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A RELUCTANT NEIGHBOR...

Updated: Mar 29



Last Spring, I was excited about planting a garden.  I planted tomatoes, peppers, and squash in pots and placed them on my back patio, and planted okra, and cherry tomatoes in a flower bed on the side of our house.  Since we were new in the neighborhood, I wanted to get to know my next-door neighbor. God is always working around us and one day he started working hard to get me to help my neighbor.


My next-door neighbor had noticed what I had planted and thought that I might be able to help her revive a plant that her daughter had planted at school for a Mother’s Day gift.   She wanted her thirteen-year-old daughter to know that she liked the gift and it was important to keep the plant alive.  I first thought that I was too busy to help.  She asked again if I would help her so I reluctantly said that I would.  When she brought the plant to show me, it was already wilted, the soil was hard as a rock and it needed water. I didn’t think it would live.


We replanted the petunia in a larger pot added new potting soil and watered it well.  I didn’t know if we had replanted it in time or not to revive it. She took it home and, in a few days, she came bounding across the lawn to show me that the plant was responding to our tender loving care.  A few weeks later it bloomed and again she was excited.  She was determined to learn how to care for the plant.  She found a place on her porch where it got plenty of sunshine and she was faithful to keep it watered and our friendship has grown.


God used that experience to help me meet my neighbor, even when I was reluctant to help, but it turned out a blessing. I learned again that, whatever you do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father.


“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17


Norma Powell

Pryor, Oklahoma




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