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5 Minute Friday – Tree

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This is my favorite link-up. It’s a place where people from all over the world write for 5 minutes without looking back. We pour out our hearts, about our journeys. It’s not always pretty. Life is messy. But there’s beauty in the mess. God is writing our stories for His glory, so we write and link up to our Five Minute Friday community on Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog.


One of the amazing things about where we live, is the lake framed by the brilliant colors of trees in the Fall. The view is breathtaking. To see different hues of the leaves as they dance in the breeze. Amazing.

And a great teaching moment with my daughter.

While she witnessed everything at the age of 3, she is really grasping concepts at 4. Questions abound. All. Day. Long. But I love it.

The topic of trees has been a popular one since we saw a banner as we drove through town over the Summer with falling leaves. Now that was confusing. Leaves falling usually means Fall. But it was Summertime. Maybe they were planning ahead? Regardless, we talked about how trees blossom and grow during the Spring and Summer, their leaves change color as they get ready to fall off the tree, and then the tree “goes to sleep” during the winter months.

And she cried. Not like hard cry. But quiet and teary.

I was not expecting that. She didn’t want the leaves to fall off the trees. She didn’t want them to die. But they have to die and fall off for the new buds to form.

And then it hit me. How many times do I mourn and get discouraged when the Lord is pruning away the dead parts of my life? I usually don’t even realize they are old or dying because they still look bright and brilliant to me. But God can see the big picture. He knows those are the parts that need to be cut away in order for new growth to appear. And I am thankful for the pruning after the fact, even though the process is painful.

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Saturday 16th of November 2013

Isn't it amazing how little children perceive things? I hope that you can take lots of pictures to show her what the life of a tree looks like, spring through winter. Trees are amazing!


Friday 15th of November 2013

Amen! What a great teaching moment (season!) with your girlie! Fall is my favorite and I am with your daughter so often - I want all that glory and color to last and last... but the falling and letting go and leaning in to winter is for a reason and come springtime - we will see! Loved this!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Fall and Spring are definitely my two favorite seasons! There is so much I can learn from both. And when I'm so busy with life, God uses my children to remind me :). Thanks for stopping by!

Zohary Ross

Friday 15th of November 2013

Hi there, we're FMF neighbors this week. Lovely post, what a great reminder that the Lord knows exactly what needs to be cut away from new things to grow. Love this. "And I am thankful for the pruning after the fact, even though the process is painful." So true. Blessings.

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Thanks, neighbor :). I loved the picture your daughter drew!