Gardening is a rich and rewarding hobby, a far healthier choice than spending time in front of the computer screen or television. Out in the garden, we have the opportunity to ponder God’s majestic creation, being intrigued by the marvels of His handiwork, such as pollination, germination, or photosynthesis. The miracles happening around us in the garden are a showcase of God’s love and grace. When we put that little seed in our child’s hand, and teach him about their Creator, we are placing in his hands opportunities of hope, new life, and a closer walk with the Savior.

Endnotes:

1. Forward by Patrick Holden, The Gaia Book of Organic Gardening, (London: Gaia Books Ltd., 2005), p.10.

2. Kim Wilde, Gardening with Children, (London: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2007), p. 11.

Ruth Ng has homeschooled her children for twelve years and resides in Ontario, Canada. Before homeschooling her children, she was an RN. She loves to write, travel to Hong Kong, teach children, be with family and friends, and learn new insights about God’s Word. Together, she and her husband have a calling to reach out to orphans. Please visit their family website at www.melodyofhope.com.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: May 3, 2013