When Dreams Come True

The air in the greenhouse was damp and sweet, heavy with the promise of springtime.

I’d stopped by Everett’s Florist in Monroe, GA to buy ferns for the front porch.

I picked out eight of my favorites.

Carrying them two at a time, I walked through the the floral shop and sensed a deep awareness in my soul as if God said,

Listen with your heart, Julie. There’s a message here. 

I’d been coming to Everett’s every April for years. There was a new woman behind the counter, and the shop looked different.

There was something tender in the atmosphere~

Like finding newborn kittens in a barn~

The promise of sweet things to come~

Something that went beyond trinkets~

As if the place had been transformed from a house to a home.

“You’ve rearranged things. I love the wide, open space.”

“Thank you,” she said. “My name’s Laurel. I just bought the business from my parents.”

There was beauty all around me.

I loved the restored door.

The wooden ladder.

The hydrangeas.

“I have a pie safe just like this,” I said.

Oh, and the chalkboard.

I had one when I was a little girl–at my grandmother’s house.

“There’s so much love in this room. It feels like a sanctuary.”

“Thank you. My parents started the business thirty-something years ago and were ready to retire.”

“Wow, and it’s yours now.”

“Yes. My father still brings plants for the greenhouse, but ever since I was a little girl, it’s been my dream to turn the floral shop into a gift shop. My eight-year-old daughter is making custom floral arrangements.”

“Three generations of creativity. That’s amazing.”

Laurel waited a long time for her dream to come true. 

“I’m just wondering…is faith a part of this?” I said. “I sense God’s Presence here.”

Because I have a dream. 

My friends do too. 

Some of us have spent years praying and waiting and wondering

“Oh, yes,” she said. “Absolutely. Faith is a huge part. So much prayer went into this. And if my dream didn’t honor God, I wouldn’t want it to come true.”

Laurel gave me what I was searching for~

Something to share with you~

A precious seed of faith. 

When God-inspired dreams come true, we know Who gets the glory. (click to tweet)

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus… Colossians 3:17  

Lord, help us trust You with our dreams. Your will. Your way. Your timing. (click to tweet). 

P.S. You can follow Everett’s Florist on Facebook: Facebook.com/everett’s florist and on Instagram: Everett’s_Florist

Love,

Julie

 

 

Love,

Julie

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Elaine says:

    Wow, Julie you have knocked my socks off this morning. What a neat place, it is really a sanctuary. I would come out of there with a lot of things. I love your ferns, they look so neat on the porch. I think God is truly with this young lady. It has made me feel so happy this morning reading your email and seeing her place. Praying for this young lady and her business, we need more like her. Have a great day, love ya

  2. Elaine, you can’t imagine how much your comment blesses me. I prayed over the post–prayed it would honor God and benefit Laurel and my blog readers. 🙂

    I believe the same thing–that God is in Laurel’s dream.

    Thank you. Thank you.

    So much love,
    Julie

  3. Anna Haney says:

    Oh, Julie. I would love to spend time in that place today. So calm and beautiful.
    This post gives me mixed emotions. I fully understand and appreciate dreams and God allowing us to pursue our dreams. There are times, though, when a dream is just not meant to me. I have a student coming today who seems to be searching for a dream. He’s tried on several majors and his GPA reflects someone who really is searching and not putting forth a great effort. Sometimes in my job, I have to tell folks their dream is not meant to be. That is hard. I pray that He helps me find the words and wisdom for these students. It is not easy.
    Hope you have a wonderful day

    • So true, Anna. So true.

      I feel for you. I know that must be hard. Makes me think maybe God’s purpose goes higher than our dreams. His will. His way.

      And sometimes that means letting of our dreams and reaching out for His.

      XOXO

    • And what Laurel said about not wanting her dream to come true….made me think about what you’re saying, Anna. Surely there’s a point of relinquishment when we let go of what we want so badly and decide to trust His “no.”

      xoxoxo

  4. Cathy Mayfield says:

    Oh, Julie…so much of what you shared touched my spirit. The past five days have held a whirlwind of prayer and bible study and Holy Spirit whispers (and shouts!) and confirmations, one after another! Your post loved me with two more.

    First, the ferns. You know my beloved aunt joined Jesus in December. Many years ago, I bought her two ferns for her birthday, ferns she planted in the front of her house. She (and I) loved those ferns and would show me their new growth every spring. I’ve been wondering about them…if they’re growing, if they could be transplanted. I think I will check into that. Part of my story above had to do with a confirmation from something my aunt shared with me only days before she died and having those ferns here would bless me and remind me of her belief in me.

    Second…and I shiver in delight rereading it…this line from Laurel…oh, my heart soars!

    “And if my dream didn’t honor God, I wouldn’t want it to come true.”

