The Son is always shining, regardless of the weather

Some Flowery Language

Spring 2010

Spring 2010

One spring afternoon, when my daughter Faith was about three years old, we were driving down the access road (the same one which is pictured above).

As I looked to my left, I delightfully exclaimed, “Ooh! Look at all those blue bonnets!”

Faith gently piped in “…and yellow bonnets too, Momma!”:)

Here in Texas, the blue bonnet is our state flower. However, in Faith’s mind, she now had a new word for all flowers…”bonnets”-the term so cutely expressed by Faith as she referred to the yellow weed-like flowers in the same field! Okay, so maybe I wasn’t rolling on the “flora” laughing, but she certainly made me smile:)

...Blue (and yellow) "bonnets"

...Blue (and yellow) "bonnets"

Yesterday, these bright flowers caught my eye. The blossomsĀ  reminded me of that sweet spring day when my little one’s vocabulary began to bloom. I chuckle when I think about the learning of language, particularly flowery language (like Balderdash)!

I absolutely love this time of year, especially spying the return of my perennial flowers. Just as those bluebonnets reminded me of my daughter’s words, my lilies remind me of the Lily of the Valley, Jesus Christ, and His words spoken in Luke 18:31-33:

Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.”

For me, the best part of springĀ  is remembering my dear Savior, the Rose of Sharon, who took my sin, died on the cross, and rose again! This is by far the best news out there, and the most historical event ever! Salvation is a free gift to all who confess that He took the penalty of their sin on the cross, and who believe that the Son of God died there and rose again! When winter comes (and it will come), the heart of the believer is able to maintain a “springtime” mode, by the grace of God, who gave the world a Hope…that really does spring eternal! Christ’s death has washed our sins away! May the fragrance of His blossoming sacrifice fill your heart this week and always!

Be encouraged by Luke 24:1-9:

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. (Italics added…lest we forget…)

Lead Me to Calvary

hymn by Jennie Evelyn Hussey

Vs. 1 – King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be; Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary.

Vs. 2 – Show me the tomb where Thou was laid, Tenderly mourned and wept; Angels in robes of light arrayed Guarded Thee wilst Thou slept.

Vs. 3 – Let me, like Mary thro’ the gloom, Come with a gift to Thee; Show to me now the empty tomb, Lead me to Calvary.

Vs. 4 – May I be willing, Lord, to bear Daily my cross for Thee; Even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou hast borne all for me.

CHORUS – Lest I forget Gethsemane; Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget They love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

Isaiah 40:6-8 :

The voice said, “Cry.” And he said, “What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Here is a great song…Love Crucified Arose by Michael Card

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