We’re blooming where we’re planted… or at least on the journey to doing so. Friend, I appreciate you journeying with me, and I welcome your thoughts and comments and experiences! (Please share any of them in the comments below.)
Today, we are digging just a little deeper into this subject. As I was writing yesterday’s post, I got to wondering if this phrase–blooming where we’re planted–is in the Bible. And if so, what does God have to say about it? Friend, I couldn’t find those words. Nowhere could I find God’s Words regarding this phrase. This caused another question to surface.
Does God desire us to bloom?
I believe the answer is a resounding yes. I believe God desires us to bloom for His glory and for others’ good. Those exact words may not found in the Bible, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t want that for us. God created us and He has plans and purposes for us. He has given us specific and unique talents and gifts. These facts alone indicate God desires for you and me to bloom. But, is there anything else? Any other proof?
In my search I found a few Bible verses that may encourage us on this journey to blooming.
Take a look…
Blooming by faith we’ve been given:
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. 2 Peter 1:5-7 MSG
Blooming by what’s sown:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV
Blooming by not giving up:
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Galatians 6:9 MSG
Blooming is God’s work:
I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 MSG
Blooming in God’s ways:
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations. Isaiah 61:11 MSG
The Bible shows us God desires us to bloom.
And, His Word is so very encouraging! Wouldn’t you say through these verses God desires us to bloom? Which verse(s) stand out to you? Am I missing some? What others can we add to this list?
I’m clinging to the first one above, 2 Peter 1:5-7. It describes true blooming to my heart! A heart that’s ready to bloom.
I invite you back tomorrow.
On April 9 we’re taking encouragement to an entirely new level! Come join us for our next Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage event. It’s a powerful evening for women just like you and me. All the details can be found here.