    Blessed, Julie…every word straight from His heart to yours to ours. Thank you.

    PS: I’m going to email a story I wrote about the past few days. I think you will rejoice with me…and get those holy-goosebumps over the part about the answer to a 35-year-puzzle! <3

    • What a beautiful story, Cathy–about the ferns. I had no idea I could PLANT my ferns. Does this mean any ferns can be planted? And they’ll live?

      Love the message of what you shared.

      And you’re exactly right. Laurel did NOT want this business if it wasn’t God’s plan for her. Loved hearing her say those words.

      Okay–looking forward to reading the puzzle. 🙂 It’s in my inbox–just stopping my writing to catch up with emails and my blog comments. 🙂

  5. sandy Coffey says:

    Oh wow. My kind of greenhouse/flower shop. We had one in the neighborhood that went out of business called Evers. They were there for over 50 years. Benkens is our go to now and it reminds me of the one you go too. I love all the cupboards and things placed just right in yours. God is surely there and you can feel it as soon as you enter. I would love to have my Guidepost magazine and sit on a bench in BEnkens and spend the afternoon one day. Thanks you for sharing. Spring does bring new senses.

    • Yes, yes, yes! Sounds like you’re feeling it, Sandy. I love it that you like to read your GP at your florist! That’s sooooooo sweet.

      Thank you for your kind words, my friend.

      Enjoy the rest of this day–which is beautiful in my area of GA.

  6. Jan Olson says:

    I can almost smell it, Julie–thank you for this today.

    • Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,yes, the smells. You’re right, Jan. A hint of honeysuckle and those sweet pink and purple flowers–can’t think of what they’re called……. They sell them in little pots in the grocery store. Maybe Laurel will read this and know what I’m talking about!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jan, the sweet smelling flower I’m thinking about is hyacinth. <3

      • Jan Olson says:

        Yes! I couldn’t think of what they might be! I have a pink one planted out in the yard–has bloomed each spring since the bulb went into the ground and this year had 4 flower stalks I’m thinking–should have gone over to look more closely but did not. One of the joys of being a Wisconsin gardener is flowering bulbs. Tuck them into the garden in the fall and in spring–color and scent and great joy! Am half Dutch so maybe that explains it! Don’t know if my Swedish side is involved too or not : )

        • Jan, I’ve never been to Wisconsin. I can’t even imagine your landscape! Bet it’s just gorgeous.

          Much love,
          Julie

  7. Oh Julie! Tears and goosebumps over this one. Thank you from the deepest place.❤️ (Three things I love…ferns, your words, you…)

    • I love you right back, Shawnelle. And I’ve been thinking about you so much lately…. must be because our hearts are connected.

      Thank you. Your words mean so much–just knowing the ferns story touched your heart.

  8. Mary Wilkins says:

    Lovely!

  9. Mekeisha says:

    You made me cry – this is just beautiful! My favorite part: “If my dream didn’t honor God, I wouldn’t want it to come true.”

    I imagine God is as excited to see our dreams come to fruition as we are to birth them!

    Thanks for sharing this moment with us.

    • I know. Me too, Mekeisha. And Laurel said “our sentence” with such truth. I knew she meant it–from the bottom of her heart.

      Praying for you and for your new adventure!! So, so, so thrilled for you~~~~~~

  10. Julie, precious. Just yesterday morning, I told God that I wanted to honor Him, let me encourage someone. And then my editor sent me the sweetest note of encouragement. It’s so sweet how God works that way. Laurel’s story so encouraged me. Thank you. xoxo

    • I know! I was thrilled to see your news! Made me jump up and down!!

      Love you dearly, my soul Sister Shelli!

  11. Jo Ann Thomason says:

    So beautiful…the ferns and your porch; the florist and the beauty there and the woman’s sweet witness…all such a blessing!!! Thank you so much for sharing the sweet thoughts and our Lord’s blessing with us. It seems strong but soft at the same time.

    • Ohhhh, thank you, Jo Ann. Love what you said–“strong but soft at the same time.”

      I’m praying right now those two things for my writing.

      Thank you. Love you dearly~~

  12. another beautiful story painted with your words. Well done.

    • Thanks!! And my I had my trusty phone camera with me. Not as good as my Nikon, but it got the job done.

      xoxoxoxoxoxox

  13. You’re refining and honing your God given talents to truly glorify Him- how wonderful! You take us through the whole process and allow us a peek into how you truly work to live according to His plans for you- His purpose- His vision. It’s very inspiring, and certainly will help encourage so many of us to be more in tune with our surroundings, and Him as well! And you make me want to visit Everett’s- all the way from Minnesota!

    Blessings to you dear one!

