Spring Showers & Many Flowers

It’s finally Spring time!!! Time for rainy days, blooming flowers, & growing to begin! Spring is one of my favorite times. The sun has started to tease us & the rain makes this earth smell so good. What is it about rainy days that make them smell so good? I don’t mind the rain because it’s watering the ground so the flowers and greenery can grow again. & there is something so peaceful about a rainy day. It makes me want to put on my music and drink lots of coffee. The rain acts much like Jesus does with our hearts. Jesus is always trying to water our hearts, so they can grow to the full potential He has given them. He is ready to shower you with His goodness. & He may use day-to-day experiences, little reminders, or dramatic events to reach the depths of your soul. Jesus drenches the furrows and levels the ridges of our hearts with His love. Softening the hardness, brokenness, hurt & imperfections that make us rough around the edges. When we allow Him to soften our hearts, we are able to see what He has been showing us.

Psalm 65:9-10 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

 

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Jesus cares for your heart. He treasures your heart’s desires so dearly. He sees into the depths, concealing the hurt. When we let Him water our hearts, we begin to grow & change much like a flower grows in the Spring. It takes stages of transformation for your heart & a flower to grow. A flower goes through six stages:

Stage 1: The Seed & The Walls

Those walls you put up to protect yourself are a lot like the seed coat that protects the inside of a seed. This hard outer shell keeps the seed’s embryo safe inside. We tend to harden our hearts when we get hurt. It’s one of those things we are really good at. But what if those walls are blocking more than the hurt? Those “awesome” walls we put up sometimes block God’s truth from reaching the depths of our soul. Our hearts can’t grow if we can’t hear what Jesus is speaking to us. Or if we don’t want to hear what He is speaking because it goes against the walls we put up…

Stage 2: Germination & Nutrition

When the seed falls to the ground it needs water, warmth, and light to grow. Once the seed gets water the seed coat begins to soften and water enters the seed. At a certain point the seed coat splits due to the pressure of water.

Just like the flower, our hearts need these essential substances from Jesus to grow. Water (His word) to fill us with truth, the warmth of His love and His light of hope. Once we let His word sink into our heart the walls we built up burst and come crumbling down. The truth fills our hearts making it impossible to keep the walls up. If you are searching His word and truth the walls around your heart will come crumbling down.

At this stage, it is important that the seed is planted in the right place at the right time, in order to germinate. Don’t get frustrated if your walls aren’t coming down or if what worked for someone else doesn’t work for you. Different seeds have different needs! Be patient and wait on God to begin filling your heart with His truth. Some flowers take days to grow, others take months to years. We all grow and change at our own speed.

Stage 3: Growth & Blooming

At this stage the seed is growing a stem, leaves and a bud emerges. However, to continue growing the flower has to go through photosynthesis.

For our hearts to continue growing we need to be seeking essential “nutrients” from Jesus. Spending time with Him everyday, reading His word, and asking Him to change our hearts. The hope we have in our heart keeps growing and we begin to search further for the water. Our hearts begin to change and see things God’s way. We no longer see the need to hide behind walls and we can let our hearts bud into what we were meant to be.

Stage 4: Reproduction & Transformation

After the plant has receive it’s nutrients the bud opens and blossoms into a mature flower. The flower’s petals are noticeable and brightly colored. Beautiful for all to see.

When Jesus causes a change in our hearts others will notice. They will notice the hope and the joy you have. They will notice your fearlessness and the way you handle situations. You become a light to other’s hearts.

Stage 5: Pollination & Inspiration

Birds and insects carry pollen from plant to plant so new seeds can be made. Cross pollination sometimes when pollen is exchanged from different types of plants. Which results in stronger plants.

Just like flowers we need others to make us stronger. When we share the changes in our hearts with others we strengthen each other. I love when my friends tell me what God is speaking into their hearts. Sometimes it was exactly what I needed to hear or it inspires me to change the way I see things. Community is great!!

Stage 6: Spreading Seeds & Stories

Seeds are spread by many ways:

by wind: I think of a seed spinning in the air, touching a piece of earth here and there before it finds its resting place. Sharing how God touched your heart is a lot like that. Your story will reach many ears but will only touch some hearts. These are the hearts that God has made ready to receive the same type of heart change. The seeds will be planted in their hearts.

animals and humans: These seeds are picked up and placed in specific places. God places people in our lives so that we can plant a seed in their heart. Maybe all they need is a change in heart. Maybe they just need to hear the hope in your story. Maybe they just need a friend to help them plant a seed of change. Whatever it is, God knows and will make it known to you. He prepared your heart for a reason.

water: These seeds are carried by powerful streams. Jesus is the water that brings life to our seeds and our stories. You may think your story is small but Jesus is ready to use it in powerful ways. We just need to take the time to listen to Him. to take that leap of faith and share what is on our hearts.

Spring showers bring many flowers and my Jesus brings heart changes! This Spring let Jesus do some growing in your heart..

The Greatest of Loves

For a long time I feared love. I feared people seeing the brokenness, the imperfect, the failing, the ugly and the scars. I feared the rejection that would by far be the worst pain. Surly, there could never be anything worse than that. I feared if people saw me for who I truly was they would reject me and leave. But that all changed when Jesus showed me His love. It’s something I have never experienced..

He takes the brokenness, the hurt, the fear. He loves me more than I could ever love Him. His love is better than any person’s love. God’s word says love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I have had this twisted version of what I thought love was because of other’s love shown to me. I have thought you have to “earn” love and to do that you have to be perfect. So if I am not perfect I don’t deserve love. I have known a “love” of selfishness, deceit, conditions, and reciprocation.

Jesus says you don’t have to work to earn love, you don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to fear love. Why? Because His love never fails. Because Jesus loves. not how the world loves. not the broken type of love. not the conditional love. but the ultimate love. this love won’t be broken and hurtful. this love won’t bring down the person that I am. instead it will uplift me and make me stronger. this perfect love drives out fear.

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~ 1 John 4:16-18

God makes me a priority, he pursues me, protects me and meets me in my need. God has completely wrecked my view of love and completely transformed it into something so unfathomable. The greatest of loves. This is the love I will forever celebrate on Valentines Day.

Becoming Instead of Wishing

February is #lovemonth. Like a lot of girls I am single and during February that can be difficult. If your single like me this post is for you!!

This week God has been teaching me that instead of sitting around and wishing for someone to spend the rest of my life with I should be treating this part of my life being single with joy. It seems everywhere I went this week I have been challenged to focus on becoming who I need to be in God for my future husband. What God has spoken in my life this week through my Wednesday night group, my Pastor and through His Word is how important it is to not only pray for my future husband but to also become the person I am praying for.

I pray my husband would be searching for more of God. I pray protection over him. I pray that he would be patient and kind. I pray he would know how to love like Jesus. I pray that he will make me a better person and that I make him better. I pray he is familiar with grace and forgiveness. I pray for his wisdom and guidance when it comes to pursuing me. I pray for a lot of things. Mostly, I pray for the kind of person he will be.

Think of all the prayers you pray for you future husband, especially the one’s about his character. He’s probably praying for the kind of person you will be too. So while you are waiting patiently (or trying to be patient) for your future husband I challenge you to focus on becoming who you need to be. Focusing on becoming the person you are supposed to be in Christ.

I am thankful this year for this stage of singleness because I can grow in my faith and grow to be a better person for my future husband. My prayer right now is God will help me become who I need to be in Him for my husband.