bloom where you’re planted

the coming of Spring********************************

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns. (Psalm 46:1-5)


Winter’s scrape and ache has left a bounty of blooms in it’s wake seeming even more bountiful after the harsh weather in previous months.

Participating in the 40-day Lent challenge has been doing the same sort of scraping work in me as well.

It’s been a greater awakening than I’d first thought it could be. I didn’t expect to be completely untouched by the process but I stand amazed at how deeply into my soul and awareness the Light is now shining.

New understandings I never imagined are greening, budding and blossoming in me and pushing out fresh areas of growth in my ever-expanding soul. It’s a lovely place. Terrifying and lovely.

It’s the exponential promise of God’s’s very nature is to NOT return void. AND Even that;  it WILL return and it’s going to bring it’s reader along too. Carried through the hum and vibration of each “Let there BE” sound and syllable singing and bringing life to dead places in the heart and mind.  What a ride!


Four times I’ve watched His story unfold: birth, ministry, miracles, testimony, death and resurrection. Four times to various depths and degrees, I’ve winced as those around Jesus fumbled the ball while embracing the call. I’ve read the parables, the prophesies and pronouncements and have witnessed the passionate love of God for us enfolded and enfleshed for 33 years through the life of his son, Jesus.

Twelve times the rooster has crowed. Twelve times, Peter has denied his Lord. Four times he has run away into the darkness of his own soul, tasting only the bitterness of his own betrayal.

 It’s a moment never to be forgotten--almost as important as the crucifixion and resurrection because…as a wise preacher once said:

it’s Friday…but SUNDAY’S COMING!

Never before has the beauty of Peter’s FULL Gospel restoration resounded so sweetly in my ears. His testimony given before the crowd on Pentecost, fearless and bold screams of the determination my own soul knows and understands: REDEEMED.

Redeemed and restored so miraculously that nothing could shake that rock again. How do we know? Because we have the testimony in our midst. God’s word, the Bible.

We know those 12 (including Matthias) continued to bloom into and beyond their Spring even facing the threat and actuality of being “cut down” through winters to come.

We know because… we are: Believers 2000-plus years later.

Keep blooming.

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Sabbath Linking with Deidra and Sandy,  Shelley and Barbie and Janice

8 thoughts on “bloom where you’re planted

  1. “it’s Friday…but SUNDAY’S COMING!” Gosh I love the hope in that! I also love your red-bud photo. I’ve been looking for some here but haven’t found them yet. I think things bloom a bit later in the mountains.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Dear One! I cling to that hope more often than not these days. Not a bad place to be at all–especially if you are able to seek and find beauty and joy. These redbuds are some of my favorites too! But my all time favorite: lilacs.

  2. Beautiful photo! And it is nicely matched with Scripture. I am also doing the NT Reading Challenge. Amazing to do it in this manner as I am noticing so much I think I have missed at other times. So glad I stopped here from Sunday Stillness this morning. Blessings!

    1. Yes. This NT challenge is really digging out and exposing deep things I’ve filled with other stuffs…I’m glad for the opportunity to see these places come to light and truth be told it helps greatly to know I have SO much company on this journey! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. So happy to be next to you at Janis’ this week. Really beautiful photo and thought provoking post.

    1. Well, Dear Friend, I am glad too! This 40-Day challenged has pricked me time and again. It’s really quite something to read it as a cohesive story versus “mining” for verses the way I’ve snatched at it before. Redbuds…I really love this tree and look forward to Spring and the few blissful weeks we have together!

  4. Lorretta (two r’s, two t’s 🙂 I liked your line about ‘fumbling the ball while embracing the call.’ Your reflections are thought provoking (and lovely photo as well.)

    1. YOU are precious to me for noticing my two r’s and two t’s!!! It’s just been one of those wrestlings I’ve dealt with my whole life…someday I’ll write their story. Thanks for stopping by and for just seeing into these scriptures with me. It’s good to have thoughtful friends, you know? Blessings!

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