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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wildflowers of Joy

     Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Joy is like the natural beauty of wildflowers…simple but beautiful and refreshing!

            Just the mention of wildflowers turns on the faucet of memories that floods my heart with JOYful visions of my precious grandmother. She was very much aware of God’s intricate detail in all of his Creation. I learned much from her about God’s love and how He gives us countless simple, good things to enjoy.  Grandma wasn’t rich in material wealth, but she was one of the richest people I’ve ever known in the JOY of the Lord!

            She’d take me on nature walks and by the time we got home, we’d have boucoodles of wildflowers in our hair and hands.  She taught me to find pleasure in God’s creation.

            Like the wildflowers….God plants unexpected bits of JOY in each of our lives.  BUT we have to be watching for them along our walk of life.  If our eyes aren’t open wide, most often we’ll miss them!  These blossoms of JOY can be found in the strangest places….In a hospital room, at a graveside, in the quiet early morning hours.  We might even find these colorful bursts of joy scattered throughout a busy day on the job or driving along with our car full of boisterous youngsters!  The key to finding these wildflowers of JOY is to have our hearts prepared to see them.

            (James 1:12) Blessed is the man (or woman) who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love them.”  Who knows? Our crown might even be decorated with wildflowers as symbols of the JOY of the Lord!

           Join me looking for beautiful wildflowers of joy along our path today!  


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