Where’d THAT come from?

garden lastStatus report: my garden is semi-surviving despite this June’s horrid hot/dry spell.  Here in Missouri it appears the wheat is getting in okay, but I’m concerned for the corn if we don’t get some rain soon.  If y’all have a few spare thunderclouds, you might send them our way.  Just keep the twisters. 

Is that too much to ask?

Even though my garden is surviving the shock, I’m not sure my husband will when he gets the city water bill…it should come any day now.  Actually, he knows the score and is more than supportive with my gardening habit hobby.  With all the musical instruments and classic comic books and thin, round pieces of plastic “art” (he prefers the more expensive blu-ray to the less esteemed DVD…), I suppose we’re even-steven.  At least he can eat my time-well-spent.

So look what I found this morning on my watering rounds!  YIKES!  When did THAT happen?  Obviously, it had been cuke2“happening” for a while, and with all my watering and feeding and weeding and fretting, I wasn’t even aware of it, nor even looking for it!  How cool is that?!

(I’m such a non-gardener…)

Sometimes I think it’s a challenge to keep doing what needs to be done, day in and day out, especially when what needs to be done is THE SAME THING every day.

Do the laundry.

Buy the groceries.

Let the dog out.

Let the dog in.

Feed the kids.

Wash the kids.

Pray with the kids.

And for many of us, that’s AFTER “working” all day at the office.

Like a Dr. James Dobson once wrote, parenting isn’t for cowards.  Of course it’s not just parenting.  Any vision/dream/hope has to be foolishly tenacious enough to push through the boredom and mundane.  And blood, sweat, and tears is more than a rock band. (Dating myself again.) Ever felt like the old Habakkuk?

“How long, O Lord,…?”

I remember specifically asking God that question during a particularly trying time in my life (one of several, of course), and the very clear answer was, “As long as it takes.”


“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

The kids grow up, and you hear your adult daughter say on the phone,

“I’m hearing you come out of my mouth!” or,

“Now I understand when you…” or,

“Thank you for not letting me…”

When did THAT happen?!  No matter, for that fruit tastes soOOOoo sweet.

Habakkuk 1:2; Hebrews 10:36;   Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

8 thoughts on “Where’d THAT come from?”

  1. My favorite adult child phrase is, “How did you ever…”

    The fruits of childrearing aside, I love the oft repeated message in Habakkuk reminding us that patient enduring (of the hardships of life) lead not only to doing God’s will, but to His promises as well.

    Another morsel on the table of life, Dawn. Thanks for the food for thought.

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  2. Your ability to make analogies is unsurpassed except by Jesus who said, “Watch what you say cause your words are growing corn you will have to eat some day.” I don’t have time to look up that scripture, so I can’t rightly tell you where it says that! 😀 If you find it, you might let me know. Might take a long time for me to find it.

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  3. Gardening is such a great analogy for our walk in Christ.
    Without water (Holy Spirit) things fade, wither, are barely surviving. If Jesus needs the Holy Spirit, how much more us.

    Without constant weeding, weeds take over and choke the life out of desired plantings. – We must constantly weed negative thoughts and thoughts contrary to the Word of God from our minds moment by moment.

    We have to keep amending the soil of our hearts so it can be receptive to the seeds (words of God).

    And like your bountiful, beautiful harvest, when we do what needs to be done, we too are assured of abundance, not just for ourselves, but plenty to give away as well.

    Great word friend.

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    1. Such good thoughts. I’ve actually a short devotional book just with things like this on gardening (not published yet), but soOOo many comparisons to be made. Thank you for your insightful comments!!

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