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Gardens and Families

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12

The hyacinths are blooming and I notice their scent when I walk outside. The hyacinths, tulips and daffodils usher in spring and I am glad that they appear year after year. 

I like having perennial flowers, but I also enjoy growing plants from seed. Last year I collected seeds from the heirloom tomatoes in the garden, from the basil plant and from my calendula flowers. Soon I will be planting them.

I have packets of seeds that I have ordered from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds and from Pinetree Garden Seeds. The variety of flower, herb and vegetable seeds available is simply amazing. 

As we see God’s creative design in our world, we must give praise and thanks to God! 

The Bible also teaches us that God designed families with purpose. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is reviewing God’s plan for his people.

You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 11: 18-19

The family unit is designed by God so that we can flourish. As parents and grandparents, we have an important responsibility to teach children.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

2 Comments on “Gardens and Families

  1. Barb planted mulberry tree
    right outside our front door
    so that I could daily see
    that she cared for whole lot more
    than her own convenience
    (she cared for it all winter long,
    without a hint of recompense),
    and now, in spring, it seems quite strong
    with blossoms flowing pink and white,
    and new leaves a-budding forth,
    to make it seem the effort’s right,
    and it’s really truly worth
    giving a dude struck down with cancer
    God’s new season blooming answer.

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