Making Space in the Garden and Life


I’ve added a couple of new coneflowers to the garden this year and I am really enjoying the bright pop of color they add to the early summer perennial bed.

The time of transition between spring and summer in the garden is hard for me because as plants die back and are pruned away there are inevitably blank spaces that I feel the need to fill in. I’m learning to truly enjoy each season and am getting used to editing flowers out to allow other plants the time and space to mature. Having a healthy, thriving garden depends on this process.

Serving Christ will cost us many things, as well. As Americans I think this is one of the hardest concepts in scripture to come to grips with, leaving everything to follow Him. Everything we “need” is right at our fingertips. We are so darn comfortable in our western lifestyle and American freedoms. It can be easy to take for granted what we have and assume things will always be this way. But what if they aren’t? What if it’s all taken away from us? I think we can all agree the last six months have brought change at lightning speed. What if we are forced to make choices that will cost us everything?

There is no neutral spiritual ground. Are we steeped so deeply in the Word of God that if our bibles were physically stripped away the verses we memorized would sustain us? What do I need to prune out of my life to make more room for time in the Word. How can I know and love Jesus so intimately that my desire to follow him would come without hesitation? These are questions I’ve been asking myself. Have you pondered them as well?

“There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God, you cannot do them.” Oswald Chambers

What if we are forced to make the decision to obey man to keep what we have on earth and turn away from God?

“There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven. Then, come follow me.” Luke 18:22

Just something to think about...

xo, Patty

I have plenty of video garden inspiration on my YouTube channel, Life on Lemon Lane.  Here's a peek.

1 comment

  1. Hi Patty. I was so surprised (and pleased) to see your post! I thought you had given up the blog because someone had hacked it. Thought you moved over to videos only. That's why I was so happy to see your post. Your posts are always very refreshing, colorful, and inspirational. Susan


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