Guys. I’ll admit: I’m pretty “basic.”
Granted, I don’t drink Starbucks, and Uggs are not my footwear of choice, but I definitely can relate to the stereotype, probably more than I’d like to admit.
Like my affinity for Audrey Hepburn.
Now, to be fair, I never saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but hey — I like a pair of oversized sunglasses and pearls like the best of ’em.
But I was scrolling through my Facebook feed yesterday, and I came across a quote, alledgedly by Miss Hepburn:
It goes like this:
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
And for whatever reason, that idea really stuck with me throughout the day.
Maybe because I love flowers so much. Maybe because it was full of hope, but it succeeded in getting me thinking.
You see, gardens have a special spot in my heart. They’re meaningful. But not for what Audrey is musing about.
For me, they mean something more.
To plant a garden, and care for a garden, is to learn how to take care of a living thing.
My recovery from anorexia has had its ups and down. I’ve been in recovery for eight years now, but there was a time, right after inpatient, that I relapsed. I am not proud of it, but it is part of my story.
Long story short, I had to move home after my first semester at college to get healthy and kick ED out of my life once and for all.
Well, during that time at home, I began to care for my mother’s garden.
I’ll be honest, it started out as just a coping mechanism after eating. Something to get my mind off of triggering thoughts, and to get outside, get some fresh air. Clear my head.
But it quickly began to be something more.
Day after day, I would go out and and water those flowers. Pick away the weeds, monitor their growth. I found joy in seeing the roses climb up the trellis and bloom. I was learning to care for these delicate and tender flowers as I was learning to care for myself.
I was blooming as they were blooming.
Obviously, there is a hackneyed metaphor of God being the master gardener. Jesus is the Vine. We are the branches. God tends the vineyard.
We get it.
And it’s a cliche because it truly is a beautiful allegory.
But I’m not going to waste your time with that right now.
There is beauty in taking care of yourself.
Gardening teaches one patience.
Recovery was not an overnight phenomenon.
I think today, we’re so used to instant gratification. We post an instagram photo and within the hour we get X number of likes. We order something on Amazon, and we can get it the following day. Cell phones, Facebook chat, FaceTime. Patience is a dying art.
Flowers take time to bloom. To expand and anchor their roots. Have the buds open up. Drink the water. Soak up the sun.
So too, do we.
That time, tending my mother’s garden was a very special time in my life. I haven’t had a garden since. It was a one time deal. But the lessons I learned have stayed with me.
Yes, the garden would give me hope for the following day; bating my breath for the day when the pink would pop through the tight bud.
But it taught me the importance of gentleness. Gentleness with myself. With allowing myself to grow. To heal. To bloom.
And the thing about gardens is that they’re never finished. Seasons are constantly changing. What looks dead in the winter will find new life again in the spring. What a beautiful image of hope that is.
Everyday, I’m still growing. Blooming. Each day, Jesus reveals something new in my spirit – reminding me of who I was, showing me His love for me, reminding me of His mercy.
Blooming is scary. But it is not impossible. Not with Him. Not with God.
The thing about gardens is that they’re not just for the gardener to enjoy, but everyone who passes by.
A garden makes an impact. Makes the world a brighter place. That is my deepest prayer – that maybe another person could find encouragement and hope in my garden. That the blooms could point to Him. Remind others of His goodness. Faithfulness. Mercy.
That is the power of a beautiful garden.
One that both you and I possess.
Audrey, yes. Gardens remind us of hope for tomorrow. But they also teach us about the importance of caring for yourself. And allowing yourself to bloom. Because when we do, the world becomes a brighter place. And the beauty of the One who created these flowers can be seen by all who encounter it.
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247 responses to “Find Me in the Garden ”
So beautiful! I love gardening, too. It’s almost like meditating.
Thank you Alleh:) you’re so right, there’s something so peaceful about gardening. Hugs and love xox
I teared up a bit while reading this. Thank you for sharing your story with us. May it inspire others who struggle to get help and all of us to be kinder to ourselves and one another. God bless you!
Hi Carissa Marie, thank you so much for this beautiful encouragement. I really appreciate your kind words. Sending big hugs to you friend xox
Hugs sent to you in return, sweet lady! ❤💜💙💚💛
Another lovely post! I’m seriously so in love with your posts, girl. Really. Keep INSPIRING. XOXO
Thanks Bubu! Oh I so appreciate your kind and encouraging words. It seriously means the world. Grateful for you. Hugs and love xox
Carry on blooming!
