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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: Room For Growth~
By Camille (C D) Swanson
11/23/12


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A friend of mine was disappointed in the direction her life was going. She got a divorce after discovering her husband in their bedroom with another woman. He forced her to sell the house in the divorce settlement and having very little choice due to her limited income and finances...she moved into a small apartment complex.

She was sad, angry, and miserable wanting to know how "this could happen to someone like me?" Karen was a devoted wife. She had many dinner parties in her beautiful four bedroom home. The majority of them were for clients that her husband entertained to further his career. She did it all with love and dedication. His success was in large part due to Karen's finesse and handling of his clients. She was instrumental in his climb up the ladder.

So, imagine her shock when she left work early due to a very bad migraine and walked in on her hubby with his secretary. Obviously, her life took a dramatic turn from that point on. I called her many times during this transition. And, there were times she didn't want to go on. She was angry and resentful of many people, and at times questioning her Christianity. It was an entirely different person that had emerged in the aftermath of their acrimonious divorce.

Until one day, we met for dinner and I noticed my tank was low on gas. She was in my car when I got out to fill-up, I gazed down and made an amazing discovery. There were huge cracks in the pavement with nasty looking weeds.
But in the midst of the weeds was one beautiful deep pink flower! I tapped on the window and pointed at it for my friend to take a look. She did,and slowly broke out into a big smile...she knew what I meant.

We always discussed God and how He brings you to where He wants you to be. And, this flower was proof. God wanted this flower to bloom right there where he placed it. And, He expects the same from us.

I got into the car and immediately Karen said, "Wherever I plant you, there you shall bloom." I nodded to my friend, grabbed her hand and said, "God is with you Karen and although your life has changed abruptly...he never left you, so bloom my friend bloom.

And bloom she did...eventually meeting her new hubby in the small apartment complex. They married, had twins, and have been together for over 25 years.

God knows best and His plans are always good...


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Lynda Lee Schab 11/30/12
It's sad how often this happens...yet how true it is that we have such potential to bloom where we're planted. Glad your friend found new love and, more importantly, didn't let that experience destroy her faith.
Sandra Hartman12/01/12
Your article makes a beautiful point that we all can take hope in. No matter how bleak our circumstances--when we walk with God--He will make us bloom:)
My only suggestion is that you stated the circumstance twice and maybe think about how you could just weave it all in one telling. God Bless
Christina Banks 12/01/12
Sometimes life takes turns that we don't expect, much like in the life of your character. I think that the lesson you present is valid for everyone. We can bloom no matter where we are, or what situation we find ourselves in. Sure, some situations are harder than others, but by God's grace we can bloom even in difficulty.

In the process of reading your piece, you sent me scurrying to the dictionary to look up "acrimonious." Thank you for broadening my vocabulary.
Dannie Hawley 12/01/12
Wow, this is a touching article. I'm so glad that it ended well for your friend. Right on topic. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/04/12
This is a powerful entry. I can see several different messages in this and I always enjoy stories that do this. Sometimes I feel like I'm alone or burdened down by the weeds in my life. I can either just moan and complain and stick it out weeds and all or I can ask Jesus to help me bloom into a beautiful flower that will not only brighten someone's day but also gives the glory to God. You did a fabulous job with this piece.
Noel Mitaxa 12/04/12
This is so well-earthed in its credibility, right on through to how the hope at the end (literally) bears fruit. The flower alone would have offered a glimpse, but you followed through so strongly. Well done.
Hiram Claudio12/06/12
Awesome work and congratulations on your well deserved "HC"!!!
Dannie Hawley 12/06/12
Congrats on your well-deserved H.C.! It's getting a bit too cold to swim the Atlantic with your victory bouquet so I'll check on line this time,LOL! I'm happy for you!
Noel Mitaxa 12/06/12
Great to see that HC tag sitting so neatly alongside this entry - right where it belongs. Congratulations.