“I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
When Jonathan had his 50th birthday party last year, the kids helped me do the preparations while he was preoccupied with his granddaughter. Brittney was in charge of arranging different pictures I pulled out of Jonathan, showing him at different stages of his life, stretching from his boyhood all the way to a family photo with our own grown children, son-in-law and first grandchild.
I enjoy going through photos and seeing how people have changed. It is a tad bitter-sweet because there’s a realization how fast time has gone and that the kids have really grown into adults themselves! My mom’s favorite saying was “The older you get, the faster time goes”. I am starting to see that.
Every now and then when we can catch one another at home, Courtney will Skype with us and we get a chance to “talk” to Katherine. Although sometimes we do this more than once a week, it is amazing when we actually SEE her in person, how much she has actually developed. She will be two soon and it seems like yesterday we were on a plane to Washington to see that little infant, shortly after birth.
In two weeks our oldest will turn 25! Our child, a 1/4 of a century! That baby doll was just out on the t-ball field not too long ago with a tiny little ball cap and red glove, ready for action, playing her heart out for the “RAISINS”! Now she works as an editor for her alma mater, on special projects with college bowl games and creates apps.
I can just see Courtney, now 23, dressed as a beautiful little angel for the Christmas pageant. Her sparkling blue eyes were so sweet with that white robe and halo! Now she balances being an Army sergeant, working on her degree, while she and her husband care for their (almost) two year old and another on the way.
The funniest thing (which wasn’t so much at the time) is that our son Charles was a speed crawler! Yes, it seems as though that would be a given to enter him into a CRAWLING CONTEST, wouldn’t it! ON YOUR MARK, GET SET… GO…GO.. GO!!!! That child did not MOVE from the start line! We have the photo of him just sitting there! Now he rarely wants to stay still and is studying physical therapy, a career involving movement.
Okay, hopefully I can weave this together before it sounds like a “Christmas letter”!
Certainly some of you have already been very busy out in your gardens already. I know there are some things that are not ready to plant yet, but I bet there are some flowers and vegetables already starting to grow!
The Lord plants seeds in our hearts, spirits and minds and they are nourished by fellowship with Him and studying His Word.
Like our plants, if we take care of what He sows, good bounty or beauty will be the result. As our children mature and develop right before our eyes, it may be easier for others to recognize our growth. Questioning as to whether you show signs of maturation is not a bad idea, as long as the quest is not motivated by pride and wanting to hear what a great person you are or what wonderful works you do! Ask a friend you can trust, if they can recognize evidence of a godly life in you.
Keep watering and nourishing what the Lord has planted. As long as I keep my plants healthy and act responsibly, they will grow and what they produce will make me glad. I’m not talking about missing the sentimentality of their youth, but haven’t you enjoyed watching your children grow, mature and learn? Don’t you think it pleases our Father to watch His children do likewise?
Master Gardener, sowing seeds of Truth
Please accept our praise for all You do for us every day
So we can grow in grace and knowledge
You are our loving Lord
Who has shown us in Scripture
How those before us
Blossomed into beautiful believers
Please give us wisdom to use the instructions You’ve given
To care for what You’ve planted
We want to sprout into a pleasing garden for You!
May our taste be flavorful, the sight of us be a colorful and delightful reflection of Christ and our aroma be sweet to Your nostrils
In the Name of our Glorious Lord Jesus
This Is My Father’s World
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