Tuesday, March 29, 2011


It has been a dreary day here in Texas, cold and rainy but when I got home today and peeked outside I couldn't help but notice the growth that has quietly been taking place!

my rose buds in front yard
So much like life... - when we are down and out - have dreary days, grey days, we can always assume Christ is working in us to GROW us in a sense!  

huge bloom out front

I spent some of these dreary days not too long ago, pruning and weeding in my yard so that my plants would flourish this Spring/Summer and it is so SUPER exciting to see them sprout - seriously...I celebrate with a little happy dance every time I see a new shoot, or bud, or leaf!
tiny little rose starting to bloom
 The growth in my yard has been such a mirror of my life this year.  I went through some grey days, some dreary days back in September - right as the weather was turning.  All through the winter I have felt God pruning me...and at times, believe me, it did NOT feel good at all!  Nonetheless, he knew what was best, as he always does, and he continued... pruning, cutting back, getting rid of the weeds of self doubt, of pity party-ness (is that a word?  ya'll know what I mean!), of timidity, etc. etc.

YES...God knows what's best and just like me, he CAN'T WAIT to see the new growth he has uncovered, and boy oh boy am I gonna be glad to see it too!!!  I pray it bursts out much like my yard is doing right now - bursting out with colors, blooms, strong bold stems, tough bright leaves, and such glorious vibrancy!!!

pink flowers on a small bush in the back
raindrops on my bold strong callas leaves

 beautiful new iris blooming
 pansies by front door

 iris unfurling
That's why Spring gets me so excited - the grey days are gone - and it's a NEW BEGINNING, a time to start fresh, forget the past, MOVE ON!!!  I am thankful for the pruning, I am thankful for the pulling of the weeds, I am thankful for the getting rid of the unwanted dead stuff, I am thankful for the rain, ...but most of all....I am thankful for the GROWTH!!! 

 growth behind the pool - bold, tough callas leaves

my trumpet plant vine bursting with blooms like crazy along the fence and pool gate

Praise God for the GROWTH!!!


Jenny said...

Girl, you are beautiful inside and out. It's hard to see the blessing of trials when "winter" is first beginning. I always try to remember the verse, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." We don't always understand why things happen, but we know God has his own ways. I'm glad it's spring time again for you! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah said...

Wow, Jara. It feels completely inadequate to say, "What beautiful flowers!", but... what beautiful flowers! And what God is doing in your heart is even more beautiful. I agree with Jenny: you are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for this post.