Bloom Where You’re Planted

by Sandra on April 7, 2016 in Gardening, Gardening, Home Culture, Homemaking

The clouds have finally rolled back and the sun is shining brightly each day. I grabbed a chair this past weekend and sat in the middle of the yard. Curiosity was getting the best of me. There was so much going on in my neighborhood. Neighbors doing yard work. The sound of mowers humming said Spring is here. I wanted to see. I wanted to see everything. Especially, my husband as he was planting new rosebushes and azaleas in the front yard.

 

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He planted the first azalea and asked if that’s where I wanted it. Of course that’s where I wanted it. I was just happy to get new flowers…

Earlier that morning as we visited the nursery, the salesman talked to us about planting the flowers in the right place. I learned more about planting flowers within the first 15 minutes of our conversation than I have my entire life. We were sold on this rosebush because it will bloom where ever we planted it along the flowerbed on the front of the house.

As I sat there and watched the planting process, my mind drifted on my roots. I pray that my roots run deep. Deep into the soil where I have been planted. Then, I asked myself, “Have I bloomed where I feel as though God has planted me?”

God has planted me in my home.

Before my husband and I got married, we knew that I would be the primary caretaker of our home. In the early years of homemaking the biggest struggle was loneliness. Fast forward to now, there are times that I still feel lonely. Not as much due to social media and meeting so many like-minded women.

However, I have noticed something. So many of those like-minded women are becoming fewer in numbers as time goes by. I’m sure, like me, they are bombarded with the question, “Now what?”

Now that my children are grown. Now that a cooked meal can last a few days and I don’t have to cook dinner every evening. Now that I don’t have to sweep nor mop the floor each day. Now what?

For me, it’s time to make sure that my roots at home run deep and I’m blooming right where I am planted. If I uproot myself too early there may be a delay in my growth.

If you are reading this, I would like to issue a challenge to you. I challenge you to bloom where you are planted. In order to do that, sometimes we need to take inventory of the soil our roots are planted in. Take time this Spring season and dig out the weeds that come along to choke the life out of you.

God is constantly working on the hearts of His daughters. His work in us is continuous. He wants us to blossom as we show the world the beauty of His handiwork.

Bloom. Bloom where God has planted you.

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” -Psalm 1:3

 

 

Sandra

Sandra is wife and best friend to the love of her life and “king” of her home, Don. She is proud mom of their five amazing “world changer” children. Each child is beautifully gifted by God. She’s also a grandmother of three and a mentor to many. Sandra is the owner and writer of Love Abounds at Home. Love Abounds at Home is a blog ministry dedicated to encouraging and building women in their roles as Godly wives, mothers and homemakers. It fuels her passion to be a woman truly living out Proverbs 31 and the Titus 2 mandate. She is passionate about seeing other women walk in the fulfillment and contentment of being the women God has adorned them to be.

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Sarah April 7, 2016

I am not where you are, my youngest is only 3. I still feel a shift in my “season” of life. With diapers out of the picture, children gone at school; I find myself questioning if I am blooming where I am planted. I have thoughts of going back into the work force I find myself bored at home. I guess my question is how do you pull out the weeds, how do you check yourself to make sure you are blooming where you are planted? Thanks for this post.

Sandra April 7, 2016

Sarah those are some very good questions. As I was writing this, I did a self evaluation. I wanted to make sure for of all that I was content. For me, I tend to blossom when I’m in a place of contentment. If I’m not content, I ask myself why? When I’m not content it’s because I’m focusing on other things and people besides my home. I have to find myself digging into the word of God. I look around and count my blessings. I know counting your blessings sound simple, but it really works. Lastly, I know where God has planted me. He’s planted me in my home.

Sarah April 8, 2016

Thank you.

Sister Penny April 9, 2016

Sister Sandra,
I follow and enjoy and..am blessed by your example of a loving Christian wife, momma and gramma. You bring a smile to my face, as I too have a wonderful Christian husband. The Lord teaches women not to be leaders in the home but our husbands. Every lady struggles at times, but His Word is the definitive answer for any question. Thank you for all you do to inspire! For the record, I would be out digging in the soil too!! Once this snow melts, we begin our 2 acre organic garden.

Lisa April 21, 2016

Hello Sandra,
Thanks for the lovely post. My older and wiser sister has reminded me that there are seasons to life that require different things from us and we need to try to thrive and grow in our season. My (many greats) Grandma, Amy Stewart Wellard was a poet and I thought this poem of hers fit your post. Hope you don’t mind my sharing.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Are you happy with your way of life and doing what you do?
Are you happy with the space you take, that is portioned to you?
And do you take advantage of whatever comes your way,
To make the world a better place to dwell in day by day?
Perhaps your lot is humble and you feel you do not care.
But you can reach the greatest heights, if sought through humble prayer.
In a little country cottage or a castle all enchanted,
you can make the world a better place by blooming where you are planted.

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