I had the privilege of being with my sister, Carrie, when she gave birth to both of her children (Mikela – 19, Cameron – 16) as well as my sister in law, Amanda, when she brought her oldest into the world, Olivia. 

Today is Olivia’s 13th birthday. Her mother had the idea of starting a tradition of doing a coming of age ceremony. She asked family and friends to write letters to Olivia as part of this special celebration. 

I immediately prayed about what to say. Her family has this inside joke of calling Olivia “tree”. She is tall, and is the oldest of 5 children. She looks like a tree. 

My mind immediately thought of Psalm 1:3:

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (NLT)

I have decided to pray this over her life. As I prayed, a song begin to pour out of my heart. 

So, here is my song, Tree. 


Side note: I’m so incredible thankful for talented friends who are not only musicians with a studio in their home – but they drop everything to help me. Not just with this, but in life. I’m not sure how I hit the lottery in friendship, but I truly did. So, a special thanks to these wonderful people. Couldn’t have done it without them!

As you read this today, I pray you’re like a tree, too. That you prosper in all you do, that you learn and grow, living the life God had in mind before you were even a seed. 


Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.

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