Back home… back to gardening… back to school planning… back to meal planning… back to rhythm and routine.
I remember a few summers ago we had no plans for vacation, and my heart was aching for a getaway. Our one trip that summer was suppose to be to a family camp, and that got cancelled due to a freak August flood. It seemed “everyone” was going on vacation but us…
Now I’m on the other end of the spectrum… I feel like I was hardly home and able to accomplish any sort of school planning or anything for the school year, which starts next week! I woke up this morning feeling anxious about school and overwhelmed. How will I find time to fit it all in? I now have a jr. high student, as well as a 2 year old and 3 more in between! I walked out back to dispose of a chicken who had died during the night, and was once again overwhelmed by our garden jungle! Aah!
But, God… He is so good and faithful! I decided to fill my morning outside working a bit on the garden. Every single time I work in the garden, God speaks to my heart!
While clearing all the diseased flowers and leaves and pruning galore, I couldn’t help but think of God’s Word, and how He calls us to cut-off any branch that does not bear fruit in our lives. I really don’t need more time. I need to cut out anything that is not bearing fruit in my life, which will in turn give me time for things that do produce fruit
It’s a simple truth. It gave me joy and spoke to my heart. But, most of all just being in God’s glorious creation and feeling thankful for my bounty changed my heart to the core. The rest of my day, the worry was gone.
(Side note: I loved my vacations and hope to blog about them soon!) For now, I am grateful to be back and can say in all honesty that God turned my anxiety into excitement for what’s to come as we start a new school year. Don’t be afraid to ask God for His peace! He will gladly give it to you as you learn to trust Him and let go of worry. Tomorrow is a new day, and if I feel the anxiety return, I will simply ask Him again and again to take it away!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7