Petals Of Promise: The Branch

tumblr_lr9h4t9tgr1qhhm8co1_400Dedicated to Hope, swing on the branch while he tickles your toes

The Branch

You give me reason to dream.

In the warmth of your cloistered garden, I listen for the sound of your footsteps.

I am tethered to your trunk, the one true vine whose wood is better than any tree in the forest.

It is your father, my gardener, who prunes back last year’s cane growth for new buds to form.

You keep watch over me from heaven.

It is His vision of my shape in your kingdom come.

My barren branch spurs with your love.

Thirsty for your water, I can become like a wild branch whose leaves wither and produce no fruit.  My roots reach into the dampened darkness in search of your love.  My branches turn toward your light and my boughs support healthy clusters of leaves.  At your feet, the heavens grace my leaves with glistening dew.  At your command, the winds direct the eagle to soar and rest it’s wings of power upon my fragile branch.

Apart from you I bear no worth. I am the branch that remains in you. This year’s growth will yield delicate blossoms in light of Your time.  Eternally linked to you, I produce clusters of goodness.  Good soil and abundant water produce in me sweet, delicate fruit. I am created with the desire to live under the shade of your provision. You give joy and purpose to my life.  You are planning a celebration that will quench all who thirst for the full measure of your love.  Your own lips await the cup of your promise.

I will feast with you on the tender grapes and aged wine of your righteousness.

You give me reason to dream.

Genesis 40:9, Genesis 49:11, ,John 15:1, Ezekiel 15:2, Psalm 80:16, Isaiah 24:7, Jeremiah 2:21,Ezekiel 17:6,Zechariah 8:12, Ezekiel 17:7, John 15:5, John 15:4, Genesis 40:10, Ezekiel 17:8, ,Jonah 4:6, Psalm 104:15, Romans 15:29, Matthew 26:29
Inspired in “Tea Time” Prayer Group

It’s a Day to Celebrate: Another Birthday!

Image found at: enlightenedwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/06/footprints-in-sand.html


Image found at: enlightenedwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/06/footprints-in-sand.html

Today,January 18 (My Blog was on the wrong time zone!)  Hope, my oldest daughter is 24 years old. What an amazing young woman in her faith, her perseverance and her loyalty. I am so proud of her, and not in the least bit, biased in any way! At some point in high school, Hope ran across the poem, Footprints in the Sand, and it became very special to her. We’ve spent a lot of time at the beach as a family, so the scene with her Jesus is a place very near and dear to her heart! I found this new version recently, and so I share it with you, to honor her and celebrate her 24 birthday. We moms are very partial to our children’s birthdays. It’s a celebration of the day you gave birth to their life. Amazing gift in the depth, width and breadth of love.

FootPrints: Revised

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns.

For much of the way it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s soon, paralleling His consistently.

You and Jesus are walking as true friends!
This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens.

Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for miles of your life, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.

Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one.

This goes on for what seems a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back.
This time is seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.

You are amazed and shocked. Just short of despair, you dream ends.

Now you pray:

Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian. I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.

“That is correct.”

“And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your Steps, following You very closely.”

Very good. You have understood everything so far.”

When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.”

“Precisely.”

“So, Lord, was there a regression or something? What did I do wrong? The footprints separated and this time it was much worse than at first.”
There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.

“You didn’t know? It was then that we danced.”

Author Unknown: (If you know, please let me know 🙂

Hope, always remember you were made to dance with your Lord. I love you more than you can ever, ever, ever imagine, mom

Hope, 2.5 years old at the Beach

Special Dedication! Happy Birthday Dear Lu! It’s Celebration Day!

Dedicated to the dear love and devotion Lu, you have poured over me since you were 14 years old and I was a little bit of a premature nothing! Thank you for everything you are to me in my sister and then some more. . .and more. . .and more. I don’t know what I’d do without you 😉 Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday! I love you!

If I could, dear Lucie, this is what I would do for you today. . .

Before you wake, I would place sweet camilla’s on your pillow next to your sleepy head.

 

 

 

 

Good Morning! Here is your wake up coffee with a heart of sister love!

 

 

 

 

First thing, you get to cuddle a new little puppy, and you don’t have to keep it. Just start the day with puppy love!

 

 

 

 

We go for an early morning stroll in my flower garden and you pick your favorites to put on your kitchen table.

 

 

 

 

Time to get moving into your day, We get into your brand new car and go for a drive in country!

 

 

 

 

Then we go for a small morning tea birthday party (we know you need your afternoon nap), set for a princess of our High King.

 

 

 

 

 

After high tea, we go for a little nature ride! The adventurous you is just begging to get outside and find some fun! You see, touch and feed one of your favorite animals! A giraffe.

 

 

 

 

 

Your are wilting around the edges, so we stop for a long afternoon nap and there is a candle waiting on your bedside table to lead you into sweet dreams of London memories!

 

 

 

 

 

When you wake, we are all hungry and have been busy planning a surprise pizza party!  No worries, we took all the calories OUT!

 

 

 

 

Now it’s sweet evening and we hop, skip and jump to the beach for our afternoon walk.

 

 

 

 

 

Your feet are warm from the sand, so you sit by the pool the cool them off. (Little do you know, Jesus is washing your sweet feet. You always have had the prettiest feet in the family)

 

 

 

 

 

On the way upstairs after a FULL day, we see an eagle soaring and wonder at the gift of his presence at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside for the day, we take you out on the balcony where we host an evening party (you party animal you!) with a few of your most intimate friends! Hope we did not leave anyone out!

 

 

 

 

Then we decorate a Christmas tree all for you on your birthday so you could put the angel on top! However, much to the despair of all your many, many,many guests. . .You and I get in a tug of war about who’s turn it is to put the angel on the top! (I thought you had outgrown such childish behaviors since you ARE the older, more mature sister!) Then, just before we tore her dress, I gave in and let you win. (Only because it is YOUR birthday!) And up she went, great job sis!

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddle time with Don on the sofa. You look radiate from the celebration. But, don’t fall asleep yet! The best is yet to come. . .

 

 

 

 

I bring out your little birthday gift, I made you a Fall birthday cake, all by myself (well, with the girls help!) Instead of singing Happy Birthday, we sing Christmas Carols to you in December, just for our Mother’s “pleasure!” (Bah, Hum Bug, she use to say to Christmas in November!)

 

 

 

 

Sugar high and all, you fall into bed, ready for a good night’s sleep with dreams of castles . . .

 

 

 

 

But there is one gift left, from your Heavenly Father: Light as a feather, you do not even know you have it on. . .His crown for you. He is always before you and you will not be shaken with His hand at your right side.

 

 

 

 

 

For your last and final gift, I strongly considered. . .yes, giving you a cruise for your birthday, but when your guests heard. . . they ALL wanted to go along, so. . .you will be relieved to know. . . I opted out of a repeat of the Titanic adventure this year!

 

 

 

 

Sister to Sister love on your very, special day! Wish I was there with you! Forever Yours, twe