Tending the plant

Tending the plant

Our local supermarket is doing another one of those promotions. You know the one, where somehow your own children pester you so they can collect the last remaining gimmicky plastic thing. Except this time the supermarket have played their hand well, and the gimmicky thing my kids want to collect is little pots, with seeds, and soil.

We planted some this weekend, and we are watching them grow. So far the radish and the rocket are far outstripping the other plants. The kids are so excited to see the shoots unfurl from the soil and then go green as each day progresses.

But these plants don’t grow without attention.

We have to remember to place them in a sunny spot, and water them regularly. When they get too big for the tiny pot they are in, we will need to repot them. We cannot just leave them be or they will dry out and die.

It is a quiet rite of spring to tend to our garden. I find it interesting that the word tend is related to the word attention, they both have the same latin origin.

So as a final reflection for this spring, I wonder are you just letting life carry you along? Or are there some shifts you need to make in your everyday? Are you in need of something extra, maybe peace or stability? What would help you to grow?

Where in your life do you need to pay attention?

I leave you with Jesus’ words, this beautiful picture of a vine that has been well tended.

Peace be with you today,


I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:5-8 (NIV)

Watering Well

Watering Well

Living as I do in Perth, Australia, I am very aware of the value of water. We have water restrictions all year round, with set days and times to water our gardens.

The soil here is sand and it absorbs water in a moment, so we enrich our soil and add wetting agents in order to allow the plants to get the water they need.

For water is crucial in a garden. Even succulents need water to survive. But the key is to water in the right way for the plant. Rosemary likes dry soil, and thrives in our Perth climate. Other plants need plenty or water and regular soakings and the aforementioned succulents need to be flooded with water after a really dry phase.

We need to alter the watering to suit the plant and the season they are in. We water more in the dry of summer and less during the rains of winter. And we can damage plants with too much water, too much attention at the wrong time, just as easily as we can damage them with neglect.

As one of the quiet rites of spring, I am quietly contemplating my life. I am thinking about where I need to water well so the roots can go deep, and where I need to stop watering lest I damage the plant. I am thinking about what areas need more attention and what needs less.

Are you in a dry season? Are you feeling parched and dry, waiting for the water to come?

Or are you feeling overwhelmed? There is too much coming your way and you feel you are drowning.

Maybe take some time today and think about what areas of your life need more attention, and what needs a little less. Think about where you need to pour your precious energy, your water, as it were. For like us in Perth. You may only have a limited amount and need to spend it wisely.

For your reflection today I leave you with this beautiful passage from Isaiah. Peace be with you,


As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55: 10-11 (NIV)

In the waiting: Do not forget his great faithfulness

In the waiting: Do not forget his great faithfulness

At the end of the year it can be easy to start focusing on the year to come. 2019 is only a few days away, after all, and it seems wise to start planning and thinking about what is to come.

Especially, if you are in a time of waiting. It can be easier to forget about the year that has passed in pain and waiting, and instead focus on believing and hoping again for the year ahead.

Yet this hope and belief is grounded in a knowledge of the one who holds your hopes and dreams, ‘in the waiting’. And it is good to remind yourself of the faithfulness of the one who holds you.

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In the Waiting: Find strength in joy

In the Waiting: Find strength in joy

When the angel first appears to Mary her first reaction is not joy! In fact, one version of the account in Luke says she was “greatly troubled” and another says she was “thoroughly shaken.”

The angel has to reassure her and tell her “not to be afraid.”

In fact, the reaction from Mary followed this pattern: fear, questions, and then acceptance.

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In the Waiting: Hold on to Hope

In the Waiting: Hold on to Hope

The birth of Jesus is not the end of the story. Yes, it is the advent, the arrival that we celebrate at Christmas. But this baby still had to live, he had to grow and learn, he had to start his ministry, he had to gather his disciples, he had to teach, he had to suffer and he had to die.

And there was persecution and challenges right from the start. The second chapter of Matthew details the jealous vendetta of King Herod against this newborn child.

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Three life hacks I use to snatch time in my week

Three life hacks I use to snatch time in my week

My eldest has a new turn of phrase that she loves to use, “life hack.”

My week can often be about the things I need to get done, and there are days when I don’t get a chance to do some of the things I would love to do, like read, write, and listen to podcasts.

I have been mulling over this phrase life hack, and I realised I have some life hacks of my own that I use to snatch time in my week. Continue reading “Three life hacks I use to snatch time in my week”