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Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for the Five Minute Friday.  I am taking just 5 minutes to write from my heart to yours, without worrying about perfection.  No editing, to back tracking.  Just words freely flowing from the overflow of my heart.

Today’s Prompt:  Growing



My garden was withered and dying.
No one came to tend it, so it was left alone.
Forsaken, desolate.
But then the Master Gardener came.
I wanted to hide.  Surely He would find no beauty in my garden.
But the rays of sunshine that shone forth from His face
immediately brought life to my dry and withered garden.

He carefully and gently tended my garden.
He dug up the dry and hard ground.
He brought rain to the places that were dehydrated.
He brought food so that I could begin to grow again.

It started with just a seed.
brought to a desolate, dry and weary garden.
But it was a seed of promise.  A seed of hope.  A seed of life.
The Master Gardener planted the seed of life
in the garden of my heart.
One seed, bringing life-giving sustenance to my withered garden.

That withered garden was my heart.
The places in me that only knew hurt, pain and disappointment.
The dry and parched patches of land that were burned and scorched
by years of lack of the very thing that could feed it.

And it started with a seed.
That seed is continuing to bring strength.
No longer is my garden desolate, forsaken.
No, the Master Gardner says, “My delight is in You”.

My garden is growing, blooming, becoming alive again.
It is not yet complete.  The work is not finished.
But my garden is growing.
Thank you, Master Gardener, for coming to tend
to the garden of my heart.
©Barbie Swihart

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.  (Isaiah 62:4)



Why don’t you join us this week.  I promise it’s not scary.  Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go a little overboard encouraging the writer who linked up before you.


Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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17 Responses

  1. This is beautiful!! I’m amazed that you were able to write such beautiful poetry in five minutes…wow!

  2. Traci says:

    oh my word, so beautiful Barbie!  <3 Traci
    PS:  I'd love to have you join my photo blog hop on Mondays!

     Ordinary Inspirations

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love it Barbie!  That is beautiful.  Too funny that you and I both called God the Master Gardener in our posts today.  I can feel Song of Solomon in your heart as you write now.  I don’t know how to say it other than that.

    Love & hugs my Sister,

  4. Allthingsbeautiful4 says:

    Beautiful picture in words.

  5. WOW!  So impressed with your 5 minute writing today — absolutely beautiful!

  6. What great poetry! I want to try this 🙂

  7. Barbie says:

    Thank you my friend!

  8. brittany says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  9. Lisa says:

    The Master Gardener says, “My delight is in you.”  How amazing!  Makes me think of Zephaniah 3:17  “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great
    delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over
    you with singing.” 
    Many blessings!

  10. Rachel Lundy says:

    This is beautiful!  May the garden of your heart continue to grow under the loving care of the Master Gardener.

  11. Jeana210 says:

    Thats is so beautiful…

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