This post from a few years ago came up in a search I did recently. Reading through it, I was reminded of how our gardening can start off with great intentions, but time can make us forget the blessings and larger purpose it may serve.
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
your husband will appreciate your gardening efforts if you include items and varieties he likes.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
playing in the dirt is actually called “working”.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
it is okay to not grow everything. instead go to the produce auction or farmer’s market if there are things you want but can’t grow due to time or space.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
gardening … need I say more?
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
pulling weeds … and weeds … there are more? Didn’t I just pull those?!? (not such an issue with raised beds, but we did have to haul in dirt and build the boxes)
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
endless nights of canning, because you still have so much yet to do. meanwhile, the next crop is ripe and ready to be put up.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
have you ever “blessed” someone with a random bag of zucchini?
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
all the canning and preserving serves a valuable purpose during the colder months. (or when a new child in the home meant not being able to shop as much for two months, those stores were very much a blessing.)
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
when not in the garden, you are allowed to do non-gardening related crafts. even better if it is something useful.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
our gardening habits will also reflect upon the rest of our household. let it be a good reflection upon them.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
otherwise known as running a produce stand, listing extras on Craigslist, trading for other items or services, selling at a local store, etc.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
all that planning means rejoicing when the first vegetable or bloom appears in the garden. it wasn’t all for naught.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
learn from those who have done it for more seasons than you, and share kindly with the new gardener just starting out. you were there once too.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
while it would be great to sit and watch the flowers and birds (or hang out on the favorite social media site), we can’t do that all day.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
gardening should not make you grumpy, short tempered, annoyed, or isolated. instead it should add happiness to your home. if it doesn’t, then you need to sit down and redo you gardening plan.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
your house may be perfect; your garden beds weed free, organic and trimmed; and you may even be one of those gardeners who can work outside for an hour in the humidity without a hair coming out of place or breaking a nail. If your heart is not in the right place, though, it doesn’t mean a thing.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
enjoy what you have worked to make happen. now would be the time to get that cup of tea (or peppermint cappuccino) and enjoy the flowers and birds, knowing that you have worked hard and blessed others … till it is time to go weed again or put the next load of jars in the canner.
PROVERBS 31: 10-31 (KJV)
Bible passage taken from KingJamesBibleOnline