Last week, at a whim I decided to take a stroll through the florist section of my neighborhood grocer. I was already prepared to be unamused by their poor selection, which seems to be an ongoing thing looking for ANYTHING in the inner city locations. However, at that point I was willing to make the sacrifice and check anyway. As a single woman, I find myself continuously attempting to venture into unexplored territory and learn new things that I can add to my resume. This resume is special in its own way. I don’t take it on job interviews, but I do mentally carry it with me when out and about just waiting for the perfect moment to use it. What are these perfect moments you ask?

These precious, potentially life changing moments are simply when I come into contact with attractive, charismatic, interesting men….that are SINGLE of course. I guess in a weird way we all like to be able to possess the total package; smart, funny, cultured, god-fearing…you know, the standard desirables of a good woman! Things that would ideally be found in the “summary section” of our own personal resume. However, I am certain that I am not the only one who works proactively at building up the “competencies and skills” section. That’s where you find the skills attributed to great cooks, fitness enthusiasts, artists, world travelers, or even one of my latest endeavors to become…gardeners! Yes you heard correctly. **In my NeNe Leakes voice,” I said, what I said!”

But I must admit I am picky!!! I REFUSE to plant just any ole seeds. Not ALL seeds planted are guaranteed to manifest good harvests. If you are not careful, you may look up without realizing it, and find a plant unintentionally sown, whose virtues have not yet been discovered in your foundation. These plants are competitive, persistent, pernicious, and can interfere with your overall goal. They are quiet, but when they latch on to your flowers they can DESTROY everything. Sound familiar? Let’s just call these thorns in a gardener’s side “weeds.” They can be the demise of any great attempt to manifest something good…and I am not talking about just flowers. You catch my drift? Be mindful and cautious when watering your seeds, that you don’t feed other unidentified plants that can potentially kill your harvest….including PEOPLE!

I take pride in my selectiveness, understanding that the seeds I chose to plant will be a commitment and I anticipate watching them grow into bloom under my utmost care. It won’t be easy, but the return on investment will be worthwhile. It will manifest into something beautiful and good. As I skimmed the shelves, I ran across 3 types of seeds, each offering certain qualities, needs, and expectations. When reading the back of each packet thoroughly, I mentally prepared myself for what was to come.

The first flowers that caught my eye were the Chrysanthemums, also known as “mums.” These popular fall plants can last a very long time if taken care of. The key to their longevity is daily maintenance, be it watering and trimming. Like Mums, there will be seeds we plant in our own lives that require a bit of attention, commitment and nurturing for it to last. Makes me immediately think of a marriage. Such a beautiful flower that blooms from this seed right? However, it too takes a lot of hard work and dedication to maintain a solid foundation within a marriage. “If you water it, it will grow.”

My second flower blooms in the dead of winter around my birthday. Winter Pansies are known to be cold weather all-stars. These cheery winter blooming flowers can freeze solid and emerge from that state ready to grow and flower. Sometimes in life we may feel like our harvest is delayed or we may have lost faith that it will ever come. We’ve endured severe tests during this cold, hard season, that at times it seems almost impossible to make it through. But like the Winter Pansies, the season we have endured wasn’t in vain and because of it we have grown to witness the blessings from sowing into good ground.

My last and final flower just so happens to be my favorite and we know it as the Evening Primrose. This beautiful yellow flower is infamous for its medicinal qualities all around from the leaves, to the root, to the oil from the seeds. I find it ironic however that something so radiant, so majestic, could bloom during the night. **scratches head. I know what you are thinking, “so you are telling me that I have to plant this seed, banking on the idea that it will bloom even when I can’t see it?” That’s preposterous!

Sound familiar? Reminds me of my daily walk in faith. We may not always see how and when God choses to bless us but we KNOW that Psalms 37:4 says that God will give us the desires of our hearts. It also says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

God has given us an abundance of seeds in this lifetime and we are given the choice of how we use them, take care of them and nurture them. For we know that these seeds were not meant for evil, but for good. Choose GOOD.

Plant good seeds into the world and ACCEPT that good will back come to you in return 100-fold.