Aw thank you Rob! Yes!! 🌸🌷🌷🌺🌻💐🌹
I love this. You not only write well but your insight into how the “mundane” is actually holy. When I’m on my knees digging in dirt, I feel a deep connection to The Divine.
Thank you so much Lelia! Aw that’s so kind of you to say! I so feel you-it’s so easy to feel that closeness in nature. Sending big hugs to you friend xox
And I just noticed my confusing sentence AFTER I hit post. Your gift of seeing the holy in the mundane speaks to me. *cringing inwardly at the awkward sentence especially after posting a rant on FB about illiterate goobers* 😳😳😳
Hahaha no worries at all! Seriously! ❤️❤️❤️
I loved your post. I love to garden too and, like you, I find it therapeutic. Besides, as Keats told us, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. . .”
Thank you so much friend! So glad it resonated with you! Love that-it is a joy forever. Hugs and love xox
Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Garden! That’s what I see when I read your posts . Thank you for your courage!
Thank you Lisa. Oh my gosh what a kind thing to say. Thank you. Hugs and lots of love to you friend
I love this post . Reminds me of my time in hospital and day unit . To calm herself and to connect with nature my mother would be found in garden planting herbs tending to flowers and apple tree. She would always tell me to use fresh herbs from the garden. We cooked many healing meals together. We are growing each day indeed and our spirit becomes more beautiful and there’s a light. Thank you
Thanks Maha, for sharing this. There’s something so calming and peaceful about being outdoor and cultivating delicate flowers. What beautiful memories you have in that garden. So happy for you. Hugs and love xox
“That time, tending my mother’s garden was a very special time in my life. I haven’t had a garden since. It was a one time deal.” I read this and I couldn’t help thinking that particular garden was a gift from God to help hear the quiet lessons you needed to grow stronger.
May God bless you always. 🙂
Hi friend. I’ve never thought about that before but I think you’re absolutely right. God works in mysterious ways. Thanks for this great perspective. Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome. 🙂
Some great thoughts here. Love how you really get to the heart of things. Stay strong BBB 🙂
Hi Jonathan, thank you so much for your encouragement and for sharing in the journey with me. Hugs and love xox
If you keep this up, I may ask you to marry me someday (LOL). But in ALL seriousness, your post today reminds me of something that I often share with friends, family, colleagues, and even perfect strangers when the opportunity arises. Jesus’ visit to the garden (Gethsemane) demonstrates the power of quiet alone time with God and its benefit to our restoration and healing. God let me know that these garden moments are “spiritually therapeutic” and required (e.g. Sabbath). It’s vital that we have time with the Father alone…away from friends, family, etc. Notice that when Jesus went to this place of refuge, He excused himself from the company of His posse, the disciples. We, too, must break away in order to appreciate the beauty, the impact, and the power of the garden. I pray you will continue to have your garden moments. God BLESS you!!!!
Hi Fredrick, hahah thank you so much for your kind words! And oh my gosh you’ve got me literally lol-ing on that opener! But wow you speak so much truth. Gethsemene was a powerful example of prayer and alone time – Jesus, our perfect example did that! Thanks for your uplifting comment. Hugs and love xox
BBB that resonates with me as well. I do enjoy your interpretation of the concept. Oh hi I love your posts
Hi Rareity, thank you for this. Aw you always have such kind words for me. It seriously brings me so much joy to know that you like my posts. Sending big hugs and love xox
This is my favorite post of yours yet! 💜😍🌻
Hi Jessica! Oh my gosh YAY! I’m so glad you like it!!! You just made my night, lady! Thank you!! hugs and love xox
Love and hugs right back. Your garden is full of gorgeous sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, lilies, and every other flower that’s bright and colorful! You shine bright! 🌻
Aw😍😍😍thanks again 😘
What a beautiful post! Gardening might have been a one time thing for you so far, but I think you are still seeing all sorts of seeds here. I find so much beauty, life, encouragement, and hope here. Thank you for sharing this story and your wonderful reflections.
