Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is holding a basil plant in a white pot

Environment and circumstances can determine how you turn out as a person. The way you were raised has a profound effect on your character. But, have you ever noticed that circumstances can break one person, but make another person stronger? Pressure can crush rocks, or it can make a diamond; it is up to you to decide the outcome.

I recently planted some Basil seeds in a pot, and I placed it beside my kitchen sink. The directions told me to soak the peat pod in water and then unwrap it and crumble the peat into the container. There was a wick that went in the bottom on the pot and extended down into a water reservoir. This wick ensured that the plant always had the correct amount of water. A small pack of seeds came with the kit, and the instructions said to plant six seeds out of the package.

After all of the seeds were planted, I sat the little pot on the sink and waited patiently to start seeing sprouts. After several days, I finally saw the start of one little sprout. I was excited, and I couldn’t wait to see the rest of the seeds sprouting. After about four days, I gave up hope of any more of the seeds germinating. The one little plant was growing nicely, but all of the others failed to produce.

I kept thinking about the parable that Jesus told about a farmer sowing seeds. Birds came and ate some of the seeds, some of the seeds had shallow roots and soon withered away, and some seeds fell upon good soil and produced a bountiful harvest.

Matthew 13:1-9

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

All of that made sense to me, but what about seeds who were all planted in good soil? Six seeds had the same soil, the same amount of water, and the same amount of sunshine. They all came from the same pack of seeds, so they all had the same opportunity to grow and flourish. The environment and circumstances were exactly the same, so why were the results different?

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is showing a Coleus plant growing in a crack

Last year I had several gorgeous Coleus plants on my back porch, but this year I only had ferns. However, just this month, I noticed a single Coleus plant had sprung up in a crack between my patio and the wall that surrounds it. I knew that the seed had to be from one of the plants that I had last year and that even though it had only found a small amount of soil, it had somehow survived. I carefully dug the plant out from the crack and transplanted it into a new pot that is also beside my kitchen sink.

Both the Basil and the Coleus plant have survived where other seeds have perished. The basil seeds were coddled and given every opportunity to grow, yet only one lived. The Coleus plant had challenging circumstances. The Coleus wasn’t even planted, and the wind blew it around. It somehow landed in a tiny bit of soil and had to overcome the intense heat from the summer sun. It also had to survive when we pressured washed the patio and the torrential rains that came this summer. The odds were against this seed, yet it somehow survived and flourished.

You might have had circumstances in your life that have made it hard on you. Health issues, disabilities, financial, or abandonment issues might have you feeling like you aren’t strong enough to ever overcome your circumstances. I am too old; I am not eloquent, I am slow of speech. Does any of that sound familiar?

Exodus 4:10

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 

I can sympathize with Moses. There are more times than not when I feel horribly unqualified to do my Sunday posts. I am not a Bible Scholar, I have never studied in Sematary School, I am not a writer, and I am a sinner.

Exodus 4:11-13

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

The Lord doesn’t look at your circumstances. He doesn’t care if you’ve fallen on good or rocky soil; He can still use you. Your environment and circumstances don’t define you; the Lord does. You just have to decide to let the Lord use you.

Grow where you are planted, no matter the circumstance!!!


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  1. Terri wrote:

    Thank you for this post! You may not think of yourself as a biblical scholar but your insight into God’s word is full of wisdom. This blog had a profound impact on my heart.
    I love your fashion sense as well! I am a faithful follower. ????

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  2. Betsy wrote:

    Great story and message. I have 3 siblings and each of us are so different even though we grew up in the same environment and taught the same morals and faith. Life experiences can certainly change your direction if you turn away from the lessons taught or those who care and love you.

    Have a great and thoughtful day.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  3. Stephanie Bland wrote:

    I really enjoyed today’s blog. Thank you for the uplifting message.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  4. Angie wrote:

    I love your blog. You have inspired me to actually put together outfits with new things and a lot of things that have sat in my closet for a long time. But, I love this blog today. It speaks to me. A year ago, we retired and planted a lavender farm. This year we have plants that are beautiful. But we also have plants right next to these beautiful plants that have died or are struggling to survive. Some had a wonderful harvest that we did not expect this year. Your blog today literally helped put this together for me this morning. Thank you !

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  5. Maureen wrote:

    Thanks. I needed that. My friend Kelly suggested I follow you and you have been a breath of fresh air.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  6. Sally wrote:

    Beautifully written and a great reminder!! Praying the Lord will use my ordinary life for Extraordinary things!!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  7. Michele wrote:

    Such a simple, lovely message. (So happy the coleus survived) I hope the Lord continues to help you find the words to encourage those of us who read them. Happy Sunday!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  8. Beth wrote:

    Thank you for your Sunday posts. They bless my heart each week.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  9. Sharon wrote:

    Thank you for this wonderful message. I am a full time caregiver for my father that lives with me. I am mostly isolated because of Covid. Your message was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thanks for your words of encouragement and thanks for the great fashion advice.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  10. Donna Wood wrote:

    Sometimes I relate so much more to a message from a normal, everyday person…no special schooling or training, just real life experience spoken from the heart. Great reminder today, Tania <3

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  11. Dotti D wrote:

    I enjoyed this post — but I enjoy most of your posts. Your messages may be simpler than a pastoral blog but they are eloquent and relatable. And we love them as you can see from the other comments. You are beautiful inside and out.

    Funny note: you wrote sematary school and I’m sure you meant seminary. But there is something very funny and it could be a blog post about whether seminary should be cemetery because so many churches seem dead.

    Keep blogging!! I look forward to your posts each day!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  12. patricia valentic wrote:

    Thank you Tania, You may not have gone to seminary school but you are a good teacher. I find your messages of faith inspiring during these challenging times. Keep up the good work. I have been reading your daily Bible quotes too. They are timely and such a good reminder. patval

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  13. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. I look forward to your posts daily and most importantly what you write about Jesus! Thanks for being openly proud of him in a time that is so against him. You have been a blessing to my day!????

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  14. Nancy wrote:

    Such a great analogy. We all go through hard times, it is interesting to see which way we turn when those times press on us. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  15. Johnna wrote:

    Great post today. Simple yet powerful. Thanks for another little bit of inspiration.

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  16. Penny Jo wrote:

    I enjoy your Sunday posts so much. Don’t ever doubt yourself nor the One who guides your words. Love your fashions and look forward to more fall goodies,

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  17. evegpt wrote:

    I love this. We’ve all known people from the same family who are like these seed. There’s is one that just keeps fighting to be better and make a difference. Bloom where you are planted is not just a scripture but words to live by.
    Off topic sorta. Have you noticed the beautiful play of color in that coleus? I see a burgundy jacket, pink shirt, sage green pants. Pretty combo.

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  18. Rhonda wrote:

    What a wonderful, inspiring post! Thank you for sharing the word! Blessings to you!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  19. Darcy wrote:

    Oh you are new to me! So profound and touching! Thank you for allowing me to follow you!! Loved it!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  20. Kate wrote:

    Wow! What an insightful post. Thank you for your words.

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  21. That was an amazing Sunday post, Tanua! You have a huge following and God guves youneloquence and vision to help us all on our journey! Thank you!

    Posted 9.20.20 Reply
  22. Jo Lynn wrote:

    Very nice Tania!
    Thanks for these words of inspiration!

    Posted 9.21.20 Reply
  23. susansnow007 wrote:

    Thanks dear. I needed this today. You did good!

    Posted 9.27.20 Reply
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