Three on Thursday – Signs of Spring


First Signs of Spring at Cozy Acres
along the garden path.

First to be seen along my pathway are the white violets.

  Then these precious bells appear.

Last, but not least,
(really not even the last blooms that reappear)
are the purple violets.
These will continue to bloom long after the white violets and bells are gone.

Just one more, please
The spring bulbs need separating,
but I love them bright and compact.
The little bells grow in a row to the right of this picture.

Linking with Carole for Three on Thursday .

Hope is Still a Promise

from 2013, still true today.

First violets are white.

“And this hope is what saves us.
But if we already have what we hope for,
there is no need to keep on hoping.”
Romans 8:24

Faith is a power, and Hope is a promise.
For Hope is always about that which is yet to come;
never about what we currently possess.
Faith reaches into the future
and brings into the present
a borrowed power that enables us
to live today in the strength of tomorrow;
to posses this earth with heaven in mind;
to live in the presence of the “not yet.”
But Hope differs in this regard:
it knows what is promised,
even though it cannot see it,
and though it will never lay hold of it
until the day it actually arrives —
Hope holds firm without wavering.
Faith is for this world;
Hope is for the next.
There will be no need for Faith
in Heaven once we are there,
so we should spend all that we have while we are here.
But our Hope will pay off huge on That Day
when we cross the threshold of Time into Eternity
and see what our hearts have only imagined.
Hope is a promise
that holds our hearts forward to a better day,
that lifts us above the present darkness of a bad stretch
and keeps us buoyant in the midst of turbulence and trouble.
But sometimes Hope flags in the face of delays;
and Hope deferred can make the heart sick.
Thus weakened with soul-sickness,
our hearts may lose their grip on what is promised;
our Hope may fade
and our passion to keep a forward view
can diminish in the dusk of uncertain turns.
That’s when Love steps in to lift Hope back on its feet
— for Love never fails.

For we are saved by hope:
but hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth,
why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:24-25

Hope . . . Today

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A Happy Life

Isaiah 26:3-4
You will guard him and keep him
in perfect and constant peace whose mind
[both its inclination and its character]
is stayed on You,
because he commits himself to You,
leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.
So trust in the Lord
(commit yourself to Him,
lean on Him,
hope confidently in Him) forever;
for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock
[the Rock of Ages].
Amplified Bible

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A happy life is not built up of tours abroad and pleasant holidays,
but of little clumps of voilets noticed by the roadside,
hidden away almost so that only those can see them
who have God’s peace and love in their hearts;
in one long continuous chain of little joys,
little whispers from the spiritual world,
little gleams of sunshine on our daily walk.
Edward Wilson

January 11 – Today’s thought – Lead on Softly

jan8 003White Violets don’t mind the cold.

Good Morning

This morning I am thinking of some who have suffered losses and are learning to walk a new way alone, and some who are starting on a new journey together. No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord — in the valley –on the mountain top.   He said, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Go with God, Today

Genesis 33:12-14
And he (Esau) said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

And he (Jacob) said unto him,(Esau) My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness
for the cattle and the children!
He would not allow them to be over driven even for one day.
He would not lead on according to what a strong man
like Esau could do and expected them to do,
but only according to what they were able to endure.
He knew exactly how far they could go in a day;
and he made that his only consideration
in arranging the marches.
He had gone the same wilderness journey years before,
and knew all about the roughness and heat and length,
by personal experience.
And so he said,
“I will lead on softly.”
“For ye have not passed this way heretofore.” Joshua 3:4

We have not passed this way heretofore,
but the Lord Jesus has.
It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us,
but He knows it all by personal experience.
The steep bits that take away our breath,
the stony bits that make our feet ache so,
the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted,
the rushing rivers that we have to pass through–
Jesus has gone through it all before us.
“He was wearied with his journey>”
Not some, but all the many waters went over Him,
and yet did not quench His love.
He was made a perfect Leader by the things which He suffered.
“He knoweth our frame, He remembereth that we are dust.”
Think of that when you are tempted to question
the gentleness of His leading.

He is remembering all the time;

and not one step will He make you take beyond
what your foot is able to endure.
Never mind if you think it will not be able
for the step that seems to come next;
either He will so strengthen it that it shall be able ,
or He will call a sudden halt,
and you shall not have to take it at all.
~~Frances Ridley Havergal.

Taking it slow. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Wordless Wednesday — Promise of Spring

Wordless Wednesday — ssshhh……

Join with other Wordless Ones.

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