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Grow Slow

“We believe that cultivating what matters isn’t magic: it takes hard work and intentional decisions. From tilling up the earth and planting seeds, to tending and pruning, to the harvest, growing good things takes muscle, heart, and leaps of faith.”
— Lara Casey, Founder of Goal Sheets and Cultivate What Matters
Ivy and I working on painting our flowers.

Ivy and I working on painting our flowers.


We are powerless to love people and ourselves the way that Jesus loves. We are broken and we are never going to get it perfect. However, Jesus does help us when we lean into HIM.

It is very easy to lean on our spouse, our children, our stuff or our finances to bring us peace. These are the variables in life that can’t always be trusted to bring us joy. They also make us toil, strive and they cause worry and stress.

 Here is the thing; I think I know why I lean on other things than Christ at times, because things and people I can try and control. If I’m not careful I will look to Instagram for divine inspiration instead of the creator of the universe. Let’s face it, it’s hard work to put our trust in Jesus. Even our spouse and our job are the constants in our lives, BUT what I’m realizing is they were not designed to hold me up, steady me or bring wisdom in my life. They are simply additions to what is the foundation, they are not strong enough to build a life on.

 

We have to find ourselves soaking, resting and waiting in God, just as the Lilies of the field do.

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My mother-in law sent us this picture of a lily the other day that poppy had gotten for her for valentines day. It was closed and not blooming. It even looked like it was dying, she almost cut it off then one morning she woke up and before her eyes it had bloomed. God spoke to her and told her heart reminding her that He is the one that causes us to bloom.

I want to Trust Jesus to cause me to bloom. I want to hang my burdens, worries and heavy baggage on Him because He cares for me..png
Definition of “Toil”
Work extremely hard or incessantly.

God had spoken to her about how He brings the things in our lives to bloom. He is the one who created the Lily and causes the flower to flourish; all we have to do is keep it in good soil and watered. She reminded me to not “toil” but to wait in Him and allow Him to carry me. He knows are needs. She urged me to allow my faith to rise. She reminded me that HE is the one that does the mending and the making.

 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

(Luke 12:27 NLT)

I want to Trust Jesus to cause me to bloom. I want to hang my burdens, worries and heavy baggage on Him because He cares for me.

 “I tell you this: Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about what you are going to eat and drink. Do not worry about what you are going to wear. Is not life more important that food? Is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the sky. They do not plant seeds. They do not gather grain. They do not put grain into a building to keep. Yet your father in heaven feeds them! Are you not more important that the birds?”(Matthew 6:25-34 NLT)

 We are important to God. He sees us and we are valuable to Him, much more valuable than the flowers of the field. Wherever you are today wherever you feel unrest or no peace or even feel very broken, He cares and he wants to take you in His arms and tell you, “I love you, I’m here, and I will make you bloom.”