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When You Think You’ve Been Buried: Quotes about Hope and Healing

I first came across the quote “Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted” by Christine Caine after I lost my daughter. I truly believed I had died and been buried beside her. There was no reason to live. I clung to quotes about hope and healing because there was reason to live.

It came in the four blonde haired boys whose lives had also been shattered. The realization that death is real came to them at an age where life was supposed to be good and free and innocent.

Reasons to live came with my man whose heart was just as broken as mine, but he was so worried about me that he never left my side.

It’s been two years now since the horrible night in which our lives were changed forever. I can look back and see all the healing, the ways we’ve changed and grown.

The Story Behind these Quotes about Hope and Healing

But first, let me tell you about my tree and the purpose for creating this post with quotes for hope and healing.

It was a windy summer day when I took a good look at our yard. The lilac bushes that needed to be trimmed, my young fruit trees standing tall and thin behind my garden boxes. Flowers everywhere because, well, flowers make me happy.

The sun was hot and my heart was sad as I stared that the large tree that used to bring us wonderful shade. It had broken in half and crashed to the ground, a tangled mess of leaves and branches.

Impulsively I grabbed my shovel and headed out to the woods, the kids running after me asking a dozen questions about what I was doing.

I explained to my young gardeners that we needed a new shade tree and I was going to dig one up. I shared with them my limited knowledge of transplanting trees as we hunted for one small enough to dig up and yet big enough to be more than a twig.

At last, we found the perfect tree and with some effort, dug it out being careful not to break the roots. I was sure we had done it correctly and we hauled it back to the house. Joshua dragging the large shovel, Joel riding on Caleb’s back, and Micah still asking questions about the tree.

No, I don’t know what kind it is.

Yes, these are the roots.

No, I don’t think I cut them off.

We planted the little tree, watered it thoroughly, and stepped back to admire a job well done. I could visualize the tree 10 years from now, branches long and covered with leaves. “We will picnic under it some day” I said happily.

The next day, the leaves on our little transplant turned brown. The day after that they all fell off. I scolded myself for not digging it up correctly. Maybe it just needed more water?

I watered and watered it even though it appeared to be dead. Maybe it would come back in the spring or maybe I had needlessly killed a tree.

I asked my neighbor if she knew how to transplant trees, convinced I had done something wrong. No, I hadn’t. Some trees are fussier than others. Ya, some people are fussier than others too, I thought.

Weeks went by. The sun shone, the wind blew, and we enjoyed summer days. Our little stick sat, planted, dead.

And then one day, Micah burst into the house. “mom, it has leaves!”

It did! Our little tree hadn’t died after all. We weren’t spending time watering a stick. It had been alive all along.

Just like us. When tragedy struck our family and we thought that we had been buried. We had actually been planted. God had diligently watered us with His love and peace and I knew He was telling me that it was time to grow again.

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More Christine Caine Quotes

I looked up more quotes by Christine Caine and these are excellent. I am going to look into purchasing a couple of her books. Anyone want to read them with me?

“The long series of disappointments you accumulate in a lifetime can stop you from moving forward into all the goodness God has planned for you – and that means they’ll be stopping not only you, but also all those God has destined you to reach along your life journey.” ― Christine Caine, Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do

“What a crafty enemy we have. Can you see it? The enemy knows that if he can cause us to hide ourselves—who God made us to be—that it also causes us to lose sight of our identity in God as his image-bearers. Then, because our view of ourselves has been diminished, we shrink from stepping into the destiny God created for us. That’s a very effective strategy.” ― Christine Caine, Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

“I want women to know God can use everything the enemy meant for evil in their lives for good. He can take their stories of shame and redeem them– first for their own freedom and then to help others.
I want women to know that they are not less than, weaker, second, or not enough. They are created in God’s image– greatly valued, loved, chose, wanted and adored by the Creator of the universe.” – Christine Caine

quotes about hope and healing

What Do You Say to Someone to Give Them Hope?

I love quotes because you don’t have to come up with something helpful, witty, funny, or sentimental on your own. That’s what people who have the gift of the pen are for, right?

If you are here, you are looking for quotes about hope and healing for yourself or someone dear to you. I pray these inspire and encourage you and your loved one.

Looking for a Bloom Quote about Hope and Healing to Encourage You?

I should probably pause and explain why I enjoy calling these quotes for hope and healing bloom quotes. I guess it is because they talk about hope, joy, love, ambition, and strength blooming during the most unexpected times. When your life is so dark that you think you’ve died, but instead you grow. Your life feels lonely, but you discover someone walking beside you. Bloom quotes emerge from these moments.

Hope is my favorite concept these days so bloom quotes about hope and healing seem appropriate, don’t you think?

