Dry Beds

FullSizeRenderI do not have a thumb of green-

I have a thumb of death.    

Every living plant we’ve had-

I’ve choked it of its breath. 

O how I wish I could preserve

this beauty’s crimson hue

But tossing out its blackened husk

Is likely what I’ll do.  


My track record of keeping plants alive is pretty dismal.  My husband says I have a thumb of death.  To this date, I have been unable to keep anything that grows alive- except for my children, of course! Every year my husband brings home a beautiful poinsettia from his office.  The one he brought home this year is so big, it’s actually wider than our Christmas tree!  The blooms are simply gorgeous.  But I am already having pity on this poor plant because of my horrible track record.


But like all growing things- a little TLC goes a long way.  The truth of the matter is that I simply forget to water them.  I take them for granted, and then when I notice those blooms aren’t smiling back at me- well, they are too far gone to bring them back.


 So, here I am again… with another chance to keep this poinsettia alive.  I am thankful that He gives us second chances. Even when I have waited far too long to drink His water, when I know that my “bed” is dry- it’s never too late.  As long as there is breath in our bodies- His grace is sufficient for us when we come to Him.

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.  John 4:14

Lord, help me remember to come to You…. and help me tend to all the living things in my life!


17 thoughts on “Dry Beds

  1. Julie, this year my wife (after many years of the above) decided to see whether she could the (new) annual poinsettia going a little longer. And as we move towards Christmas this year: there it is – still healthy – still green – still a little miracle – still not just alive – but thriving!

    A little “water” goes a long way!! Thank you 🙂


    • So there is hope for me yet! I’m glad to know I am not the only one that struggles to keep plants alive 🙂 It is encouraging to know that your wife has been successful this year with her poinsettia. I have been so busy (who isn’t this time of year?!?) but looking at that beautiful plant made me slow down a little yesterday. And yes, a little water will go a long way towards keeping it beautiful- and giving me more time to enjoy it:)

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  2. Julie, what if you make it part of your routine so you won’t forget? Or better yet, get the chldren involved and excited about caring for it and you know you will be reminded to take care of it, since I am almost positive that children never forget! (You know the many times they nag you when you tell them you plan to do something and then you take longer than they expect 😉)

    And you know that after a post like this, we’ll expect to see updates of the plant’s progress 😊😉


  3. Oh, Julie, such a chuckle I had reading your delightful little poem. I have the same problem when it comes to this lovely plant of red. Odd, because I’ve very good with most other plants, but this one does not ‘like’ me. Dies within days of coming to my front door. So sad. 😦 Wishing you a wonderful holiday, Julie.


    • That is strange! Only poinsettias, eh? I have tried to grow so many different plants throughout the years, and none of them have survived. My mom has the greenest thumb and can get anything to grow. I remember her taking little clippings and she’d get them to grow into gorgeous plants…definitely a gift I didn’t inherit 🙂 Merry Christmas to you, as well!


      • Hi Julie: I hope you had a beautiful Christmas! Yes, only poinsettias! Bazzarre, isn’t it? No matter what I do, they will not grow for me. I fell badly for them when they fall to ‘premature’ deaths.

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