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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure ~ The Greatest

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ TreasureThe photo challenge this week is Treasure. 

I treasure the necklace my husband gave me on our tenth wedding anniversary.  It reminds me of the love we share. 

However, knowing Jesus loves me is above all else.  He is my greatest treasure.

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you
John 15:9

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From The Daily Post

© Sue Nash/ 2014

No Greater Love ~ Matchless Valentine

Original was a yellow rose, but I changed it to B&W with rosy shading

Original was a yellow rose, but I changed it to B&W and added rosy shading

Unique
The rarest treasure
Supreme
Beyond all measure

Destined
For Calvary’s tree
Selfless
  Paid our penalty

Yielded
Our sins to cover
Willing
For friends and brothers

Endured
Cruel agony
Offered
Life for you and me

Open
Always room for more
Hoping
Lost sheep to restore

God’s love
None greater than Thine
Matchless
Is this Valentine

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13
ESV

© Sue Nash/ 2014

Click here to see last year’s Valentine’s Day post

Melt My Heart ~ For What Matters To God

Frozen Melt

Frozen Melt

Melt my heart for the things that matter to You

Frozen Tears

Frozen Tears

May my tears for lost souls never freeze

Iced Over

Iced Over

Or my concern for those in need ever ice over

Snowy Cross

Snowy Cross

May my love for You, Lord, never wax cold

Chilly Layer

Chilly Layer

Or my anguish for revival become stifled under a chilly layer of complacency.

Melting

Melting

Melt my heart for the things that matter to You

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“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Matthew 24:12
NLT

Sue Nash/2014

A Tribute to Lucy, My Friend

Day lilies were Lucy's signature plant  ~ this yellow color is one of the first she shared with me

Day lilies were Lucy’s signature plant ~ this yellow color is one of the first she shared with me

*I lost a treasure this week.  My ninety-six year old best friend went to heaven last Saturday.

When I met Lucy several years ago, it started as me thinking that I would spend time with an elderly widowed neighbor; instead, she instantly became one of the dearest friends I have ever had.  She was confidant, mentor, gardening instructor and friend.

Lucy taught me that a person is not determined by age; the real person is on the inside and that doesn’t change by growing old.

I already miss her, but am very happy for her.  She is finally home with her loving husband of over fifty years, her only child and beloved daughter, and all her other family and friends.  Most importantly, she is in the arms of her Savior, whom she both loved and served faithfully. 

This poem is written as a tribute to her. 

Lucy, My Friend

Why did you have to be
So perfect and so sweet,
Those many years ago
When at first, our hearts did meet?

 I knew that at your age
Your years left could be few.
That losing you would hurt;
Was risky, befriending you.

 But I could not resist
Your love, it drew me in;
Your gentle ways, they beckoned,
And calmed my fears within.

 We shared countless visits,
Sipping cups of brewed tea;
Swapping many a tale,
Quietly, reminiscing.

 More often times than not,
Our stories made us cry,
But we’d end up with a laugh
Before we bid goodbye.

 And no matter the day,
No matter what the storm,
Your door, it stayed open;
Your friendship, always warm.

 Yet, not only was your home
A welcome mat for friends;
The flowers in your yard,
Caused your blessings to extend.

 Your gift of gardening,
Of sharing what you grew,
Has left a part of you
With everyone you knew.

 With every passing spring
Or summer’s warmth anew
Each day lily that blooms
Reminds us all of you.

 Though we will miss you so,
Hope springs like violets blue.
For in heaven things won’t fade,
But will be forever new.

 One day we will join you,
Up there on streets of gold,
And Him whose face you’ve seen,
Our eyes will too behold.

 Together, we’ll rejoice,
Of pain and sorrows free,
We’ll dance ‘mid rows of roses
You’ve grown for us to see.

 How you lived while on earth
Only God did measure,
But what you left in our hearts
Is a priceless treasure.

 Tho’ losing you brought tears,
I have a joy un-end;
Knowing while down here below,
You chose to call me friend.

Sue Nash/2014

This English dogwood plant will always be special, because I tried transplanting one from Lucy several times before one finally made it

This English dogwood plant will always be special, because I tried transplanting one from Lucy several times before this one finally made it

For more of my poetry, see Poetry Corner

 

 

The Loving Eyes of My Grace

Snippets of RainI am your God;
I am with you.
I have not left you to flounder on your own.

I am here;
I am always for you.
I am ever by your side.

Trust in My presence.
Keep your eyes on Me.
Look fully into the loving eyes of My grace.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
ESV


Avoiding Disappointment With Love That Never Fails

Sue Nash/2013

One of my cloud reflections photos ~ Sue Nash/2013

I have much yet to learn.
I lose heart too quickly.
I allow assumptions to wreck my emotions too rapidly. 
I let disappointment sink my hope too easily.

I keep my disappointment cup too full.  Then, it only takes one extra drop to cause the hurt to spill out all over again.

