A Rose In The Garden

Saturday, May 12, 2012
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2 Corinthians 9:10 – Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (NIV)

One year around the 24th of May, my mother-in-law, Rose, prepared a garden and planted seeds which produced tomatoes, strawberries, onions, lettuce, and vegetable marrow. When the time came to pick them, she asked me to help her. I was about to pick a large vegetable marrow, when my mother-in-law said, "Let it grow larger so it will produce many seeds for next spring's planting."

Mother would clean out the marrows, stuff the middle of them with rice and meat, and cook them in tomato juice. She also would make cake with strawberries on top. Her family reaped the rewards of these tasty treats. For years, mother provided many dinners where we all gathered together. Mother didn't just plant seeds of fruit and vegetables; she planted seeds which produced fruits of love and joy within our families. She was planting seeds for us and the next generation.

God wants us to produce good fruit that will last. Just as my mother-in-law did, we can begin to spread seeds of joy and love within our families.

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to be good mothers and to do our best for our families so that we can all plant seeds of love and joy which will last forever. Amen.

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Betty Carter
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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