Hi Lulu! Wow, what a beautiful thing to say. Thank you friend:) my heart is seriously so warm right now, knowing that my posts strike a chord with you. Thank YOU for encouraging me:) sending you massive hugs through the computer! Have a lovely night! Xox
Massive hugs back! xoxoxo
Oh my goodness! This is beyond beautiful! I love it so much. Thank you for writing this 😊
Hey friend! aw thank you so much 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it! so glad you stopped by! hugs and love xox
This is a beautiful post. Congrats to you on finding what makes you happy….I strongly advise getting a garden or a bunch of plants that you can tend to indoors!! I, too, love my garden. It seems that even in the worst of my health this past winter, when I was lamenting the possibility of not being able to work in it this spring and summer, Someone was listening. It seems to be thriving more so this year than in years past, and as you say, tending to living things is cathartic and gives you a purpose for focus and growth outside of yourself. My morning routine is to go and check on my garden when I first wake up…I’ll be thinking of you this summer! Bravo! (And get some potted plants or something!! If I knew where you lived, I’d drop off a plant for you! ) xoxo
Aw, thank you so much! I think you’re right – I should just get even a little basil plant or something. Wow, what an awesome story – I think you’re onto something – i think someone was definitely listening. So glad that you’ve found the peace and cathartic power of gardening too. Hope your health is doing better. Will definitely keep you in my prayers. sending hugs and love xox
A peace plant is easy to grown and maintain indoors…as is spider plants…I have a hibiscus that I received as a gift from a co-worker about 5 years ago. I bring it outside every summer, and it blooms beautifully. I bring it back inside in the winter, and just feed it Miracle Grow and keep it in a warm room / window. Lots of love and flowers to you! xoxo
Wow! You have such a green thumb! So inspiring! Hugs and love xox
The idea of patience in gardening and in self healing is one of the most important lessons to learn. Forced flowers and healing are often weaker for the forcing.
Hi Joseph! What a great perspective. That’s so true – you can’t force those thing, you have to cultivate it, one day at a time. thanks for stopping and for this powerful insight! hugs and love xox
My pleasure. Thank you for the encouraging word.
When Julie, the girls, and I visited Rome, we were surprised at the amount of gardening people do in the middle of the city. You could see all sorts of gardens on balconies, hanging out of windows, etc. Flowers, vines…just there to be appreciated.
Just like you! 🙂
Hey Jeffrey! Wow that is so cool to think about-urban gardening. It really is so awesome that people put in the effort to beautify their city, even if it is “just” a window box or flower pots-every little things makes a difference. And wow what a kind thing to say:) thank you! Hope your week is off to a great start! Hugs and love to you and Julie! xox
Starting well, thanks! Vacation next week, and can’t wait!! Julie and I had a fun weekend. Coming up she has the whole weekend off – pretty cool when working retail! Great week to you too!
❤️❤️❤️have a safe trip!! Yay for time off!
Awesomeness! I love the idea that there’s a beauty in taking care of yourself. Peace.
Thank you so much! Yes! There really is beauty in that:) so glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
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Thanks for the link up! Hugs and love xox
My first book is coming out in August. It’s called “Blooming Idiots,” and uses our families amateur attempts at gardening as the key to understanding our growth as caregivers to a kid with special needs. I am so touched reading your application of garden wisdom to your own life. There is beauty that emerges, but so much of it comes through trial and plenty of error. Keep growing! And may the patient master gardener keep giving do-overs and tending you when you feel fruitless (Luke 13:6-9).
So exciting! Congrats! Thank you for sharing this. So glad it resonated with you. God is good. Amen for do overs! Hugs and love xox
I love your post always full of pics and a lot more. Great job
Thank you so much! So glad you enjoy them! Hugs and love xox
I like tree trimming which is close to gardening… Great post! You are talented
Thanks friend! Aw I really appreciate your encouraging words. Hugs and love xox
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Thanks for the share! Have a great night! Hugs and love xox
Great post 🙂 Interestingly enough, during summer whenever anybody is in their backyard or enjoying an area with a lot of gardens, their is something that feels real spiritual about it and yet one can never figure out why, but is is a very beautiful feeling 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂
Hi John! Oh thank you so much:) I agree-there’s something that makes you feel so connected with God when you’re in nature. And something so powerful about cultivating life-is so healing. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Steven Harrod Buhner shares in The Lost Language of Plants that plants actually adapt their chemistry to produce the substances necessary to heal wounded creatures. Like animals, they mourn with us when we suffer: just remember Jesus’ words when he entered Gethsemane – “I am filled with sorrow nigh unto death.” It was the Garden itself fearing his loss. The plant kingdom’s quiet, secret love is one of Creations great gifts to those that take the time to admire and tend the spirit of the world.