I purpose in my heart to believe in God’s promises and His power to fulfill them.
To remember all He has done and has yet to do.
To run to Him when disappointment pounds at my heart’s door.
To cling to the Lord and let love teach me to believe.

To let God replace the hurt inside my disappointment cup with love.

Avoiding Disappointment With Love That Never Fails

Endure gracefully
Assume rarely
Hope unwaveringly
Conclude cautiously

Embrace willingly
Engage softly
Forgive quickly
Trust wholeheartedly
Pray fervently
Love always

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Love…
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:7,8

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Have you ever thought you were staying strong in believing for something only to find your hopes dashed to the ground in disappointment?  Allow God to empty your cup of disappointment and replace the lies of the enemy with His love.

Prayer:
Father, please forgive me for all too easily allowing my circumstances or false assumptions deceive me into losing hope.  Help me to learn to run into Your arms of mercy and love whenever disappointment tries to overtake.  Teach me to let love be my guide, as I quietly wait for You to intervene.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

For more of my poetry, see Poetry Corner

Fireworks Explosion ~ Faith, Hope, Love

Triplets

Triplets

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13  NLT

The triplet fireworks reminded me of the occurrences in Scripture of the number three.  Click photo to enlarge.

For more of my fireworks posts, see Fireworks Explosion.

Sue Nash/2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says ~ Watermelon Anyone?

No words needed

No words needed

An old fence can double as a sign.  Come summer in the Deep South, nothing quenches a thirst quite like an ice-cold, juicy red watermelon.  A locally grown one is the best.

This photo was one that I took of a painted watermelon sign, which graces the front of a produce stand once owned by my grandparents.  They grew their own crops, and then sold them to locals or anyone else interested in fresh produce.  It is the same store where my dad once pumped gas, since the fruit stand was also one of those original types of full service stations; the kind where you could stay in your car while the attendant fueled it, then also cleaned the windows and checked under the hood.  Where, long after the gas finished filling, you leisurely conversed over local happenings.

It is also the produce stand where one day my mother pulled up, riding as a passenger in the car with her brother; a day in which my dad was the one tending the pumps.  As the story goes, as soon as he laid eyes upon her, he knew that he was going to marry her.  The only thing standing in his way was convincing her!  Fortunately, that didn’t take long, and fifty plus years later they were still in love until dad left earth for heaven.  Some might argue chance, but God clearly orchestrated this fruit stand encounter.

My grandparents sold off the portion of the land that housed the store, because it got too hard for them to garden.  The current owner does not grow what he sells, but does try to offer regional yields.  I have never asked him about the story behind the watermelon painting, but as you can tell, it has been there for some time.

Some signs need no words, and instantly convey a message.  I doubt many even notice this old weather worn watermelon sign as they zip past the produce stand.  Fewer stop in to buy the locally grown produce, preferring instead the convenience and lower prices of larger supermarkets.  The watermelon sign probably shone in its younger years and drew in crowds of thirsty customers, but now cowers unnoticed underneath the shade of nearby oak trees.

I cannot help but notice it, though, for its message speaks of more than just juicy melons.  It instantly sends me back in time.  To when what could have been just another gas stop, or a grocery purchase, birthed a love story that spanned generations.  For me, this old watermelon sign communicates a message involving a huge piece of my heart.

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Do you have a sign or some memorabilia that evokes special memories?  Do you have a story of how God intervened in your life by orchestrating your path?  I’d love to hear of it. 

Blessings, always.
Sue/2013

This weeks photo challenge by The Daily Post

Progression to Beauty ~ God’s Perfecting Work in Us

The budding phase

The budding phase

When we get saved, God starts the process of perfecting us into His image.  It is a gradual, lifelong progression until we get to heaven, where our lives will then shine with the light of His glory.

I thought of this perfecting process when I took these photos of a magnolia flower, gradually opening over a period of days.  Our tendency is to try to rush God’s perfecting of our character; we want instant results and get disappointed in ourselves when we mess up.  He sees the finished product already.  He knows that what He starts in us will one day result in a work of splendid beauty.  Because of Christ in us, He will perfect that which concerns us. (Psalm 138:8)  May you rest in comprehending this truth as you view the photos. 

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4: 18

Just starting to open

Just starting to open

Sprouting forth

Sprouting forth

Opening up

Opening up

Fully opened

Nearly opened ~ this one is my favorite!

Glorious opening

Glorious beauty

God is the finisher of our faith.  Like me, do you struggle with fully accepting that your life has beauty?  I pray that we each remember His perfecting work in us.  Even though we mess up, and don’t see how anything good can come from our lives, God already sees us as His prized work of perfection. 

Blessings, always

I’d appreciate the feedback about the photos!  Thanks.

Sue Nash/ 2013

Never Give Up ~ God Never Does

Snippets of Rain

I can do anything

In any life

At any moment

Never give up on anyone

I never do

Believe Me!

It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14

We are not at all as patient and merciful as God. He waits on us, puts up with us and is always willing to leave the 99 in search of the one lost sheep.
Thank You, Father, for loving the one. Thank you for loving me, one who was one!