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{{It is Friday. Today I link with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. Here is how it works…. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. Everyone writes on the same word. Equals a great time.}}

Today’s word … TREE.

It was the first summer we had bought our house – 22 years ago. Our yard seemed huge to this Bronx girl who had been raised with cement surrounding her days.

Our neighbor had handed the kids what seemed like a twig with a few leaves and even less roots. He informed me that it was a maple sapling he had found that had sprung up in his bushes. The kids were excited at the idea of planting it.

We picked the farthest corner in our yard. We dug a hole, loosened the soil and planted it. Our first time, EVER, planting a tree together.

We never could have known then how it would have grown. It is now a glorious tree – standing tall and filling out the entire corner – the corner that has been its home. In the summer, its leaves are green and glossy, reflecting the sun. In the fall, the same leaves are glorious in color, boasting of the wonders of God. Its shape is perfect.

I look at that tree and it reminds me to be faithful. To grow where I am planted. Not to despise small beginnings.

I marvel that I had read this verse before going to bed, not knowing today’s prompt would be tree. My Bible is still opened to the Scriptures….

“He told them another parable. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the larges of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32, NIV).

And I read in my Bible notes:

Seemingly small and insignificant beginnings can end with glorious consummation.

This morning, I pray, “May it be true of my life, Lord.”

And may it be true of yours as well.

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