Hi Brian,How interesting! I am always so blown away and filled with such awe and gratitude when I think about that scene in Gethsemane. Our Lord is incredible. What an example.
Wow. Very insightful.
Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it. Hugs and love xox
You too 🙂 I always appreciate someone who can be open about their struggles.
And another piece of the puzzle is revealed.
🙂 thanks friend. So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
Lol you’re funny
Funny lookin’!!! 😂😂😂😂😂
No absolutely not. I’m free true child of God is special. God doesn’t make junk when he makes children. He makes them to stand out and when they stand out for him. They spread the love of Christ to others and they look fabulous doing it.
Hahah love that:) thanks friend. Here’s to being fabulous! 😎😎😎😎😎
Laughter is a good medicine. The Bible declares.
I would have to agree!
You have totally beautiful tastes and will plant a totally beautiful garden which all in all contributes to you being a totally beautiful person!!
Aw, Thank you MiguelTio. You’re such a good friend. Thank you for this. Sending the biggest hugs xox
xoxoxo to you too!!
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This is what I love about your writing, the tenderness of your words. That you let them breathe and grow. Not forceful like a gale, but more like the scent of a Spring on a gentle breeze.
hi Aaron! oh my gosh what a kind thing to say 🙂 thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoy my writing. hope you’re having a great night. hugs and love
Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. It did have me pondering to myself, since I am horrible at gardening. You hit the nail on the head, though: patience. Perhaps I need to be more patient with myself. Give myself time to grow, time to heal, time to learn. Growing a garden could also compare to raising children; I need to be more patient with my children so they can grow and learn without being rushed. I get so hard on myself sometimes and this post was what I needed to hear this evening. 🙂
Thank you so much! You’re right, patience is something that I definitely haiku to work on too. Because growing and healing and blooming takes time. Thanks for this beautiful reflection. Hugs and love to you xox
This is beautiful, thank you! Funny because I just posted a blog about gardening and forgiveness yesterday. I can relate. So many blessings <3
Thank you so much for this encouraging comment! what a coincidence! so glad you can relate. hugs and lots of love xox
I feel the same way you do – “everyday I’m still growing”, but I was happy to be reminded about this, because I do tend to be harsh on myself often and don’t give myself enough credit for what I overcome every single day. So thank you 🙂 As always, I enjoy reading your posts.
thank you so much for this reflection. You’re so right, we have to give ourselves some patience and time as we learn to bloom:) cheesy but true! thanks for stopping by! hugs and love xox
Hello and thank you for enjoying my Brexit blog. I enjoy flowers too. We live in a beautiful world that has many problems. Take care.
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Hey, whenever I read your posts, I can feel how much you suffer and also how strong you are. Cheer up, my friend. God is with you. And the people who care about you.
Thanks James, I really appreciate your kindness. it means a lot. god is good. Thanks for stopping by! hugs and love xox
Absolutely beautiful. And that reminds me, I really should go clear out some weeds today!
Thank you so much:) I really appreciate your kind words. Haha yes! Happy weed picking! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
being basic is beautiful 🙂 keep on being who you are and shine like the star you are!
Thank you so much! Aw this made my smile:) have a great night! Hugs and love xox
We are trees planted by the living waters. Our roots run deep underground and are nourished but the source, the giver of life…beautiful story!
Thank you for this beautiful reflection. That is so true! He gives us life! Hugs and love xox
You have wisdom beyond your years! Continue to bloom where you are planted and give God the glory.
Thank you so much! That’s so kind of you to say. Amen to that- God is so good! Hugs and love xox
Perfect! Hits home with my own self struggles. Thanks!
