I’m not a gardener. I’m not being modest. Ask my neighbor. I love flowers and I love fresh vegetables from my garden, but they are not a high enough priority for me. Other things take precedence over gardening, so my gardens suffer.
On the other hand, I do love working in my yard. I love seeing the fruits of my labor. Today was one such day. I planted these lovelies on the pots on the deck. In a few weeks the flowers will fill the pots. I thoroughly enjoyed working outside today. It fills my soul. The kids will all be home next week and I want the yard to looking welcoming and springy; the winter has drug on for all of us.
My point in this fun-getting-to-know-me blog is that as much as I enjoy working in my yard, it never looks as good as I think it will. Back to the first paragraph—I don’t put enough time into my yard to make it as pristine as I imagine it will be.
This afternoon, as my pots were beginning to look a lot like summer, I came to peace with this truth—my yard is my fun. Trying to make it look like something I can’t steals my joy. But I decided not to let that happen. This summer I will do my best to make my yard look pretty. But I will not let angst over a few weeds and flowers that need watered ruin my joy when I do get back out there.
Can’t wait for summer!
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.