The grass withers
and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God
The grass withers
and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God
Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Would you like to bring healing to someone today?
It is quite possible that the kind words you speak will:
Bind up a wounded heart.
Give hope in the midst of despair.
Bring laughter when tears have recently fallen.
Deliver strength to a weary mind–
Words that God would want you to speak.
Would you like to bring healing to someone today?
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
Do not let your heart–
the part of me that is,
that tries to understand
worried, distraught, fearful, anxious
Believe in God–
God, my Father in Heaven,
the one who holds the universe together
Believe also in Me—
Jesus, the one who died in my place
to pay the penalty for my sin,
who loves me greatly with no conditions
Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!
—1 Corinthians 12:7 The Message
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
—1 Peter 3:3-4
Looking out over the water
I didn’t expect to see it
A quiet beauty in soft pink
A delicate statement of color
On a warm summer afternoon
With no tailored stones
Or fashioned presentation
The natural spoke silently
With marvelous eloquence
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Many years ago, an elderly neighbor helped me to plant some flowers in my front yard.
The flowers we planted actually came from her yard.
She was sharing what she had with me.
The flowers that we planted bloomed a dark pink, as I recall.
In the years that followed, the flowers began to come back from the new seeds that had fallen in a new color–yellow.
My kind neighbor has since passed away, but the flowers she helped me plant have now spread to a sizeable area in my yard.
Dark pink, light pink and yellow.
The investment she made in our yard was really an investment in our friendship.
The plants that are thriving now came from that original day when she brought over her flowers.
The yellow ones were a new surprise when they first bloomed.
God is the Creator of new things.
Sometimes, when all we’ve known is pink, we are pleasantly surprised by the yellow.
God is at work.
Can you see it?
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
While visiting a large city, I was driving through a residential area.
One home, in particular, caught my eye.
Spring blossoms, ablaze in color, were bursting forth on bushes planted by a fence.
An opening near a gate separated two colors as the bushes seemed to beckon an onlooker into the back yard.
With this much beauty on the outside, could their be a gorgeous flower garden on the inside?
As stunning as they were, the flowers on the bushes would soon wither and fade.
There for only a season—–
God is not just with us for a time and then gone.
He is with us always.
His word stands forever!
Charm is deceptive,
and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman
who fears the LORD
is to be praised.
What is the most important thing in a daughter’s heart?
A wife’s heart?
A mother’s heart?
It is her relationship with the Lord.
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
I really liked the flowers I had purchased.
Placing them at the end of my front walkway in a nice little pot, they were there to greet me each day as I left for work and returned.
When this winter is over, I am hopeful that the flowers with return, as they produced many seeds during their tenure in the warmer months.
I am quite ready to see the new beautiful blooms that emerge from the tender plants that push up through the soil.
We can be like those flowers, too.
What would it be like if we lived our days as peacemakers, planting seeds of peace wherever we happened to be?
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments,
and His paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.
God knows everything.
He knows all about us and what is happening in our lives.
That seems too difficult for us to imagine, yet He is holding all the stars in the universe in place, He is keeping all the cells in our bodies alive, and He has formed and created each individual thing on earth.
A magnificent flower, blooming in mathematical perfection draws itself upward to the sun as the earth follows a path around it prescribed by God Himself.
God knows everything.
We know how long it takes for a baby to form before it is born.
We know how long it takes for certain crops to mature, ready for harvest.
We know how long it takes for the earth to make its journey around the sun.
Yet, there are so many things that we have no idea how long we will have to wait for.
In fact, we are not even sure that some of the things we are waiting for will ever take place.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to the earth at just the right time.
Jesus was not early in coming, nor was He late.
In our own lives, God is in control of time.
We pray, and God answers in His time frame.
He will never be late with an answered prayer.
He will never be early with an answered prayer.
When the set time has come, He will work in the lives of His children according to His will.
Through faith, we must trust Him completely to care for us as our all-knowing Father.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman,
born under the law, to redeem those under the law,
that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child;
and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Walking along the deck at a park I had not visited before, I saw some flowers growing from the watery edge.
The blooms were a beautiful lavender color with marks of yellow and blue.
Surrounded by green leaves, the flower commanded attention as its beauty stood out from the surroundings.
I need to remember to let the peace that Jesus gives rule in my heart, commanding the attention of my mind.
The beauty of His peace will always stand out from the anxiety and confusion in the world.
The wildflowers blooming near the lake caught my attention.
Pausing to photograph them, I noticed that some blooms on the stem had withered and died.
I hadn’t given it that much thought until tonight.
As I looked at the image of the flowers, I could see several of the blooms that had become brown and shriveled, but also the new white ones that were dazzling and bright.
Among those, I also noticed the flowers that were yet to burst forth, just waiting for the appointed time.
In Isaiah 43:19, God says,
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Time is moving forward for all of us and God is in each moment of time.
As situations change, we sometimes have to let go.