Hi Mel! Thank you so much for this reflection. I’m glad it hit home with you 🙂 Sending you the biggest hugs right now xox
Hi there! Thank you for liking my post Round and Round.. No More! But even more, thank you for this timely read. Just what I needed! I used to do gardening too and I still love gardens. Wow, you know what, your life story really reminds me of patience and that means you’re a garden yourself! 🙂
Thanks Kyle, I appreciate you stopping by and for your encouragement! so glad it resonated with you 🙂 hope you’re having a great day! hugs xox
I did have a great day! Your post was a part of it… I wish the same from you. Goodnight from us here! 🙂
Aw that’s awesome! thanks for saying that 🙂 goodnight! xox
Allowing myself grace, forgiveness and ‘healing’ time is one of my biggest problems in life. Thanks to you, BBB, it makes more sense now. 🙂 You’ve written such a beautiful post!
By the way, I read your patreon page, and I think it’s a great idea what you’ve got going: a book would be so exciting! 😀
You’re very blessed to have this blog and to be helping so many people with your writing! May God always be with you!!!!
Hi friend, thank you for sharing this. I so feel you: it’s hard to give ourselves grace. But we can do it! 🙂 and thanks for checking out my Patreon page! You rock 🙂 Have a great day! hugs and love xox
Oh yes. My heart hears you x
Hi Kathy! Oh thank you so much! I appreciate your encouragement and support. hugs to you!
Awesome article, I love flowers and I like reading things that make me have an “aha” moment like the part “To plant a garden, and care for a garden, is to learn how to take care of a living thing.”
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Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed the read 🙂 Definitely will check it out! hugs to you friend xox
You’re welcome, hugs to you too 🙂 xo God bless
I like how all your articles are so authentic and bold, testifying about how God has supported you! I hope many will come to appreciate God’s love for them as well through your blog.
Thank you so much Rand! 🙂 that is my deepest prayer:) thanks for stopping by! hugs and love xox
Lot’s of great messages here.. when we plant the seed of faith it will transform us like the flower.. Have a blessed day!
thanks friend. You’re so right – faith is transformative. so glad you stopped by! hugs and love xox
This was powerful for me in so many ways. On one hand, I’m a gardener. Gardening has been my coping mechanism for anxiety and in many ways CPTSD. On another level, I grow food in hopes that it will help me with my own struggle with an eating disorder, and my challenges with gaining all the weight I have recently. At least if I grow the food, I’ll be more excited to eat it. And finally, I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn. If you get a chance, you should totally watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and also, Sabrina, if you haven’t seen it yet. She is amazing.
Also, if you ever feel you miss that garden and you want it back, but maybe don’t have the time, energy, or space, you might want to check out air plants. They’re really cool little plants, and they can make great reminders to take care of yourself that can be placed in every room of your house that gets light.
Hi friend, thank you so much for this beautiful reflection. I’m so glad that gardening has been a useful tool in your healing. I’ll definitely add those to my netflix list! 🙂 And thanks for the suggestion – I’ll look into air plants! they sound really neat. Sending you the biggest hugs my friend. hang in there 🙂
You really need to see Breakfast at Tiffanys-one of my favorite movies!
Hey friend! Thanks for this. I’ll definitely add it to my Netflix queue. Hope you have a great day. XOXO
A great post. I can see how watching a garden grow under one’s care can be encouraging and empowering. Glad it worked for you. I, on the other hand, ………have killed many plants under my care.
Hi friend! oh no! It’s probably just the soil:) miracle grow those babies 🙂 hehe thanks for stopping by! hugs and love xox
Simply beautiful. It reminds me of Isaiah 66:6-9, for some reason.
“Listen to the loud noise coming from the city; hear the noise from the Temple. It is the Lord punishing his enemies, giving them the punishment they should have.
‘A woman does not give birth before she feels the pain; she does not give birth to a son before the pain starts. No one has ever heard of that happening; no one has ever seen that happen. In the same way no one ever saw a country begin in one day; no one has ever heard of a new nation beginning in one moment. just as soon as she feels the birth pains. *In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,’ says the Lord. ‘If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,’ says your God.*”
I pray that, just as Jesus has given you wisdom, and insight, about your past, that He would show and uncover the beauty of His Presence, with you, today.
As my Jesus Calling devotional read, the other day, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As you follow Me (Jesus), I lead you along paths of newness: ways you have never imagined. Don’t worry about what is on the road up ahead. I want you to find your security in knowing Me, the One who died to set you free.”
