Here at the junction, we had a great week with some of our Fillies blogging about Cabin Fever. Then yesterday, Trish did a thought provoking blog on her bucket list. These blogs brought to mind something I wanted to share that is sorta a followup to all the blogs. Didn’t take me long to dump today’s outline and post something I’ve been thinking about.
Here in the Texas Panhandle we didn’t have hardly any winter, so very little Cabin Fever. We’ve been in a serious drought, which is great for cotton farms, but bad for about everybody else. Oh yeah, we did have one day of snow flurries, but the next day neared 90 degrees! Only in the Texas Panhandle!
The tending of a friendship garden is no small matter and is not to be taken lightly. Many a beautiful garden has gone to ruin for lack of proper care. Here are some tips that may prove helpful.
Prepare the soil by tilling it with God’s unconditional love. Remove any rocks of judgment or critical attitudes. Pull out any roots of fear and jealousy. Destroy the seeds of gossip before they can even take root.
Seeds of friendship may be found most anywhere. Plant with care, using kind words and a listening ear. Germination is usually spontaneous, so be watchful. To ensure growth, water with kind deeds and a generous heart.
Make sure you give each friend plenty of room to grow. Be realistic–don’t expect a marigold to smell like a rose. Fertilize generously with laughter and joy. Water deeply with tears of empathy and prayer to develop healthy roots and a stronger, more stable friendship.
Cultivating a friendship garden requires patience, perseverance, and time–but it’s worth it!
Thanks to Karla Dornacher, The Blessing of Friendship: A Gift from the Heart.
I can’t help but think that the farmers and ranchers during this drought and centuries before used parts of this hoping to get a good harvest, much like we might harvest our friendships.
Hope do you think people in the early days developed their friendships? No doubt every part of our country had different ways, so I’m excited to hear what you all think.
I’m thrilled that my newest contemporary western, and the second in my Kasota Springs Romance series, will be out next month!
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Late breaking news, I just got word from Kensington that The Tycoon and the Texan has been marked down to 99 cents as a special Kindle Monthly Deal. It’s at Amazon today, but should be at other vendors later this week. Go check it out!