Peonies in the Foundations {Hope in the Midst of a Dark Season | Emmy's Personal Story with Chronic Illnesses}

The tulips didn't bloom that year. It was the first year they hadn't bloomed in the 3 years we had lived in our house. It was also the first year I started to get really sick. 

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That year brought a lot of sorrow and grief to our family with the beginning of a wife, mother and business owner battling chronic illnesses. This season required shutting down my photography and unable to work let alone care for myself and family. 

That same year in literal crack of the foundation of our home and the rocks a new plant started to grow. 

While the tulips were no where insight this new planted bloomed, my favorite flowers, peonies, two of them actually. 

I knew this plant was a sign of hope from God. A promise that out of the hard soil and foundation of our home He was beginning to grow something new, something beautiful.

Flash forward two years later this plant has literally exploded. It bloomed more than a dozen blooms this summer and has saturated our home with the sweet smell of their promises that even in hard times God provides exactly what we need.

God's provisions aren't always easy, nor are they simple, it almost always makes absolutely no sense, but it is always beautiful and good. 

This has been absolutely true for our life today, while I still battle chronic illnesses, I have been able re-opened my business, am now a certified holy yoga instructor making free yoga videos friendly for people with chronic illnesses, a wife to an amazing husband who's stuck through so much hardship and a mother to the sweetest most thoughtful empathic joyful four year old. 

"Behold, I am doing a new thing;

    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

    and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

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