I pray that, just as you trusted His Path of newness then, you would, now. 🙂 May “You… go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field… clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12)! ❤
Glory be to Jesus, who leads us by those fields of green!
With Love, in Christ,
Wow Annalee, this is so beautiful. Thank you passing this passage along. I live that: the path of newness. So true. His ways are good and good for us. Thanks for your lovely encouragement. Big hugs to you friend xox
This post really touched me a lot, I have been struggling with anorexia, especially this past year and a half. I have had to force myself to keep eating, especially now because I am pregnant and need to keep my baby healthy. Your words are inspiring. So thanks for sharing. 🙂
Hi Heather, thank you for sharing this. I’m so glad it resonated with you. Know that I am cheering you on as you embrace life and health. Your child thanks you! That’s so incredible that you’re able to have children. That is such a gift. I hope that the damage I did to my body allows me to have have children one day. Hang in there warrior. I believe in you. Biggest hugs to you love xox
You’ve beautifully captured the feelings I have in my hectic, self-centred, arrogant life for my simple chilli and tomato plants. They are a mindful reminder for the requirement for patience and care. for Thank you BBB X
Hey friend, thanks for sharing this. You’re right-life can definitely get hectic crazy sometimes. It’s nice to have a peaceful outlet:) hugs and love xox
I started my garden the day before my dad had open heart surgery. He actually made me two planters for my birthday (which he finished the day before he went into the hospital with shortness of breath) and helped me pick out flowers. Gardening really helped me deal with his surgery and recovery. I can’t wait for him to come over and see how far it’s come since he’s been in the hospital.
Thank you so much for sharing this. Wow, what a special place your garden holds in your heart. Your dad is going to be so touched to see the work you’ve put in:) Hugs and love xox
very nice use of images to compliment your ideas. i usually use only 1 picture but this suggests that it is possible to do more without overwhelming the story.
Thank you! So glad you like my quote art images. They’re a bit of a labor of love to make, so I really appreciate the feedback! Hugs and love xox
Your Posts are sooooo easy to ‘Like’:-)
Aw that’s so kind of you to say! Thank you! Hugs and love xox
You liked my first article which drew my attention towards your page.
I must say you write beautifully and it gave me an inspiration as to how to share ones feelings symbolically.
Thank you. Keep coming with good ones. =)
Hi Zed! Thank you so much 🙂 That really means a lot. Glad it resonated with you. Hugs and love xox
Love and hugs back xoxo
So sweet. It reminds me of my mother’s garden. She worked us hard (as we use to put it) to keep it up and it turned out to be the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. The work was well worth it. People from miles around came out to our little country house to see the beauty of something that took time, patience and love to grow and it is one of the things that I will always remember that made my mother smile with love and pride. It was her masterpiece and she did something even better, she planted a rose for each of her 7 girls, all in different colors. I miss her so. Thank you for bringing up my precious memories.
Hi there Corrie! Oh wow that’s so awesome. I wish I could have seen your garden. It sounds amazing. And how special are those roses. Your mother sounds like an incredible woman. ❤️ Thank you for sharing this. Sending you the biggest hugs xox
This is beautiful and very well written. The great thing about God is we are always a work in progress. He takes us from Glory to Glory. Keep trusting my friend and you will continue bloom and be all that God has called you to be:)
Thank you so much Gypsy. Amen to that-we are all works in progress. God is good and will see us through. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox
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Thank you so much for the shout out and for the kind words about my blog! hugs and love to you xox
This post resonated with me because this year I planted flowers for the first time in several years! As my addiction worsened, I eventually stopped doing the healthy outlets I used to enjoy. Like you said, recovery is a process. It took me almost a year to finally get to a point of wanting to plant flowers again. I did not do it alone. I have found new life because of Him.
Hi Everest! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m glad it resonated with you. And I’m so glad you’re wanting to plant a garden again! Amen to that-He gives us new life! Praying for you friend. Stay strong warrior ❤️ Hugs and love xox
My favorite line, “Flowers take time to bloom.”
Hi Jennifer! Aw thanks. So glad you enjoyed it! Have a great day! Hugs and love xox
Jesus makes all the difference. When our trust is on Jesus we see life differently. It may really come to a time when we begin to have doubts… Yet we see reasons to keep trusting.
