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The Love of God

The Love of God

posted on February 7th, 2013 / by Cari Trotter / 7 Comments

The rabbit hole of this Love was deeper than I thought. It was more of a free fall than I had braced myself for. The Invitation came wrapped beneath a pedal pink covering with tiny blue bonnets and yellow daffodils held together by a ruffled ivory lace. When I opened the soft pages to that Invitation, the brightest, most radiant love exploded ... burst forth really in hope-filled array.  It shattered the atmosphere of my heart forever etching the rushing of its Healing waves beyond every withheld insecurity or unexplained passion, desire or longing. It became everything. It was 1991; I was eleven. I knew the Love of God was rich and deeper than I could ever have imagined. In a ...

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New Beginings

New Beginings

posted on January 3rd, 2013 / by Cari Trotter / 12 Comments

A new beginning.  A fresh start.  A clean canvas.  We’ve all wanted one … at least us honest folks have.  Before you blink life has you all sorts of tangled and caught in a chokehold of uncertainty.  A few weird conversations here and there and you got yourself all sorts of insecurity grabbing your heart with conspiracy theories of hostile relational take over.  Physical limitations have invaded your reality and good health seems to be a distant memory … oh, to have renewed strength.  A string of sour relationships have taken far more than they have given. Moments slip by as fast as raindrops running down a windowpane.  I have observed that life even has a way of changing our ...

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

posted on August 13th, 2012 / by Cari Trotter / 2 Comments

Last night, Toby and the kids and I looked back through the family blog I started five years ago. We spent two hours reading through posts, watching video montages, and scrolling through pictures. We laughed, oohed and ahhed over the pictures that had been shared and thought back on the memories that those pictures and videos had captured. We looked so happy, like we didn’t have a care in the world. The moments we looked through seemed perfect. As we scrolled down the blog my husband and I caught ourselves wondering why we didn’t operate with the joy we used to have. Our memories seemed fond and carefree. It seemed as though all the pictures we looked at shined pearly white teeth and ...

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Best of DIB: The Gold Hawaiian Princess Dress

Best of DIB: The Gold Hawaiian Princess Dress

posted on July 4th, 2012 / by Cari Trotter / 2 Comments

The Fifty Nifty United States melodiously echoed through the Apple Creek Elementary 4th grade hallway one exceptional spring evening.  The hallways were lined with a brood of 4th graders dressed in various regional costumes like corn husks, pilgrim hats, mountain men, waving wheat and the Statue of Liberty, all representing the Fifty Nifty United States.  We had been divided up into states and were required to make a costume to represent that territory.  I was so excited when it had been announced that I would be one of the princesses representing an island of Hawaii.  I can’t remember which island I represented, but I can remember I was assigned the color gold.  Gold is a beautiful ...

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Wake On Up

Wake On Up

posted on May 7th, 2012 / by Cari Trotter / 7 Comments

The moment took me off guard. Nearly knocked me to my feet. The blast of spotlights shot rays of awakening power across an electric and stunned crowd. We were merely witnesses, just passing by, to an extraordinary display of a group of individuals doing exactly what they were created to do. They were alive as they stepped up and into an anointing. It was a reckoning, it was a settling. It was something that was alive and forcing you to come alive. Forcing its passionate breath upon you with every note sang. Their voices pushed forth more than words, they exposed experiences. More alive than me standing there allowing the loud strike of the guitar strings to strum. It was more alive than the ...

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A Glorious Becoming

A Glorious Becoming

posted on April 27th, 2012 / by Cari Trotter / 6 Comments

We at Destiny in Bloom are thrilled to announce the book release of one of our very own writers, Cari Trotter, entitled A Glorious Becoming. Below you will find an except from her book and an opportunity to pre-order your very own copy at the end of this page. We are thankful for love and support of all our readers! Please enjoy this except taken from chapter one of A Glorious Becoming |Embrace Your Royalty. The liar of all liars will use any means possible to try to convince you to shrink from abundant life. The truth is that you are not from a family that shrinks back. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. We are not of those ...

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The Next Thing

The Next Thing

posted on February 27th, 2012 / by Cari Trotter / 4 Comments

I had just finished a brutal fall semester in college. Change was becoming the very present norm. My major was unsettled. Some of my close relationships had gone through transitions that were tough to swallow. To top it all off, I had a very non-existent dating life. I was unsure if I was even in the right spot. Everything seemed to come up as a big fat question mark alongside my piles and piles of dirty laundry. I had come home for Christmas break. Upon arrival my mom informed me that I would be getting all my wisdom teeth out two days after Christmas. Merry Christmas to me. That is just what I wanted to do during my break after the whip of a semester I had dredged through. Sitting at home ...

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A Cut that Heals

A Cut that Heals

posted on December 12th, 2011 / by Cari Trotter / 10 Comments

Holding it in your hands, the texture of its weave slips through your fingers like water. It is smooth, soft, and its velvety texture soothes. It has a silhouette that is seamless. It sits on the table pristine, unconcerned, and unconstructed. Folded. A coveted textile, silk is pure and perfect. Satin is fashioned from silk’s imperial origin. The natural perfection of its fibers blush with a candlelight glow on the edge of the sewing table. It whips tight when you expand its folds to stretch it out on the table. Its formless regal beauty lies bare before you. The warmth of its faultless fibers glow back at you. You stand back, wondering what could this island of pearled perfection ...

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Burn it up

Burn it up

posted on October 3rd, 2011 / by Cari Trotter / 21 Comments

There is just no way to get around it. Unfortunately the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, got a bad rap. Just ask any eager-beaver, energized, passionate Bible study reader reading through the Bible in a year how they are doing round about the middle of February when Leviticus rolls around. The majority have crashed and burned. It’s a Bible study buzz kill. Upon first glance, one wonders how in the world do we relate the reality of our everyday lives back to the directions given to the Levitical priests on how to sacrifice livestock? Ummm, yeah, that’s just weird and surely has absolutely nothing to do with my life. I’m not making animal sacrifices any time soon, at least not ...

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Dark Night Drive

Dark Night Drive

posted on July 29th, 2011 / by Cari Trotter / 7 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about a dark night drive I took with the kids several years ago.  It started out innocent enough.  We had gone into Oklahoma City to get a few things done and then see a Redhawks baseball game that night. We had a great day and got several items accomplished on my “to do” list and then had a wonderful time at the game.  We had several family members that we met up with that night and it was a great time to be together.  Then my son got the thrill of his life when my brother Mike, who at the time was a relief pitcher for the Redhawks, let the kids come on to the field after the game. After it was all over the kids and I loaded up to head out west towards ...

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