I recently snapped this photo at our local botanical garden. I made the comment on Facebook that because of it’s great beauty and subtlety, I was sure I would see this flower someday in heaven. So I looked it up to find out it’s name and the meaning in the language of flowers. Come to find out, it is commonly called Devil’s Trumpet. It’s foliage has been used for vision quests and the like and can be deadly. The only creature that is unaffected by it’s pollen is the honey bee.
So will I see this beautiful creation in heaven one day? My opinion? Yes! But no more deceit, no more toxicity- the “sting” will be gone.
“O death where is your sting?”
When the floods of life come, Jesus is the bridge that carries me across to the other side.
Thank you God for those who have been by my side and walked across that bridge with me.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows….” Isaiah 53:4
A butterfly perched on a grandson’s hand. What an exquisite gift of God’s goodness, the beauty and delicacy of the butterfly upon the hand of a cherished grandson.
Psalm 23 “……my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
As I gaze at Grandma standing knee deep in the Zinnias, I want to be there- drinking in the moment- stopping the raging current of time, enjoying the colors, the scents, Grandma’s touch, Grandma’s cheer.
Thank you God for Grandma’s love of flowers and for passing that love on to me.
Thank you for her cheerful heart and always smile.
Thank you Lord, thank you!
for my Alaska son,
his handsome face and the stubble on his chin
reminding me of the man he has become
the gift he is in my life
Many thanks to my God
With the coming of the new year, I have needed a refreshing of my devotional time. With that in mind, I picked up Ann Vostcamp’s “One Thousand Gifts Devotional”.
So because of the inspiration and graces that she has helped me to see, my blog will be a chronicle of the God given gifts that I find in the everyday.
My goal: 1,000 thank yous in the year.
1. Thank you God. You could have given us a black and white world but instead, your loving hand gave us color- bold and vibrant.
In the language of flowers, Cosmos send a message of peace and tranquility.
And so, if peace does begin with a smile, may 2014 be the year that you give many smiles and that you receive many smiles.
Happy New Year- just a little late!