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Tropical hibiscus

Tropical hibiscus

The nights are becoming too cold for my hibiscus to thrive outside; the leaves are curling and dropping from the stems. The flowers bud but do not blossom.  I wish it was as easy to diagnose when and why I do not thrive as it is to determine that my hibiscus does not like cold weather.  But — perhaps it is just as easy.  I don’t thrive when I don’t spend time with God. Instead of spreading heart and mind toward God, I curl within a tiny ball trying to protect myself from the people and events around me.  When I don’t spend time with God, I stop trusting him to care for me.  What about you? What causes your “failure to thrive?”

Copyright September 3, 2013, Carolyn A. Roth