“Do not be overly concerned about your defects. Instead concentrate on having an unceasing love for Jesus, and you shall be much forgiven, because you have loved much. (Luke 7:47). However, we need to be aware of the tendency to seek the good feelings and selfish thrills of love (which are the by-products of love) instead of love itself. We can so easily deceive ourselves on this matter.”
– François Fénelon, 17th century Archbishop and spiritual advisor to courtiers of Louis XIV.
I’m so thankful for spring! Where I live spring comes early – crocuses and daffodils popping up in February, sometimes even late January. My seven year old daughter Megan says she likes spring because the flowers bloom and there are Easter Egg hunts on Easter. And since Easter is my favorite holiday of the year because our Lord arose on that day, this is always a joyful time of year for me. I hope it is for you as well.
And so we should have a few favorite springtime quotes:
“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Nerud
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare
“The front door to springtime is a photographer’s best friend.” – Terri Guillemets
“The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”
– Song of Solomon, 2:12
Do you have a Christmas Cactus that never blooms at Christmas? Here’s the secret to GORGEOUS Christmas blooms:
This Christmas Cactus is the daughter of my mom’s plant – which is older than I am! She (the plant, not my mom) had a habit of blooming every few years or so in odd times like July. I’d read they need to be ignored in an attic or cellar to prompt blooming, but I never had the heart to force mine into dormancy until a few years ago. I did a little research, gave her a shot of Miracle Gro on the day after Thanksgiving, and banished her to my garage for the month of December, watering only a little bit once or twice a week. Voila! Buds started to form. I brought her back in and gave her nice, warm sunshine – and the buds did nothing. Back to the garage! This time the buds grew. I didn’t bring her back in until the first flower bloomed.
Now she’s happy as a clam and blooms away every Christmas! It turns out Christmas Cacti need 13 hours of darkness at temps between 50 and 70 degrees F to be prompted into blooming.
Go figure. If you did that to me, well, let’s just say blooming’s the last thing I’d think of doing.
After the blooms drop off, I give her a pruning haircut to stimulate thicker growth and more blooms for next year, and I’ll send her to the garage again next Thanksgiving!
Lord, let me never forget to give thanks for all Your kindness! I don’t deserve it, yet You’ve blessed me with fabulous family and friends, a wonderful church, and especially the gift of salvation through Your Son’s sacrifice on my behalf. Let me never forget to honor You!
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, His love endures forever!” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
“In everything give thanks!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks to the God of heaven.” – Psalm 136:26
“Give thanks to the Lord of lords, His love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:3
“Enter hHs gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to
Him and praise His name!” – Psalm 100:4
“Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains.” – Genesis 49:26
“I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” – 1 Corinthians 9:23“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2