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You May Only Be 3 Days Away From Your Bloom!

Before-after-plantBy Martha Bush

It is 4 o’clock in the morning, and time for me to enter into my quite room with the Lord. I know what you are thinking. “How faithful and holy she is to get up so early in the morning to praise and worship the Lord!”

As President George Washington replied when his father asked if he had cut down his cherry tree, “I cannot tell a lie–I did cut it down with my hatchet.”  So, I cannot tell a lie. Instead of a praise and worship time with the Lord, I had a complaining time with Him. This is what I wrote in my journal at 4 A.M. in the morning.

It seems as though my whole life has been spent waiting for You to show up, Lord. Why Lord, why so long? Is there something I haven’t done? Is it for Your special appointed time yet to come? Tell me, Lord, I’ll do anything You ask of me. Sometimes, I am just so tired of waiting. Why Lord, why the wait—my life is slipping away while I wait.

I would like to think that my first cup of coffee had not put life into me yet, but I am not going to make any excuses. What is inside comes out, no matter what time of the day it is. Have you been there? Please tell me I am not alone!

Fast forward two hours later–time to click onto facebook for the news of the day. And it was as if God had a special post planned just for me from my friend, Laura Hinton.

It went like this: (Printed with Laura’s permission.)

What a difference 3 days can make. Just last week I threatened to cut down this monstrosity. I planted it 2 1/2 years ago and it’s NOTHING like I expected. I wanted a pretty little lily plant with pretty little blooms. Instead this thing grew. It’s huge (nearly 4’ tall and just as wide) and it keeps getting huger! And it never bloomed.

So, I literally spoke these words, “I’m tired of waiting for this thing to bloom. I think I’ll just cut it down.

What a beautiful transformation I would have missed. And it smells sooo sweet. Hummingbirds have been hanging around all morning. I’ve never seen one in our yard before.  (See image of Laura's before and after plant.)

I could literally expound on this thought for hours as a life comparison. My physical health, mental health, marriage, finances, kids....

How many times did I threaten to “cut it down,” to throw in the towel, to give up and walk away. Everything in my life is a testimony to “Never, ever, ever give up!

Good things (beautiful, joyful, miraculous things) DO come to those who wait and who do the work.
And wait.
And do the work.
And wait.
Don’t give up.
You may only be 3 days away from your bloom!

Enough said!

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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!

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