Grow where you are planted

September 28, 2012 in Faith that Shines,Five Minute Friday,lessons for moms

inner city MichiganThe city where I live is dying. Year by year. Abandoned by car factories. Unable to recreate itself or pull out of the mess,  it grasps with hope to the neighborhood where we live–one of two neighborhoods left still inhabited by  owners rather than waiting for the demolition crew.

The yards are city-sized. Throwing a rock at the neighbor’s house will break a window. Our yard, hemmed in by peeling garages, chain linked fences and too little vegetation is not where I dreamed of raising you. It doesn’t sing of creation. But God planted us here.

And you dear daughter, found in this tiny place, the same freedom others find in running through fields and watching the big sky. To find it you went up into the neighbor’s maple tree. You easily swing up into that tree, grasping higher and higher branches until I choke down the warnings. You retreat there to read, to show off, to recover from life’s injuries. I cannot, with my motherly warnings, steal the comfort God’s creation provides by voicing the obvious risks.

Broken legs, broken cities. They threaten  of scary possibilities. Still, I remain planted here. Looking up, to your tree and beyond, remembering that the God of comfort has asked me to grow here. So I let the echoes of fear and uncertainty fade and I hope the freedom you find in that tree is obvious in me.

Linking up today with my favorite online community of five minute writing enthusiasts. Lisa picks the prompt and we write, without overthinking for 5 minutes and then we celebrate our creations. Join us. Todays prompt: GRASP.

Photo credits: National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Alia Joy September 28, 2012 at 4:47 am

To trust God in the planting and the process is huge for any mother but especially when it’s so easy to fear or to see your surroundings and wonder why here God? Love your heart for your girls and the trust they’ll see as you lean into Him. Thanks for sharing your 5 minutes tonight.


pruningprincesses September 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Alia, you encouraged me so much. Thank you for stopping by.


denise September 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

Enjoyed this.


Michele-Lyn September 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

There is so much goodness in this write. I love this line, ” I cannot, with my motherly warnings, steal the comfort God’s creation provides by voicing the obvious risks.” I want to let God be God in their lives. Yes, this.

And this, “So I let the echoes of fear and uncertainty fade and I hope the freedom you find in that tree is obvious in me.” Yes, I pray that I too, let the echoes of fear and uncertainty fade.

Just beautiful… Thank you for your constant encouragement and your beautiful friendship. You are a gift.


Positively Alene September 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Love your heart — always have! Planting is good. I do a lot of grasping for why God planted me certain places. But there’s a bigger reason – oh if only we knew. So here’s to letting go of fears and risk that steal our joy. Blessings sweet friend!


Pam September 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Your writing always makes me feel, Laura. This is beautifully written. I love coming here.


pruningprincesses September 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

For someone who loves to write, your comment is precious. Thank you Pam.


Nikki September 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Oh how your heart speaks to mine…this was beautiful.

grasping hope…it’s enough.

And can I respond to you here and say yes! We need to pow wow, catch up. Homeschooling is stretching me in ways I didn’t know I needed to be stretched. It’s blessing me more than him, I’m certain. and that scares me a tad 😉

I’ll send you an email soon…love and hugs to you!


pruningprincesses September 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

So excited to chat with another new homeschooling mama. Thanks for stopping by and always, always for the huge encouragement you leave behind.


Stefanie Brown (@stefanieybrown) September 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

What a beautiful post! I love the imagery and what it stirs in the soul. We are where we are until He says “Move on.” May we continue to trust Him as we grow where we’re planted.


pruningprincesses September 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Stefanie. I do love this FMF community.


Tricia September 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

Lovely post. It’s so tough to stay where we are planted but so important sometimes. I love that your girl found a place all her own.


pruningprincesses September 30, 2012 at 1:41 am

Thanks Tricia for stopping by. I am learning to love things in my surroundings even though I would never call this city “nice.” I love that my girls found a special place too. It was so unexpected. Have a great weekend. It is beautiful here.


Beau Carnes September 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I think the healing of cities comes through small acts. God is using your family’s planting (including your girls) to bring healing to saginaw.


pruningprincesses September 30, 2012 at 1:38 am

Thanks, Beau, for the encouragement. And for reading my blog. It’s odd but my friends never comment on the blog, just strangers.


Holly September 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

Laura this is beautifully written. I love your perspective. Gods will is perfect. Who knows but one of your young ones will grow up to be a “rebuilder” and will need this experience and your perspective…


Rina September 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

First of all, just want to say I love the title of this post!
I heard about abandoned homes in greater Detroit. Thanks for the first hand account. Stopping by from SITS.


Blond Duck September 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I missed this during the week and I’m glad you put it up during Sharefest….it’s awesome how you describe her fearlessness.


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