Death to Life

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I was SO disappointed after one of the recent cold nights we had. Our camellia had so many buds just waiting to burst open, and the cold snap turned them brown. Just like that, my anticipation of pink loveliness dissipated like the morning dew.

Then, the other morning I was out with my clippers to cut off the reminders of what could have been, and to my great joy, there was a large pink bloom! It was way in the back, under foliage and had been protected.

Death to life.

This is what the Resurrection of Jesus is all about.

Death to Life!

Romans 5:10  (AMP)

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].

When I think about how excited I was to see the flower blooming, (which by the way I had nothing to do with) I can only imagine God’s joy when His creation, you and me, move from death to life.

“we will be saved because Christ lives today”

Hallelujah!

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In My Garden with God  #8

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New Life

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I LOVE spring. It is my favorite season of the year.

There is evidence of new life all around us!

The daffodils are blooming, the tulips are coming up and I have seen several flowering trees whose blossoms are starting to explode into color.

Jesus refers to the beauty of wild flowers 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?”

These verses remind me of God’s great love and care for me.

I may be facing some very difficult situations right now, yet these verses say that God cares about ME. 

Do I trust Him?

Do I believe God cares?

My worrying shows that I lack faith in trusting God to meet my needs.

This also means the needs of my children. God wants to met their needs as well.

It is so difficult as a parent NOT to worry about our children. We KNOW there are bad things out there that can happen to our children. We have even seen bad things happen to friends and family members who love and follow God.

Trusting God does NOT mean that nothing bad will happen to those I love.

It does mean that God will be with me whatever I face and whatever happens. It also means that God will use those situations for my good and to further His purposes.

Jesus said these wildflowers should remind me of God’s faithfulness.

Each time we see a new flower bloom this spring, may we be reminded of our faithful, loving Heavenly Father and the new life He brings.