The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

– 2 Corinthians 9:6

One of the biggest lessons in gardening has got to be “you reap what you sow”: if you don’t plant it, you don’t get to harvest it. If you don’t water it, it doesn’t grow. Of course, just because you planted it today, you don’t get to harvest it today. Sometimes the work of personal growth and recovery can be hard because the work you did today might not pay off today. But it will bear fruit, if you can diligently wait for it and keep doing the work.

And when it comes to our gardens, the women have certainly been doing the work!

Sarah’s House

The garden is progressing so well! We have sunflowers reaching for the sky…

And the first fruits of the season have already become a salad!


Ruth’s House

We watched the garden area go from mostly brown to lush green


Belden House

Belden house has been a great lesson in small beginnings. Where there once was nothing, we now have a lovely start…


..and one of the women has taken on gardening in a whole new way: planting lemon seeds!

The women of Coram Deo may not be connecting their gardening work directly to their recovery, but every time they eat a tomato they had to plant and wait for, it is a subtle reminder that the work is worth it. Keep enjoying the fruits of your labor, ladies!