This week: Attempting to grow roses, we too will fade, being faithful with today while living for eternity

Saturday, June 20, 2015


I wrote way more then I had planned to this week; record breaking for me. I am going to try to keep it short and sweet this week... if thats possible.

I have been wanting to have a rose bush for a while now, but they are really hard to grow in Florida or anywhere for that matter. I have always dreamed of having a rambling bush of roses growing up the side of my house perfuming the air with their fragrance. I can dream, can't I?

I did some research and bought one that has been grafted to thrive in our harsh climate. I settled for a little bush. I am praying and hoping it will survive and that I won't kill it somehow. I found a good spot that gets early morning sun and I dug a huge hole and filled it in with nutrient rich compost and soil. The soil in our backyard is pretty much sand. In a couple of months I will start to fertilize it and prune it.
Taking care of this rose bush made me think of how God takes care of us. We are so fragile. Like this rose bush we need a lot of tender care. I am so thankful that God knows what we are and what we need to grow and flourish. He knows where we need to planted, what kind of nourishment we need to feed our souls, he knows when to prune us so that we can flower and bear fruit. He is our perfect gardener, our perfect father; tending to our every need.
I am also reminded that like the flower; we too will fade. Our earthly bodies will be no more some day. I am challenged to search my heart and ask God to help me to be faithful with what he has given me to do today but to live for that which will endure forever. To tend to my children's needs; nourishing them with not only earthly food but spiritual food. To bless my husband and meet his needs. To take care of my home and not neglect it. To bear good fruit right where I am in the season I am in. It's not always easy. Like the rose, I fear at times that I am going to mess my kids up because I seriously do not know what I am doing at times; no matter how much I have researched.
It is so easy to get caught up in the here and now and put our hope in the things of this world that we can see and touch, but this world; the things and people in it are all fading and will be no more someday. But God's love for us will never fade and I am looking forward to the day when my faith will be made sight and nothing will ever perish or fade anymore. I am living for that day by learning to be faithful with today and find grace for when I am anything but faithful.

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame;he remembers that we are like dust. As for man, his days are like the grass; he flourishes like the flower of the field; for the wind passes over it and it is gone, and it's place knows it no more. But the steadfast love is of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him." Psalm 103:13-17

Have you ever tried growing roses? Have you had any success?

What is God teaching you to be faithful with today?

Is it hard for you to live in the light of eternity at times when the here and now is all consuming?

Linking up with these great link ups: The homeschool mother's journal, Mama Moments Monday, Strangers and Pilgrims on earth, Mom2Mom, Tuesday Talk, A Little R and R, Thriving Thursday, Grace and Truth , Faithful at Home Fridays

5 comments:

  1. We live close to the beach too so just beneath the dirt is just sand. But roses thrive here, our climate isn't hot and muggy, it's artic {I can't remember what the term is, sub-climate or something?}. But only certain types of flowers do well on our side of town as opposed to the other side where it's more "Englishy". I'm not much of a gardener but I am trying to chip away at our home and soften a bit of the harshness that the previous owners did.

    When we put eternity in front of our eyes, it changes the way we see every part of our day-to-day and takes our focus away from the less meaningful {but more pressing} and to the more important. So agree with you!

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  2. Your rose bush is lovely, and your analogy so very fitting and true! I love the lessons that the Lord teaches us as we go about our daily lives and the reminders of eternity that are found all around us. I hope that your rose bush thrives... one thing I've learned that rosebushes need to be pruned both spring and fall, and they love coffee grounds and banana peelings as natural fertilizer for them. Other than that, if they have lots of sunshine, and water, you should have big beautiful roses to enjoy soon :) Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks so much for your great tips! I am definitely going to try them:)

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  3. Your post is beautiful--I enjoyed the analogy with our life and God's care for us. As mothers we can pray for our children and trust them to God. I can remember standing outside my children's bedrooms, asking God to overcome my mistakes. He is faithful.

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  4. Beautiful. I also pray and hope to live out my days fulfilling the plan and purpose God has for my life, similar to what you describe. I pray God shapes me into the woman He made for me to be . Blessings to you.

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