'Plant for the future'...that simple and age-old process of preparing soil, planting a seed, watering, weeding, tending, and watching it grow to full bloom.
I think that's exactly what womanhood is all about, too.
We must prepare the soil of our hearts to receive and nourish seeds of love that come our way through the blessing of a husband, children, grandchildren and other unique souls the Lord may lead into our life.
By wisely tending this heart-garden, carefully (and often daily) removing weeds of discontent, selfishness, laziness or bitterness, and watering it with honesty, kindness, thoughtfulness, humility and forgiveness, the character of each bloom we grow from our life example can be a great legacy to leave behind for those who follow after.
I used to think that it was too late for my family to see the 'better' changes made in my character, changes that over a decade grew me closer to where I needed and wanted to be.
But I was wrong.
Over the last few months some of my children have quietly shared the things I've been teaching them without my knowing it, and I realised all the examples they gave were lessons I had been intentionally addressing in my character for many, many years.
And here we were, much further along life's garden path than when I first donned my gardening apron, and those seeds I had chosen to plant and tend and nourish, were blooming before them.
There are still many heart-gardens for me to till, weed, plant and tend in my character, but having borne that first sweet fruit I can testify that this is a good garden path to follow in life.
Many of us can remember the times of failure and regret that mar our life memories, but take heart dear friend. Life has seasons, and like the garden as the seasons change, we can break up the old soil and start over again.
It's simply never too late for fresh blooms and a new life memory to be made.
Let's begin fresh today, shall we?
Let us choose to plant, for the future.
Block 4 is a free pattern download here in my shop until May 4th.
Blocks 1, 2 and 3 are $2 each and also available as downloads in my shop.
GENTLE DOMESTICITY Facebook Group
Are you enjoying stitching these blocks?
Would you like to share your photos and ideas with others who are playing along too?
You would? Wonderful, because yesterday I set up a Facebook group just for you!
I'd love to see you there.