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We have had some weird and wild weather lately, yet I felt this week like spring had finally arrived. The subjects of the above pictures validated my feelings of anticipation for arrival of my favorite season. I LOVE to see the trillium in bloom. The various colors and parts of these treasures of God’s creation never cease to excite me.

Phil is very patient as I drag him around to see each of the varieties, many of which he helped transplant from further up on the hill in the woods. We have moved over nine different varieties to the edge of the backyard where the woods begin. We enjoy these beautiful flowers and especially appreciate the variety. Today, I asked my father to come outside with me as I took these pictures so you can see his hand holding the blooms toward the camera. These pictures were all taken today in our backyard. We are SO BLESSED!

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Jesus refers to the beauty of wild flowers in this passage in Matthew 6: 28-30

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”

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These verses remind me of God’s great love and care for me.
Jesus said these wildflowers should remind me as well.
I hope these pictures inspire you and remind you of
just how much God loves and cares for you.

Tril 9

Joyful Hearts

Great Great Grandmother Brandt

I heard the most wonderful words this past week – “Nana, I asked Jesus into my heart.”

My heart was filled with joy.

Words cannot express all that we felt. As parents and grandparents who are Christians, our hearts’ desire is to see our family members become members of the Family of God. Both our oldest grandchildren accepted Jesus a into their hearts last week. Their dad prayed with these precious girls aged almost 8 and 6 years old. We are thankful for their parents who have introduced them to God as their heavenly Father and Jesus as their Savior.

I told my granddaughters when talking to them on the phone that I was blessed that they are now my sisters in the Lord as well as my granddaughters. What joy! We are now each our Father’s daughters.

We have prayed for all our grandchildren since we were first aware of their existance inside their mothers’ womb. We pray for their hearts to be open to God and that they would desire to follow Jesus at a young age. Their great grandparents pray for them daily as well as other family members on both sides of their family. All this prayer might seem to guarantee that all our grandhchildren would become Christians. Yet Scripture does not teach that. If it was an automatic result that our children and grandchildren followed Christ, we would not have responded with such joy and excitement at the news of their decision to accept Christ as Savior.

John 1:11-13 (KJV)

11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

This Scripture makes it clear that we become part of God’s family by “believing on His name.” That means believing all that God’s name or charactor involves. Now each grandaughters’ journey as a Christian begins. Our responsibility is to encourage them, pray for them, and live as godly examples by following Jesus ourselves.

We will make mistakes. When this happens, we must ask forgiveness. By living honest, transparent lives before our children and grandchildren we allow them to see that following Jesus is not always easy, nor is it without suffering. In fact, if we follow Jesus we WILL have trials and difficulties. The good news is that we have the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk with God.

The above picture includes my grandmother (on the left) in the lap of her grandmother. Notice the tents in the backgound? They are at a camp meeting of the Methodist church in 1898 when my grandmother was two years old. What a rich heritage I have of godly women who have been followers of Jesus! Our granddaughters are now part of a lineage that we trust will continue until Jesus returns.

You may not have that heritage of Christian relatives. It is a blessing – but it is NOT what causes children to desire to follow Jesus. Children desire to become Christians because they sense God’s Spirit in their hearts and want to accept His love for themselves. YOU may be the start of a line of those who walk with God.

Let your light shine before your children and grandchildren – God is faithful! My heart is full of joy!

Heavy Hearts


It’s happened again.

Another tragic story about the senseless killing of a child – this time by what appears to be a terrorist’s bomb.

All of us with children and grandchildren want to hold those children a bit closer because we imagine the sense of loss those parents are feeling.
How do we make sense of these horrific situations? How do we prevent fear from consuming us?

There are so many questions and only one answer. Faith.

Yet how can we have faith in a God who allows such suffering?

Our faith is rooted in trust that the God who created us also made it possible for us to be redeemed from this world of evil, sin and suffering. Yes, our Heavenly Father allows evil to exist, but that is NOT the end of the story. Our hope lies in the fact that Jesus has conquered sin and death by His finished work on the cross. While we exist in these “earth suits” we are subject to the effects of original sin. Yet, by God’s grace we are able to exchange the effects of sin for that which is of eternal value.

Isaiah 61:2-4 (NKJV)

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

This is the great exchange.
• Comfort ….. for those who mourn
• Beauty ….. for ashes
• Oil of joy ….. for mourning
• Garment of praise ….. for the spirit of heaviness

We must pray that God will pour out His love and comfort in the hearts of all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.
Pray that we will be able to be agents of God’s hope and peace.