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A Harvest of Joy

August 9, 2008 - 9:16 PM

Connecting three seemingly random thoughts...

1. I am roughly paraphrasing here, but part of a husband's role is to cover his wife with the Word of God, teach her and admoish her, love her as Christ loves His church. 
2. Again roughly paraphrasing, listening to a teaching yesterday about the Holy Spirit's work in our lives can show itself in (he had 5 points) one of them being a spirit of gratefulness and thankfullness.
3. I have an amazing husband.

Today, about to leave for the garden, I was kind of bummed and really didn't want to go because it has been taken over by weeds, creepy crawly insects, bunnies, blight, etc.  I was expressing this to Josh before heading out and he gently and lovingly brought me back to a spirit of gratefulness and thankfulness with simple words of Truth. 

Wo/man, did that do my soul good!  It took me out of a pit of destruction and into a spirit of thankfulness and a wonderful commune with God.  It also made me thankful, once again, for the amazing man God has given me that knows what to say to encourage me in a path of righteousness, not grumpiness.

And then, this is what I brought home...

day's harvest

First off, this is amazing and it is downright s-t-u-p-i-d for me to complain here.  (If only you could see how deep each of the bowls are!)  Second, this does not count all the frozen veggies still in my freezer, the countless tubs of salsa in the freezer and in our tummies, and the countless meals I have already made.  Third, this does not include the onions or carrots we harvested and all the hundreds of everything that still remains waiting to be picked.  I may have lost the battle with the beans, zucchini, corn, cucumbers & edamame, but really, I have so much to be thankful for this garden!

Hmmm... just so you know, regarding the whole crashing van into garage thing, worrying, being grumpy, etc... I do have a lot of joyful times as well, I tend to learn a lot from my mistakes so I write them out here.  (I keep most of the joyful goody-goody stuff in a seperate offline journal, :)!)

Response to A Harvest of Joy

  • Nancy said on August 9, 2008 - 10:29 PM

    Dana, I have always appreciated your thankful heart, even in the midst of some difficult times that you guys have gone through. It has been an amazing example for me, and I still reflect back on some things that I remember you giving thanks for 5-7 years ago (I could list off more than a few specific examples) and God uses that to remind me of my need to be thankful (and often lack thereof) and humbles me when I consider the blessed circumstances that I find myself in right now. I'm thankful for you, sister...

  • Nancy said on August 9, 2008 - 10:31 PM

    And I'm becoming more and more convinced that I need to get me a garden next year ;)

  • Dana said on August 10, 2008 - 10:17 AM

    Nancy, you so should! I think I am going to try 2 gardens next year, one at the community lot and then a small one at home. Mostly cuz our tomato plants get blight every year at the garden and it is due to soil issues that I can't necessarily control out there. Thanks for your kind words Nancy, I am so thankful for you in my life! And I think too, I was just realizing how much of what I write here is me messing up and then learning from said mess up... though I appreciate the learning, I can't wait for the day when I don't mess up any more! :)!

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