How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live. Thomas D Willhite
Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. – Rumi
I’ve so often told folks that following the Lord in my life means that even if I go over the cliff, He will give me wings! The challenges in my life continue, but His love, provision and constant presence will NEVER fail me. Things don’t always go according to my plan. I don’t always see the ways in which He has redeemed some of the stuff I’ve lived through, but I have NO doubt that His purpose will be met in all my stuff and that He did bless my mess of the past and use it! His love NEVER ENDS.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:11-12
Such truth in those words and they speak of our true and created need for one another as the collective body of Christ. We have not seen God but we are created in His image and thus reflect His splendor on one another. If I look in my own mirror, I am far more likely to see what I am not, but when I look at you I see the great I AM.
Ever have a day when you wake up battle weary? I did today but this quote says what my soul knows is true:
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
It has been gray and raining all day and promises to be like this for days. I decided I needed to see another color but gray, so I looked at my garden photographs from years past and thought I’d share a few as many of you are still buried under in lots of snow, or maybe getting tons of rain like me, or may just need to look at what God spoke into being . . . words are powerful! Enjoy!
26 Since you cannot do this very little thing,
why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these.
28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today,
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
how much more will he clothe you,
O you of little faith!
Nourished – A Tanka Poem
Rain . . . falling, falling
By my window day and night
Dry, hard ground softened
As gray tones shine with water . . .
Brings to mind Spring’s new flowers!
Poem and pictures by Martha L Shaw © 2-10-2013
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5