Peonies–Part 2 by Deanna Duncan

Most mornings lately, I awake giddy with excitement.  I can’t wait to get up and check on all my “babies.”

In the front we have our little vegetable patch.

“Mom.  Mom.  Mom!  Get up, you have to see the garden.” (Her excitement matches my own–it just starts a bit earlier in the morning.

We see the sweet peas sprouting their heads up, we count the tomatoes on each bush and examine the lettuces.  We make the rounds.

Then, I make my way around to the back to my special loves–the peonies.  About a year ago, I shared my love for God’s truths which He reveals to me through these delicate, persnickety plants.


Each day I watch their progress…

Seeing the promise of the bloom lets me know that winter is over.  I breath a sigh of relief and then get excited because WE MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER WINTER!

Honestly, this winter was a little tough.  On the backside, I can look back and see where I DID NOT “consider it pure joy” whenever I faced “trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2)

I spent a little too much time watching the news and listening to the projections of economic doom.  I allowed myself to complain and began to fret about the future.

In short, I didn’t choose to live as a nation set apart “a kingdom of priests and holy nation.” (Exodus 19:8).

Towards the end, the Lord spoke in the tone of my mom’s voice–”Garbage in, garbage out.”  

Luke 7:45 reminds us “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good…for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”

I knew I had to reprogram my mind.  For me, Sunday service, life groups and basic quiet times wasn’t enough.  Yes, the Lord was flowing in through these things, but if you are trying to spring clean your stinky pond, you have to drain the yuck and refill it with clean, pure water.  If you pour a bit of the yuck back in, it can grow and pollute.

I had to make a deliberate decision not to focus on fears about the future.

Instead, I focused on the promises of God.

“Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which can not be moved but abides forever.  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people.” (Psalm 125:1-2)

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.  When you eat the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you.”  (Psalm 128:1-2)

Nowhere does it say, “except when your portfolio is in the tank, or when the economy seems precarious or …”

Instead, it says we are protected.  We are blessed.  We are chosen, set apart and cared for by a God for whom nothing is impossible.

When I changed my mindset, it became fun to see all the things that began to bloom.  

If your garden is blooming now–fabulous.

If winter still prevails, usher in spring by inviting the Lord to fill your mind–and, if needed, stop watching the nightly news 🙂

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Wasn’t it supposed to be another year before your peonies bloomed? YES!  I think God just knew I needed another sign so he let the girls show off their beauty.

How is gardening going with the lack of rain?  If it weren’t for times of stress, we wouldn’t be able to see the miracles.  In preparation, I got these way cool galoshes so I can go dance in the next downpour.


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4 responses to “Peonies–Part 2 by Deanna Duncan

  1. Dena

    I really enjoy your thoughts. Your words ‘nudge’ me in the right direction instead of beating me on the neck with a stick. Thank you! Be blessed!

  2. Debbie Walkup

    Wise, encouraging, gentle advice. God is so gracious to encase
    in flower buds his promises for a bright and colorful tomorrow. Enjoy your garden!

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