My husband was given a Gloxinia plant by a gentleman at our church over 12 years ago.
When it first arrived at our home I potted it up into the pot it is in now. It has moved house with us 3 times and has lived on our window sills through the years. It now resides on my kitchen window sill. I haven’t dared to touch it again and put it into another pot in case I kill it.
This is the type of plant that grows beautifully during the spring and summer and then dies off to nothing during the winter. We often think she has finished but low and behold up she grows again, year after year.
I don’t do anything with this plant, it is my husbands. Now to set the record straight he is not an indoor plant type of person, this is his only one.
He waters it and tends it and calls it sweet names. It is his Gloxy and his little sweetie. He puts his used tea bags on the soil beneath her in the pot because he says she likes this and it helps her grow. He also puts sugar onto her soil to help sweeten her up and I really think it does.
When we first got her, she would have maybe one or two blooms, but over the years of his expert care she has given us more and more blooms each year.
Now you can see she has two blooms open and there are maybe 5 more to come. She has really blossomed under my husbands loving hand.
She (Gloxy) reminds me of our marriage. As I washed my dishes today and cleaned down my sink I looked at her and thought the she is just getting better with age and so is our marriage.
Each passing year of our lives our marriage and union just gets better and better. We are both blooming under each others loving hand. We love each other more now than ever and want to spend as much time together as we can. We love working together on our projects and if it isn’t something that we are both into we always support each other and give encouragement.
We add a little sugar to each others lives and it really sweetens us up. This sugar is tenderness, caring and just plain old fashioned love.
There are also times when we die back a bit, due to harsh words from tired mouths, but in forgiveness and repentance we bloom again.
May your marriage be blessed as you live together and bloom and grow.
PS: This post is printed with my husbands permission.
36 thoughts on “GLOXINIA AND MARRIAGE”
Oh, my! This post is so precious and dear! It reminds me of my husband and me. You and I are very, very blessed indeed. I love reading your posts…they warm my heart every time. You are such a dear blessing and encourager to me! God bless you, sweet friend. 🙂
Thanks so much Cheryl for your lovely comment. We are very, very blessed and I thank God for our husbands and our marriages. The feeling is the same, I love looking at and reading your posts too. I hope you have a fantastic week and I look forward to catching up with you during the week on our blogs. Blessings.
Such a beautiful post. Had tears stinging at my eyes. Gloxy is beautiful too. I wouldn’t have thought to use old tea bags and sugar. I will keep that tucked away for future use 🙂
Thanks Stefanie for your lovely comment. There must be something in the tea bags that help, give it a go, you never know. Blessings
Thanks Nicole. Blessings
Great analogy and one I have seen true in my marriage too! Thanks for sharing this encouragement at the Art of Home-Making Mondays!
I’m so pleased that you are as blessed as me Jes, thanks for the comment and for hosting. Blessings
I just noticed this morning that a Christmas cactus that was passed down to me from my Great-grandmother and nursed back to health is in bloom again – more flowers than ever and this after being left out in the cold with little water. It’s bitter-sweet to me, as that plant reminds me of my Grandmother who died this summer. I love how nature can teach us so. Thanks for linking with #SmallWonder!
Thanks for your lovely comment Kelly and for hosting, blessings.
Love this post! This is our 42nd year of marriage…with God’s grace pouring over us every day it’s sweeter than the day before…praise His Holy Name ❤️
Thank you Lord for our wonderful husbands and marriages and thank you Beth for your beautiful comment. Blessings to you Beth and your family.
What a wonderful post and a perfect analogy of the plant and marriage! Pinning this to My Favorite Posts board!
Thanks so much AnnMarie you have blessed me with your comment. Have a great week and may you be Blessed.
Yes! our marriages need so much love and tender care. When we neglect them, they whither away and die, just like your plant would. Thank you for linking up with SDG!
Oh so true Jennifer, thanks for hosting and your comment. Blessings
Love this! Thanks for sharing with Thought-Provoking Thursday. 🙂
Thanks for hosting Lyli and for your encouraging comment. Blessings
What a beautiful analogy! May God continue to bless your marriage! Thanks for linking up at Grace and Truth!
Thank you Ruth for your lovely comment, blessings to you and yours.
I stumbled upon your post at the Faith Barista linkup, and I’m so glad I did! I’m happy to say that your marriage sounds like my 43-year marriage to my husband. I’m so impressed with your gloxinia. I grow African violets but have never succeeded with the few gloxinias that I’ve had. Now I want to try again! Thank you for the horticultural encouragement, but thank you even more for the spiritual encouragement! God bless you, and I’ll be visiting your beautiful blog again, I’m sure.
Oh Rosemary thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for stopping by and taking the time to share with me. Let me know how you go if you get another Gloxinia, my husband truly is the one that has kept “her” alive, I have just watched from the sidelines. Blessings to you and your family and I look forward to hearing from you again.
Sweet post! It’s encouraging for us all as our marriages grow with the years.
Thank you Kim for your lovely comment and may God bless you and your marriage. Blessings
What a lovely post. Isn’t it amazing how given the care, our marriages flourish and become better with age?!
Loved this comparison.
Thanks for sharing at the #SHINEbloghop.
Wishing you a lovely day.
Thanks so much Jennifer for your lovely comment. Thanks also for hosting. Blessings
What a lovely post! Your husband’s Gloxy looks similar to an African Violet. My Nana loved them and I always like to keep at least one around in remembrance of her. Blessings!
Thanks June for your comment. I am going to have a look at what African Violets look like, someone else said that too. What a wonderful thing to remember your Nana by. Blessings
Beautiful reflection and analogy between the plant and marriage. Thank you for linking to The Weekend Brew.
Thanks for your lovely comment Mary and thank you for hosting. Blessings
What a precious post!!! I love that your husband loves and cares for the plant so well. I would have killed it long ago! 😉 It sounds like your marriage is so wonderfully special!!! Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop! <3
Yes I would have killed it too!! Thanks so much for your kind comment. Blessings
Neat words here and a sweet tribute to your marriage! I loved reading it. Thank you for linking up at Front Porch Inspired this week!
Thanks Anne for hosting, blessings to you and your family.
What a sweet and meaningful post! Marriage definitely does take a lot of love, sweetness, and care. Thank you for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! Hope to see you back this week! (I was a little late getting my post up today!) 🙂
Hi Jenny, thank you for hosting and for leaving me a lovely comment. Blessings