For over 11 years, Bloom! has existed to spur you on in your
journey towards Biblical womanhood. What
started as a big dream in the hearts of three teen girls, turned into an
international print magazine and then later turned into a thriving blog. Our heart has been to go beyond the fluff and
dig deep into God’s Word and into how to practically apply that to our daily
lives. If any good has come out of
Bloom!, we know it is because God is the one who waters the seeds we plant (1 Cor. 3:7). This journey of magazine and blog has spanned for over a
decade and what a thrilling and beautiful one it has been.God has deepened and widened our
worldview.He has given us a deeper
understanding of His ways.He’s brought
me (Joanna) through some really hard times and pushed me to write despite the pain.He’s
shown me that although I am nowhere near perfect, He can still use me anyway. One thing He’s been teaching me recently is that sometimes,
some chapters must come to an end.Don’t
get me wrong.B…
"No pain, no gain" is a saying that I heard a lot last year.
Whether it was on a t-shirt, a friend jokingly reminded me or I heard it in a
conversation, it sure showed up around me quite often.
Perhaps one area that I apply it to the most is as I'm working on
school and deadlines are fast approaching and I'm far behind. I whisper
"No pain, no gain" to myself and forge ahead, determined to finish
all the projects before the midnight hour. But what about chronic illness? Does that fall under that
"No pain, no gain" category? When I first considered that, I
immediately wanted to shake my head and refuse to consider it further.
Somehow it keeps coming up, though. So I turned to Scriptures to see what
I could find on this topic. Quite a bit, it turns out: James 1:1-121 Peter 1:3-92 Cor 11 Thess 22 Thess 12 Tim 1 Those are only a few. Turns out, God's Word talks about
trials, pain and suffering quite a bit - even more than I first i…
We hope you'll be encouraged by this interview with Emily, Bloom! Photographer and Designer, about her heart surgery years ago and how the Lord has been using that in her life.
Tell us a bit about your heart issue.
I was born with TAPVR (Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return). The pulmonary vein that should have taken oxygen from my lungs and sent it through my heart to the rest of my body was connected to the wrong side of my heart. Therefore, I could not oxygenate my body at all. Within a few minutes of my birth I started turning blue. I was quickly flown to Dallas Children’s Hospital where I had open heart surgery at barely a day old.
So you had heart surgery. You were a baby and won't remember it, but what have your parents told you about it?
I have heard the story so many times that it seems like I do remember it. So, what exactly did having surgery do? The surgery snipped the vein and reconnected it to the right side of the heart. The incision was patched with a portion …