What Made The Difference?? (Thought Provoking Thursday)

by SomeGirl on May 11, 2011 · 29 comments

I remember growing up with fields of little white flowers, great for making chain, necklaces and headbands…. I have no idea what they’re called.

And I remember sporadically placed pink flowers that my friends told me you could eat… I never believed them, but I did try it once (when no one was looking). We called them buttercups.

Those field flowers were lovely to a little girl, but were nothing to think about to an older me.

I notice them occasionally and have a little nostalgia creep in, telling my boys how we used to sit for what felt like hours making flower jewelry and chasing bees (crazy kids).

Then one day, not long ago, my neighbor and good friend voiced her desire to plant seeds for a “LOVELY” pink flower called Primrose… I had no idea what that was and questioned her about them. The more she described the object of her desire, the more I realized she was talking about those childhood field flowers (also known as weeds!?).

I know I had to have sounded strange to her as I asked, “BUTTERCUPS??!” But, honestly, I had never heard of anyone desiring to plant them. And quite frankly had no idea seeds were available to plant…

I pondered this and questioned if we could be talking about the same flowers.

At the store sometime later I ran across a packet of Primrose seeds with a lovely picture of buttercups on the front. Sure enough, these were true flowers. I gladly grabbed a packet to give to my friend (the one who surprised me with a blueberry bush a little while back).

Since that day I’ve looked at those pink flowers differently. I notice them everywhere now. They have taken on a much lovelier appearance and I have a greater appreciation for them.

No longer are they weeds.

They are sweet, beautiful, bunches of flowers.

But, what made the difference??

Someone valued them.

Someone thought they were beautiful and wonderfully made.

Someone bought them with a price and made them their own.

Someone put them in their place intentionally and for a purpose.

And now I see their worth… their beauty.

Do you know where I’m going with this, my little buttercups? ;)

And then it made me think…

You and I are like those buttercups. Some of us have looked at ourselves or others as unlovely, undesirable weeds. But I’m here to tell you…

YOU are HIGHLY valued!

YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made!

YOU are rejoiced over with singing by the Creator of all living things!

YOU have been bought with a price by The One that has given you purpose and placed you intentionally where you are!

YOU are loved beyond measure!

I pray YOU know that to the very depths of your soul and that you never look at yourself or those around you the same!

… something to think about.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19




Where I come from, buttercups are yellow and aren’t half as pretty as these. :) These are quite different from the spring primroses I buy. What kind of primroses are they?


Hmmm…. good question. :) I just looked them up and found TONS of different varieties of primrose. Here’s a link with yellow ones and our pink ones: http://www.briartech.com/latespring/prim/pprim.htm Had no idea there were SO many!


You are so stinkin’ sweet. And I love your new graphic for “Thursdays”. Love.That.Red.Chair.


:) Thanks, sweet friend!

Deb Chitwood

Great analogy, Michelle! It’s sad that we too often feel like weeds when we should be feeling like flowers. Lovely reminder! :)


So true. We are lovely flowers! :)

Faith Hope Cherrytea

lovely post! thank you, Michelle ~
it’s always amazed me how God has made vast fields of mountain wildflowers for no one’s but His own pleasure ~ speaks of the value He places on His creation ~ on beauty. as are we ~ valued ~ whether anyone else ever notices or values us!


I had never thought about that… what a wonderful observation! Thanks for sharing it here! ♥


lovely post! thank you for sharing. now i’m going to be on the lookout for these primroses – seen and unseen.


Thanks, Caroline! So glad you linked up and SO GLAD you’re little girl was okay! ♥

Jodi Stewart

Yay!! that was so hopeful and encouraging!! I love being a buttercup! (especially a pink one.) I’ve linked up. Have has some thoughts floating around the past two days and this seemed like the best place to try and nail them down. be blessed friend :)


Thanks for linking up, Jodi! Glad you chose to nail your thoughts down and share them with us! :)

Cranberry Morning

What a beautiful and encouraging post for those who love God and follow Him!


Thanks, Judy! Your photos of your grandsons look GREAT!!


I love this post! I’m going to share it with my daughter today for part of our devotion time. Thanks for sharing!


Aw, that warmed my heart when I read it the first time and now that I’m reading it again to reply… thank you, Marci!

Betsy at Zen Mama

I just love primroses! I need to plant some more. Thanks once again for hosting a wonderful group of diverse but inspired people in one place!


I’m SO glad to have YOU here in that group, Betsy! ♥


Preach it Sister! LOVE this! =)


You make me SMILE! :)

Stephanie P

I LOVE this post! Sometimes I need something visible to remind me.

We have these “flowers” all around here in northern Nevada. I didn’t know that they were considered weeds…thought they were just wild flowers (maybe the same thing?). I have just a small batch in the far back corner of my backyard & they grow like crazy without any watering…which is quite rare out here.

Hey! That can lead to another thought provoker…. they (we) are strong and beautiful even in the worse soil & short growing seasons (toughest storms).

I need to go buy some of these seeds and plant them where I can be easily reminded everyday. Besides, nothing else can grow back there… :)


LOVE where your thoughts are going, Stephanie! There is beauty where there “shouldn’t be”… hard times, rough places, yet still made lovely… you got me thinkin’! Thanks! ♥


As always, Michelle, great post. What a beautiful soul you are.


You are SO sweet, J! LOVED your submission, btw!


Oh girl! I finally had time to read and it was wonderful! Thank you. You made me cry. In a good way, and also because I am also still guilty of this unwanted weed mentality. And I have a story to relate to you next teatime about buttercups… :)
Love you friend!


LOVED your story! And I ALWAYS love spending time with you! Sorry about making you cry. ;) Love you, too, Buttercup! :)


Ahhh, what a sweet post. Buttercups… just love that you call them that! I’m so grateful to be a flower in the rolling fields of my Lord!


And a beautiful flower at that! xoxo

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