There are times when one opportunity withers, yet another is right before us.
If we could see what God sees, we would know that He has other opportunities waiting to bloom–ready to burst forth, at their appointed time.
This photograph is now a comfort for me.
An illustration of God’s activity in our lives.
One chapter closes as another unfolds.
At the time of God’s choosing, the new will come.
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Have you ever noticed how some flowers turn their blooms toward the sun?
I wonder how many times I have gone to a window in my home and turned a plant around, because it’s blooms and stems were leaning toward the light.
We need to look to God.
We need to turn our hearts toward Him.
A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God.
–Timothy 6:6 The Message
A few days ago, I stepped out into my back yard to look at some clouds.
As I approached the fence, I noticed that my rose bush was blooming.
The last time I had checked it, there were no blooms at all.
Now, the bush had several roses in various stages of budding out.
There they were, just being red roses, showing the beauty that God had created.
Roses don’t try to be anything that they aren’t.
Being a rose is good enough.
It is exactly what God intended it to be.
For people, knowing Jesus as our Savior and being ourselves is good enough.
We don’t have to try to be something that we aren’t.
We are exactly what God intended us to be and He will grow us into something more beautiful each day as we enter various stages of our faith journey with Him.
There is a definitely a “rich simplicity of being yourself before God.”
Don’t you agree?
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.—Psalm 111:2
Every weekend, vendors come to a local venue near my home to sell items to the general public.
One of my favorite areas is populated by several people selling a great variety of potted plants, bushes and small trees.
While walking in that section this morning, I came upon a flowering plant that I did not recognize with vibrant pink blooms.
Stopping to look at it more closely, I decided to photograph my new discovery.
Somehow, I think Heaven will be just a bit like this.
At every turn we will see a marvelous masterpiece of God’s design, new to our eternal eyes.
Until then, He has given us an entire world to enjoy, as we ponder each of His glorious creations with awe and wonder.
He does great things too marvelous to understand.
He performs countless miracles.
The Passion Flowers growing near the fence by the parking lot were so colorful and bright.
Each bloom was so intricately designed and formed in perfection.
God creates beautiful flowers every day.
And not just beautiful flowers.
And not just all these—
He creates a beautiful heart inside each of us who is willing, every day.
Isn’t that a miracle?
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:7
Yesterday, there was a terrible tragedy about an hour’s drive from my home.
People all over the world are talking about it.
Because of our technological capabilities, people all over the world can learn of breaking news in moments.
While being informed is a good thing, it can sometimes be overwhelming, as well.
When I check the news headlines, I get an overview of all the major occurrences across the globe.
Politics, science, war.
Health, sports, natural disasters.
Weather, entertainment, economics.
When horrific things happen–like yesterday’s tragedy–it’s too great to comprehend.
There is so much to take in.
It’s overwhelming for me.
And what about those who are directly affected?
I can only imagine their consuming emotion.
What is there to do?
1 Peter 5:7 reads, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.“
God is greater than anything we could ever envision.
When we are anxious and troubled, distraught and undone, we can cast our emotions on Him and look to Him to comfort and to heal.
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
If I am not following the advice of the wicked, then I am probably following the advice from those who aren’t.
If I am not choosing to embrace the lifestyles of people who are living ungodly lives, then I am probably choosing to embrace the lifestyles of people who are living a godly life.
If I do not join with people who are mocking others, mocking faith or mocking God, I am choosing to distance myself from those who do.
There is joy for those who have a desire to please God and follow His guidance for everyday living.
Love never fails.
From 1 Corinthians 13:8
Today I was presented with an elegant bouquet of white roses.
They were meant to convey appreciation.
They were meant to be an encouragement.
They were meant to show love.
Honoured to have them, I placed each stem into a vase with water, setting it on my dining table.
We need God in every area of our lives.
He is at work whether we perceive it or not.
As we come to God in prayer, we remember that He is with us, understanding whatever situation we are experiencing.
If we are watchful, we will live in expectancy of God.
If we are thankful, we will remain in an attitude of appreciation and gratitude for all that He has done.
We need to come to God in prayer—
Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous;
You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.
A friend brought flowers to me.
She blessed me with the beautiful blooms that God had created.
The Lord blesses us every day.
He surrounds us with blessings and His favor.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Yesterday, a friend came by my house to deliver a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a lavender colored vase.
Tonight, another friend loaned us their van so our entire family could travel together to a funeral out of state.
There are cards sitting on my piano from friends who are comforting and encouraging me and my family.
Another friend brought a wreath and placed it on my door.
It has been four days since we lost a loved one.
We have had four days of kindness.
Four days of love and consideration.
Four days of caring and consolation.
Four days of provision.
These things and many more are but a testimony of God’s love and the faithfulness and generosity of His people.
By these acts and those even before this time, our friends are showing that we love one another.
By these acts, also, others will know that they are followers of Jesus as they demonstrate His love.