Hello! I’m Kaylee, and I’m so excited that you’re here at Contently Planted! No matter how you stumbled across this blog, I know that God brought you here for a reason. It is my prayer that through Contently Planted, He will bring you contentment, joy, love, peace, hope, light, and assurance in your life–among many other things!
The platform for Contently Planted originated back in May 2016 when several of my family and friends encouraged me to start a blog with some of my poems and other pieces of writing I had shared with them. Of course, being a imaginative and bright-eyed 17-year-old high school student, I liked the idea of having my own blog. My fingers went to typing and my mouse to clicking, and pretty soon I had the finished product: Waiting for Recovery. Yes, yes, I know it’s a different name. Waiting for Recovery was a model for what Contently Planted is now (you know, kinda like what the iPhone 4 is for the iPhone 11 . . . or what the seed is to the full-blossomed plant, for those of you who have a love-hate relationship with technology). I will continue to post my writing pieces on Contently Planted just as I did on Waiting for Recovery. In addition, I will also post personal Bible-reading musings, music recommendations, book reviews, and more!
Now, before I introduce Contently Planted, I want to explain to you my reasons for changing both the name and the look of Waiting for Recovery. For those of you who are new to here (again, I’m so glad you are here!), the main purpose of Waiting for Recovery was to provide content–namely, my writing pieces–that I hoped you would find comfort in while you lived your life. I hoped that by sharing the dull monotony of my daily routine and how I often struggled with it and sometimes overcame it, I would help you find comfort in your daily routine. That you would find recovery in living in the now while being stuck in yesterday’s and today’s and tomorrow’s routine. While you can still find these old posts at the very bottom of the blog, I felt that Waiting for Recovery needed an upgrade. A make-over. A reset.
Its high-schoolish name and look needed to transform into a maturer name and face. It needed to reflect how much I have matured in the four years since the start of the blog. It needed to capture my testimony with my new-found perspective on life that God has given me. Thus, Contently Planted was born. God gave me the name and the tagline: “Resting in the Vine and Renewing Minds.” It centers around three things: John 15:4 (the verse that is a central part to my testimony), being content in the present moment each and every day, and my new-found love for plants (which is a miracle in itself considering my lack of a green thumb and interest in plants up until this point). Contently Planted is about letting God plant us in the present moment and being content in it. It’s about resting in God because He alone gives meaning to our lives. Not our daily routines. Not our social media posts. Not even our personal relationships.
God alone brings life to our lives, when otherwise we would be dead.
It is my utmost goal to let God use me to bring you closer to Him. Because He wants a relationship with you. He sees every shattered and hurting piece of your heart, and He wants each. and. every. one.
It is also my goal to be as transparent with you as possible so that through my sufferings and hardships, you may find comfort in yours. Another key verse that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 1:4:
He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (HSCB)
It is my prayer that together, we can learn to draw near to God and walk with Him. That we long to be in His Presence like the tree planted by the water and the deer longing for streams of water (Psalm 1:3, 42:1). That God plants us in the present moment, submerged in the soil of His presence and growing fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
It is my prayer that we are contently planted in God.