“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8:15 NIV)

Spring brings fond memories of our time in Tennessee, especially my father’s and uncle’s gardens. Our children were small enough to enjoy helping remove debris, watching my dad mow and my uncle till the soil, and learning to plant seeds.

The kids understood that the seeds needed time to grow into edible crops, but that didn’t stop them from checking the garden daily. Rain or shine, they made the trek to the garden – diligently waiting for evidence of their favorite vegetable.

When the crops came in, it was a game for the kids to harvest their favorites. I didn’t have to cajole them into eating their vegetables. The believed they had worked hard for the produce and wanted to enjoy it. Thinking about their daily anticipation, makes me reflect on my desire to keep my faith and trust in God stirred up.

When we look to God and refuse to give up, we find the strength to press forward. Regardless of our physical limitations, we have to remind ourselves that we can set goals, dream, and stretch ourselves. It may take use longer or require frequent rest breaks. We may have to get creative in order to get things done. However, if we persevere, we will be able to see the fruits of our labor.

We have to plan, breaking the larger task into manageable increments and taking things one day at a time. Of course, we have to be flexible, allowing time for the unexpected. We can’t beat ourselves up when we have setbacks or delays. We must find a way to keep a good attitude and focus on God. He knows every road block we will encounter, and He will give us the strength, wisdom, and courage to endure.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gardens in our lives. Help us to persevere and keep our focus on You. Give us the wisdom to take each day as it comes. Don’t let fear keep us from trying to reach our dreams.

Dorothea lives in California with her husband and their two teenagers. Although she has endured the challenges of several chronic conditions for over 20 years, she trusts in God’s grace to help her get through each day. She writes with the desire to encourage others and to remind them of God’s unfailing love. Please leave a comment for Dorothea or read some of her other works at: