Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Fridays: Bloom

This week I'm again participating in Five Minute Fridays hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker, encouraging bloggers to write on a prompt unedited for five minutes.  This week's prompt: BLOOM


Our garden is full of blooms.  Colorful promises of a future harvest.

Some plants create so many blooms, others just a few.  Some are simple and small.  Others large and loud. But not every bloom will create a vegetable or something to harvest.

Some blow off in a storm or strong wind, some shrivel and fall, and others are eaten.  But the healthy plants keep blooming.

I've written it many times... bloom where you are planted.   A hope I've written in cards for other moms in my small group these past two springs.  A cheerful cards, heartfelt words, and a packet of seeds.  Something small but hopefully encouraging.

But have I bloomed where I'm planted?  Yes and no.  Sometimes I am more like the plant that just keeps growing and stretching trying to reach something beyond, something next, something else.  The plant whose vines need to be carefully moved to keep it from being eaten or trampled.

It is so hard to work at blooming here, now, in the waiting.  Easy to forget the need to continue to put down deep roots to gather enough water for more blooms.  Easy to worry my blooms will be too small or simple. In the busy season of mothering, its so easy to be caught up in the overwhelming to-do list and the sometimes loneliness of caring for little people.

But God is my gardener.  He provides the water.  He watches out for weeds and predators. He gives his Son.  I need to use what He's provided and bloom. He is Enough.


Today, I am linking once again with the passionate and loving Five Minute Friday community, hosted each week by Lisa-Jo Baker.  Come join the fun.

Five Minute Friday


  1. I enjoyed your post. I thought your question, "But have I bloomed where I'm planted?" was thought provoking. Like you I would have to answer, "Yes and no."

    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Glad my humble words gave you something to ponder :)

  2. Wonderful anologies ... makes one think from another perspective. I loved you line: "stretching, trying to reach something beyond, something next, something more." It made me think about that thing we do as humans; looking beyond the right now and forgetting to live in the moment. We lose so much quality of life doing that. Thanks for reminding me to stay planted here and live this life God's graced us with.
    Blessings to you.
    - Andrea

  3. Oh yes, blooming in the waiting is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Love how you reminded us that we all bloom differently and that's okay as long as we are blooming! Great post!

    1. Thank you Holly for taking the time to comment. I appreciate you thoughtful words and glad the post resonated with you. God bless!


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