Friday, 15 November 2013

Five Minute Friday - Tree

Each Friday a group of women (and sometimes a man or two) join together for 5 minutes to write. No editing, no changes, no proof reading, just WRITE for 5 minutes. Today's topic? 



A wise man once told me that having a child is like planting a tree, that our children are the seeds we are planting in the world. 
It didn't hit home until recently, when the weight of motherhood descended upon my shoulders as I realised what an awesome responsibility it is to teach a little person all they should know and do. A baby is still 'easy'... they eat, sleep, grow... but once they start talking and interacting with their world, a child becomes a sapling that needs to be bent and guided the way it should go.
And what the sapling does, and where its seeds influence, that is MY responsibility.

So, my dearest children, my Jessica, my Nathan... 

My wish for you, my hope for your future is...

That you take nourishment from the truths we try to teach you every day...

That our lessons not break you, but strengthen your resolve to be the best you can be ...

That you grow strong and tall in this world that wants to break you down...

That you lean into the winds of adversity and use them to strengthen your core, the real you, the important you...

That you put down deep, strong roots, wherever you choose to settle...

That you bear fruit... good fruit, that nourishes the world around you and sweetens the lives of those you choose to love...

That you be beautiful in your fairness, and flexible to allow others around you to grow...

And may your seeds, your 'future-trees' bless you with their strength and wisdom and grace, and may your legacy continue.


"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; " Ephesians 3:17-18, KJV 


Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

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  1. From one mother to another, you are so right. May our little "trees" grow into "oaks of righteousness!"

    Visiting from FMF this morning.

    1. Thanks for coming by Chrysti! I wish the same for your little trees :) xxx

  2. Wow, moved me to tears this morning. I wrote about The Giving Tree and how we as parents are the ones rooted and paralyzed by memories as they keep going and discovering. Parenthood is the most glorious and heart breaking act that we perform and your wishes for them are incredible. Thank you for making my weekend.

    1. Thank you for coming over and reading my words... I'm glad they could speak to you. Parenthood isn't easy, but I am thankful for the community of moms that God has brought my way through FMF... at least now I don't feel quite so alone. You are not alone in your fears and wishes either... xxx

  3. Wow - this is powerful and so full of truth and blessing! What a prayer and declaration to speak over our 'trees'! I love it! Stopping by from FMF today!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Karrilee! I appreciate the kind words so much.

  4. This was so beautiful and both the depth of your love for your children and your writing gifts really shined in this post. I loved the verses you put at the end as well.

    I hope you're doing well Lynn! It's been a busy week and I fell a little "behind" on my usual social media/blog reading. I hope your adjustment to returning to school are going alright for you. (((hugs)))

    1. Ah Rebekah, you've been on my heart so much these last few weeks but I haven't had time to come over and see how you were doing! I have been wondering how your neighbours are doing, how you are all coping... i can't imagine how hard it must be to pick up after losing everything. :'(
      So please, don't apologise for not reading! You have been busy doing God's work, helping others pick up the remnants of their lives, helping them move on without someone they loved... far more important.

      Thank you for coming by, and for your encouraging words. It has been tough going back and leaving my little man. But at least we have weekends and afternoons, and it's only another 2 weeks until our Christmas holiday break. Thank you so much for the hugs across the miles. You really touch my heart with your kindness. I was just telling my husband about you and how grateful I am for you and for having 'met' you.

      Sending you loads and loads of love and hugs and squeezes! See you soon!