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Thoughts on a Friday morning

Posted on: 2.01.2013

This particular phrase: “grow where you’re planted” is one that I often hear.  It’s a sweet and, might I say cliché, phrase used to inspire or uplift a person.  Sometimes, though, this concept is a challenging one to accept. At least this is true of me:

I grew up in the desert. And as many people from the High Desert of California can attest to, the most commonly held goal here is to move away. I actually have moved away, twice. Yet, I’ve been re-“planted” here again without a definite idea of how long I’ll stay.

This phase of life has been one with many dark days, I don’t want to make it sound perfect and sugar-coated.  But I’ve been trying diligently to turn my focus to the things I enjoy about the desert: its strange beauty. The sunrises and sunsets. The healthy church I am blessed to attend. The many, quality people I do life with here. The graciousness of my family in allowing me to live with them again. Free rent:). And some time to recover from a rather traumatic end-of-college experience.

I have absolutely no idea what is coming up in my future, but fostering a contented spirit is something that seems appropriate in any season of life…

Just some of my thoughts this Friday morning.

Happy weekend to you! :)


  1. Thanks for the reminder. Whether we're in the dry desert or gloomy Oregon, it's good to focus on finding the little beauties that help us find contentment. :)

    I also love the picture!

    1. I'm so sorry it has been so gloomy up there recently. I hope you'll be able to catch at least a little sunshine today!
      (maybe just skip a class?) Actually don't listen to me, I'm a horrible influence... :)

  2. I love this: "Fostering a contented spirit is something that seems appropriate in any season of life."

    Amen! We are in a rough phase right now too, and it's so important to remember the blessings and to strive to be "content" no matter what the circumstances.

    Thanks for this lovely post.

    1. Thank you! I've had so many conversations with people who are going through similar situations right now. At least we can all be supportive of one another. :-)


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