It’s a compliment, really! And I’ll tell you why.
It never fails, my Hibiscus plants faithfully peek through the earth every spring. With each year, they get bigger and bigger.
This year, I split them in half or you would never find our home! (Just kidding)
Even with me attacking it with a shovel and cutting into its roots to half their size, they are back to what they used to be! When the wind storms and rain beats down on these plants, they stay firmly planted.
I want to be just like a Hibiscus. Despite the ‘wind storms’ and ‘downpours’ of life’s situations, I want to be strong and keep growing in size (no, not my weight) in character and spiritual blooming.
Life storms and heavy winds don’t stop and seem to be never ending. Single parents, you have a unique life. Of course you already know that.
Single moms take on jobs and roles that both parents used to share, deep loneliness invades their heart, and sadly some ex-spouses’ puts the kids in the middle (which is so sad), and they seem to have endless costs. They find it hard to move ahead and watch when their ex gets to be the fun parent and seems ‘so happy’. I would say that is a windstorm!
That is when they feel the roots of their life struggling to stand firm. God, our Father in Heaven, asks us to trust Him. Just hold on and ask for His help, His protection, and His strength. There were times, I didn’t want to stand firm or I didn’t have enough strength to face the day. I praise God that He was there helping me to stand against each storm.
But I will bless those who trust me. They will be like tree growing beside a stream—
trees with roots that reach down to the water, and with leaves that are always green. They bear fruit every year and are never worried by a lack of rain. Jeremiah 17:7-8
I have seen single moms who live a life of character and integrity. They are fighters who, despite the storms, keep moving ahead to be the best they can be and be an example to their children. No one likes storms. I am not a fan, however, through my experiences, it has made me a stronger and more confidence woman. Storms still come but if you are deeply rooted you will keep growing and growing….
So if I would say to you, You are such a hibiscus, that is a great compliment!
- Despite being up-rooted and hit by storms, stand firm like a hibiscus.
- Trust God, our Heavenly Father, who will help you weather the storms of life.
- Memorize Jeremiah 17:7-8
- Plant a hibiscus in a planter or in your garden as a reminder that…..
……..YOU CAN DO THIS!