I’m not a plant lady.

I kill plants. So don’t ask me to care for your plants or they will die.

Every spring I say, “This year will be different.”

So after slinking into the garden center, I spy a container, purchase a Forget-Me-Not and then strut out the door. I arrive home, plop the container on an antique chair and admire the gorgeous plant.

Much later, petals drop and leaves turn crispy brown.

I rap my knuckles on my head. If only I had watered the plant and talked to it, it would still be alive.

I douse the plant with water. “Please come back to life,” I say, adding a prayer for good measure.

The Forget-Me-Not blooms once again.

Hope has returned.


“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson

The Forget-Me-Not reminds me of a project I begin. I have high hopes my project will grow and bloom. If my project appears to be going nowhere, my hope begins to wilt.

I’m now confronted with two choices:

  1. give up and throw away my project, or
  2. ask God to flame my spirit of hope.

I usually choose (2) because I believe:

“God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.”

The Message (MSG)

With renewed hope, I continue “watering” my project and wait expectantly for growth.

So, before I head off to visit the other garden containers over at Creative Tuesdays, let me encourage you to never give up on your project(s).

Today, it’s “Thyme to Hope” no matter how long it may take to see results.

“There is always hope for a tree.
    If it is cut down, it can grow again.
    It will keep sending out new branches.
Its roots might grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the dirt,
but with water, it will grow again.
    It will grow branches like a new plant.” 

Job 14: 7-9 Easy-Read Version (ERV)

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26 Responses

    • Liisa, it sure is a good thing some plants don’t need much care. There’s hope for me yet. I hope you’re enjoying your break. I look forward to what you come up with next time. 🙂

  1. Tracy,
    Your harvest card is especially cute! I wish you well with the additions and the others too.

    I’m so glad you stick with your art projects because I believe they’re a gift inspired by God! You even glorify him with scripture messages to accompany the art.

    I don’t have a green thumb but some of my plants are very hardy. 😉

    • Thank you for warming my heart with your wonderful comments, Linda. I appreciate our friendship very much. Sorry to hear you don’t have a green thumb either. Grin.

  2. Yes, watering and speaking kindly are both benefits, Tracy. A friend gave us a pottery bowl with Forget-Me-Nots when my dad died. She said she did it as a symbol, but that she hesitated because they could be difficult to keep blooming. But they bloomed and bloomed throughout the entire first year after he died. We took it as a hopeful and lovely sign.
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  3. That’s a lovely “crisp” drawing, Tracy. I actually like this in B&W so no colour–no worries! So glad you had that prompt to do this. Well done!

    Well, never mind you aren’t much of a green thumb. You plant in your own way and in art, all our flowers can be blooming and gorgeous. Plus, we get to bless others by buying the plants they grew up and laboured over! 🙂
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    • Michael, phew! Glad to hear there’s no pressure to add color. Coming up with the idea and drawing it is the fun part. Thanks for saying I plant in my own way and with my art. Looking forward to what it’s store next time. 🙂

  4. Love your line drawing Tracy. I agree with Michael that this does not need any colour. I too am not very green thumbed. I am hopeless at keeping plants in the house, either not the right spot or I forget to water!

  5. Good advice! Never give up on your projects, and keep hoping! (And maybe you should try succulents. They’re pretty user-friendly, even for those without green thumbs.) 🙂
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