Lessons From Three Trees // Glimpses Link Up — 28 Comments

  1. Barbie, I’m so pleased to hear you’re moving into a season of fullness rather than barrenness! Whatever the current state of our branches and leaves, what matters most is letting our roots go deep as we abide in Christ and drink from Holy Spirit’s thirst-quenching, life-giving stream. Then we will be able to withstand everything life throws at us: parched, dry spells, the furnace heat of affliction, barren seasons when all looks bleak and bare and our faith gets stretched to full capacity, and times of refreshment, renewal and growth. I’m looking forward to the latter, God willing! Bless you, friend. 🙂 xo

    • Oh yes, I’ve been there where I’ve experienced all three in one day! So glad you stopped by Melissa. Have a beautiful weekend.

  2. God is so good! I love what He taught you through the glimpse of three trees. Lessons that come unexpectedly are ones that tend to stick with me the longest. I think I am in an in-between season moving into a time of being in full bloom. I can’t wait to see what God does. Blessings!

  3. Isn’t it amazing how God can use something as simple as three trees to help us understand more of who He is and how He works in our lives? It does appear more often than not, we find ourselves either in the Barren Season or the In-between Season, rather than in the Fullness of Life Season. I think there’s purpose behind that, though. Usually, when we are in the first two, we cling to the Lord more tightly. When times are good, we tend to feel less dependent on the Lord for strength. I wish it wasn’t like that. I personally haven’t had a Fullness of Life Season in many years….even though I truly believe I have been blessed in SO many ways! Life is a struggle…sometimes it’s a physical struggle, or emotional, or relational, or SO many other struggles. But the Lord reminds us that there is hope on the other side of this life…in our eternal home. We need to keep running the race to the finish line! Thanks for sharing, Barbie!!

  4. I love your analogy, Barbie! It reminds me of a post I wrote a while back.

    I feel like I’m in a season that mirrors the weather we’ve been having lately where I live. The periwinkles bloomed before the crocuses, then the daffodils and the forsythia and magnolia trees. The willow trees got small leaves. Then it snowed. Then a couple of more warm days. Then it snowed again and was gray and drizzly the rest of the day.

    I think we all need to pray for each other. The enemy of our souls wants to drag us down and make us ineffective for the gospel. But God. But God says that He is able to bring to completion the good work that He has begun in us! Praise Jesus!

    • AMEN my friend. I look forward to reading the article you share and yes, we need to be praying one for another. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Barbie I love your analogy of the three trees, and I love how God showed up unexpectedly to point out these trees and their lessons to you! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Blessings to you!

  6. Barbie,
    I find that God speaks to me a lot through His creation, but of course I need to be not going at break-neck speed so I can notice it and hear His voice. How telling the three trees are of seasons in our spiritual lives. So glad that you are moving from a season of barrenness to signs of life, and growth, and hope!!
    Bev xx

  7. What a wonderful life lesson to see those three trees together, yet in separate stages of their journey. Yes: “But I believe God is working in this season and He is moving me from this place into a place of fullness once again.” Amen! Blessings to you, Barbie.

  8. God is so good to give you an unexpected surprise lesson to share with us, Barbie. I love how you say that even in the barren season, God is still at work even when we don’t see it. The bare trees in the winter can be discouraging until I remember that it’s a necessary season in order for the roots to grow deeper and stronger. Thank you for this insightful encouragement! Love and hugs to you!

  9. Such a beautiful lesson, Barbie. I’m so thankful that God spoke to you in this way. What a kind Father He is! I’m moving from barren to in-between, I think. It’s a slow process, but I’m thankful for the lessons He is teaching me. Many blessings, my friend!

  10. Barbie… those are such brave words… ” I believe God is working”. We need to say them. We need to say them to one another and for one another. Because we all go through those seasons, don’t we? And we need to remember the path and pattern the seasons take in our lives so that in the barren spaces we can sing of His faithfulness and His goodness, even when we don’t see the bloom. And in the tending in between spaces, we can continue to trust He is working all things out for His glory and our good. While those harvest seasons can be chaotic, too, because they are busy and there is a danger we will miss gathering all that is good. But the harvest season is meant to carry us through the other seasons, I think. There is so much to think about with this. Thanks for furthering my thought process in this.
    Praying for more whispers of grace on your day!

  11. Such a great observation — the trees and your application! I’m afraid that we spend most of our lives in the in-between,and I’m definitely not a good Process Person, so I’ve got lots to learn. God is teaching me with His infinite patience. So much to be thankful for!

  12. This is such a great lesson, Barbie. I love when God speaks to us like that and it is encouraging to remember he is working in us whatever season we are in. I’m glad you see signs of God’s work and healing. I think I’ve been in the in-between stage for quite a while but I’m encouraged this week by signs of growth.

    • I think I spend most of my days in the in-between. I too am thankful to know that He is working on my behalf. Have a blessed week Lesley.

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