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Waiting on God is Like the Beauty of a Rosebud Unfolding.


You are officially Charter Members of the Wellspring Charitable Garden. You have graciously agreed to be our “test” customers as we pray and labor in hopes of blessing our community! Our request went out last Monday and by Wednesday, we had six of our ten possible customers! By the end of the week, it was seven! Thank you so very much.

Some of you have even offered your homes as a “pick-up” spot and others of you have offered to help in whatever way God may lead. We are overwhelmed with gratitude!

Since this is our first week, Keith and I have decided to deliver EVERYONE’S basket to your door step. Please feel free to give us feedback so we can learn as we go. We will plan to begin dropping off your baskets between noon and six pm this coming Thursday. Feel free to text Cindi if there is any problem at (209) 607-1887.

Thank you Modesto Composting for donating 80 yards of compost!

Thank you Matthew Russell for building rows and planting The seeds!!!

Thank You Norma Rego and Keith Martin for Basket Preparations and Delivery!

Insights Gleaned from the Garden

Written by Cindi J. Martin

Has anyone ever told you that you were a well-grounded person? Or have you been told like me, that you need to be more down to earth and less spiritual? I do want to be down to earth but also heavenly mind-ed. I want to be well grounded but for the purpose of delighting my Heavenly Father and loving others.

Jesus certainly was the most well grounded person that ever walked the earth. His parables in the Gospels give us the perfect balance of heaven and earth. In fact the very definition of a parable is, “ earth-ly story illustrating a heavenly truth.”

Metaphors, similes, allegories and parables are amazing teachers. So please bear with me as I share with you some of my favorite gardening insights. Please feel free to send in your insights as well!! I always feel as if I have come across a hidden treasure in a field when God or a friend somehow lets me in on a life les-son from the process of cultivating soil and tending plants.

This week I want to share something I am learning from beautiful rose buds in my garden. I contemplated what would happen if I tried to force a rose bud open into a flower at that very moment. I could try to force the petals apart, but I would destroy the flower in the process. Several things in my life came to mind immediately that I am trying to “force open.”

Waiting on God’s timing is like the beauty of a rose bud unfolding.

I am tempted to rush things and make things happen in my own strength. Gardening grounds me in the reality that God’s patient process of slow development over time far exceeds anything I can do in my own strength.

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