Life (and Writing) are Like My Gardenia Bushes

I have a confession. On Tuesdays before my blog posts went live, I used to wake  up during the middle of the night in a total panic. What if nobody understands? What if I’m the only person who feels this way?

On Wednesday afternoons, I wondered…

What if that’s it? What if my creativity is all used up? What if I don’t have any more ideas? Then what?

Being a type-A person, I decided to write tons of blogs in advance, so I’d be ready.

So I’d be in control.

Ha! I tried, but I couldn’t do it. My mind went blank.

Life (and writing) involve trust.

Ideas (and answers) come gently, like manna from heaven, and usually not until the very last minute.

For instance…

This morning at our PORCH PARTY, I said, “Can you believe the gardenias? Last week there were only a few blooms.”

(Every morning, my husband and I start our day together on the front porch, talking and drinking coffee.)

“Remember the bad snow storm?” I said. “Ice slid off the roof and smashed the bushes flat. I thought they were goners, but look at all the itty-bitty buds! So many, I can’t count them.”

“Guess they’ll bloom when it’s time, won’t they?” my husband said.

I smiled. Simple words. Huge lesson for me.

Sometimes SURRENDER means waiting expectantly on the gardenias to bloom.

“…My ways are higher than yours and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV

What are you trusting and waiting for today?




  1. Love the simple reminders to trust Him and look to Him! Love the story and gardenia’s….I bet the aroma of those big gardenia bushes are fragrant to us as your trust is to Him!! Blessings and glory!

  2. Mary Wilkins says:

    Beautiful, Julie. I know someone who really needs to read this right now. I plan to share.

  3. Anna Haney says:

    Another winner. Surrender and patience,. Two things I need to practice desperately today!

  4. Pat Garczynski says:

    I compare your magnificent Gardenia Bush not destroyed by ice to Moses’s Burning Bush not destroyed by fire! “The place where you stand is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

  5. Trust. Just five letters but a really big word. Surrender. Nine letters…a bit more hefty if you will, and also a really big word.

    And for me, after trust and surrender comes peace. Another five-letter word that sweeps over me with a wash of warm ocean water, a faint but tangy taste of salty air, and the squawk of seagulls talking to me in the sky. “See?” they seem to say. “If you trust and you surrender, you will feel peace.” Ahhhh….

  6. Julie- I absolutely love how God uses seemingly small, insignificant things to teach us eternal lessons. From a seed to a gardenia bush, the stars to a firefly, there are limitless lessons of His glory, just waiting for us to discover! Thank you so much for reminding me to SURRENDER and be PATIENT! He is Faithful! hugs

    • Awww, thank you, sweet Cindy. Your writing does the same thing for me. Hope your family has a wonderful father’s day!!! xoxo

  7. Someday I believe I will be able to create a microenvironment in my yard that will be shady/cool enough to plant a gardenia. I’ve tried two spots that were fine until summer, then the poor lil’ bush got cooked. I know it is possible here, I have a friend who has had a lovely plant for many years!

    Loved your pre-Fathers’ Day celebration pics! Hope your day was marvelous, Julie.

    • Melody, I don’t know what it is with our gardenias. There’s no rhyme or rhythm to why they’re still living. We just planted them in front of our house, they get a LOT of sun, and they’re doing beautifully. We’ve had them for years.

      Yes–Father’s Day was such a sweet time here. Hope yours was too!

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