Blooming African Violet in pot with Dormant Words Awaiting Bloom devotion title

Dormant Words Awaiting Bloom

by Tina Yeager

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near”

(James 5:7-8, NIV).


We adopted an African violet last year. In light of my deadly history with foliage, I doubted it would survive. We consulted the nursery specialist for care and growth instructions. My husband professed greater faith in my aptitude than I deserved, so we carried our new ward home.

The challenge to maintain hope began after the first delicate petals fell away. I watered in the prescribed method each week. Fertilized at the recommended times. The velvet leaves thickened and expanded over the ensuing months and seasons. But despite careful obedience to the guidelines, my plant failed to flower.

I bemoaned my violet-less violet, fearing I had sabotaged yet another living thing entrusted to me. The tiniest seed of hope lingered in my soul. Just enough to inspire me to continue watering and feeding for season upon season.

We kept the pot on its pedestal in our brightest window. After a full year, a puckered brown nodule peeked forth. I dared not define it as a bud until a bloom unfurled. Clusters of white, pink, and amethyst violets burst forth over these past two weeks.

The Creator engineered my violet to bloom on a specific schedule which I had not foreseen. He crafted it to flourish when nurtured in certain conditions. Stewardship required obedience and enough hope to persevere. I believed I had failed, but God’s design prevailed.

I often cast a wary eye on the delicate petals of my writing call. The initial blooms withered and dropped away. Fear insists this growing thing may have little chance of surviving my stewardship. The leaves of my thickening platform extend over the edges of my calendar, though no new publications peek forth.

Though no visible reason for hope colors my career in this season, I will continue to follow the ultimate gardener’s instructions. Let living water regularly drench my spirit. Practice creative and professional fertilization. Remain among faithful messengers in the son-light. I will cling to my seed of hope that purpose will bloom in the season my Creator has designed for me.

Creator and Father, thank you for planting the gift of writing in me. Please guide me to cultivate the words you ordained to fulfill the purpose you planned. Help me hold onto hope and persevere. May your perfect will bloom beautifully in the season you designed. Amen.


Award-winning author, speaker, and life coach, Tina hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast a YouTube channel, and the Flourish Today radio show. She serves as membership director for Christian Women in Media Association, on the marketing team for STRUCK the Series Streaming TV show, and as Director of Traditional Groups with Word Weavers International. Look for her books, Beautiful Warrior (Iron Stream Media) and Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose (Bold Vision Books). To connect with her, visit

2 thoughts on “Dormant Words Awaiting Bloom by Tina Yeager”

  1. What a lovely image that African violet makes of our long waits between publication. Thanks for such sweet encouragement!

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