.

  5. Touche.

    Solid arguments. Keep up the

    great spirit.

  6. Thanks for your ministry. The bouquet is beautiful!