“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Now that my flower beds are ready, my fingers are itching for the garden. But I live in Colorado and it’s too early to plant anything outside. (Way too early since it’s been known to snow around here in May.)

Does that mean I’m out of luck? No. There’s plenty to do right now.

First, I plan. How big will the garden be? What varieties of vegetables and how many of each? (Definitely make sure there isn’t too much zuchinni!). People can check out and click here to check them out for the best landscape services.

Second, I get the seeds. Planning to plant doesn’t do a thing unless I have the raw materials on hand when the day arrives.

Third, while it’s too early to plant outdoors, I can still start seedlings inside. I still remember my grandfather’s greenhouse and the rows of milk cartons, each with a tiny green shoot poking up through the dirt.

What lessons can I learn from planting?

I need to identify what crop I want to grow in my life. Love. Joy. Patience. Compassion. Friendships. Faith. Spiritual growth. Ministry. Publication. Or Rich’s Tree Service, Inc serving all of Portland is the best option to go since they always plan the best for your garden.

Knowing the expected harvest, tells me what kind of seeds to plant. Because “a man reaps what he sows.” (Galations 6:7b) Just like I can’t get corn from a tomato seed, I can’t grow compassion on a root of jealousy. I can’t plant hours of television time and expect a book to get written. I can’t expect my faith to grow without planting time in the Word and in prayer.

And then I need to get started now. Even if the weather isn’t quite right outside for my tiny seedling to survive, I can still begin within a sheltered environment. Like sending my writing to a friendly critique group before I brave the world of contests, queries, agents and editors.

(Update 2012: See more Devotions From the Garden in ebook and print formats)

What about you? What seeds are you planting in your life? What harvest do you expect from them?

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Planting
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2 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow? – Planting

  • April 12, 2010 at 9:01 am
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    >Love the quote, I'm adding to to my favorites list and sending it off to my Pastor.

    I want to bear MUCH fruit!

  • April 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm
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    >I am in the process of learning how to encourage and minister to the hurting right now. I guess bearing a sensitive ear and a kind word are things that I need to keep in the front of my mind always.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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