May Flowers

“But we know it: When plagues descend, prayers must rise up.

So only this is on our lips, only murmured prayers like this, burning like white hot courage within, because what the world needs now is for prayer warriors to show up. 

Right now?

The world needs Prayer Warriors who don’t see prayer as the least we can do but the most we can do.” Ann Voskamp

Spring

Have you ever looked up at the sky? Have you ever been hugged? Have you ever sat in front of a warm fire? Have you ever walked in the woods, sat by a lake, lain in a summer hammock? Have you ever drunk your favorite drink on a hot day or eaten anything good?

Every desire is either a devout or a distorted enticement to the glory of heaven.

You say you haven’t tasted God’s glory. I say, you have tasted the appetizers. Go on to the meal. Go on to God himself.
John Piper

 

Happy Easter!

“Just like those flowers pushed out of the dark ground, to find the bright of day — Jesus, through the resurrection, pushes out darkness to bring new light — by demolishing sin, denying the power of death, and shaming the powers of darkness…Just like those flowers busted out of darkness, in the midst of madness, Jesus can bust through any darkness or madness in your life — to bring beauty.” Kelly Balarie

Spring 2020

“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” 2 Corinthians 1:8b-10, NLT

February

 

“Before them the land is like the garden of Eden.” Joel 2:3b, NIV

“For the LORD will comfort Zion [in her captivity]; He will comfort all her ruins. And He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and the voice of a melody.”

Isaiah 51:3 AMP

Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, MSG

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