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A Magnolia Tree

Monday, April 22, 2013















We have the most beautiful Magnolia Trees in our neighborhood this time of year.  Sister couldn't resist running through the fallen petals.


One of my favorite author/speaker's is Priscilla Shirer.  She is so full of wisdom.  And I am currently working through her book, The Resolution for Women.  And one of the chapters is about choosing to believe that we are each authentically designed for a unique purpose.  And everyone has a different one.  She talks about our living out that purpose like a field that is designed to yield a specific crop.  The location, seeds, and soil are all chosen accordingly so that the field will produce the most desirable crop.  And then God sends whatever weather he feels is appropriate.  Come flood or drought, it's all tended by His hands.

Priscilla writes, "It's all been divinely designed to surround you with the conditions that allow your unique gifts and abilities to reach maximum potential.  To grow.  To yield. To produce."

And she also points out that everyone is designed to produce a different crop.  So there's no use trying to grow something that someone else is divinely equipped for.  Apple trees are suppose to produce apples.  If you're not an apple tree, stop trying to be one so desperately.  Your seeds are designed to produce something else, and it's just as important.

This was really life-giving to me this week as I've been contemplating what my unique talents are.  And let's face it, I've spent too much time being bummed that I don't have the right soil for the same fruits that some of my other talented friends are producing.

And I've been thinking, maybe I'm not an Apple tree.  Maybe I'm a Magnolia Tree.  And I'm pretty okay with that.


A Royal Daughter

20 comments:

  1. Perfect perspective! I needed that.

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  2. Nice post. Love the way her clothing coordinate so well with the tree! It looks lovely, especially in pics 2 & 5!

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    1. The clothing coordination was a total accident. I would have put her in some cuter pants or a skirt if I had thought ahead. It was a spur of the moment shoot. Sometimes that's the best kind anyway.

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  3. Love love these photos! Very dreamy!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Jesse! It did feel dreamy in that spot. :)

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  4. This spoke to me so much today! I needed to hear this......The pictures are awesome too! Thanks for always encouraging me with your posts.

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    1. Marsha thank you so much! Your comment is such an encouragement to ME. I see that you are in Broadway? Do I know you?

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  5. Hi! Yes, I am from Broadway - but I don't know you. I am a few years older I believe (I graduated in 1993) I have 2 girls that are very close in age to your kiddos - 5 and 3. I love to read your blog and it encourages me. It seems as though your posts are God sent on some days:)

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    1. Thank you so much for introducing yourself! I am so glad you feel encouraged when you're here. It's a crazy beautiful ride raising a 3 and 5 year old isn't it? I need God every hour of every day. :)

      So glad to hear from a hometown girl! (I am class of '97 by the way)

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