a september flower garden parable...




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Do you ever feel wilted, worn-out, bent over, and just plain tired?



You look at others, who seem to have it all together, every layer, perfectly in place




...and then you feel even more tired.






The summer has been hard, you've been battered by a few hail storms, you haven't been receiving the water you've needed in the scorching heat.




But ....you're still hanging on.




You start noticing that every flower is worn underneath it all...
even the ones who seem to have "perfect" lives.




You keep reaching toward the sun for warmth and nourishment and spend time with those who build you up and see you for what you are...




and pretty soon, you begin realize who you really are,
and know that you are
beautiful.



32 comments:

  1. Yes, Yes, Yes and we are ALL oh so Beautiful! Thanks for this today.

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  2. Thanks!! I needed that!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  3. That was beautifully written, and so true. It's often all too easy to see someone else's life and wonder why theirs is so much better.
    Have a blessed day, Melissa.

    XO*Tricia

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  4. Yes, ma'am! Right on! Beautifully said, and perfectly pictured with those photos. Thank you for seeing the lesson in those simple flowers. :)

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  5. Perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  6. AWESOME post, Melissa! What a great metaphor. :)

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  7. That is well written - I can totally relate! Have a great day.

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  8. Beautifully written! I need that this morning..ty

    ~Lizzy

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  9. Wonderful Post! I've felt all those things lately.

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  10. Amen
    We are God's masterpiece!!

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  11. Beautiful thoughts today. It is good to know that we are children of God and have a purpose....

    Have a wonderful day!

    XOXOX
    Jen

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  12. i agree- beautiful!
    i love when i can push all of that junk away and feel good... and beautiful. and i have been hearing a song lately called "beautiful you" and i love how it reminds me that God made me for a purpose... and that there will never be a more beautiful you :)

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  13. Great post! But even better... I like that at the bottom of your page you tell us HOW you got your blog to look that way!!! Thanks for the info!!

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  14. Thank you for that beautiful post.

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  15. Fabulous! Love the flow of this.

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  16. Amen! It does seem like others have it more "together" sometimes...but I guess many of our lives look like that on the outside. Good to know I'm not the only one who doesn't have everything perfect! :)
    Carrie

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  17. Oh my goodness, you *know* me! You have captured exactly where I was for much of this summer. What a beautiful ending to strive for.

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  18. Beautiful - I needed that today!

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  19. YES!!

    And I love the pics. Looks like my zinnias! They have lasted two years now!

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  20. This was so beautiful ~ and just the thing I needed to end my day! Thank you for inspiring my dreams tonight.

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  21. Melissa what a lovely post!

    It's just what I needed to read today for sure. Thank you very much for your encouragement.
    I really appreciate your kindness.

    ~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

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  22. This is such the parable of my life right now. A little tired and warn out but I just keep going even if I'm a little wilted. I realized this week that I'm not the only one and all my friends seem to be going through the same September woe's. We all comment that we are trying to be so grateful for our busy lives that have gotten us warn down. It does make you realize that scheduling some time to rest and rejuvinate ourselves is very important. If only I could bottle the energy that my 5 kids have had lately!

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  23. Thanks for the uplifting message. I just had a baby (which means I have three kids 3 years old or under!) and needed to feel special again. Late nights and lack of showers can really get to a woman! Your blog post came at just the right time.

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  24. Thanks for that!!! I needed it!!!

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  25. this is exactly how I feel about my zinnias...they're slowly fading away. they did great this year, and I will certainly miss having them outside and in every room...

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  26. Very nice. Thanks! I've been feeling burnt and bent over like that little daisy... our summer is going out with a bang of a heat wave. But I'm starting to "feel" fall, and the light is changing, so the weather won't be far behind.

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  27. This is lovely. It's been a hard, frazzly summer - thanks for the reminder that feeling beautiful is about the choices we make - what we choose to see, and hear, and believe :)

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