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Friday, November 6, 2009

MY CROWN OF THORNS....

I did this post 2 years ago...and felt the need to post it again for this
PINK SATURDAY, hosted by our lovely BEVERLY over at HOW SWEET THE SOUND....
Thank you, Beverly, for hosting this pinkest of days...
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Some very good friends in our church group gave this CROWN OF THORNS plant to me several years ago.
It was soooo tiny....planted in a small butter tub.
I've kept it in a sunny, Southern window, watered when dry, fertilized lightly so as not to burn it and FINALLY, it has a few, little tiny red flowers with light PINK centers on it. And, right here near the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, too. I just love that!!
This all just serves as a reminder about our relationship with God. The more we care for it, the more it grows into something so beautiful....BUT...we DO have to nurture it in the same sweet way we care for other things in our lives.

Just look at those wicked thorns !! They always make me think of the CROWN OF THORNS our sweet Jesus wore and it reminds me of all HE went thru for you and for me. ...

Are you are like I am?......I cry every time I think about the pain and suffering HE endured...just for us. I am so thankful.
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Such tiny little flowers and such HUGH thorns....I wonder if I keep putting it in a larger pot if it will continue to grow larger and larger; like the way HE puts us in different places in our lives that make us grow stronger in HIS spirit.
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Every thing I've read about this pretty plant says the flowers will be tiny in size and few in number; like the Christians of God's great world.

We are growing in number by leaps and bounds. It just thrills me to death each time I see a new bloom on my plant.....; the same feeling you get when you see a new Christian being born in the love of God.

I have the urge to give this plant twice the fertilizer it should have so there will be many more of the beautiful, red and pink flowers. I'm afraid I'll kill it, tho, so I try to refrain from using too much. Just like when I want to PUSH someone towards God but I know if I take it slow and easy, it will happen, through the Glory of God.
I do love this plant, thorns and all.......
I do love our Saviour, through the good times and through the bad.

I love all of you, too!
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My thankfulness today, in keeping with 30 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING......

GOD is always with me, even when I don't think HE is !!

48 comments:

Kelly Howard said...

I love your thoughts here. Really needed to hear this...thank you!

Connie said...

I couldn't make it through my life without Him, sugar. He blesses me beyond belief.

xoxo,
Connie

Shelia said...

HI Dear BJness! Oh, what a beautiful analogy! I've never seen one of these plants and I love how you've compared it with our Dear Lord Jesus and His love for us.
Thanks for sharing this!
Blessings,
Shelia :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hello Sweet BJ!
Happy Pink Saturday!
I thank you for sharing your beautiful plant with us, and your beautiful heart. I've never seen one of these plants. I will have to research them. I love your comparison.

Please stop by and say hi. I love to have you visit.

Country hugs and love, Sherry

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a beautiful post. I've never seen the plant before...the thorns are really something. Thank you for a peaceful moment in my evening.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

AMEN to that BJ...he is my far the most important man I have ever had in my life...My heart is very heavy today so I loved reading this my dear friend...Love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, that is an absolutey beautiful post, and I'm so glad you shared it with us for Pink Saturday! I love Him, too, and yes, I cry when I think of the magnitude of what He did for us. I am also rendered speechless. We serve an awesome God and an awesome Jesus...

Happy Pink Saturday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sandi McBride said...

Sweet BJ...what a blessing of a post today...you come through when we need you...my mother's Crown of Thorns still resides in her window, right where she left it...
hugs
Sandi

Tootsie said...

you should link this to my Fertilizer Friday post too!!! I have always wanted one of these...they are hard to find here!

CC said...

What a beautiful lady you are..filled with love and compassion. Your family is very blessed to have such a wise, loving woman. Thank you for this post..I loved it.

Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful post! It was so beautifully said! I'm excited to be leaving on Thursday for a Christian 'seminar' (Walk to Emmaus). I love to hear how God moves and am so very excited for an opportunity to grow in Him!

Thanks again...it means so much!
L

Risa said...

Cute post! Thanks for sharing.

♥Mimi♥ said...

Oh, how lovely. You are such a blessing to me. You always make me smile or feel comfy or cozy when I pop over here to see what you are doing. Happy Pink Saturday - Happy Everything☺

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj...you bless my life! Just so you know...

Catharina Maria said...

Beautiful post !
Love from the Netherlands , Rini

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Oh BJ I like this post very much. How true everything is.

It is amazing and very thankful to be presented by something (a plant, a person, weather, etc.) which reminds us of how great He truly is.

Those thorns sure are huge. It made you think of pain, suffering, something that may be unbearable. But look at those flowers, small and yet beautiful - a what a reminder of how our life is too. Not everything is smooth sailing but if we see through open eyes, we will see the flowers and the beauty and purpose it brings amidst everything else :-)

Mizpah,
Li

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Dear BJ...What a beautiful post...but that is exactly what we know we get from one of the sweetest bloggers ever! Your belief so shines through all your posts...THANK You for sharing this!
Life is a blessing...and although we sometimes ask Him...why...to everything there is a reason...we are blessed! Hugs to you!

Tami said...

