Christian Living


A couple years back, I started seeing this beautiful, brightly colored book all over social media entitled Make it Happen by Lara Casey. After reading some of the blog posts on the book, as well as checking out all things Lara Casey related, I decided to give the book a go. (So did my dear friend, Shelby. We studied through it together, which makes the book doubly special for me.) I wrecked that book. (Which is hard to do, considering it was an eBook.) Multi-colored highlights on every page, bookmarks everywhere, little note symbols stuffed into every margin…you get the idea. All that to say, this book was a game-changer for me and I have been a fan of Lara Casey’s ever since. So when I heard that she was writing a new book, I knew that I quite literally needed it.


My life has not turned out the way I envisioned. I thought I would attend a Bible University, meet the man of my dreams, buy a home, be a pastor’s wife, have 2.3 kids and a white picket fence. (I’m not even joking. This was my plan.) Instead, I found myself a single mom with divorce under my belt, no college degree and a crappy rental. And I have carried this with me, everywhere. It has permeated every part of my life, and when I meet someone who’s life turned out as I dreamed mine would, it’s salt in the wound. It adds to my shame, my disappointment, my bitterness.

Turns out, I need to stop living this way.

Photo Credit: Lara Casey

Lara Casey uses her garden to teach us how to live a life of freedom in the Lord. Each chapter addresses a lie that so many of us pick up and live under. For instance, “I have to do it all,” “I have to be perfect,” or…my personal favorite…”My life has to look like everyone else’s.” Ms. Casey then counteracts these lies with Truth, then spends the chapter helping you to understand why those Truths are not only biblically sound, but how she has learned and lived those Truths in her own life. More specifically, she uses her garden to illustrate these points, and my soul. ate. it. up.

One thing that she said in Chapter 2 took a sledgehammer to my perception of myself, and has rang in my ears ever since. She said that there is magic in the dirt. Magic in the dirt, you guys. Think about this in garden terms, and it makes sense. But then apply to it your life…especially a life that is messy, like mine…and suddenly I want to stand a little straighter. My life hasn’t turned out like I thought, no. But there is magic and beauty and wonder and miracles in the dirt, in the waiting, in the mess, in the unseen. I am here because this is where God wants me to be; not because I made a series of wrong turns.


Bottom Line: Give yourself permission to grow; tend your soil, pull your weeds, watch for the magic. Cultivate.

**Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book!! 




4 thoughts on “Cultivate

  1. What a powerful beautiful testimony and review.

    Magic in the dirt. I like that.

    I love how God can turn our dirt into beautiful flowers.


  2. Pingback: Of Mess and Moxie

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