scripture friday.

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expect.

I just finished planting more tulip and daffodil bulbs.

I love how the ground feels this time of year. I don’t even wear gloves because I want to feel the earth.

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As I dropped each bulb in, I smiled to think of each flower’s appearance in the spring. Here in the Northeast, the winter will feel very long some days. But the expectation of new flowers breaking through the melted snow is a simple, yet profound, lesson of life.

What is it that you expect?

Does your mind immediately wander to despair?

Don’t let it. Choose to remember and expect good things.

 

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Today,  provide the words for your own life through this picture.

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friday’s quote.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.

It empties today of its strength.

-Corrie Ten Boom

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anticipation.

The smells of autumn are unmistakable. The clean smell of Macintosh apples in a nearby bushel, the carpet of golden maple leaves soaking in the warm sun, and the damp earth preparing a resting place for frost-bitten hostas, salvia, and phlox.

And then one leaf…and another…gracefully floated to the ground to take its place among the others.

Seasons end, but another is waiting. Do we hang on to the old? Or do we anticipate the new?

Even in the midst of the cold and bitter winter, there is life. The wind plays with the snow, creating ripples of purple shadowed dunes while grand, lacy snowflakes rock gently to the earth – breathing life into our weariness.

The pain will end. But in its cold and bitterness, there is still life. Can you find it?

joy.

Joy is when there is nothing to be happy about.

There is only one place joy comes from. It’s the same place love comes from.

God.

Both are not fleeting feelings. They are anchored hard and fast and true in the bedrock of faith.

Joy keeps you going in the right direction, even when you want to run the other way.

When you find yourself smiling during sorrow and hadn’t planned on it, that’s  joy.

When out of nowhere, you find yourself  hopeful for the future, that’s joy.

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Joy is the small, steady flame that burns in our hearts. Pain, sorrow, suffering, loss, and heartache, threaten its power. Sometimes, its light is shadowed by situations and circumstances.

But joy is an eternal flame that can never go out.

Will you find it?

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why, my soul?

Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God …

-The Bible

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