Life Lessons from on the Farm – The Sunny Sunflower

When I re-married, six years ago,  I not only gained a special man, but I gained a farm too.  I did not grow up on a farm, so there have been so many life lessons this place as taught me. I want to share some with you and hope they will be just as encouraging and challenging as they have been  to me.

img_20160919_100622While out on my poor attempt at jogging one morning, I passed a very sad sunflower.  The seed must have blown from a neighbouring farm and re-planted itself this spring.

I realized this plant is like a lot humans because

  1. we are lonely
  2. we feel deep sadness
  3. we are thirsty

 

From experience, as a single mom, I understand the painful state of loneliness. There is a hole in the heart that desires to be loved and cherished, and stuffed-full with a relationship.   Then,  there is the sadness bug because of a lost a marriage and loss of family and friends who now do not share  life with you. There is sadness with all the responsibilities looking after finances and the children.  I remember feeling so thirsty to grow and be all I could be in the new journey that was slapped in front of me.

The story doesn’t have to end there.

Loneliness is there but life can be filled with new adventures that only you can choose.  A course, a class, a book or crafting club.  I took night school courses, joined a scrap booking club, visited the library, and made special memories with my girls. New memories begin to squeeze out loneliness.

Sadness hurts. You can’t candy coat it, but with sadness there is also the opportunity to have true joy.  A choice to determine that the sadness monster will not overtake and begin to learn there are things to be really thankful for.  When sadness begins to creep in, Joy can kick it to the curb.

Satisfy us in the morning with your  unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.  Psalm 90:14

It is good to be thirsty and seek refreshment.  Have you read a good book on helping you to empower your life? (you can check out the tab “Linda’s Library”). Are you enjoying some time each day to quench your thirst in God’s Word.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11

id-10031602Living in a posture of learning to be all you can be despite loneliness, sadness, and a state of thirstiness can leave you looking and feeling like this sunny sunflower.   There are days of sunflower #1 but don’t despair, you will learn to have more days like the sunny sunflower #2.

 

ID-100169204Open your Tool Box:

  • Claim Isaiah 58:11
  • Acknowledge there are tough days but there are wonderful sunny sunflower days too!
  • Plan some positive adventures whether small or large. It gives us hope!

YOU CAN DO THIS Sunflower! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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