Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:55

Are You Blooming?

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Galatians 6:8-10: “But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone--especially to those in the family of faith.”



I love seeing the new growth on the dormant trees this time of year--new beautiful blooms where things had become bare and seemingly worn out.  I wonder if God says the same thing as he watches us?


As I stood on our patio recently and examined the blooming trees in my backyard, I noticed on these particular trees, the brightest, biggest blooms, the first to surface this spring, were on the highest most vertical branches.  The lower branches, many reaching more horizontal than vertical were a little behind, not blooming or growing nearly as fast as those reaching straight up.  I won’t ask the question, “If you were a tree, which one would you be and why?” Instead I ask, “Which branch are you?”  Do you put more focus on what’s around you (horizontal) or in looking and reaching up (vertical)?  And now I ask, “Are you blooming?”


A conversation on a recent Friday morning reminded me that those who stay close to the Lord never stop blooming.  Sure they may go through difficult, even dry, seasons but new blooms always burst through when you’ve given your life to Christ.  This conversation was with a dear friend who’s 78 years old.  Betty Henry had just written a card to my teenaged daughter who she taught in kindergarten and my daughter had just written her thanking her for the card--both writings brought the other to tears, and me as well.  They were letters of encouragement and love delivered at just the right time for both it seems.


Betty shared how she was busy that day baking cookies and making chicken salad for two grandchildren who would be headed to the beach later that day for spring break. They had called asking for their “favorites” and this loving grandmother was eager to please!  As we caught up on life she told me about her husband having a pretty serious disease and how the initial diagnosis hit hard.  Then she shared how her husband “Pop” immediately looked at her and said, “God got us through our lowest time (losing a son years ago in a car wreck), why would we doubt that he could get us through this as well?”  Now Betty told me, “Pop is leading the parade” taking chemo and doing really well, lifting others up along the way.  This precious couple, about to celebrate 59 years of marriage,  has been involved in Bible studies, serving and teaching for years, and Betty taught school for most of her life, sharing God’s love with the generations.  They stand straight and tall in their walk, reaching up--BLOOMING, and I know God is saying, “I love this.”


Isaiah 46:4: “I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age.  I made you, and I will care for you.  I will carry you along and save you.”


The above verse out of Isaiah is a scripture my 13-year-old daughter shared as a favorite with her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Henry.  My daughter, in her early teens, is finding strength in this verse in her walk and now she can see it lived out as well through a precious mentor, another grandmother in her life, who has seen many seasons, and continues to bloom.


If you’ve been feeling a little dormant, worn out perhaps, keep reaching up!  Turn to God and tell Him you need his strength, tell Him your life is his, tell Him you want to bloom again! 


When I put the first few lines of this article on Facebook:  “I love seeing the new growth on the dormant trees this time of year--new beautiful blooms where things had become bare and seemingly worn out, I wonder if God says the same thing as he watches us?”...


LaDonna Brendle of Reality & Truth Ministries responded: “I think He does.  I believe He tells the heavenly beings to watch how beautiful His children are blossoming into what He purposed for them before birth and into the image of Jesus Christ.”


Amen.  Take time to pray today even if you’re feeling tired and worn out. Talk to God and before you know it, I just know you’ll sense God saying, “I love this!”



Dear Heavenly Father,

Please give us the strength to keep looking up and not get caught up in the world and circumstances going on around us.  May we turn to you when we’re feeling dormant, tired and worn out and may you fill us with your everlasting strength, peace and joy.  We want to bloom for you sweet Jesus.  Thank you for always providing new growth and new possibilities.  In the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.




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