I have been doing a little research on gardening. It’s something that I enjoy but have not mastered. Here are some tips I have found helpful and relate to our ministries in the church.
• Start with something easy…. Pick something that doesn’t take too long to grow. Early success is inspiring. It may make you want to move on to more complicated plants.
• Create a plan…. It’s easy to get stuck if you don’t have vision as to what you want and how you plan to get there.
• Keep a notebook…. A journal is the big picture, so jot down your dreams for your garden.
• Set a calendar…. Have a general idea of when to fertilize the soil, when to plant new bulbs, when to prune and when you expect the harvest.
• Water carefully… Give constant, ample water. Make sure the water penetrates the soil. Newer plants need more water because their root system hasn’t fully developed yet.
• Keep up the good work…. Proper maintenance is the greatest thing you can give your garden and most rewarding. Taking time to weed, prune, and tidy up will get you in tune with what the plant needs to thrive.
• Be patience…. Gardening is a process. It does not happen in a day. Sometimes inpatients will cause you to over water or fuss too much. Monitor regularly, but unless something looks wrong, let it be.
There are so many scriptures in the Bible that refer to gardening. Here is one of my favorites.
The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.