Hi George, thank you for this. You’re so right-Jesus makes all things new. We just have to trust. Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs and love xox
Thank you for like my post on my site! I love this!❤️
Hi friend! Thank you so much for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
By the power of Jesus….
Amen to this. With Him all things are possible! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Very nice blog!
Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
I really like the comparison between the flowers and anorexia. We are always a work in progress. I had also struggled with anorexia years ago so it really touched me.
Hi Teresa, thank you for sharing this. I’m glad it resonated with you. That is so true-we are always a work in progress. Thanks for stopping by this morning! Hugs and love xox
Audrey Hepburn is my FAVORITE! And I highly recommend Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Thanks! I’ll definitely check it out! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Just lovely. Delightful. Inspiring.
Thank you so much Glenn:) so glad t resonated with you. Sending big hugs and love xox
You are just to good, reading your that compensated by cool picture are too good,
no wonder you have such a huge following.
if you ever wish to make a guest post on my page, I would be honored
I do not have as big WordPress following but over all I have over 9,000 followers
might be good exposure for your talent
Hi Alex, thank you so much for your kind words! That’s so awesome! Thank you for the offer. right now things are a little crazy, but once things settle down, I may be able to. So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
It’s awesome how we learn beautiful life lessons from the simplest things in life. This was a beautiful piece.
Thank you so much. You’re right-even a tiny little flower can teach us so much. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I tried gardening. I try to be patient but this year the deer ate all of my hosta, which is the only plant I have had success in growing. How sad 🙁 But I will not give up! You have inspired me (again) to keep going. Thank you.
Hi friend! Oh no! Those dang deer 🙄 I’m sorry about that! No, don’t give up! Keep going! ☺️☺️☺️ thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
So much spiritual food from the garden in so many ways. I can be out of sorts when I walk out there and be ok by the time I walk back in the house! Good post points.
Hey friend! Thank you so much for this. Isn’t it amazing the calming power of a garden?! Hugs and love xox
Really wonderful insight, thanks for this. I love the relationship you framed between being gentle with the self while growing. It is easy I find to forget to be self-compassionate.
Hi friend, thank you for this beautiful comment. Yeah, showing compassion to ourselves is just as important as showing it to others. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Hey, That was a great read. I especially liked your photos. Do you mind if I use those on my social sites?
Thank you Marjorie! I really appreciate it:) sure thing! All I ask is that you link back! Thanks! So glad you stopped by! Have a great night! Hugs and love xox
Can’t stop thinking of that quote, “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” it is such a testament to hope, and it’s something everyone does around here (I live in the country). You know, you are just as much a symbol of hope, and God is using your blog just as he uses the sun to nourish a garden. Your victory over anorexia shows everyone that there is hope, and that through God anything is possible and that in Him we find a peace that nothing in this world can shake. God bless you sister in Christ.
Hi Riley! Thank you for this. Yeah it’s definitely a powerful quote. And wow, I am so touched by your kind words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God is good and I owe Him everything. So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
Bloom dear friend.
You’re created to
Aw thank you Tessa. 🙂 amen to that. So glad you stopped by. Hugs and love xox
You are such an amazing soul, God is using you in such a powerful way, you are touching so many lives including my own, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what you have gone through even when I stopped eating myself, I’m so blessed to read about your life and to have your as a sister in Christ <3 I would love to know your name and even meet you one day (hopefully before we meet in God's kingdom 😉 )
God Bless You & Love you Sister <3
lol the comment post says this is being posted at silly o’clock in the morning, I really hope you don’t get email notifications straight to your phone and it to wake you up its 11am here lol
Haha no worries! Hope you’re having a great morning!!
Hey Benjamin, thank you so much for your kind words. Wow it really means a lot. It brings my heart so much joy to know that you’ve been enjoying my posts. You are a blessing to me. Hugs and love xox
That was beautiful. I’m learning that in true pain there must be something new that emerges because, to steal your metaphor, the original garden has been destroyed, the precious petals have been burned by the sun of reality and there must be something new planted. If not, our souls will forever remained damaged. Thanks for you post. It was a pleasure to read it.
