August Newsletter

Bloom Again...

I had the rare opportunity to sit on my back porch and enjoy a cup of coffee and a bagel this morning.  I rocked in my rocking chair enjoying every sip of the smooth but bold coffee blend.  Taking  time to actually chew and swallow every bite of my delicious bagel with cream cheese and honey on top, which I never seem to do.
Bloom Again...

I had the rare opportunity to sit on my back porch and enjoy a cup of coffee and a bagel this morning.  I rocked in my rocking chair enjoying every sip of the smooth but bold coffee blend.  Taking  time to actually chew and swallow every bite of my delicious bagel with cream cheese and honey on top, which I never seem to do.  Since I became a mom, eating is more like shoveling the food in faster than my daughter, so I can be ready for the bathroom break, the cup spilling over, or the occasional tantrum followed by a trip back to the bathroom for an attitude adjustment.  Today, it was just me....ahhh!  In true Jennifer fashion, I can't just sit and enjoy this down moment (a blessing and a curse all at the same time), but I begin to look around my back yard from the view of the back porch and make my to do list, of things that I feel must be done a.s.a.p.  Now of my many talents horticultural is not one of them, but every spring I come home from the store with one unfortunate potted plant that eventually gives it's life to my poor planting skills.  This spring was no different.  I brought home a vibrant red, full of beautiful blooms, seemingly low maintenance Geranium.  Everything was going great! For weeks I assured it had daily water, 6 hours of sunlight, and even fertilizer.  The plant looked beautiful, blooms were coming and going!  This is where my happy little planting story changes.  I felt that in order for it to really grow and bloom I needed to prune some of the areas of what was left from a past bloom.  Although I'm happy to report to you my Geranium is not dead, but, it has had no new blooms since I pruned it.  Every morning I run out to see if there is new growth, only to turn back as I shake my head.  So as I sit on my back porch, imagining my back yard morphing into a present day Eden, I am exasperated with my little plant! I want blooms! I am tired of waiting! I want them now!  Just then I heard that still small voice say I have been patiently waiting for you to Bloom again.  You see, I like my little plant...have most recently gone through a pruning season.  Everything was going great...I had the proper sunlight and water ratio...I had beautiful blooms of success and accomplishments, and all of a sudden I was stripped bare.  The unexpected season of pruning did not even seem to leave a hint of former glory days.  Maybe you can relate.  I am most definitely not a fan of the pruning process, but I am reminded of the words of Jesus himself....


I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops
                bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses  and  repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make
                it bear more  and  richer  and  more
                excellent fruit. (John 15:1, 2 AMP)

Did you catch that? The pruning has a purpose!  He cuts away the things that are not producing in your life...mindsets, relationships, daily habits.  The things that you're proud of? Yep, he prunes those too!  But he prunes with a purpose, so that you can bear more, richer, and more excellent.  Stop holding onto what was or maybe even how you thought things should be...this will only prolong the new blooms from coming.  Keep moving forward and before you know it....you will bloom again!
Keep Moving Forward!
Pastor Jennifer