Posted: 5:03 pm Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
By Staff Writer
I love to garden.
Since I was a kid alongside my parents and grandparents, I’ve loved to be out in the garden!
I love the feel of dirt in my hands, rubbing seeds in my palms and placing them in well prepared soil, watering, weeding… the thrill when the first little shoot comes out of the ground, and tingling joy watching those shoots stretch, and grow, and leaf out, bloom, and bear their fruit.
And oh boy, do I love to harvest and enjoy the bounty of the season!
Life is just like this!
If you want to plant seeds of love, you must first prepare the soil by getting rid of all the debris, weeds, and rocks, in your heart.
Maybe it’s addiction, maybe its selfishness, maybe it’s jealousy, or neediness. This kind of garbage needs to be hauled away and dealt with long before you even plant the seed.’
If you want to start having and growing healthy, loving, nurturing relationships, with a partner, your children, friends… you need to deal with the weeds and the junk that choke out the healthy fruit of sharing, caring, integrity and trust.
Things may have happened to you that have left clutter behind. Perhaps you were mistreated or abandoned by a parent. Perhaps you went through some trauma. If so you need to find some help, so that you can deal with the damage. As the old saying goes, “deal, feel, and heal!”
Get rid of the garbage, the weeds, the rocks and pebbles, that prevent the robust growth of the seeds planted in the garden of your heart!
I could go on and on, and in fact I have. I’ve dedicated a podcast to this very topic; Your Life is a Garden.
Please take a listen and if you think a friend might hear something that strikes a chord with them, that provides some insight or inspiration for growing a more beautiful and healthful garden or life, send them the link or tell them to go to Delilah.com and take a listen.
June Book Club | Finding Gobi
The choice for my June Book Club is Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. I first told you about the story of Dion and Gobi in the Monthly newsletter. It’s a heart-wrenching story of fate and love.
I’m an animal lover and a dog lover. Apparently Dion Leonard was not – or not like I am – until he met Gobi. Admittedly he found the little mutts antics somewhat humorous, but he was not compelled to reward them.
Not that it mattered. Gobi obviously saw something in Dion that Dion didn’t recognize himself, because the dog claimed the man, not visa versa.
Before he knew what was happening, Dion had given his heart to the little dog with short legs and long endurance, abundant energy, and stead-fast loyalty.
As someone who can definitely relate to the strong emotional bonds we humans can forge with our pets, this story is truly special to me.
Whether you’re like me, who counts many animals as family members, or like Dion, who counts just the one, Finding Gobi, will appeal on so many levels; pluck, courage, and perseverance, to name a few, action and suspense, to name a few more!
Get a copy of Finding Gobi and give it a read before the movie hits theaters. You’re going to love it!
Not only is a major motion picture in the works, a documentary about Dion and Gobi has been filmed as well.
Thomas Nelson contributes generously to the works of Point Hope. I am so very grateful! Show YOUR support by purchasing inspiring faith and family affirming books at Thomas Nelson!
Balsam Hill | Fabulous Florals
Balsam Hill, the maker of the most realistic artificial Christmas trees, is branching out… or should I say blooming out?
They’ve recently released an incredibly beautiful line of intricately hand-crafted florals, and you guessed it, they’re so very realistic, you can’t tell by looking at them that they weren’t just plucked from the garden, or a florists cooler, moments earlier!
Balsam Hill is an amazing company, and a very generous supporter of Point Hope. Look over their full line of floral stems, arrangements, wreaths, and garlands at BalsamHill.com
To get a true feel for the floral line and the quality, care, and detail that has gone into it’s creation, watch their short video HERE.
And, please join with me in giving heartfelt THANKS for their ongoing generosity towards Point Hope, and visit Balsam Hill for everlasting blooms to brighten your world!
The rhubarb is going nutters here, as it always does this time of year. That said, folks still seem unfamiliar with your basic rhubarb pie. Eyed with suspicion, it disappears quickly after the first bite!
4 cups rhubarb stems, chopped into 1″ pieces
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1-2 tablespoon butter
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Combine sugar and flour. Mix well with rhubarb pieces. Heap rhubarb over bottom layer of pie crust in pie plate. Dot with small pieces of butter. Cover with top crust. (OR roll first layer of pie crust out to about a 12 in round, and fold edges over filling for a rustic looking pie.
Place pie on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold.
Don’t be shy about adding other fruit like the classic strawberries, or blueberries like I did in the photo. Blackberries and peaches also sound delicious to me!
Happy first day of summer!
Despite the fact that temps are uncharacteristically low and therefore my garden is getting a late start, summer has still arrived right on schedule! As this note is bouncing through the world wide web on it’s way to your virtual mailbox, the studio crew and I will be BBQing on the deck heralding this beloved season’s birthday.
I’m looking forward to spending the summer evenings with you; hearing what you’re up to with family and friends, sharing in your joys and being a shoulder when even the longest, brightest day seems dark.
Let’s do this summer thang! Stretching, growing, and remembering to slow down and love someone.
May the garden in your heart be blessed with abundant blooms,