Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tend that Tree!

In the last few days, in a heap of emotional turmoil, I came to the conclusion that I need to find contentment in the state of my various relationships.  Now, I am not speaking about my hubby.  We believe that marriage is something that constantly needs upkeep and maintenance :)  I am speaking about other close relationships I have, or have had.

Due to a very hurtful and ugly season in our extended family, there are still broken relationships and I know that there is nothing I can do about this until the Lord changes things.  Without going into any detail, its not what I want, broken relationship, but unity is not what they want..... and that rankles, just a little, a lot!

Then there is the relationship with my daughters.  They are my heart!  But they are starting their own lives and there is distance.  Now, I am not saying this is deliberate or intentional.  But I think I am over-sensitive about the distance because I can't say I was ever buddy buddy with my Mom, and I wanted more with my daughters.  I'm over-sensitive to the issue because of the family saga!  I see other moms and daughters and their closeness and I long for that.

I think it is the season they are in, partly.  Maybe our personalities too.  But they know I love them, and I know they love me.... but..... I long for more....


So, in defeat I decided to accept that how things are, is how its going to be.  I decided to be content with the relationships as they are,

Then God.....

Then God showed me this scripture!  I was not looking for it, but it jumped up out of the page, grabbed my face on either side!  Focused my eyes on Him.... and my hope was restored.

That scripture is this:

Prov 27 v 18:  Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat of its fruit;  so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honoured.

Did you see that?  Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat of its fruit!  I was overwhelmed!  To me, I believe the Lord is saying to continue investing in my relationships.  My family ones, my old friends, my new friends, and I WILL eat of the fruit of that investment!

My hope is restored.  And I messaged my own Mom and let her know I love her!  I don't do that enough.

My encouragement to you today is not to give up sowing into your precious relationships.  I don't mean the ones that you perhaps should not be in (bad friendships, abusive relationships, etc).  I mean those with your families, your nearest and dearest!

God bless
Tracy


19 comments:

  1. Wise words here. Thank you for encouraging us to tend our relationship gardens. Blessings to you!

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    1. Hi Mari-Anna, thank you too, God bless

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  2. Tending my tree even in the midst of turmoil is the guidance and wisdom I so despartley needed this morning! Thank you for speaking into my life when I was ready to give up. Lots of love to you my precious friend! ❤ xoxo

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    1. Hi Stacey, glad anything I say encourages you as you are a great source of encouragement to me too!
      God bless

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  3. Oh, I am so sorry you are dealing with all of this brokenness...hurts like this run so deep, and they take such a long time to heal. I trust all will be made beautiful in His time and that you will no longer feel the distance between you and your dear daughters, either. God bless you, dear friend. Praying for you.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. Your encouragement is very special to me
      God bless

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  4. What you put into a relationship you get out of it! Not to say that all relationships you work on will turn out as you hope, but almost all of the time, relationships, like fruit trees, will fail (or produce poor fruit) if you neglect them. Great reminder! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Karen, I love how when one is dealing with a hard thing, God sends a word that just shows He gets it! He understands!
      God bless

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  5. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you, Tracy! "To me, I believe the Lord is saying to continue investing in my relationships." Relationships do ebb and flow through the seasons; I'm certain your investment in the lives of your daughters will bring what you're looking for when the time is right.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I'm trusting for that too!
      God bless

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  6. Absolutely- another verse that goes with this: "so far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" Romans 12:18. Praying for you as you keep tending!

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    1. Amen, great verse Bethany, thanks for commenting :)
      God bless

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  7. I've always been told we hurt those we love the most. Family relationships take a lot of patience and work. There will come a time your daughters will see the need to be closer with you. It happened with me. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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    1. Hi Lori, I know, its just hard sometimes to wait :) But, God is in control and I trust Him for these relationships
      God bless

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  8. Even texting "I love you," is often a milestone. God is putting back together relationships and I am happy he is working on it. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Hi Hazel, agreed! I too am happy. Trusting Him in it all
      God bless

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  9. This hits a spot, on a particular relationship - where I need to live encouraged! I'm so glad you poured out your heart with what God put on it - because I needed this!

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