Thirteen Months and Counting

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Congratulations! Please email me, courtney(dot)awip(at)gmail(dot)com with your contact information and I will get them to you!

Thank you all for entering, and for your thoughtful comments. They help me gain perspective on what works, and it is nice to know that people are reading! Twelve months ago today, one month in to this adventure, I wrote a fun personal post. I cannot believe it has been that long or how many friends I have made along the way. It is going to take some time for AWIP's birthday gift (a blog makeover) to be fully in place, but I will (of course!) let you know when AWIP is all spiffed up and ready for a walk-down-the-stairs debut.

Until then, I hope you will continue to join me in this modest space. Today my thoughts are swirling with flowers, pots, boys and prayers. . .

As I completed Tuesday's task and planted fresh flowers,


I thought about how I have to be gentle with flowers in transition. When I move the little roots from plastic squares to large earth filled pots, I mustn't rush. I dig, assess the need for space, dig a bit more, and only then do I transfer. I carefully place the plant and use my fingers to mold the dirt around the roots.

On Wednesday, I noticed a geranium leaning. I did not jerk it back into place. I carefully tilted it, patted the dirt, and worked it back to an upright position. I waited to make sure it was okay. Then I patted the dirt some more.

Recently, I have been praying special prayers for my sons. I am praying for them to be obedient, humble, full of integrity and honor. These are prayers I need to pray for myself, too. These boys who are constantly transitioning, from diapers to undies, from babbling to talking, from sandboxes to classrooms - they need my gentle, careful, controlled leadership.

Like the flowers. Only their fragile roots are mine and thank goodness I am not the only gardner on the scene.

So far, Warrior Prayers has made me realize how much I need to work on me being the best mom for them. I initially resisted the notion of preset prayers; of ten times a day. Maybe I did not want to dig that deep.

It turns out that I am in the middle of a lot of rich material, and now I am looking forward to seeing what blooms.

Did you plant flowers this week?
Do new creations like that make you think about how you are raising your children?
If you are participating in Warrior Prayers, how is it going?


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13 Responses to “Thirteen Months and Counting”

  1. A different kind of warrior prayers. We're reading and praying "The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children". Both our boys are adults and one newly married. It's a beautiful new journey for us. I loved reading this. We are cultivating new now. God Bless.

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  2. Warrior prayers...honestly, I am a little bit behind. But it is still going well. ;)

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  3. Happy one year birthday! Although I created my blogger account last February, I put my first post up last May. My one year is coming up soon, too!

    I haven't planted flowers yet, but I am so excited for a little spring color!

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  4. Hey Courtney, Congrats on the one year -- that is a major milestone. And thanks for visiting Graceful this week...lovely to meet you here.

    I did, in fact, plant flowers this week. The boys and I put pansies in the window box, and they make me smile every time I pull into the driveway. Plus the tulip garden we planted last fall as a memorial to my mother-in-law is just beginning to bloom, and that fills my heart with joy!

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  5. Nice to meet you Courtney! That Jesus Calling book was just mentioned last week in my bible study class...it is on my to read list. Happy blog anniversary :), and boys are fun. I have two also, 11 and 7. You have me thinking flowers now, I haven't bought any this year yet.
    Happy weekend!

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  6. Ok, I am quite jealous that you are planting flowers and we are due for snow here AGAIN. (yes, one week after tornadoes...welcome to the midwest).
    I do love your analogy here though of transplanting and working on our childrens spiritual lives.
    Thanks for stopping by! So nice to have "met" you!

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  7. I haven't done flowers yet but I have done veggies! My prayers for my sons have been going well so far.

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  8. It's a bit to early to plant flowers here, but my husband did bring me a beautiful bouquet yesterday! I loved how you said "...their fragile roots are mine and thank goodness I am not the only gardner on the scene." Lately my roots have felt not just fragile, but frazzled! I need to get on my knees more!

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  9. Warrior Prayers' challenge is changing me as much as it is my son. I am so thankful, as you are, that I am not the only gardener in my son's life!

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  10. What wonderful titles you gave away! I've got them both. :)

    Congrats on your blogging milestone - this is such a fun hobby, isn't it? Blogging a wonderful vessel to learn, grow, create, and share. You're building a lovely nook here to contribute in all those regards as well, my friend.

    Thank you for leaving a kind note on my recent interview features. I'm so happy to know you've enjoyed it as I have!

    Cheers!
    ~heidi

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  11. I am not participating with the group but have the Warrior Prayers e-book and love it. I find myself much more intentional about how I nurturing the hearts of my boys and feel more in parenting partnership with Christ because of it.

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  12. Happy Birthday Courtney! That is a year's worth of pouring your moments in your life and sharing them with us. I feel SO honored to have you a part of my friends online and have your posts in the faith jams!

    I am praying for my 2 yr & 5 yr old sons - TJ & CJ - the SAME prayers. It's been a tough week for me, they are going through "something". :)

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  13. What wonderful titles you gave away! I've got them both. :)

    Congrats on your blogging milestone - this is such a fun hobby, isn't it? Blogging a wonderful vessel to learn, grow, create, and share. You're building a lovely nook here to contribute in all those regards as well, my friend.

    Thank you for leaving a kind note on my recent interview features. I'm so happy to know you've enjoyed it as I have!

    Cheers!
    ~heidi

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