How Do We Remain Fresh And Flourishing?


Can I be honest for a moment? One of my least favorite gifts to receive is flowers.

I appreciate the kindness behind the gift, and I smile and truthfully admire the flowers’ colors and vibrancy. When they are fresh and flourishing, they are beautiful, and if they could just stay that way it would all be fine, but what I dread is knowing that I am going to watch them slowly wither and die.

There’s nothing I can do about it. I look after them as well as I can. I trim the stems, I add the flower food, and I make sure the water is topped up, but I know that all it will do is prolong their life by a few days. In the end it is futile, because they have been cut off from their source of life.

Join me at Devotable as we consider how to flourish spiritually and how to make sure we are not the spiritual equivalent of those dying flowers.

13 thoughts on “How Do We Remain Fresh And Flourishing?

  1. I have an artist friend who loves to paint dying and dead flowers and even sheep and cattle skulls. There is beauty in the ageing process and even death has its positive aspects. As an 83 yr old I appreciate her viewpoint. Enjoy the fresh flowers while you can, but look for the beauty in them as they fade – it’s there! Bless you!

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  2. I love this, Lesley. I’m always saddened when flowers die. I think I’d much rather get a live plant that’s rooted. 🙂 Thank you for the refreshing encouragement that without being rooted to Jesus, we can do nothing and surely will wither spiritually. Love and blessings to you, my friend!

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  3. I’m the opposite Lesley, I love receiving beautiful fresh flowers especially red roses from my loved ones!
    I’m a country gal where growth, bloom, death & decay is all a natural part of the cycle of life on our fallen planet.
    The freshly cut blooms always remind me that one day soon life eternal will bloom on a new earth & a new heaven! And that makes me smile. 😀
    Bless you,

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I know most people appreciate receiving flowers and I’m the odd one out! It is an encouragement to look to eternity when the beauty and freshness will last and there will be no more death and decay.

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  4. Lesley, what a great post. “Remain in Him.” It sounds so easy, but I’m too good at making it hard. You’re right though. We flourish when we remain in Him. I don’t want to be one of those branches cast into the fire either. Thanks for some good food to think about. 🙂

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  5. Lesley, I’ll take flowers of any sort—cut and attached to the ground or roots. 🙂 But I totally agree that there’s nothing good about a withering Christian. I appreciate your reminder that “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” His strength is perfect.

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  6. I feel that way about flowers as a gift too, Lesley! (And also guilty if someone gives me live ones because I have a black thumb!) To see a withering believer is so hard. I’m grateful God doesn’t give up on us and for the reminder to abide!

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