Wednesday, April 20, 2011

it's not pretty yet...

gardening this week
and i find
a verse
in the digging
sow righteousness
for yourselves,
reap the fruit of
unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to
seek the LORD,
until he comes
and showers his
on you. (hosea 10:12)

gardening this week
and i search
for my unplowed ground
that i may sow...
gardening this week
and i've got
dirty nails
aching muscles
water in my shoes...
gardening this week
that i may reap...

the wednesday-friday links:

tiffani for word women wednesday
emily for imperfect prose
bonnie at the faith barista for faith barista jam
christy for as of late
beki at the rusted chain for fingerprint friday
michelle for caffeinated randomness
studio jru for sneak peek friday
jennifer v. davis


  1. I love spending time in the garden. It is there that God's Word comes alive.

  2. nice. i thinking putting ones hands in the dirt is truly a spiritual act...

  3. I LOVE this...whether it is the garden of our hearts, or the actual dirt and plant kind...we can't work in one without actuall also working something out in the other...


  4. seek the LORD, until he comes...hmmm...I may need to think about this perseverance.

  5. I need to get my garden planted. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. I love the spiritual analogies we can glean through life - our work, our labor. Beautiful

  7. Absolutely love the verse! Lovely to have visited your 'as of late'! :)

  8. I also am gardening this week that I may reap. Dirt under the fingernails; sometimes it's visible, sometimes not. God knows. May he give a harvest!

  9. ooh i love the parallel here. and i always feel closest to God when my fingers are in the soil.... happy easter, beautiful kendal!

  10. I love how you paralleled the sowing of the gardening and you. Beautiful. We are gardening soon too and I always get so excited about the newness of the plants and the goodness to come... like He does for us!

  11. i love the requisite faith in gardening (and i admire anyone who can grow up a healthy bunch of green...i've got tomatoes and stawberries down pat, but everything else is scared of me). :)

  12. ummmm. we haven't succeeded YET! this is our first garden in many years.

  13. "break up your unplowed ground; " This line really hit me. How much unplowed ground do I have in my life? Something to ponder.....

  14. Jennifer OstranderApril 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    I painted something for a friend with this verse, Kendal; I love it. The way you string together your beautiful thoughts and words makes it a joy to be here.

  15. our garden here in fargo hasn't started yet either. Icky weather.. hoping for the spring to get here eventually!

  16. Love gardening. So many lessons come from gardening. It seems His words come pouring through when we are out in the dirt.
    Visiting from Rusted Chain Finger Print Friday

  17. What a lovely fingerprint! We most certainly need to tend our Heart garden on a regular basis, pulling up weeds of discontent, envy, etc. and planting God's seeds so they can grow. Have a blessed Easter weekend!

  18. I love gardening! I only have herbs right now because of space but I absolutely love it! Have a great Easter!

  19. What a precious promise from Him that if we break up the fallow ground, He will come with those showers. Thank you for a beautiful post.

  20. Jennifer_StudioJRUApril 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    I think it is already pretty! And something to look so forward to. I love gardening... flowers mostly. Can not wait to get out into the dirt! :)

  21. words won't come just yet Kendal...The verses on digging, sowing and reaping have always struck me deep. I'm not sure why? I think maybe because I'm still in the dirty nails, blisters and water in my shoes part. That is ok because it is all worth it...looking to the future and choosing to believe.

  22. Love your words...thanks for sharing. That's a huge garden!

  23. Lovely words! I wish I could have more time for gardening...right now is zero time, but I know, I am pretty sure soon my time will be more flexible and then I will get sometime for gardening! I want to have my own vegetable garden! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Beautiful post! The word "promise" comes to mind. The promise of bounty after all the hard work, both in the garden and in one's soul. Happy Fingerprint Friday, Happy Easter!

  25. I love this verse Kendal! I might use it for my next memory verse! Awesome!

  26. nope ... it ain't always pretty ... I so agree!