It’s Time to Redesign Your Garden!

With seasons changing we often find ourselves ready to purge, throw away and put up things that are no longer needed, but why? Why do we go through this same routine every season? Each season requires something different out of us. Winter requires us to dress warm, spring requires us to reach for the allergy medicine, summer requires that put on sunblock and drink plenty of water and fall requires us to determine if we can keep wearing flip-flops or if it’s time to bring out the boots. During each season we have to make needlepoint turns that aren’t just physical, but mental as well.

On March 12th, we sprung forward our clocks, but we lost an hour. How does that happen? Never mind, I digress. Let’s think about this for a minute. The definition of spring is to move or jump suddenly, and the definition of forward is onward so as to make progress toward a successful conclusion. So technically we are progressively moving towards the desired outcome. Hmmm…this is getting deep. So, I ask you…What has God purposed for this season in your life? We often just get by, luck up and say that WE are making things happen, but when do we let God make things happen? We as Christians get so caught up in ourselves at times that we forget that God wants to use our talents and abilities that He has placed in us to give Him the glory. That’s why Spring is truly a reflection of God’s beauty because it causes those things that were dormant to be awakened. So, I ask you again; what has God planted in you that’s been lying dormant and is ready to be awakened?

When we turn our clocks forward, we know that spring is not that far away, and the gardener can’t wait. They have their gloves, hat, shoes and gardening tools all polished up and ready to dig in the dirt. Now, when you think of someone who is in their garden day in and day out you begin to wonder what are they doing in their all of the time. Well, you have to understand that it takes a lot to tend for and keep a healthy garden. Below I’ve provided you with six gardening tips:

  1. They must examine new plants carefully before placing them in their garden.
    • Check yourself. (Gal 6:4)
  2. They must keep an eye on insects.
    • God will rebuke the devourer. (Mal 3:11)
  3. They must check the soil.
    • The increase comes on good ground. (Mk 4:8)
  4. They must prune damaged limbs.
    • Everyone can’t go where you are going. (Jer 5:10)
  5. They must choose the right area in the garden to plant certain flowers.
    • You need just the right amount of sunlight. (Deut 33:14)
  6. They must ensure proper watering.
    • God can quench any thirst. (Jn 4:14)

Hehehe! Do you see I how I slid in God’s tips too? During this growth period, there is cutting, plucking, pruning, and shedding. Remember, you must be willing to make some needlepoint turns, to Redesign Your Garden. Now, while God is doing an inner work on you during this season, make sure that you are ONLY planting seeds of love and forgiveness. Oh, and most importantly you must spend time with your Heavenly Father so that you recognize his voice. Are you ready to start digging in your garden? Are you ready to walk in the promises that God has for you? To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… (Ecc 3:1:22).

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Keona Ellerbe
Keona Ellerbe is a wife, mother of four children and on a mission to seek and serve God’s people. She graduated from Virginia State University with a B.S. in Pre-Med Biology. Served as a nurse for several years before transitioning into the Government. After almost a decade, she realized that she was allergic to bosses and fired hers. After leaving her job, she started Redesign of U to become the solution to breaking through mental barriers, to redesign individual lives. She’s an Author, International Speaker and Redesign Coach™. Keona is truly thankful and grateful to have found her calling to serve God’s people by empowering them to get off the carousel and design the life they deserve to live. For more insight on what I LOVE to do. Please visit
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