Watering My Heart’s Garden

Nothing waters my garden better than a slow, steady rain. The whole garden benefits from being watered all around. I can’t replicate those results with fancy sprinklers and drip hoses. Only God waters my garden best.

In the same way, time with him gives me life like no other experience, even in comparison to time with my loved ones. Jesus was right when he said he offers living water. Time every morning with God in prayer and Bible study has revolutionized my heart, mind, and soul. Each week, month, and year that passes, I can see God’s Word moving in my life and shaping me to be more like Jesus. The living water of God’s Word nourishes and nurtures my heart’s garden.

I enjoy container gardening, which requires extra watering. I check my container plants daily. They need water at least every other day, sometimes twice per day in the heat of summer. They wilt and fade very quickly without water. Since the container plants dry out faster than if they were in the ground, my scheduled watering is essential. They thrive best if I water in the morning so they are sustained throughout the long, hot afternoon.

In the church, I feel more like a garden plant, surrounded by a comfortable group of similar species. We share the nutrients and moisture, and we thrive in group plantings. I am particularly fruitful as a garden plant. The large garden is my favorite place to grow.

Out in the world, I feel more like a container plant. I need more sustenance away from the larger garden. More watering from God’s Word, especially in the morning, to sustain me through long, hot trials.  I will dry out quickly if I don’t receive daily watering, because I don’t have the shared benefits of being in the church among like-minded people. Staying watered out in the world is vital to my health and well-being…as well as maintaining my “attractiveness” for those watching me.

Here in my temperate climate, almost none of my plants thrive without frequent watering. I don’t raise desert plants here. My container plants and garden plants are dependent on regular waterings. My heart’s garden is the same. I grow best with frequent watering from God’s Word and God’s people.

Question for reflection:

How does time with God’s Word in the morning water your heart?

How do you feel refreshed after time with God’s people in the church?

Join me again tomorrow as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, check out the other posts in this series:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Read my first guest interview with Barb Bailey

Check out my post on finding beauty in the garden

Visit with Michele Morin, fellow blogger and gardener

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Weeding My Heart’s Garden

Learn how good soil makes all the difference

Go on a wildflower walk with Leslie Newman

Enjoy an excerpt on “A Time to Plant”

Read my interview with Christie Purifoy


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  • Sarah, this is one of my favorite metaphors — all year long I am nourished by the truth that God promises to make us “like a watered garden” when we faithfully come to the Source.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Michele. I hope you have a well-watered garden this year in New England…the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a wet, mild summer here in Missouri. And of course, I hope he keeps both of our hearts well-watered in the Word while we follow him.

  • I loved today’s post, especially the comparison between container gardening and planting in beds. Here in the Southwest our summers are very hot so I know what it’s like to have to keep those containers watered well. As to your questions … I believe there is nothing as sweet as Christian fellowship where hearts are knit together by their love for Him and I can’t even imagine my life without time in His Word … like an unplugged refrigerator, I start to stick after a couple of days! LOL Blessings!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Donna, glad you can relate to this! “Like an unplugged refrigerator…” I totally understand. Blessings to you as well!

  • Susan

    I love the whole gardening theme thing. Very well done!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Susan! If you would like to provide me an interview, I have space for you in the next two weeks! We can feature your gardening book here. Just let me know!

      • Susan

        Sarah, I would love that!

        • Sarah Geringer

          Susan, I’m glad to hear it! If you will go to my Contact page and send me an email, I can give you guidelines for the interview. I will feature you this week or next, depending on how quickly you can provide the answers. Excited about this!

  • Naomi Fata

    It has been my routine to get up earlier than everyone else in the house for my own quiet time. Now with kids I do miss the uninterrupted time. Sometimes even though I purpose to spend time with the Lord early the kids still get out of bed before I feel I’ve had my fill. I’m learning that even if I don’t spend as much time as I want in the early morning I can take a few moments throughout the day as the opportunity presents itself to find my way back to more moments of study and meditation

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Naomi! I do the same thing every morning, between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. I treasure that quiet time, and it has shaped my faith like nothing else.

  • I get up at 5 just so I can have time with the Lord before my kids get up. Spending time in God’s word gives me joy and strength to start the day.

    • Sarah Geringer

      You, me, and Naomi (below) have the same practice! It’s a great one for developing spiritual discipline. I couldn’t do it when my children were littles, but I’m thankful I can do it now that they are tweens!

  • I totally agree with you, Sarah: “Only God waters my garden best.” I love those steady, gentle rains that God brings my flowers. And us! I’m hoping for one of those rains later today (and thus, I’m not watering this morning, so bring it on, God!). Enjoy your gardening.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lisa, I hope you got some rain for your garden. We got some here late last week, and it has refreshed my garden well. Sunny for the next few days, so I’m waiting until rain is pending to plant my tomatoes. They will benefit from those rain clouds more than my watering can!

  • I love your comparison of a garden plant to a potted plant! Makes me aware of how much watering we need when we are reaching out to those outside the church! Beautiful metaphor 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Nicole!

  • Bettie G

    Sarah, “Only God waters my garden best” is such a true statement! It’s amazing to me how even just a short rain shower will bring green and life, but my constant watering seems to just barely keep the plants surviving. Oh, how we need that true life ourselves, of connecting with our Lord for His daily watering and feeding of our souls. Thanks again for this beautiful series!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Bettie, I’m so thankful for your faithful comments in this series!

  • This was such a good post, Sarah. The comparison between container gardening and garden beds was excellent. So grateful the Lord knows best how to water my soul so there is growth. Blessings!

    • Sarah

      Hi Joanne! Thanks for reading. I appreciate your kind words. Blessings on your blogging week! 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Joanne, I’m thankful for your kind comment. Blessings to you too!

  • Sarah, I just love this series! One of my passions is gardening, and there is so much rich connection with God there. Grateful for your words and your heart!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Crystal! I didn’t know that you were a gardener too. You are correct…I keep harvesting more spiritual lessons from the garden, year after year!

  • I’m enjoying your garden theme, Sarah! It’s so true that only God waters our garden best!!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, dear Leslie!

  • Beautiful post. I so need my morning time wit God, although it’s been quite the struggle lately. But when I do set aside that time and am intentional to meet with Him, my heart is fuller, my steps lighter and I laugh a little easier. Blessings!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Barbie! I hope you find more time to spend with God this week, and are blessed in new ways by your time with him. Blessings to you too!

  • I am a hopeless gardener, but I know the importance of spending time with God in the morning to get my watering. If not I feel parched throughout the day. Thanks, Sarah, very encouraging.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Rachel. Blessings to you!

  • I love this, Sarah! I’ll be sharing on Social media! Thanks for linking up with grace and Truth.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Aimee!
      That means so much to me!