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seeing the potential

I recently wandered into the garden section of our local grocery store. On a large rack with wheels were several drooping and withered flowers. “They’re on clearance,” the clerk told me.

I could see why.

But the daisies on the rack beckoned me to put them in the cart and attempt to rehab them. Give them a chance to perk up a bit.

I’ve never been one to give up on plants. The $5 spruce tree I purchased over a decade ago has grown into a tall and lovely tree. One could never tell the beautiful aspen was once a wilting $10 special.

Indeed, rehabbing wilting and withered plants in need of a good home has long been a passion of mine.

As I planted the half-dead daisies, I imagined their potential as part of a “daisy farm”. Lovely and vibrant white petals with yellow centers smiling toward the heavens. Green stems and leaves would replace the yellowed withered ones.

Over the next few weeks, I clipped off the dead parts, watered them, and kept the weeds from overtaking them. I saw little to no progress, but I wouldn’t give up. These flowers had the potential to be something beautiful.

Today when I did my daily watering, I noticed something both exciting and surprising.

A new daisy flower and a bud waiting to bloom on one of the plants.

I am grateful God sees the potential in us. That we are redeemable. That we aren’t hopeless. That He has a plan for our lives.

He tenderly and patiently nurtures us in our growth when we surrender our lives to Him. He patiently grows us as we strive to become more and more like Jesus. Not once does He throw His hands in the air and utter a “never mind”.

I’m grateful He doesn’t give up on us when we make mistakes, fail, don’t place Him in His proper place in our lives, or live like we’ve forgotten Jesus’ sacrifice for us. I’m humbled He cares for us and gently prunes us so we can better grow in Him.

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a huge thank you to readers


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and through her newsletter via

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