What’s the longest you’ve waited for something? Maybe it was an hour for a bus, or a week for test results. Maybe it was a month for a job offer, or a year for a husband. Maybe it was a decade for a loved one to return, or a lifetime for a prayer to be answered.
Maybe you’re still waiting.
Maybe you’re waiting for the grief to fade, the pain to subside, the darkness to lift. Maybe you’re waiting for healing, praying for peace, hoping for joy.
What do you do while you’re waiting for a new season?
Create something! It doesn’t have to be big, like a country or kingdom. It doesn’t have to be loud, like a marching band or kindergarten classroom. It doesn’t have to be delicious, like a dozen chocolate cupcakes or a pot of savory spaghetti sauce.
It just has to be yours. Create something you’re interested in, something a little impossible and scary and unmanageable for you alone. Create something that requires faith, hope, prayer, and blossoming.
Create something too big for you, too small for God, and just right for this season of your life.
A New Season to Blossom
I started something new on BlossomTips.com — it’s my “too big for me, too small for God, but just right for now” creation. It involves writing 1,189 blog posts on She Blossoms. This is how I’m stepping out in faith, watching with curiosity, and letting go of the results.
My new project is called She Blossoms Through the Bible. I’m writing a blog post for every chapter in every book of the Bible. Since there are 1,189 books in the Bible, I’ll be writing 1,189 articles. Yikes.
I’ve written 2 articles so far. Only 1,187 to go!
In each article I share what the chapter says about God and what it says about us. I also share one practical step we can take to create more joy, peace, hope and faith in our lives.
Kicking us off is The Reason You Were Created – Step 1, inspired by Genesis 1:1. Maybe you thought you were created to be a wife and mother. Then your husband unexpectedly died or walked out on you, and your whole life was shattered. Maybe you thought you were created to be an astronaut, athlete, welder or wigmaker. Maybe you thought you’d have children but instead you were diagnosed with infertility. If you don’t know the true reason you were created, you’ll have trouble accepting the circumstances of your life.
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In What You Were Created to Do – Step 2, based on Genesis 1:2, I offer tips for finding your calling. God didn’t whisper my calling in a still small voice. He shouted from the rooftops: “Laurie, this is what you were created to do! I know you’re scared. I know you feel inferior and insecure. I know you’ve been abused by people who were supposed to love you…but I didn’t create you to live in that season forever. I know what I created you to do, and I want you to grow and flourish.”
God doesn’t always speak in a still, small voice. Sometimes He shouts loudly, sings beautifully, or hums above the noise of daily life. Even when He shouts, He’s hard to hear in the din and clamor! Jesus doesn’t seem real when you’re surrounded by pings and dings and flashes and clashes. But He is alive and He is calling you.
Maybe you’ve already entered a new season of your life. Maybe you’re still waiting and hoping for a fresh start. No matter where you are or what you’re waiting for, celebrate the small steps forward! You are making progress.
You are growing forward, and you are not alone.
My favorite insight from the first two books of Genesis is that God brought Adam the wild animals and birds to see what he would name them. God was curious and interested to see how Adam would participate, what he would do, and how he would walk forward in this new season.
Where has God placed you, and what is He bringing you to “name”? He is watching you with love, compassion, grace and joy. He is eager to see what you’ll do and how you’ll respond — and He will walk beside you every step of the way.
With His love,
Previous Blossom Tips
- Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56
- Bridging the Gap Between You and God – Blossom Tip 55
- 4 Keys to Healing Your Brokenness – Blossom Tip 54
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:19.
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.