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Seven Days of Gratitude: Day 2

SHINING LIGHT

Day 2: Plants

Dear friends,

Welcome to day 2 of the Seven Days of Gratitude. If you missed day 1, it’s not too late to join in on the fun. I encourage you to join us on this gratitude journey.

Please share your gratitude reflections via posts and stories with #7daysofgratitude and tag us. As always, I am grateful for you. I hope those of you outside of the United States participate and share in why so many of us love the holiday of Thanksgiving.

Wishing all of you a beautiful season of gratitude.

XX

GY

Image via @luciebeck

DAY 2: PLANTS

My love for plants has evolved over the years. My family has always shown a deep passion for land, nature and plants. We come from a small rural town in Puerto Rico. I grew up with a mom who always established a garden, no matter where we went (and we moved, A LOT). I would spend time outside helping her weed and clean things up. Sweating under the hot sun with dirt under my nails wasn’t my favorite (better than raking leaves, though), but fast-forward, and my fiancé loves plants. Other than my mother, I haven’t met someone who loves plants as much as him.

Since we first started dating, he has gifted me many plants. I name them, and I see them as little silent friends. I remember I had started a new job, and I had brought to the office one of my favorite plants, who I call Regine. When NYC announced we were shutting down due to COVID-19, everyone expected it to be a 2-week lockdown. I had a feeling that this wasn’t going to be as simple as everyone thought. I shoved my belongings (frames, notebooks, etc.) in my large bucket lunchbox to leave my desk bare, and I remember I grabbed Regine quickly on my way out. I wasn’t going to abandon her there. Thank God I did.

Plants relieve anxiety, improve mood and boost self-esteem. (Source). I find God’s creativity so powerful in the plant world. So many varieties, colors and shapes. It’s pretty magical. I realize now that my disdain for being sweaty as a kid sort of blocked me from appreciating the beauty in front of me. Now, I see it.

We see in Scripture that Jesus often used plant parables and analogies to show us about God’s character and His kingdom. Scripture is filled with plant and seed comparisons. Take a look. There is something profound there, above and beneath the soil.

Do you love plants? If you haven’t fallen in love with them, get one. Name it (kidding), and observe it (not kidding). I am not saying you need to have a whole jungle in your home, but get one little friend and put it on your desk– it can be a game-changer. Nature tell us volumes about who God is.

If you have a plant baby, share a photo with us! Tell us why you love your plant friends. Also, think about what spiritual seeds you are planting… these are the greatest of all.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Cor. 3:7

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