I find it interesting that people don’t like change, knowing that nothing changes or grows unless you change.

Many years ago our small backyard was always soggy and nothing would grow. It was frustrating, but my husband and I never did anything about it. We just let it go and watched nothing grow until one day I decided to make a change. This is what happened.

  • We figured out that we had a drainage problem. For years our neighbor’s downspouts drained within several feet into our backyard and every time it poured, our yard flooded. So you can imagine what would happen if we had a week of thunderstorms. This made it impossible for anything to grow properly. To change the situation – we put in a french drain and added another drain around the area to catch and redirect the water. A lot of digging took place.
  • We added a water feature. Oh, that’s another post in itself!
  • We landscaped properly. I’ve always loved English gardens, so that is the look I chose to create. To grow a beautiful garden, I found out that it is important to know where to plant perennial flowers and plants – shade, partial or full sun.
  • I created a stone patio where our grass was impossible to grow. This is another post in itself too!
  • I created a stone walkway and planted shaded perennials in our shaded area of our backyard.

This all took time. This all took hard work. This all took years to accomplish, but as I look back on all that we have achieved, I realize that in order for anything to grow, whether it’s in our lives, our relationships, our ministries, or our gardens, we must be willing to change or make changes. And when you change, beautiful things will grow!

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

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