BJ..that was a really beautiful post today. It is amazing how a plant with so many giant thorns can have beautiful blooms. Thank you for sharing.
Enjoy the day!! Happy Pinks..xo Tami

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a beautiful post, bj. Thank you for sharing.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Carol

Couture de Papier said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

SmilingSally said...

BJ, I'm so glad you reposted this because I did not see it the first time around. Crown of thorns is a plant that always make me think of the cross, but you took the analogy even deeper! Thank you.

Llyn M said...

Have a ♥ filled Pink Saturday, and come on over to my blog and sign up for my giveaway!

dana said...

What a lovely post, BJ! I so enjoyed reading your words...they are a wonderful reminder, on this Pink Saturday, of what is really important in our life!

Have a great weekend. L, Dana

squawmama said...

Great post BJ... HAve a Blessed day my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Say It With Roses said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY, BJ
What a beautiful and inspiring post! I read it twice.
I have heard of this plant, but never saw one before...I know it will live on and on in your loving care!
Jil

Mary said...

This was a perfect post and a great reminder for all of us on this Pink Saturday. Thank you...Mary

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi BJ,
What a beautiful post! I love your illustration between our Lord and the plant. Great Pink Saturday post! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Pink Saturday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kathleen Grace said...

A lovely and thoughtful post BJ. I wish everyone could know what a joy it is to follow Christ:>)

Betty said...

This was an awesome post. Yes, it makes me cry when I try to even come close to imagining all that our sweet Jesus went through for us. Makes a reminder when some times I feel like giving up on something so much simpler.

Anita said...

Definitely worth the re-post...
Have a great weekend!

Really Rainey said...

I am blessed too... Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for that today BJ...

Also I wanted to tell you that I don't sell my soap... But I am doing a tutorial on how to make it... Because I cheat and make soap the easy way... I don't need a lot of dangerous ingredients and supplies... I use what is called "melt and pour soap" Then I just add the fun stuff like essential oils and exfoliant and package them up all pretty! I will do the tutorial on next week's Show and Tell Friday with a link on where to purchase the melt and pour soap... Its SO easy, if you can make muffins you can make soap. I just met this blogger, her name is Cindy and she does sell home Crafted soap:
http://therealsoapco.blogspot.com/

Have a good rest of the week end!
~Rainey~

Kathleen said...

What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing. Happy Pink
Saturday!

Mollye said...

Hi BJ What a wonderful way to enjoy a Pink Saturday by counting our blessings and our greatest of all the is our gift from those thorns. Hugs, Mollye

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This was beautiful BJ. I loved your analogy here. It really makes you wonder what that thorn of crowns was like, and I'm humbled over the fact that He willingly wore it and suffered death for me and my sins.
Blessings,
Marcia

Justine said...

What a beautiful post, BJ!!!! I'd love to see what the plant looks like now!

Justine :o )

Karrie said...

Happy Pink Saturday!
Thanks for sharing your plant and your words, I would love to have you visit.
♥´¨)
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Karrie♥

Theresa said...

Sweet posts! That plant is just precious, tiny flowers and long thorns:( Love your sweet spirit! Have a blessed day!

Stacey said...

BJ, what a wonderful post. We do have to nurture our relationship with God. That becomes more and more clear to me as I try to learn and understand. Thanks for the thoughts today.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Dear BJ, I have you down as a follower but I have not visited you lately. I don't know why. I guess I am just getting more on my list than I can visit. I am celebrating my birthday month by highlighting 2 of my followers each day and thank goodness I refound you. You are up for Sunday. So this has been a good thing. I have been blogging about a year and just finally get a few things through my noodle. Come on over for a visit. Blessings
QMM

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ, Thank you for the beauty and truth of this post. It was like having devotions! God bless you for your words and the way you glorify our Lord in this beautiful analogy. This has truely been a special visit!
A hug to you,
Yvonne

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweet friend, NO one will ever be able to tell me that prayer does not work. Today was a day I almost didn't know I had been so ill...and except for being weak..I almost felt normal! I am doing everything I am supposed to do. I have felt so comforted by you and every one. I think just getting back to being able to read my comments and catching up on your blog and other blogs has helped me.

This plant you have shown us today is so beautiful. Thank you for reposting it for me to see on this wonderful day. :)
Hugs and love,
Mona

Patricia said...

I have enjoyed my visit to your blog and Happy Pink Saturday. I hope you have a wonderful new week.

The Rustic Victorian said...

What a beautiful post and blog. May God continue to bless you.
Marcie

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

BJ! Thank you for this PERFECT POST! Have a great week, dear friend! Hugs, Coralie

Tara said...

BJ

beautiful thoughts!

Amy said...

When we first moved into this house, my MIL gave me a Crown of Thorns plant asa housewarming present. Mine is not as tall as yours, but the flowers on mine all alllll over the place....so many, I can't even count. (which surprises me, because I am not known for my skills with plants...lol Jesus took pity on me and blessed me with some flowers, eh?)

Lee said...

BJ,
Great post, great analogy.
Have a beautiful week full of thankful things!!!
Lee

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear BJ.

This is such a lovely post. We are so blessed to belong to our God.