{Captured}: 3 & Garden

{Captured}: Carving the time to capture and create in picture and word.


//Fort Knox, Kentucky on our drive to Nashville. An ice storm created beauty that can hardly be captured; every tree, hillside, electrical pole and wire within eye sight was encrusted //


I’ve captured a moment; now to capture some thoughts. Lisa-Jo Baker hosts 5 minute Friday, offering a prompt and then allowing space and only a brief time to write. Just write. Just 5 minutes (or so ;).

Five Minute Friday

Today’s prompt: GARDEN



That which brings forth life.

But the garden that is fruitful must be well-watered. Otherwise, the land will dry out and wither up, it will be death and dust.

We know of the first garden; in all of its glory and perfection. It did not take blood, sweat and tears to work – Adam and Eve were entrusted to work the land, but it wasn’t until after the fall that the work became strenuous.

When I think of a garden, I think of the work that needs to be done to plan, create, and subdue it. I am not a gardener and to this point, every garden we’ve planted has failed miserably! I have grand goals and expectations, but when push comes to shove our gardens have been lack luster and gradually shift to the bottom of our priority list.

We have another garden though. My greatest garden – life brought forth, that which I feed and pour into – is our home, our marriage, our children, and our faith. There are times it is all well-watered and flourishing. But there are times the garden withers, other things gradually and unintentionally usurp top spot on my priority list and that which is most important fades, the leaves grow brown and crisp and lose the lusciousness of true life.

At Calvin’s dedication, these were verses we selected on his behalf:

…And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden… – Isaiah 58:10-11

What is it that will make us flourish like a well-watered garden? Spending ourselves on behalf of the hungry and oppressed, pouring ourselves out and watering all that has been entrusted to our care.


I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ Becca

For a list of sites I link-up with, click here!

The following two tabs change content below.
I hope you enjoyed reading Milk & Honey Living! I always appreciate your comments and love to connect with readers. If you don't want to miss a post, be sure to subscribe via email or rss feed; or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Latest posts by Becca V (see all)

2 Responses to {Captured}: 3 & Garden
  1. Dara
    February 14, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    Hi Becca!
    So glad to have found you through Five Minute Friday! I couldn’t agree more about your garden analogy–I wrote a similar post. Gardens are so beautiful and bring so much joy, but often, they take a toll, especially when our efforts don’t seem to yield the results we’re after. Things wither or go dormant and we’re left to wrestle with what to do next. SO thankful the Lord is with us and gave us His word. Loved that scripture from your Calvin’s dedication. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Becca V
      February 15, 2014 | 6:56 pm

      Hi Dara! Thanks for stopping by and I was happy to read your sentiments as well – it is hard work to pour in so much, and sometimes it seems painful and not so fruitful. Thank the Lord He is there to redeem the tough times, that is our only hope for this sweet ones!!