New Beginnings

Untitled Design (3)~Whitney~

A week and a half ago we started seeds indoors for our garden! Whoop Whoop! I’m really looking forward to our little garden growing fresh tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, and other yummy goodness for our family and others.

The kiddos were eager to help as their little chubby fingers held the tiny seeds. They dropped them into the holes and helped water them. A week or so later as the seedlings began to emerge, Curly Top wanted to know if she could eat the tomatoes yet! Patience dear one.

As I look at the tiny seedling emerging from the soil by our back windows it brings a sense of refreshment and excitement that spring is coming yet! Although just a few days ago we had snow, spring is peeking around the corner (though ever so slowly).

There are so many lessons that can be learned from growing things. Jesus Himself used parables about agriculture a lot. There are truths like having the right soil, plants needing a little bit of ‘stress’ to make their roots grow deep, blooming where you’re planted, etc. I really could pick any one of those truths to write about, but God’s recently showed me another one:

NEW BEGINNINGS.

This is my word for the month. I’m doing a goal setting journal this year called Cultivate What Matters and each month you pick out a word or phrase that helps define where God has you at that moment and what your goals are. Mine for March is NEW BEGINNINGS.

We can probably all agree that the freshness of spring brings an exhilaration that’s been missing for the past few months of cold. Spring makes me feel like cleaning my house, planting a garden, starting a project, exercising, and running around the field with my kids all in the same day!

It’s reviving.

It’s new.

It’s fresh.

I always feel like whatever problems I might be dealing with somehow seem less intrusive whenever the warm spring breeze is blowing and the smell of fragrant flowers in wafting around.

In Christ, we had a NEW BEGINNING at salvation, but often times we need a daily refreshing and do-over also. I know I do. Whenever I’ve messed up over and over again, I often feel like a complete failure who’s never going to get it right. Whenever I remember past sins it’s easy to wallow in the mire of regret. BUT God gives us a gift and that gift is NEW BEGINNINGS.

 “It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

When I’ve been less than patient with my kids and even lost my temper, God says: “Begin again.”

When I’m struggling with trusting God, He gives me the chance to keep trying and growing.

When I feel like a problem will never be solved, God whispers to my heart: “Today’s a new day to trust Me.”

Thank You, Lord, for NEW BEGINNINGS.

 

BONUS!!!! Lara Casey, author of Cultivate What Matters is doing a series on gardening and is having a BIG GIVEAWAY of seeds, raised beds, gardening tools, and more!! Giveaway ends April 9! Go HERE to enter!

 

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