Thank you Joshua, for sharing this. You’re so right-there is definitely beauty that comes from pain. I’m sorry you’re going through something like that. Sending prayers and the biggest hugs to you friend. Hang in there ❤️
The message is clear as written and delivered softly enough that even an ‘odd duck’ such as myself is capable of seeing the hypocrite I’ve been. This is a good self discovery. No worries. It will be in a new post. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m glad it resonated with you. And aren’t we all a little bit of an odd duck when it comes right down to it? ☺️☺️☺️ Hugs and love xox
Love this x
Thanks sam! So glad you enjoyed it! Hugs and love xox
I love your honesty! You’re writing is beautiful! I think there’s another metaphor in here somewhere about pruning back the big and beautiful yet draining and unnecessary to reveal new life and growth…it seems scary at the time to cut back something growing so beautifully but it takes patience and trust to yield something even more amazing!
Thank you Cory! That’s so kind of you to say. You’re right-growth takes patience and trust! Definitely something I’m working on! Haha thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Aren’t we all? 🙂
Love it: I will never underestimate our capacity to change. I Believe.
Thank you so much:) I’m glad it resonated with you. Amen to that! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much! I really appreciate you kind words. Glad you enjoyed it. Hugs and love xox
Love this! I so relate to planting, caring for, watching and pruning the things I’ve planted. It’s a great way to look at how we sees ourselves, how God sees us and believe that He is the Master Gardener!
Thank you friend! You’re so right-it definitely offers a great perspective. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. I have seen quite a bit of her movies. You must take a moment to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Roman Holiday.” That quote has always meant a lot to me. If you plant a garden, you must have hope for tomorrow, and that’s what it means to me. I always enjoy reading your posts, keep up the good work.
Thank you! Yeah I’ll definitely try to watch it over the holiday weekend:) so glad you’ve Enjoyed reading my blog! Big hugs and love xox
The importance of caring. Amen– fellow gardener.
THank you so much for stopping by! Yes. The importance of caring indeed. Hugs and love xox
This was so absolutely beautiful to read😍 it’s so important to care for our bodies and it really does take patience and trusting the process in order to see a beautiful result❤️❤️
Thanks Amanda! I really appreciate your kind words. That’s so true. It’s so important to love ourselves. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Mine is the 500th like 🙂 wonderful article.
WOOO! Hehe thanks friend. Glad you enjoyed it! Hugs and love xox
Dear B3. Reading this beautiful narrative struck a chord in me that is, I know, going to manifest into a project. My normal daily activity revolves around avoiding situations that might result in painful episodes that require stitches. I suppose that can be construed as caring for myself, but not in the way you so eloquently shared. Now I must go plant some flowers. Bless you.
Thank you so much Jerrie. glad you enjoyed it! hugs and love xox
I have had many gardens myself, for veggies and flowering plants.
The one I nurture the most often has music, film and poetry.
It gives me an endless supply of belly laughs, time to dream dreams, and inner growth.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. They are inspiring.
and Happy Birthday!
(just a guess . . . you are a summer baby?)
You are a gift!
Haha yes! Next month is my birthday!! How’d you know?? Hehe thanks for reading! Hugs and love xox
I love gardening. I’m not great at it but ive had some luck with tomato instead of flowers! Great post.
Thanks! Ooh tomatoes! That’s pretty awesome. Hugs and love xox
‘Patience is a dying art’ – – Love it!
Thanks for this Leann ❤️ sending big hugs xox
I like your writing and how you include your faith in it.
Perhaps one reason you liked gardening so much is it’s not about you. It was for your mother, it’s about faith, it’s about God’s love.
I have the opposite problem you do. I weigh 300 pounds. It is fun to read your perspective. Keep writing.
Thanks friend 🙂 I really appreciate you sharing your heart and your beautiful perspective. You’re right-gardening is about giving. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox
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Reblogged this on Special Creation Woman.
Thank you for the reblog! Hugs and love xox
A few dated elements notwithstanding, Breakfast at Tiffany’s really is a great flick. Treat yourself and watch it! Good words, as always.
Oh thank you so much Mitch! Yeah, maybe I’ll add that to my Netflix queue:) thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I wish I could like this twice! Patience is definitely a dying art. Great post!
Aw thank you so much!! So glad you enjoyed it! Hugs and love xox
🙂 🙂 🙂 xox 🙂 🙂 🙂