Tend

What are you tending to…

Since I became a mom the reality started to really set in, for the longest time it was all about me, even when it came to marriage,
And I wondered why it was so hard…

It wasn’t until we took on this sweet little soul, our first child, that I really began to realize it’s not all about me.

Tend,
When you tend, what do you do?
You are inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something.

So when we talk about marriage here, I was inclined by my selfish desires, to be loved,
sounds normal! aren’t we all?
I acted upon it selfishly, obviously! Tending to my marriage because, it was mine, and it was all about what I needed…
Well that’s when this little boy came along,
The love that changed our lives…

Our oldest child is not biologically ours but, 100 percent our hearts!!
He taught us a very important lesson about tending.

Selfishness, the root of all evil!
Free to argue that, but think about it before you do…

A little seed, we received,
That we must now tend to,
Together,
Being selfish individuals trying to learn how to love each other…
I prayed hard to figure this one out,
And then God sends us this little seed,
This little seed that needed our love and suddenly it became less about me,

Suddenly,
Instead of placing that seed in a pretty pot, to sit in the window, and let the light make it grow, carrying it around, showing it off and controlling it
I needed to get down in the dirt and start tending to that seed,
what I found as I got down in the dirt though was that my roots were very tangled,
How could I help this little seed, Im a mess,
you see we’re not just tending to seeds here,
We are also seeds, or at least we all began that way
I was a flower, a withered flower, trying to teach a fresh seed how to grow,
My roots had dried out,
That’s where God saved me,
With a lot of rain,
He poured his love out all over me,
Tending to a seed that I didn’t even plant in this earth,
He gave me roots again,
And showed me to rely on those roots to grow,
He is a beautiful gardener, just look around,
He knows what goes perfectly together, and right where to put it…
There is this thing called companion planting
It is a practice that expereinced gardeners use, planting certain plants together that have the extraordinary power to help each other grow.

That was what God did in my life, in our life,
We have this garden now, that I feel overjoyed about.
And thats why I thank my wonderful Gardener!!!

Tend,
you are inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something.

What do you Tend to,

yourself,
when it rains do you run?
do you let yourself wither?

Or do you check your roots,
check your heart,
check the seeds that surround you…
If you find yourself being withered,
maybe your should ask your Gardener for some help. I hear he loves to help those who ask,
but don’t run from the rain!

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:2-27

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