Friday, January 16, 2015

Rest, Reflect & Rejuvenate

Winter

Winter is definitely upon us.  Not much is happening outside, other than the occasional snow storms that pass through and leave a nice blanket of white on my lawn and garden beds.   Things are dormant outside, everything looks dead and bleak, with no sign of life or new growth.
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The winter season is a time of rest for me. I don’t have to tend to my garden or the plants in my yard. After a season of planting, harvesting and working hard, rest is welcomed.

During the winter I’m also able to reflect on the things that grew well in my garden and the things that didn’t work out so well.  I try and figure out the “why’s” of why certain plants grew well and others did not. I also think about how I might do it different next season.
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Winter also means a time of rejuvenation. Like I said, by the time Fall rolls around, I’m ready for a break from gardening and canning. I’m weary and I need some time off. But as a new year rolls around, my soul begins to feel rejuvenated.   I start reading, dreaming, planning, and potting all the things that lie ahead for the year, not just in the garden, but in my personal life too.  I become excited again about the prospects of a new year what it will bring about for me personally, spiritually and physically.  IMG_0271

Each year, in my garden I want a better harvest than the year before.  That goes for me personally too, I want to grow and flourish in the ways God has for me.  By far, winter is my least favorite season, but over the last couple of years, I’m seeing the need for it.  We all need time to rest, reflect and rejuvenate.


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