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Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

This week the challenge was to take the flower we created from last week and add it to a bouquet.

Here is last week’s flower – a carnation.

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Isaiah 40:8

And this week here is my bouquet.

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Of course I had to look up verses about flowers. I thought about the short life of cut flowers. Even though I kept this bouquet for 2 weeks using ice cubes they still died. Our enjoyment of them is fleeting.

I thought then about life and how fleeting it is too.

O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am (Ps 39:4, ESV)!

Being Easter week this tied all together. Death/Life

Here is a poem I wrote about Easter

Choose Life

We have a choice, not like the flower
We were doomed to die – the end
But by God’s grace,
Jesus made a way for us to live – the beginning
In Jesus we have the way
– an open door to life
– salvation through grace
Jesus died – but rose again
To open that door for us
To be with God forever.
That’s the Gospel – The Good News of Easter

Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).

Flowers cannot choose. We can. It will involve decisions and life changes and making right choices.

It reminds me of a song we sang last year in VBS – Choose Jesus. Here it is for you to enjoy.

I am joining Creative Tuesdays – please drop over and see other art pieces with this theme.

I also joined Paint Party Friday for the first time today.

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Flowers cannot choose. We can. Choose Life. (click to tweet)

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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FOOD FROM THE FIELD

Food from the Field

Yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure to pick up my first foodbox of the harvest. I joined a food farm co-operative this summer and each week we receive a portion of the bounty from the fields.

When we arrived at the farm we couldn’t locate the farmer (it was our first time and we had forgotten to bring a bag or box!). We followed voices that we heard from behind the farmhouse. There in the field my farmer friend and her farmer husband tried in vain to round up their lambs.

Watching the lambs scamper up and down the hills reminded me of how we humans follow each other and not the Shepherd. We ask for advice from friends instead of seeking God’s.

How easy it is to follow man’s advice – to do the normal thing, to be one of the crowd. Remember how in the book of Job, Job asked advice from three of his friends. Then Job said:

“But my brothers are fickle as a gulch in the desert
— one day they’re gushing with water
From melting ice and snow
cascading out of the mountains,
But by midsummer they’re dry,
gullies baked dry in the sun” (Job 15, The Message).

It reminded me, too, of Craig Groeschel’s book Weird, how Normal isn’t Working.

Can we, as Christians, be different from the crowd?

Choosing to buy from a local farmer is, for me, choosing to be different. The amount of produce is uncertain – as all depends on God.

The quality may not be supermarket perfect (protected with pesticides or waxed or shelf-life extended) but neither are we. And yet everything belongs to God and He considers us special.

That night as I returned with my bounty, I joyfully washed my greens and cut my radishes; extruded my garlic; washed the kale and the garlic tops; washed and cut the strawberries and rhubarb. Then I stir-fried my kale and baked my garlic tops; and baked a strawberry-rhubarb crumble for dessert.

What a feast we had as we added only rainbow trout and beans!

As I set the table with the flowers from the farmers’ field I felt blessed to be a part of God’s creation.