    • Your comment goes heart-deep, Vicky. That’s what I’m praying–for God to refine my skills. And blogging is a great way to do it, don’t you think? Keeps us writing and keeps us honest.

      His purpose. His vision…. Thank you.

      I love you. And I’ve never been to Minnesota!

  14. marci says:

    It always amazes me how you can see so much in simple everyday things. I know it is a God thing. And when I saw the pictures, I could feel the peace and comfort, of this place. I hope and will pray for the success of this place. The world (my opinon) could use more of these types of places. I could feel the soul of it. And how I would have loved to have been there looking around, and finding little treasures that inspire, and lift the spirit. Thank you for sharing this with us Julie. I love these places, I could spend a whole vacation in bookstores and places like this!
    God Bless,
    Love, Marci’a
    xoxoxo

    • I agree bit time, Marci’a. The world could use more places like Everett’s. Laurel will be so touched that you’re praying for her success.

      So glad the peace came through in the post. And you even felt the soul! 🙂 This makes me so happy.

      You’d love Everett’s. I just know it. It’s our kind of place. 🙂

      Much love, my friend. Thank you for encouraging me. Means so very much.

  15. Love hearing stories of God’s presence in other’s lives by the way He answers short or long term prayers. Thank you for sharing this story.

    Also thanks for taking me shopping with you through pictures. Since shopping is not my thing, this was enjoyable without the hassle.

    Shine on, my friend, shine on!

    • So good to hear your voice and your heart, Carolyn.

      And guess what? I don’t like to shop either. Especially mall-shopping. :-0

      Thanks so much for reading–and letting me know it meant something to you.

      Thank You, Lord~~Only You.

  16. Patricia Martin says:

    What a beautiful place to shop, Julie! It reminds me of your home– warm and lovely.(: Cracker Barrel is the first place that popped into my mind when I saw your post pictures this morning. Does Rilynn like Disney at all? I love sending Disney postcards and was wondering if she would like some? I am so glad you had a wonderful Easter!((((: we did as well!
    Xxxxo

    • Yes! I love looking around at Cracker Barrel. So much neat stuff to see. We bought Thomas and Brittany some rocking chairs from CB for their front porch.

      Yes, Rilynn loves Disney–can’t believe you’d think to do this for her.

      I’ll email you her address…..wow…her first pen-pal.

      So much love,
      Julie (and Rilynn too!)

  17. Kim says:

    Julie, this is so soothing. Your words, the pictures, the conversation. Just lovely.

    What actually impacted me most though was the verse from Colossians. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do in the name of Jesus.” I needed to hear that.

    Rather than almost daily being irritated and annoyed with an ongoing situation, others poor choices, that have impacted me, my schedule, my time, do it instead for God.

    Thank you.

    • Soothing~~~~~~~

      Oh, thank you, Kim. I love that word–and what an honor to find out this post soothes your heart.

      My heart is connected to yours.

      To Him be the glory, great things He has done.

  18. Sometimes the pictures don’t download in the feed but I popped on over to the site. Glad I did. This store makes me want to create something. And right there with you on the waiting and hoping thing. A timely word to me, today, Julie. Thanks.

  19. Thanks so much, Bev, for taking the time to look at the pictures. You’re an artist–hope they spurred a good dose of creativity. If you open my post in your email, I think if you right-click on one of the little red x’s, the pictures should come up.

    Love you, my friend. And thank you again—-encouragement helps so much, doesn’t it?!

  20. Julie this shop looks like a dream! My goodness, I’d love to go sometimes. Love your thoughts on dreams…you’ve given me something to think about. xo

    • Julie Garmon says:

      You’d love it, Robin!! Definitely your kind of place!

  21. Patricia Martin says:

    Dear Julie, thanks so much for the email! So blessed to have and be a pen pal! Mom wants to know if Thomas and Brittany are registered anywhere? My family would love to send them a gift! ((: oxoo

    • Patricia, this is SOOO sweet of you. Can’t believe your mom wants to do this….. okay, they’re registered at myregistry.com and just put in Thomas’s name and you’ll find it. 🙂

      And I’ll let Katie know Rilynn has a new friend.

      Big hugs~

  22. Love your front porch. It’s so welcoming. And I love this place. You’re right. There’s so much love, story and God’s presence in it.

    Faith is a huge part of everything. This is so evident in her story.
    I pray my dreams are God-ordained. I hope to see the day they all fall into place.

    Thanks for another wonderful sharing, Julie.

    • I’m right there with you, Lux. I pray my dreams are God-ordained too. I love how you said it.

      So much love my friend~~~~~

      Julie

  23. Tricia says:

    Love this, love the timing for me reading today. God’s timing, His plans

    • Finding your comment just made my day! Thank you, Tricia. And most of all, thank You Lord. You’re the ONE….

      xoxo

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