The Secret to Keeping Mums Alive

It’s finally fall!

Though not quite in full swing yet, I have pulled out some jeans and donned some hoodies already. I have also replaced flowers in the ceramic pot by our front door, which I do as the seasons change. When fall arrives, pumpkins appear in cheerful orange rows and chrysanthemums, or “mums,” are sold. Each year I buy pumpkins. They never let me down. But for decades, I have succumbed to the beauty of chrysanthemums and brought them home to die so quickly that I trade them out for something else to get me to Thanksgiving.

But I saw a hack!

I am not on social media much, but I have confessed in a prior blog to enjoying hacks. I saw one a few weeks ago about how to keep chrysanthemums alive! Instead of watering from the top (which I have always done), plunge them down into a bucket of water for 30-60 minutes. The post promised they would then last all season because

Mums drink from the roots.

I tried it and my photos prove this hack has been successful so far. These mums are a month old already and look at how beautiful they are. They bring me joy as I drive up to my home. They are thriving.

We need to drink from the roots too.

My life is very crazy right now. I am juggling an impossible amount of balls. My prayers are sometimes just one word during the day as I face the next thing, “Help.” Sometimes I am praying, “Keep breathing for me.” Are you in the same boat? These mums can serve as a great reminder. We can’t get by with sprinkling some bible verses on top of ourselves with a quick reading in a devotional and a prayer of just a few lines in words someone else wrote for us. That quick dousing will not provide us enough drink to keep us thriving. We also need to sit in God’s Word for 30-60 minutes.

Like Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus

When Jesus visited their family of three, we find her at the Lord’s feet. Notice why she received praise from Jesus.

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42)

Like Martha, women and men can become distracted with much serving and grow bitter at those who do not seem to see how hard we are working or offer any help. Or, we can choose the “good portion.” We can go sit at the Lord’s feet in God’s Word, which “will not be taken away” from us.

I am going to assume that I am not the only one who can drop the lengthy study of God’s Word when things get busy. We think no one has to know. After all, our studying and prayers are most often enjoyed alone. But God knows.

We can also think no one can tell, but I wager that others can tell as we respond less well to people and circumstances. Less of the character of Christ begins to flow through us. More snappy. More muttering. More emotionally responsive to the normal irritants of life.

Like Mary, again

When her brother, Lazarus, was ill, she went to her Savior’s feet. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.(John 11:2)

Like Mary, a third time

After her brother, Lazarus, rose from the dead. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’s feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3)

“Mum’s the word.”

This saying means to be quiet, but I can’t be quiet about this matter. God’s Word is living and active. God’s Word is God-breathed and eternal. By turning its pages, we are nourished; we are changed; we can keep going.

Let’s drink from our roots too.

Picture Explanation: My beautiful mums, for the first time ever. (I have watered them once more for 30 minutes in a bucket and think there was a visible change once again after doing so.) And my dear friend sent me a photo of acorns she saw at Mt. Carmel. After over 20 years of Oaks, people know I love acorns. 

Speaking of knowing God’s Word, which is eternal: If you are interested in being contacted to participate in a One Gritty Blink Bible study, click on the Oaks Ministries link below and send me an email so I can place you on a list to be contacted as online and face-to-face studies are planned. Let’s not just focus on things in this short life, but also what counts for eternity!

Note: No part of my posts are derived from A.I. Thoughts and writing stem from my mind and heart as I process life week-by-week and continue to grow in my understanding of God and how to apply His wisdom to the world around me.

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10 Responses

  1. I loved your post Laurie. Yes, no sprinkles at the top but a deep watering in the word at our roots (heart). This year has been an extremely hard one for me with almost losing my husband of 55 years and serious back surgery 2 months ago. I never ,ever would have gotten through without deep watering to my roots.

    1. Oh, Ethel. I am sorry you almost lost your precious spouse and then added serious back surgery to the list of 2023 as well. Though I am not caught up on your current years, I watched you “drink deeply” from the roots years back, and it was all still there for you when you needed to call upon it in 2023, wasn’t it? You probably needed all of it up until present day! I want to live as wisely.

      I am about to pray for you and your sweet husband. Thank you for still being out there.

      1. Dearest Laurie,
        So greatful for so many, many years of friendship and one anothering. With the world in chaos, can you imagine ever living without Jesus?
        Love Always Ethel

  2. I have had some changes in my life this year and have had to change a lot of my routine. It has been hard to be consistent in my regular Bible study time and hard to focus! I could feel the effects of sprinkling a few verses over my day. I am starting to have more time at home and have settled into a new routine. My heart is more peaceful from spending consistent and intimate time with the Lord. The Bible says, “He, himself, is our peace.” That is so true! Thank you, Laurie.

    1. God was with you every step of the huge life upheaval that happened to you. This post was addressing “sprinkles” when life is at its “normal” level of chaos and difficulty. I am so glad you can settle now.

  3. Hi, Friend. Thanks for this great reminder. My routine has been disturbed for the last month or so, and it’s time for me to get serious about watering from the roots. Your mum looks beautiful!

  4. Mums … acorns … sprinkling versus a deep dive drink … Mary vs. Martha … and God’s words not being taken from her reminding me that not one of them will ever return void (Isaiah 55:11) … Thank you, Laurie, for remaining steadfast in Oaks for 20 plus years!! That’s stunning!! 🙌🏻🙌🏽And how life-giving God’s words through you are!!! 🌳

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