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Plant Yourself a Garden and See God’s Presence

Let’s face it, homeschooling is a lot of work. In between deciding what curriculum to use, lesson planning, maintaining a schedule, and making it through a school year, there are so many other tasks. The culmination of a school year leaves you both exhilarated and ready to begin the next school year or consider throwing in the towel. If the latter describes you, whether it relates to homeschooling or just life experiences, then plant yourself a garden and see God’s presence.

Plant yourself a garden and see God’s presence
When I was headed to college many years ago, my aunt gave me a potted plant. It was green with simple maintenance that pretty much only required me to water it and ensure it received a little bit of sun every once in a while. I figured I could handle at least that much without killing it. She also shared with me the following words (or something like them), ”Whenever life seems like it is getting really tough, take a look at this plant and see how it continues to flourish and grow despite its challenges.”

The only challenges the plant was going to face was me remembering to water and sun it. The challenges that I had ahead of me were far more significant than that. Sometimes, the challenges we experience in life are just the same.

God is steadily working in your life every single day and every minute of that day. You may not see His hand in every action He performs as He cares for you, but He is there. Some of the blessings may be really small and unnoticeable to the human eye, while others fiercely take your breath away.

I must admit that sometimes I wonder where He is, and other times I can see Him so clearly.

The first crop my blueberry bush netted me was less than one dozen blueberries. It was not even enough to use in any of the recipes I have. The next year was not too much better, but I was able to see an increase from the previous year. This year I have multiple branches with a lot of little blueberries growing, and I see some blueberry muffins in my future this summer.

I also see how God’s blessings continue to produce and multiply in my life even when I may not believe He is there with me. Life is full of blessings and challenges, but know that He is always there and will never leave you alone.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 New International Version (NIV)

I couldn’t tell you what happened to the plant my aunt gave to me. Anytime I need an immediate reminder of God’s presence, I may go outside into my yard and look at my garden and see the wonder and beauty of Him and know that He is with me every step of the way.

Point of Grace puts it simply.

How do you see God’s presence in your life?

About the author

Jennifer

Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA, but will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother of three children (a.k.a. the ‘Wild Bunch’). Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading, running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. You may find her writing at her personal blog, Milk & Honey Mommy and for West Tennessee families at Kid Madison, a blog for kids, teens and families and at Homeschool Roster, a listing of events and news for homeschoolers.

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