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Kathi lives with Roger and a bunch of chickens in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. There they host writer retreats, and Kathi writes about how to do life with God a little closer today than yesterday. She’s a best-selling author and absolutely loves her Clutter Free Community on Facebook.

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  1. What a great illustration, Kathi! I have found when I’m in a season of not feeling supported if I seek to support someone else I find that unsupported feeling is a lie. The Trinity designed us to be in fellowship with Them & each other. Yet another of The Trinity’s indescribable gifts to us! Blessings (((0)))

    • Thank you, Ruth, for your warm and insightful comment. I agree wholeheartedly; giving support often replenishes us in unexpected ways. Blessings to you, too!

  2. Dear Kathi
    That truth of standing together is so beautifully expressed through the image of your sun flowers ! We were indeed made for community & listening to each other, sharing a meal, hugging a friend when she hurts, taking another a pot of warm soup, having someone listen to my woes & hurts have all been so therapeutic . In this season in my land when many are finding life a challenge your story encourages us to reach out and sit alongside!
    Thank you so much ♡

    • Sarla, thank you for sharing your thoughts. The power of community is indeed therapeutic, especially in challenging times. I’m glad my article resonated with you. Sending you strength and love!

    • Judy, I’m so happy to hear that the message came at the right time for you. That’s always my hope when I share these insights. Thank you for letting me know!

    • Susen, thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the story and found the perspective valuable.

  3. I love this analogy, Kathi! Well done! We grew sunflowers for the first time this year. What joy they bring! And they make seeds for next year! Win! Win!

    • Irene, isn’t it amazing how sunflowers can bring so much joy and even prepare for the future? I’m thrilled you’ve experienced this firsthand. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amen \0/ Thank you Kathi
    My daughter lives in Iowa and her backyard is full of her favorite flower..the sunflower!
    My sisters in Christ are AMAZING! They are strong, brave, loving, hilarious, give the best hugs and make the best food! I am sooo grateful and blessed to walk beside them. To worship beside them and more than anything I am sooo grateful God put them in my life to teach me and guide me and show me what it means to be a women after God’s heart! How to be a good wife and mother and gma. A good friend and a kind stranger.
    Thank you sisters….and thank you sunflowers for making us all smile

    • Janet, what a wonderful tribute to the strong and loving community around you. Thank you for sharing, and I’m grateful that the sunflowers have touched you as they have me.

  5. Hi Kathi!
    Thank you for the great devotional today!
    Great reminders and actions to take!
    Can you please post a picture of your fabulous giant sunflowers??
    Would love to see them!

  6. So many enjoyed your sunflower story and I too would love seeing a pik of them! Bless you, Kathy for sharing! Wonderful theme and story! We all def need others to stay strong!

    • Jackie, your kind words mean so much to me. Thank you for appreciating the analogy and the story behind it.

  7. Kathi,

    I’m also a sunflower lover. One year, I planted seeds and they all grew high and tall above the roof of our home. I live in a 4-plex and it was an amazing scenery. This year, I had one sunflower flourishing.
    Thank you for your beautiful message.

  8. Kathi,

    Jesus never promised us a rose garden down here. He said we would have trials & tribulations. We are instructed to carry one another’s burdens. So when a sister or brother in Christ has a problem I pray for them. My next step, if possible, is to get or cook food for them. Love giving people home made food to help out in the time of need. So many people have helped me out through the years so now it is my turn. Each Friday I volunteer with Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. You will find me doing anything from putting food in boxes, dishes, cleaning, handing out food. Whatever they need done I will do. The people we serve are grateful for the food & love of God we show them.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, thank you for being a shining example of how to serve and give. Your actions truly embody the spirit of community and the love of God. Blessings to you, too!