Today’s Scattered Seeds
Have you ever heard the story of the daffodil garden?
The beauty of the garden holds a lesson to be learned. Let me tell it to you my way…
In 1958, (Alma) Gene and Dale Bauer started planting a garden of daffodils. Planting them one by one… throughout the years. Today the daffodil garden in Running Springs California is said to be the largest daffodil garden in the world. One look at the magnificent hillside immediately draws you in.
This mountain hillside which was once a wilderness of poor rocky soil is now drenched with daffodils. A breath-taking experience to the tourists it draws.
The countless daffodils reflect care as stewards of God’s creation labor in the land they’ve been given. Man and woman side by side. But the unmistakeable miracle that we see–made by the hands of only two–is that perseverance yields fruit to those who are trained by it.
Gene Bauer planted the first 48 bulbs in 1958 describing her persistence saying, “One at a time by one woman, two hands, two feet and a body minus a brain.” Over the years she has planted over a million bulbs.
The daffodil garden represents the God-given potential that each of us holds when we plant seeds one by one: seeds of discipline, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control… seeds that will blossom in our garden one day, a breath-taking garden that draws others to Christ.
This post is an excerpt from The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife
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Read Luke 5:17-26. Highlight your Bible with three colors: Use the first one to highlight the struggle they faced, the second to mark the action they took, and the third one to show the reward for their faithfulness. (If you don’t want to highlight the Bible, you could just use a note pad.)
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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