Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Wildflowers In Winter #3

Sponsored by Wildflower Morning

Week 3 - January 30 - February 5. Literary Wildflowers - Stories, quotations or poetry about wildflowers written by you or someone else. Or write a book review about a book that features wildflowers, such a guide book, picture book, travel guide or something about wildflower gardening, etc. Or Write about some special places/trails/areas to go searching for wildflowers that you are familiar with. Tell about the best time of year to go there, and what you might see. Share photographs if you have them.

At first it was hard to think of something to post. I have a small collection of wildflower books but since they are mostly for the Cascade Mountains in Washington or the Pacific Northwest, they are currently packed in boxes because we have rooms and rooms of books but our house doesn't have rooms and rooms! :o) Then I thought of one of my photo greeting cards.

Naked Lady Amarylis

Bodega, California

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 NIV, courtesy of Bible Gateway.

This Scripture passage is significant to me because I have lived in situations where I worried about where I was going to live, what I was going to wear, how the bills were going to get paid. We have been so blessed - I never had to live in my car or the streets or a shelter, though sometimes the shelter was a Grandparent. My Mom always worked hard for us. If you know a single Mom, please encourage her, hug her, help her with manual labor on her house or car, invite her and her children to dinner or anonymously leave a bag of groceries or a gift card. Love your neighbor as yourself. Being a single Mom is a hard and often lonely job. I am thankful that I have my husband - it's tough enough with two of us working on the same team! Even still today, the Lord blesses us in ways we could never imagine and we are so grateful.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God stands forever.

Isaiah 40:8 NIV


Elizabeth Joy said...

I desire to be as trusting of my creator as a wildflower in a field. Psalm 23 also inspires me in the same way. Thank you for sharing and reminding us to care for those who need a good neighbor.

mjd said...

You have selected a beautiful card and a meaningful bit of scripture for the literary week of Wildflowers in Winter.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Thank you for sharing this with us...the card is truly beautiful.

ellen b. said...

What a wonderful contribution to the wildflower week #3. God created it all and then has given us everything we need in Him to live on this earth with peace and hope and joy in our hearts as we enjoy His creation. Blessings...

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you for your posting. We can never be reminded enough to help and care for others. (Wow! I just looked at your list of blogs! It will take me awhile to visit you!);-)