The Realization of Life in Full Bloom

The name of my blog is based on 1 Peter 1:24-25 “For all men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

When I study this verse, I am filled with a sense of sadness at the brevity of my life. But at the same time, it wakes me up, gives me energy, and causes me to prioritize. My entire being is flooded with the realization that my life on this earth is fading. And like it or not, I am not a flower that just sprang forth from the earth, I am IN FULL BLOOM! And as beautiful as a flower may be in it’s glory, we all know what is happening to that flower as soon as it hits that mark. It begins to fade and fall away.

There’s a sense of urgency that wells up within me, and even to some degree, a little bit of panic. It’s an urgency related to all things in my life. I am quite often amazed at how many thoughts can simultaneously go through my mind. All at once, I visualize my children grown and away from home, and immediately regret all the things I planned to do, but never did. I think of my sweet husband and become aware that I rarely give him the time and attention he deserves.

So many things flash through my mind, but one question always comes to the forefront…what have I done for the glory of The Lord? I seem to live much of my life thinking…when I’m a little older I’ll be completely committed to the cause of Christ. That’s why I named this blog “in full bloom”. To remind me that the time is now!

In full bloom is a glorious place to be. I want to take full advantage of it for the glory of The Lord. God created me for a time such as this. He has freely given me His forgiveness and grace. He has blessed me with opportunities to learn about Him and fellowship with Him. He has empowered me with His Holy Spirit. He has nurtured me each step of the way as I’ve grown from a tiny bud to a blooming flower. There is no more time for excuses or procrastination. This is the time to bloom and shine for Him.

A few songs come to mind as I think about the scripture in 1 Peter. One is “Live Like You Were Dying.” This scripture does not move me to go sky diving or Rocky Mountain climbing; and if you know me at all, you know that I will most likely never ride a bull named Fumanchu. But loving deeper and speaking sweeter sound pretty good. And overall, living like we’re dying just means to focus on what’s really important while we’re here. For me it’s doing the will of God. And although I’ve failed miserably throughout my life, it’s good to know that God is patient with me. He is ready and willing to assist me whenever I allow him to do so.

Another song is “The Motions” by Matthew West. It is a perfect reminder for me to give my all for Him.

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day,
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me.
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
“What if I had given everything,
Instead of going through the motions?”

So tomorrow is the next day of the rest of my life. What will I do for Christ? Will I go through the motions as usual or give my everything? I must be aware of John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Apart from Christ, I can do nothing. I will call on the name of The Lord for wisdom and guidance and know that He hears me when I call. And then I will be strengthened.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I love the part of 1 Peter 1:25 that says “the Word of The Lord will stand forever”. All the things that pull me away from Him, will not remain. So why do I worry with them? He is all I need.

Blessings from a Girl in Full Bloom,
Karen

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