“When I go into the poorest neighborhoods, I look for the flash of color – a geranium in a coffee can, a window box set against the scaling side of a tenement, a border of roses struggling in a tiny patch of open ground. Where flowers bloom, so does hope – and hope is the precious, indispensable ingredient without which the war on poverty can never be won.” -Lady Bird Johnson

“If beautiful lilies bloom in ugly waters, you too can blossom in ugly situations” -Matshona Dhliwayo

“The flower that follows the sun, does so even on cloudy days.” – Robert Leighton

“Physical strength is measured by what we carry, inner strength is measured by what we can bear.” -anonymous

“The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.” Cheryl Strayed

“Self-forgiveness is essential to self-healing.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

Bloom Quotes about Friendship

I wanted to include quotes about friendship because it is at the lowest times in your life that you feel alone. I have found grief to be very isolating. Let your friend know you love them with a bloom quote!

bloom quotes about friendship

“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” Hubert H. Humphrey

“Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can’t pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while.” -Unknown

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” -Maya Angelou

“Friendship is comfort knowing that even when you feel all alone, you aren’t” -unknown

“When it hurts to look back and you’re afraid to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” -unknown

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” Sai Baba

Bloom Where You are Planted

“There is a part of blooming which I did not understand, you see. You can be a flower all your life but still not understand it. Blooming is one thing; but blooming where you are planted is another. It’s so easy to say, “I will bloom when I am there”, but you need to be saying, “I will bloom right here, where I was planted.” Because until I bloom “right here”, I’m never going to actually bloom; because we cannot do it in concept, you see, we must bloom now. We must bloom here. The flower must trust.” -C. Joybell C.

“Bloom Where You are Planted” is one of my favorite expressions. I have thought about it often while washing piles of dishes or changing poopy diapers.

Often times we are waiting for our circumstances to meet our expectations before we can become who we believe we are meant to be. This is a lie we tell ourselves. You are where you are for a reason.

God has carefully placed you where you are and He will water you and encourage you to grow, but you must be willing to accept it. (Excellent post by Delight Ministries).

When we fight against our situations, complain about our jobs or difficult people in our lives, we are not accepting the place in which we’ve been put. God wants us to bloom through the challenges, the pain, and the discontentment.

Quotes about Hope and Healing

God is good, isn’t He? He gives us strength and comfort, encouragement and peace. We simply need to reach out and embrace it. I’m still working on my “embrace” word. I have applied it dozens of times this past year.

I pray these quotes for hope and healing have encouraged you and given you a fresh desire to grow where you’ve been planted.

Also, check out Hope and Joy in Christ. She has a wonderful series about getting to know God during hard times.

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16 thoughts on “When You Think You’ve Been Buried: Quotes about Hope and Healing”

  1. What a beautiful story Heather! I got so excited reading about the new green leaves sprouting out of your “dead” tree! God has so many ways to show us his love and care, and I see it in nature all around me as well. Thanks for telling your beautiful story that came from such a place of pain. Loved the quotes!

  2. I haven’t heard most of these before! How fun. I think my fav when you think you’ve been buried bloom quotes is ““When it hurts to look back and you’re afraid to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” -unknown” Thanks for sharing them!

  3. As you know we lost our first grandchild Tyler at 5 1/2 months old and I completely understand the pain and can totally relate to your tree story! God uses simple ways to help heal our broken hearts. Totally LOVE this Heather!

  4. This is beautiful!! I’m pinning and bookmarking to revisit later. God gives me words to focus on during different seasons, and He also gave me the word embrace (which led to the name and purpose of my blog) when I was going through a very challenging season, and then the following year He gave me the word bloom. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your words with me. I hope I get a word like bloom next year or even the year after that. I feel as if I’m still struggling to embrace, but God is faithful and patient, isn’t he?

  5. I have never lost a child, and can’t even imagine the pain, but I have faced terrible loss and pain in my life, and can totally relate to your tree story! It is a beautiful illustration of the journey we take through mourning – something for which God has graciously told us in Scripture there IS a time.
    I just LOVE the way He gives us little word pictures and illustrations as we struggle along to help us understand ourselves! There are times when we need to appear dead to the world. Times when we need to just be watered and cared for by our Lord while we adapt to our new reality… but then the day comes when that season has passed and our roots have had time to grow down into God’s love and make us strong, and then it is time for us to BLOOM! I love it! Love, love, love it!!! Thanks for sharing Heather!

    1. Thank you for sharing your heart with me Cherith and thank you for hearing mine. May God bless your ministry as you show other’s how God helped you bloom!

  6. This is beautifully written Heather! What I love too is your vision of the little tree ten years down the road. That is a picture of how God sees how we can be down the road when we receive His love and care. Love this! ❤

    1. Sometimes in our finite minds, we can only see the struggle that is in front of us. Isn’t it a comfort knowing that God sees the whole picture? Even 10 years down the road 🙂

  7. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s a hard lesson to learn—that even in the face of tragedy and pain God still wants us to bloom where He has planted us—but I firmly believe He works in us and through us during these times.

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