Fun Facts about Van Walton
My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.
My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.
My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.
My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!
I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.
Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.
One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!Friend Van on Facebook
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
10:15 PM | Posted by Van | | Edit Post
GARDEN PATCH LESSONS
I have been thinking for some time that this patch of --- whatever you want to call it:
thorn infested plants,
hard clay ---
This patch needs a total re-make.
I have known it for a long time. But have I even entertained the thought of what I might do to spruce it up? Uh yes, but that is as far as I have gone with being a good steward of the land God has given me.
So there it withers in the front of my yard, not a very welcoming sight to my neighbors or those who visit my neighborhood.
dry neglected withering ignored abandoned
I think, “One look at this and you know it needs a little sprucing up!” I HAVE got to do something.
And as I begin the work it doesn’t take God long to respectfully tip toe into my heart so he can teach me lessons:
Garden patch lessons learned in my garden patch life.
God immediately begins planting - a seed in my thoughts:
“Does your life bear any resemblance to this corner patch?"
I consider, “Absolutely! I can list several areas of my life that need attention."
God: Then get to work.
I do as the Proverbs 31 woman does. I “inspect a field”
and “make sure my dealings are profitable.”
Then I go to work taking out the old.
My life is full of troubles…
I am as good as dead
like a strong man with no strength left.
I am forgotten
You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them...
You have taken away my companions and loved ones...
I work the patch while God works in me.
His teaching style hasn’t changed. He continues to say,
“Consider the field.”
Sometimes my life feels like this:
Yet, as I dig and dream about what this little patch will look like when I finish, hope wells up inside of me. I know the plans I have for this piece of dirt.
God: “I know the plans I have for you – to prosper you and not to destroy you.”
I put up my tools, to return another day and finish my project.
Oh the lessons I learn when I step into my garden.
You are invited to return and join me as I continue describing those lessons learned in the garden patch.