Bloom—A Mother’s Credo

sweet peas and wagonMy front yard has few blooms this summer. It’s another thing I’ve let go, due to having too much on my plate. It makes me a little sad, because I love getting in morning sun, digging dirt, placing roots in soil, and refilling. I love tending and caring, as the world seems to slow down with wisps of wind and the encroaching sounds of nature. Then, there’s the reward of toil in its offer of beauty. When evening light cues rest, I make my way to the bench swing where I sip on decaf while enjoying the gardens. The kids wander in play.

But right now in this wintry season of motherhood, bones feel bare from long nights and early mornings. I realize my priority is with these little ones who need cultivating. With July’s ending, routine still beyond my reach, and a new school year rapidly approaching, I find myself anxious. I’m unsure how I’ll keep up—but the Lord holds my tomorrows. Today’s trouble is sufficient for itself (Matthew 6:34).

The Bible says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,” (Proverbs 16:9).
I do have a plan—at least the start of one. For that, I can trust He’ll lead me in the “to do’s.”

Maybe the winds of the Holy Spirit will take my family to rocky ground, where hard earth is broken up, character taking root and blooming. Or maybe He’ll lead us to dark, rich soil where seeds are planted, branches pruned, fruit abounding.

Whatever the case, we’ll draw our strength from Him.
We’ll abide.
And surely we’ll find that “apart from him we can do nothing,” (John 15:5).

Linking up with Lisa-jo Baker for a Five Minute Friday on the prompt “Bloom.”

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  1. You are in full bloom my friend, cultivating the most important thing next to your relationship with God, those little loves. So precious. And so great to hear from you!

  2. Jacqui,
    You are so wise :) taking care of your little ones and relying on God :)

  3. Love this! So simply put. I completely understand the relying on God during a “winter” in life. Its rough when things get in our way and keep us from doing that which we previously enjoyed or thought was important. God bless you for following Him and His leading for your life and the life of your children. And I love that photo at the top of the page. Gorgeous!

    Stopping in from Lisa-Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday.

  4. despite how you feel, you are doing a great job… and it’s wonderful to know that the Lord is carrying you through this wintry season <3

  5. Digging in the dirt and blooming, what beautiful metaphors for the work God does in our hearts. Oh, my friend, I love to see that you have a heart willing to bloom wherever our God sees fit to plant you. I pray it is a place filled with beautiful colors for you and your sweet family to enjoy along the way.

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