Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beautiful Flower

I love flowers and plants of any kind. They brighten up a room or yard. They add a touch of nature to a home. They remind me of our Creator. I just love flowers. However, I do not have a green thumb. In fact, I have killed every single flower or plant I have ever touched. Years ago my mother-in-law gave me an ivy plant. She said there was absolutely no way I could kill it. It would live forever no matter what I did to it. Well in less than a month it was dead, and we could not revive it. I try so hard but always kill them. I water them too much or too little. Forget to put them in the sunlight or leave them in the hot sun too long. One time in early Fall I took a plant outside for some afternoon sun. Well, I didn’t think of it again until almost Christmas when I noticed it was sitting out there with snow piled high on top.

This summer my husband decided to surprise me with two beautiful and very large hanging flower pots. But knowing how well I take care of plants I knew in less than a week they would be dead. When my husband told me the price he paid for them I thought I was going to die! That much for flowers that you know I will kill! Seriously? Because of their cost I purposed in my mind to take really good care of them and follow the nursery’s instructions very carefully. Water twice a day, once in the morning before the sun is up and once in the evening when the sun goes down. Needs 6-8 hours of sun. Fertilize once a week. I thought, okay I can do this. Just have to remember the instructions.

Well, I am proud to say, I have had the flowers for three months and they are still alive and beautiful! Why are they still alive and beautiful when I killed all of the others? Because I watered them every single day, I left them in the sun and I fertilized them once a week.

While admiring my still living flowers I felt God nudge my heart and He said, “That is all it takes. Spend time with Me every single day. Look for the Son all day. Go to church and spend time worshipping with other believers every week.” If I don’t water my flowers every day, they will shrivel up and die. If I don’t spend time with God every day, my spirit will shrivel up and die. If you are feeling dry, lost and lonely, stop and think. Have you spent time with God today? Are you spending every day with God? Have you looked for the Son today? God wants to spend time with us. He desires to show Himself to us. Make spending daily time with God a priority and see how you blossom.


  1. I love your story Jenifer! I too love flowers and gardening. This year has been the first time I've had a home where there is room to plant and grow lots of plants. This is the first time too that I have realized how much time I do need to spend with God and what is takes to make my faith and hope grow like my gardens do. I will think of your words now when I go out to take care of my flowers and garden. It is a very appropriate parallel.

    Andrea A.

  2. This is lovely, Jenifer. Thank-you for sharing & for being obedient to God & starting this. I'm looking forward to getting to know you more in this way & at Proverbs 31 Growing Hearts. Blessings! :)


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