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Bloom where you’re planted … FMF Post

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The most dedicated this blog is right now is on Five Minute Fridays. A time when literally hundreds of dedicated writers, from novice to proficient, come together in one place to write on a one word prompt. The trick is just to write, from your heart for 5 minutes, throwing every rule to the wind to just pour out the words within you. No editing, no elaborate worry about perfection and symmetry; just your heart, your words and this virtual blank parchment.

Going here will explain everything. So write and then encourage! That’s what we do. =)

Today’s Prompt is:

Bloom … Go!

” Bloom where you’re planted.” a phrase heard many times by many people, especially in church, was actually made popular by Mary Engelbreit. It’s not actually in the bible, though there are those that ascribe scriptures to the concept. Hey it’s catchy, and it is timely, almost every day and moment of one’s life. Really.

Blooms

Blooms

To bloom is to not just grow, but to florish.

Where you’re planted, is just that; where you are, right this moment, hour, day, week, month … life.

But what if where I’m at isn’t that great. What if it’s a dry, sunless and lonely place? What if it’s ugly and death seems to be circling? How do I bloom?

Philippians 4:9-11(NIV)

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

It’s the last verse of this scripture that answers those questions for me … I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Much of what I write here isn’t about motherhood, which seems to be the common subject of 100s and 1000s of blogs these days. My motherhood days of young children has been over for many years. Yet, I still parent. I parent my sons, my husband, friends in need of advice … this is all parenting.

My parenting has bloomed, and that frightens me because I don’t think I was very good at it. But parenting is all about example and my example today is about life and how to live it well in all situations.

It is through my Christian Faith that I help (parent) others. It is the holding of my head and tongue while in crisis; and oh how things have been in crisis of late! It’s that positive attitude that one only attains through the utmost trust in God.

You know the trust … the one you learn to rely upon, crisis after crisis. That trust that you first give to God because you have nothing left in you to rely on … surrender. And somewhere it becomes that trust that has seemingly bloomed within you because you have everything within you; all that authority that the bible says is ours as the children of God.

Trust blooms … when time after time you surrender all to the hands of our almighty Father in obedience and love.

We bloom as we share this trust in God when we advise, or share our God experience with those who are currently where we’ve been.

When we trust God we can bloom in the driest most desolate places in this life and place that we live … Right here where we are, right now.  Bloom.

Stop … my 5 are up … but if you’d indulge me? =)

I mentioned before that my blog is not about parenting children. It’s mostly about parenting me … and in the great moments it helps others. And I am so awed by that eventuality. God has given me the gift of words and I try to use it wisely and often. But life does what it does and sometimes I’m too depressed or tired or discouraged to write … but I try.

I really have learned to live contentedly in any circumstance I find myself in; even now as cancer continues to be a circumstance in our life. Even as friends seem to be pulling away and differences of opinion or understanding seem to be separating us. Even as I feel most alone, like right this moment in the quiet of a sleeping house, writing about feelings and things I must hand to God and not worry like that proverbial bone.

Because while God helps me to bloom and shine even through the darkest areas of this life, I know that he has everything under control. I just need to keep blooming, breaking these roots free from routine and growing in the new thing that God is doing. Even when I don’t know what that new thing is or will be ….

Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.

Thanks for listening (reading). Now it’s your turn, give us your best on Bloom and hook up with us!

Blessings.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

8 thoughts on “Bloom where you’re planted … FMF Post

  1. Thank you for sharing that extra beyond the 5 minutes. I was touched by your candor and by the difficult circumstances you face as you seek to be content in them. May God continue to give you strength and peace in the midst of this trial of cancer. Stopping in from FMF.

  2. Your post just hit me! I stopped for a moment and just sat with your words! Thank you for your honesty, and your ability to grow even in the hard.

    I love the verses that you chose, very fitting! I love what you wrote about parenting YOU .. yes! we need to do that in order to parent others, but also know God is aside of you helping you to do that so that you can be the parent you want to be.

    Thank you for sharing.. I loved this post … if you dont mind, I am going to showcase your blog on the FMF facebook page this weekend. I chose a blog every day of the week from the prompt word and I am going to choose you if that is okay.

    -Karen

    • Thank you so much. I am so happy about that you were able to pinpoint what I was saying. Frankly I was certain that the post was disjointed. =) I would be honored for you to use my post! Thank you so much. Blessings to you.
      – Andrea

  3. Thank you for sharing your heart. I loved this line: “When we trust God we can bloom in the driest most desolate places in this life and place that we live” A great reminder that we can’t wait until things are going smoothly or we feel comfortable to bloom.

  4. hope (not sure that is your name:) i loved your post! great Scriptures too! very encouraging, yet honest! thanks.

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