Fall Flowers

“Here is a standing reason for thanksgiving. Although we may not always be healthy, nor always prosperous, yet God is always good, and, therefore, there is always a sufficient argument for giving thanks unto Jehovah. That he is a good God essentially, that he cannot be otherwise than good, should be a fountain out of which the richest praises should perpetually flow.” Charles Spurgeon

This Gift

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I make to God. Therefore it is to be done gladly, it is to be done for Him. Here, not somewhere else I may learn God’s way. In this job, not some other, God looks for faithfulness.” Elizabeth Elliot

More Butterflies

There’s no promise You won’t keep
There’s no distance You won’t reach
There’s no season in between,
Your love is evergreen

‘Cause You don’t give and take away
And You don’t play the games we play
You’re not waiting for the spring,
Your love is evergreen
Your love is evergreen

“Evergreen” song by Amanda Cook

Hydrangeas

“Is it raining little flower? Be glad of rain. Too much sun would wither one. It will shine again. The clouds are dark, it’s true, but just behind them shines like blue. Are you weary, tender heart? Be glad of pain. In sorrow, sweetest virtues grow. As flowers in rain. God watches, and you will have sun. When clouds, their perfect work have done.” Lucy Larcom 

Mountain Laurel and Peonies

“If you get rid of unfair practices,
    quit blaming victims,
    quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry
    and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
    your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
    I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
    firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
    a gurgling spring that never runs dry.” 

Isaiah 58:9-11, MSG

Daisies

“Don’t run roughshod over the concerns of your brothers and sisters. Their concerns are God’s concerns, and HE will take care of them. We’ve warned you about this before. God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, grungy life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside.” 1 Thessalonians 4:6-7, MSG