Gardens require more work than those without a green thumb may realize. At least that was the case for me as a young girl. I was fascinated by the look of gardens and the idea of eating food you planted.
Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and wanted their life, family, money, job, reputation, etc.? We all have wanted what someone has. It is true. But just like with a garden, we see the end result and are unaware of their labor for their current harvest. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
What have you been sowing? If you are constantly comparing your life to someone else’s you are sowing seeds of ungratefulness, discord, strife, jealousy, and so much more. Stop! I beg you!
Wherever you are now, take a moment and write a list of things you are grateful for. Add to it. Review it everyday. Review the list when your garden seems to be dying. Rejuvenate yourself through faith. Speak over your garden. And, review it when everything is going great- sincere gratitude requires humility. Always give thanks to God for all your successes and victories.
Do you think the lady with a beautiful garden goes out and says her garden will die and not produce any fruit everyday? Or can you see her smiling from ear to ear in anticipation of what she will harvest this year. Your words have power. How are you using yours?
Water your garden with seeds of thanksgiving and praise. Giving God thanks does not mean your life is perfect. Many times, giving God thanks in the midst of challenging situations is an act of faith and the way God intended for us to water our gardens.
When you see someone reaping a harvest, remember you have no idea how many times they experienced crop failure in the past. Yet, they did give up! They studied, learned from their mistakes and went back out there the next year. Let this be your gratitude check. It may be by far easier to complain and whine about what is not right in your life, but that only plants seeds that you will later reap. Plant seeds of thanksgiving!
The bottom line is that your faith, gratitude, and current situation is linked to your ability to give God thanks at all times.
Be thankful for life. Be thankful for friends and family. Be thankful God woke you up this morning. Be thankful you are able to read this blog. Just be thankful. While you may not have rows and rows of harvest like your neighbor next to you, you at least can give thanks for what you do have.
Water your garden with thanksgiving. Nothing is impossible!
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