Good morning, Blooministas. You’re on my heart as the sun comes up today bringing fresh hope with it. I’m reading about parenting and the unique, but sometimes challenging, characteristics of our children that we run up against as we endeavor to raise them well. Although my son is older now and almost ready to leave the proverbial nest, I recall the days of wondering what to do when I came head to head with some of his more dubious traits. And I remember a tip I came across that suggested I write down my child’s attributes, especially the ones that were leaving me feeling frustrated, and then push myself to come up with a positive characteristic that could be developed from it. Let’s say my “little” was being bossy more often than I would have liked. Could I nudge myself to see that bossiness being used by God to grow a future leader? Yes, yes, and yes! For me, that kind of thinking was so freeing and liberating, and that’s exactly what I think God wants to do for you and me as believers. He sent his Son to break the chains of bondage and release the captives. To set us free!
Recognizing the potential hidden in any kind of challenge can be a hopeful encouragement to a frustrated Bloominista, can’t it? My prayer for you today is that you’d grab hold of a refreshed confidence in the creative power of God and ask Him to reveal how your current darkness can be useful in bringing new light to the cause of Christ. May you feel His warmth, Sonlight, and unchanging love for you as you continue to bloom where you are planted.