Here We Grow

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.   
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

I’ve had sparse glimpses of the sun since spring began to rain-ily make its way into my life. When I do find those precious moments of warmth, I will desperately journey to some hidden park or trail. My favorite spot: Judson Bottom Road. The pairing of winding road with the tree-lined river quenches my wanderlust. I stick my hand out the car window and ride the wind with my fingers. Its a simple quest, but I delight in it all the same.

 I suppose, I will always have a hankering for adventure driven by my hopes and longings. I tend to think the grass is greener or at least presume there is more grass somewhere else. Though, each day I’m grounded or humbled by the beauty I see in front of my eyes. I know so many life-giving people here where God has planted me and I don’t want to leave quite yet. I’ve discovered there is wisdom in contentment and growth in stability. I never plan to lose my curiosity for life but I do plan to be thankful and fruitful no matter where I exist or as Thoreau so eloquently put it, “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

A good friend from college (Stephanie Christensen) invited me to create a design with the words, “Here We Grow” inspired by the bible verse:  

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.  2 Peter 3:18.

Below you will find the results. I cherish these words and plant them. They relate well to this season of spring, new life and growth.




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