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

Early Spring

 

“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Isaiah 40:27-31 MSG