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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday – A Gentle Landing

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with Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage

lantana

I love lantana...each little blossom looks like a mini bouquet...and it thrives well during these hot Georgia summers...

With these scorching summers, come scattered afternoon thunderstorms...

We had a rather strong storm earlier in the week with heavy winds and pounding hail...I came up from the dungeon to survey the damage outside...

From the front door everything looked fine...drenched certainly...but we had needed the rain...

As I peered out the back door at the flowers on the deck, the overturned geraniums on the table were pushed up against the railing...they would be battle scarred, but would survive...

However, the large pot of lantana that was hanging off the side of the railing...was not there...where in the world...

My eyes glanced downward to the deck floor...

My lantana was sitting there...upright...with no signs of damage...

I called my son to come see...

“It looks like someone just picked up the pot

and set it down on the deck.”

Well...I didn’t quite know what to think about that...

But then He whispered...

“That’s what I’m doing during the storms of your life...while the rain pounds...the lightning crackles...and the winds overturn everything around you...I hold on to you...pick you up...and gently place you upright on solid ground...you may not see Me...you may not feel Me...you may not even hear My voice...but I am here...I never leave...

BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God,

be merciful and gracious to me,

for my soul takes refuge

and finds shelter and confidence in You;

yes, in the shadow of Your wings

will I take refuge and be confident

until calamities and destructive storms

are passed.

Psalm 57:1 AMP




23 thoughts:

Lynn said...

Oh Karen,

I absolutely loved this post. And, those flowers are amazing. I love flowers and this is the first time I have seen these.

Thank you for sharing your photo and the story. Thank you for honoring our Jesus. Love and hugs, Lynn

Tammi said...

Oh my! This was just wonderful! Totally on-time. The Lord knew I needed to "hear" (read) this tonight too! :o) I remember playing "Til the Storm Passes By" for my Granny to sing...and your post reminded me of that song. "Keep me safe 'til the storm passes by." Thank you so much! And I'm so glad that your BEAUTIFUL flowers are going to be okay. :) God is so good!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful analogy to the Lord picking us up in the storms of life. How thankful I am for that too.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Mildred said...

What a comforting verse you have shared today Karen! God bless you this day.

Lynda Young said...

Beautiful and true!!
He is our protector. He will shelter us from the storms.

Rocks said...

wow..

Thank you for the post, I hope it will encourage everyone who reads it..like me :)

Isn't it amazing how God loved us??? and keep us safe in every storm..

Hallelujah!!!

God Whispers said...

Thank God His mercies are new every morning.......

Beautiful plant the Lantana. Probably would do well down here in Fl. as well. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

godsown said...

We serve an AMAZING GOD and to know He cares and protects us constantly!
Love your post and the picture of the Lantana flowers...

Blessing
Bernice

Nana Jul said...

Yes indeed, that's exactly what He does in the midst of the storms! He's our shelter, strong tower, rescuer! Praise the LORD!!
What a great picture - and word picture too!
Love,
Julie

Joan said...

Karen - I love this. He is our shelter in the storm who indeed sets us on solid ground.

The lantana is beautiful.

Blessings,
Joan

Deborah Ann said...

Oohh, beautiful! God kept your lantana in safe keeping, just like He does with you.

I never heard of this kind of flower before, it's gorgeous!

Sandy said...

Always beside us, carrying us
along, loving us. What a wonderful
God we serve.
It's always so good to come here
and be encouraged.
I also enjoy lantana.
Blessings,
Sandy

LaughingLady said...

Beautiful post. What a wonderful, gentle reminder.

Brooke said...

that's beautiful. the flower, the story, his love and protection.

Whidbey Woman said...

Wow. That flower is amazingly beautiful. I have never been to Georgia before, or anywhere in the South for that matter.
Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with us today. Happy Thankful Thursday!

daylily777 said...

Beautiful post , It really spoke to me today.
Hugs & Blessings,
~Myrna

Peggy said...

Blessings precious Karen and your beautiful bouquets of "latana". Never have seen those sweet blossom & with all your wonderful descriptive words...you forgot to say anything about their fragrance!!! But yours my friend...is a sweet fragrance of Christ!!! I'm glad that He held you & your outside surroundings in tact.

Amazing God's care! for even keeping pots unturned.

I love how you blessed us once more with your grateful heart but I truly LOVE when you share what God whispers... so beautifully!!!

I'm so thankful for you and that's the reason I came by to thank God for you today (& Lynn & SUM too)!

LisaShaw said...

Karen, this is BEAUTIFUL! We belong to and serve an amazing Abba Father!

How beautiful HE whispered to your heart in that very loving and reassuring way that only our GOD can do.

Thank you for sharing! Love you and praying for you and your family.

Joan Davis said...

What an encouraging post! I love the comparison you made - "I hold on to you...pick you up...and gently place you upright on solid ground..." Praise God that He is always with us, especially in the storms!

Living for Him, Joan

luvmy4sons said...

Such a great object lesson! Love it! Oh thank goodness He helps us land safely. THAT does NOT change no matter our circumstances. Blessings!

Barbara said...

That is wonderful and I am so happy to rejoice with you and share my Thankful Thursday with you too, stop by my blog and see all our blessings, hugs my friend

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes I love lantana? flowers, could not get mine to grow....love your analogy!

Denise said...

I loved this, thanks for sharing. Jesus is rooted so deeply in you sis. I love you.

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