This week has been amazing. I did something I haven't done in years. Probably since before I had our daughter and for a full time accounting assistant, wife, mom, photographer, writer....where do you even have time for ANYTHING?!?
So what did I do?
I took a whole entire week OFF!
That's right. No work emails to answer. No photo sessions. Our daughter has sea camp for 4 hour a day this week. Hubby is a work. So I am enjoying me time!!! Its a season where its time for refreshment within me. Old things have died, God has weeded them out and he has placed an overwhelming peace within me these past few weeks so I could actually enjoy a week off without financial worry or burdens.
We weeded our cactus garden yesterday. And if you have cacti you know this is NOT easy. I only managed to stab my hand with those dreaded spines once. But my hand isn't swollen today to can't complain.
The photo above is of a Yellow Rose of Texas. I purchased this rose bush about 3 years ago when we started the Texas Cactus garden project. I have always wanted once but I gotta stay frugal to purchases so I saw it at my local garden center and purchased it.
It wasn't big, it has about halfway dead but for $5 bucks I thought well if it doesn't survive all summer its ok at least I tried.
But it grew and I have these beautiful yellow fragrant blooms every year.
What you don't know is this bush has been accidently trimmed out twice within the past 6 months. But it grew back stronger and even more beautiful.
So when I saw it yesterday with these gorgeous buds peeking through the seams of what was once poor brokenness, I'm reminded of this scripture:
Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
We're all like this rose. We all have brokenness from our own mistakes, our own sin, life experiences, from other peoples words...and we fall short. We shrivle up. We get mowed down either by accident or on purpose.
But hun when we allow the Holy Spirit to invade our lives with such power and restoration. Do you know what happens?
WE GROW BACK STRONGER! We become so fragrant in Him that people start to notice and they ask us how, Jamie, how are you like this after ALL of that!?!?
And I turn to them and say, its not me. Its literally all because of God. He took my brokenness and breathed life back into me.
Sister, mom, wife, daughter....believe.
Believe that you are worthy enough to be beautiful again. Believe that you are worthy of the death that Jesus paid for you.
Father I thank you for my reader. I thank you for the time they took to not just scan over the words on their screen but for the words you used from heaven to invade their heart for new growth. I pray that they do have a great day. I pray that they will bloom again. I pray that they are able to come to a place to surrender their brokenness and let you invade their hearts with restoration. Keep them safe. Mold them into the beautiful roses that you already see them as. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Until next time ladies....bloom where you are planted.