I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life. We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus.
After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers. I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I enjoy flowers. Flowering plants lift my spirit, body, and soul. God’s creation is too amazing to miss!
In the multitude of my thoughts within me
Thy comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19)
It was like having Mother’s Day two weeks early, and what a blessing! I suddenly started waking up early and jumping out of bed to get outside to the porch in the cool of the morning where I could read, commune with the Lord, have my tea, and sit beside my happy flowers.
Clap your hands, all you nations;
Shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1)
That’s the criteria for my flower purchases. I was shocked by the fact that our baby WalMart has some unique flowers this year – as well as gorgeous colors with the old standbys like begonias and petunias. The level of excitement those flowers created was a bit of a shocker and a joyful blessing!
How had I forgotten that old feeling that flowers bring? Do flowers make you happy like that, too? Please tell me I’m not the only one! They truly make me extra thankful for God’s creation.
So with you: Now is your time of grief
but I will see you again and you will rejoice,
and no one will take away your joy. (John 16:22)
In the place where we live, there are few trees near our house. Surrounded by farmland, we have perfect views of sunrises and sunsets to enjoy every day. It’s easy to get complacent, I guess. But, I never want to take God for granted with His beautiful creation. Our Lord is beyond amazing!In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19) Click To Tweet
All around me this season – even with the hard things – birds are chirping, nesting, and hatching little ones. Bunnies are filling the yard with their young. Magnolias are blooming. And the porches beckon my presence.
This new-to-me plant is a now a favorite. (Thank you, Wally World.)
English Daisies. So dainty, so sweet.
God reminds us not to miss His blessings during our trials. He gives His blessings to us every day . . . reasons to be joyful. Joys abound! Are you paying attention?
When was the last time you were surprised by a sudden blessing? When did you forget the effect God’s gifts had (have) on you – and were later shocked that you’d forgotten the blessings in them from the past? Did your sudden realization bring you joy and happiness like it did for me?
Because He lives, we can face tomorrow . . .