Watering Your Garden
by Hannah Keeley
I’ve heard moms say it a thousand times (my own mom, especially). It’s mama’s famous response every time one of their kids wants something new. Here’s what I’m talking about:
Daughter: Mom, I want some new clothes.
Mom: Don’t even ask for more until you start taking care of what you’ve got!
It could be clothes, video games, shoes, a new bedroom, a car, whatever! No decent, God-fearin’ mama I know is going to give their children more stuff when they don’t even show the discipline to take care of what they’ve already got. It’s our job to teach our kids how to manage a little so they can grow into managing a lot. If they do not show discipline with what they’ve got, then giving them more is only going to turn a little problem into a big problem.
Don’t fall into the same trap our kids do.
The answer to your problems is not…
…more money, a bigger house, or a better husband. More often than not, we plead for more and better, but we haven’t yet shown the discipline to care for what we’ve got. Ouch!
Goodness knows I was there. We were drowning in debt and I was praying for more money. Meanwhile, I’m sure God was shaking His head, saying, “Don’t even ask for more until you start taking care of what you’ve got.” It wasn’t until I took matters into my own hands and started living in a (very) limited budget and paying off some of those accounts, did our financial situation turn around. No matter what situation you find yourself in, this is where you really need to shine. Did you get some stinky soil? Mama, this is exactly where you need to put down your roots and start blooming!
Tiny house? Clear out that clutter and make some room. You may very well be living in your dream house and don’t know it until you roll up your sleeves and take care of what you’ve got.
Pain-in-the-bee-hind husband? Quit ya bellyachin’ and be thankful for him. Quit looking at what’s wrong in him and start finding what’s right. Love him to pieces. You may just be able to love a brand new man out of him.
When you start showing the discipline and skills to care for what you’ve got, then you free God up to pour more blessings into your life. Luke 16:10 says, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.” God is much more concerned with your character than your comfort, and He may be growing you into a better person. He wants to bless you with abundance and prosperity, but His focus is on the inside. Start blooming where He put you, water those seeds and watch your garden grow!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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