Door Prize

Last Saturday I filled out the slip at the bottom of the last page of the Garden Walk brochure, tore it off, and put it in a box on the table in the last garden we visited.  To my surprise, yesterday morning I received a phone call informing me I was the winner of the door prize!

It  meant a 30 minute drive, but we got in the car later in the afternoon and made the trip! (I had no idea what the prize would be.)  Arriving at the Van Wert County Extension Office, I identified myself, extended my arms, and received it.

 Now, in all honesty, I'm not a REAL gardener.  Just a "wannabe".  So as I unpacked the prize, I guessed at some of the items.  By the time we arrived home, I had figured most of them out.  I'll have to grow into a few of them, and  I'll have to wait till next year to try out the hanging tomato planter.  I wonder if I'll EVER be a serious enough gardener to actually use the Quiver...

I may give a couple of them to a serious gardening friend this morning when I go over to help her weed her garden.  If we get some rain, she may have harvest enough to actually NEED the Harvester!

This whole experience reminds me of the gift of salvation!  Unexpected.  Free.  (I DID need to "sign up" for it and receive it.)  I didn't know all that salvation meant, and I still don't fully appreciate it--after all these years.  There are still aspects of it to acquaint myself with as I "work out" my salvation "with fear and trembling".  And there is much in my salvation to share with others....

I'm sure there are many other parallels to my door prize.  But they'll have to wait, since  I need to get an early start to get to my friend's garden! At 7:00 a.m. it's already 75 degrees with a forecast for 97.

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.
And now that I am away, it is even more important. 
Work hard to show the results of your salvation,
obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  (Philippians 2:12)


  1. Congratulations on being the winner! I have no idea what most of that stuff is! You can see how much of a real gardener I am! LOL

  2. Hooray for you!! I love the parallel you made between salvation and winning a door prize. Never heard that one before! But full of truth...

    Blessings, Debbie

  3. You are always a WINNER in my book!
    Loved your thoughtful post and congrats on the door prize. I know you must have had a lot of fun with your friend this morning. So wish I could have joined you. =)
    Thank you for your precious comments on my blog.

  4. What a great corollary! Even today I find myself pouring over my "gift", amazed at how full & amazing it is. I don't always know how to use the tools it includes, but I do try.

    Love this post!


  5. Be careful in that heat Rebecca. I'm staying inside. What is a quiver and how does it pertain to weeding? I must find out and see if this helps. It seems as though someone wants you to be a more serious gardener!! Congratulations on your haul! Love Di ♥

  6. This friend very much appreciated the help weeding the garden, and I think I will also enjoy the Harvester bag. Don't know if I'll use the quiver, but you never know! Thanks for the gift and the help!! Donna

  7. The "quiver" (I assume) is to carry the long handled gardening tools to the site. My husband said it looked a little like a golf bag.

  8. Hi Rebecca! Oh I love your blog's look!
    Your door prize is great! I think you will love the harvester bag. what a great idea!
    I remember once ordering from Current Catalog, and I unexpectedly won a beautiful Spode Christmas dish. I didn't even know I signed up to win anything, but was automatically signed up when I ordered. What a complete surprise! Your analogy with our free gifts from Our Father is great!
    I will keep that in mind today when I think of all the free blessings I have received. They are many indeed, and I don't thank Him often enough*
    blessings to you for more sweet summertime joys!
    ~ Maria


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)