We planted it 6 years ago around Mother’s Day. I wanted an arbor to grace the entrance of our backyard and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to adorn it. I dreamed of vibrant, purple Wisteria hanging above our heads as we walked through the gate. Years later and not one bud. Lots of vines, beautiful green leaves, but no flowers.
I read recently that it could take up to 10 years for a Wisteria to bloom (who knew?!) so I put aside the hope of flowers (anytime soon) and decided to cultivate our plant for the future. Then last week I rounded the corner of our house and spotted something I’d never seen before.
Then a few days later, the color purple began to emerge from those hard, brown bulbs.
We think about and read about newness often during the spring months. The miracle of Easter ushers us into the season where we find signs of life all around us. But it’s easy to miss the effects of new life in Christ if we don’t pause to experience it.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b NIV
5 Ways Moms Can Experience New Life in Christ
Look for Hope. I could have missed our Wisteria blooms if I’d chosen not to look for them. Even though I didn’t expect them, I kept my eyes open, never truly giving up hope that they’d appear. As moms, we can hope for deeper connection in our families, breakthrough in our marriages or renewed purpose for our life. Whatever it is that hasn’t yet bloomed, find hope to trust God for signs of life.
Find Beauty. Flower-filled trees, springtime fashion, fresh words on the pages of a book. . .beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What do we need to open our eyes to see this year? What have we been too busy to notice? No matter how fast life seems to be flying by, stop and look for beauty within the mundane. Search until you find it.
Start Fresh. I love a new beginning. I suppose that’s why seasons get me so excited, each one the opportunity to start again and embrace what it has to offer. A coat of paint on the walls, a new fitness program, the beginning of a family tradition. . .what can we start fresh now that we’ve been reminded of his mercies that are new every morning? Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is filled with hope. What can you begin anew today?
Cultivate Relationships. First with Jesus, our source of new life. Then with those he’s gifted us to walk with. Spring is the time to plant and feed, remove the weeds and water well. And so it is with our connections. . .our marriage, family, friendships. Nurture the ones you love, tend to relationships until they bloom.
Feed Your Soul. It’s easy for moms to focus all their tending and nurturing on others. But the promises of God are for us, too. Maybe it’s time to put your own needs above that of others. Maybe you need to cultivate the soil of your soul in order to experience growth this year. What can you do that acknowledges your deepest desires? Find one or two things that bring life to your dry bones and do them – without guilt, without apology. Allow yourself to feel the joy of feeding your soul.
He came that moms may have life, and have it to the full. God’s idea of “full” is not about our child’s extracurricular activities or science projects. It’s not about 4+ laundry baskets or overflowing shopping carts at the grocery store. Sure, the gift of motherhood includes the fullness of all those things (and many more). But these words spoken by Jesus in John chapter 10, appear in the midst of his interaction with the Pharisees. He delivered this promise to correct their false notions and set the record straight about religion versus a true, life-giving relationship with him.
Our friendship with Jesus; our salvation in Christ, means we get to experience new life every single day. This is the good news that will carry us through our toughest seasons. This is the truth that will bloom in our lives, if we let it.
If you want to experience new life in Christ along with your kiddos, invite them to join you in studying the Word with the Growing with Jesus devotional! What better way to find beauty than alongside tender hearts learning about what it means to grow in relationship with God?!
What are some ways you have experienced new life in Christ this season?