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Mandy Hale @MissMandyHale
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This might not look very impressive but these little sprouts mean the world to me 🌱 They are the first fruits of my new endeavor to “plant my own garden & decorate my own soul.” 💚 Someday soon these little sprouts will hopefully blossom into sunflowers 🌻
Over the past several weeks as I’ve been working through heartbreak & grief & anxiety...God has continued to place this scripture on my heart. I’ve struggled to understand why He keeps bringing me back to this point.
Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Laura...& she too has been continuously pointed back to scriptures about seeds & growth & planting & fruit lately. She’s even speaking at a retreat this weekend where that’s the theme! And I don’t believe in coincidence 🙏🏻✨🙏🏻
Over the past year and a half, I’ve been through several disappointing relationships. Most recently, the biggest heartbreak of all. I mean...this was the man I thought I was going to marry. And ultimately, he didn’t choose me. He chose to walk away instead.
I think this feeling of “not being chosen” is a struggle for lots of ppl. So this morning I decided to look up scriptures about being “chosen by God,” & He pointed me to this one! Once again, the theme of one being planted (buried) so they can bear fruit 🙌🏻🌱
I’m still trying to make sense of all of this...but as I gazed upon my little sunflower sprouts just now it hit me that a week or so ago, those sprouts were just seeds, tossed into dirt & buried on a wing & a prayer that something good would come of them.
Buried in darkness & then forgotten. To the outside eye, that pot of dirt would have looked lifeless, hopeless, even a little sad. But the darkness & the dirt was only the beginning of the story for those seeds...not the end.
I’ve been guilty of never TRULY letting relationships die. As evidenced by how long I let Mr. E linger around (10 years! You have to read my books to know this reference.)
I tend to go back & try & resurrect things instead of truly letting them fall into the ground & die.
Well, no more. It’s time to let the past die. Let every old relationship & connection die. To even let my hopes for marriage die, knowing that if it’s something God truly wants for me (& I believe it is), the only way to bring it to life is to let it die, once & for all.
The only way to gain your life is by losing it. The first will be last. Die in order to live. It’s all completely backwards to what the world teaches but nobody ever accused Jesus of being a conformist. And that’s why I love Him so 💙🙏🏻💙
Anyway....that’s the end of my spontaneous Tuesday sermon ☺️ Just wanted to share what God has been laying on my heart. And encourage those of you who feel like you’ve been buried to keep reaching for the light. Your time to bloom is coming 🌱🙌🏻💚🌻
Update on my little sprouts... 🌱💚
My cousin sent me a sermon this morning called “Let the Dirt Do the Work.” She had no idea that this theme keeps coming up for me, she said she just felt led to send it to me. God is really using this analogy in my life. I’m excited to see where it’s all going to lead... 🌱
Thought you guys would like to see my little sprouts that aren’t so little anymore 💚 Amazing what time, sunshine, and a little faith can do 🌱
Watching these grow and change as I myself have been growing and changing these past couple of months has been such a beautiful thing. I love how they’re turned toward the sun. Perhaps sunflowers hold the secret of life: Be patient, & turn toward the sun ☀️🌻
You know what this represents to me? Hope.
This is what happens when you turn toward the sun.
This might be the only little sunflower bud that I see, & who knows if it will even bloom...but it’s enough for me. 🌱🌻💚
I threw a handful of seeds into a pot of dirt a few months ago when I desperately needed to see evidence that darkness never gets the last word.
Me & this little bud...
We’ve spent these last few months stubbornly reaching for the light together.
And whether my little sunflower bud chooses to bloom where its been planted or not...
I do.
I choose to let the dirt do the work. I choose to embrace the sunny days & rainy nights. I choose to pull up the weeds that are choking my growth.
I choose to turn toward the sun. ☀️
I choose growth. Because growth might be painful, change might be painful...
But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.
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Y’ALL!!! Look!
IT BLOOMED!!!!!!!! 😬😬😬
My housemate just sent me this pic and I’m seriously fighting back tears 💛💛💛🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻💛💛💛
My sweet little sunflower choosing to bloom the minute I go out of town feels very symbolic.
Growth doesn’t happen when we’re sitting there watching & waiting for it.
It happens when we do our part, then let it go.
Now it has TWO blooms!!! When I got home last night it still just had the one but this morning when I checked it now has two 💛🌻💛
I’ve learned so many lessons from this little sunflower. It’s teaching me to trust that even in the darkest times, the light never leaves us ✨
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