Today my SUPER GREAT SPECTACULAR AND VERY HELPFUL daughter helped me as i finished raking, spreading manure, watering and sprinkling grass seed all over our yard. It was a lot of work and i can feel my muscles ache as i sit here on the computer. Hauling buckets of dirt and rocks around with a baby on your back is a great way to burn calories and use muscles you never knew you had!
I am hoping this will be the year that i see some progress in the yard.
My yard isn't like a normal persons yard. Have you ever seen the commercial where the guy leaves his house for work and skydives off a cliff to get to his car? Well that's a little bit like my yard. Its a small area on top of a rocky hill overlooking forests and river with a dirt road waayyy at the bottom. You have to look waayyy up to see our house.
I tried to have a garden for several years but became increasingly frustrated as every year even the weeds had a hard time growing. Finally, I moved the dirt into a few flower beds and spread the rest as a last ditch hope for grass (and a sense of normalcy). Don't feel sorry for me. Normal people could probably get things to grow. Part of my problem is that I'd rather be out swimming or hiking or doing something other than yard work in the summer. I plant the seeds, but I don't stick with it and water, weed, etc..
My slovenly gardening techniques reminds me a lot of Christians I've seen. Many of them have a lot of good intentions but never follow through. They are enslaved in bad habits and dwarfed in immaturity because they don't water their spirit with the Word of God. They never spend time in the presence of God (Sunshine). They let the weeds take over. I grieve over bad choices that they make. I wish I could help them learn from my mistakes. Unfortunately, we all have to find our own learning curve.
I'm going to focus on my flower beds and lawn this summer. Though I feel slightly jealous of my friends gardens, I have to accept that I just don't have the time. I want to work on getting in shape, have fun with my kids, enjoy the out doors hiking and swimming, etc.. A virtuous woman does not take on new responsibilities and neglect her other ones. No Condemnation (I have to keep reminding myself).
The Parable of the Sower Explained
Mark 4:13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”