A Season of Growth – Part 3

A Season of Growth – Part 3

Spring has sparked a new season of growth for my whole being in body, mind, and spirit. I’ve already talked about growing stronger physically and growing sharper mentally. This week, I’m focusing on growing richer in my spirit. The spirit is a harder concept to grasp, even if you come from a faith perspective like I do. All I can say is there’s a part of me deep inside my heart or chest region that

A Season of Growth – Part 2

A Season of Growth – Part 2

Spring has sparked a new season of growth for my whole being in body, mind, and spirit. Last week, I talked about my desire to change, baby steps to get there, and rewards along the way as I transform my flab to fit and tired to toned. This week, I’m focusing on growing my mind. Confession time. I am an avid reader. Shocker, I know. But I usually read fun books as an escape from

A Season of Growth – Part 1

A Season of Growth – Part 1

Spring is my favorite time of year. Between the colorful bulbs in my flower bed and the lilac blossoms in my own backyard, there’s a sense of hope and anticipation that builds in my heart. The long cold winter slips away and fades from memory as new life emerges and dead brown grass turns a vibrant green. It gives me hope that exciting things are around the corner. While spring is the start of a

Like A Tree – Stunted Growth

Why do some trees tower and others remain dwarfed by comparison? Of course genetics plays a part since a Russian olive is destined to be smaller than a California redwood. But even within the same species, some trees grow strong while others don’t. What stunts growth? Diseases and pests (like we’ve looked at in the past weeks.) Poor soil. Too acidic or too alkaline. Solid rock, sandy, or clay. Not enough iron or nitrogen or

Like A Tree – Potential

What potential lies hidden within you? Take a close look at this picture. What do you see? A brown colored nut. Relatively small. Seemingly insignificant, especially compared to the size of the surrounding leaves. What don’t you see? The potential of this acorn to grow into a mighty oak towering 70 to 100 feet tall. And as an oak, also have the ability to shade large expanses, produce hundreds of acorns, multiply them into a forest, and

Like A Tree – Mustard Seeds

Have you ever wished you could accomplish something really big and life-changing? Some days I feel like the disciples watching Jesus do amazing things around them and wondering why they can’t do the same. For example, one day, they saw Jesus deliver a demon-possessed boy and asked why they weren’t able to do the same thing. Jesus told them they didn’t have enough faith. That “if you have faith as a mustard seed” they could tell mountains to

Be Like a Tree in 2012

As the new year stretches before me, the words that keep running through my mind come straight from Scripture. In 2012, I want to be like a tree planted by the waters. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” ~Psalm 1:3 NKJV “For he shall be like a tree planted

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Harvesting

Talking about the harvest feels premature when plants aren’t even in the ground yet. (Here in Colorado, the typical rule is not to plant before Mother’s Day. Good thing, since it snowed yesterday.) However, no series about gardening would be complete without discussing the final product. After months of preparing, planting, watering, weeding, thinning … and waiting in anticipation, the first vegetables are finally ready. Baskets and bowls of sugar snap peas, radishes, carrots and

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Thinning

The hardest aspect of gardening for me is the thinning. Why should I pull up perfectly good carrot or cucumber plants? And why pinch blossoms off pumpkin and watermelon vines? It’s not like they’re weeds. But, if I leave too many plants in a small area, none of them will grow to their full potential. They’ll compete for nutrients and space. And a single vine can’t put energy into a dozen melons. By thinning the

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Weeding

With rich, nutritious soil and enough water and sunshine, what grows in my garden? Very hardy weeds, that’s what. Although my youngest son loves to pick the pretty yellow flowers, I’m destined to crawl around on my hands and knees trying to get to the roots and make sure they never show their mocking faces in my garden or yard again. Whether I use a hoe or a hand spade, I am on a mission