If August had an official flower, I think it might be the sunflower.

They stand tall.. stretching for the sun… bravely holding their seedy heads high.

As our days grow shorter and the sun sinks lower in the sky each day, the sunflowers with rays of brilliant yellow brighten our spirits.

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How is it that we see emotion in the sunflowers?

Do you think we just might be transferring our feelings?

I know, it’s a crazy thought, but we anthropomorphize animals and birds all the time, so I guess doing that with flowers isn’t too far-fetched.

Maybe we see happiness in a cheery sunflower because of the pleasure we have in our hearts for our Creator God and the works of His hand.

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. . . . [These] are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the ocean.

~ Jonathan Edwards

 

When we spend time in nature… in full awareness of God… we find ourselves worshiping Him.  And in those sacred moments… we are complete… it’s pure bliss. 

 

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You will teach me the right way to live.
    Just being with you will bring complete happiness.
    Being at your right side will make me happy forever.

Psalm 16:11

 

Our time spent in nature is no substitute for spending time with God in His word and in prayer… but I believe that it is a necessary addition.  God created these beauties for His glory and our pleasure.  He wants us to step away from the tasks of the day… even if it’s to gaze into our gardens to delight in the works of His hands… so that we can find our joy in Him and worship Him.

 

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It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks in community is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God…

  1. that Your goodness and mercy never quit.
  2. for Your amazing creation and how it makes my heart sing your praises.
  3. for showing me how to cut down on the peskiness of yellow jackets at the hummingbird feeder.
  4. two priceless hours of chatting and laughter with my dear friend.
  5. a crazy unexpected blessing.
  6. for knowing YOU WILL make a way.
  7. for future grace… keep us strong as we wait on You.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Comments

  1. I love sunflowers! They are definitely happy flowers. Just seeing your gorgeous photos of the sunflowers makes me smile. This week I’m thankful I didn’t hit the tree branch across the road last night during a thunderstorm, our power coming back on within a few hours, that we found our scared and thankfully not too drenched cat in between downpours, 2 monarch caterpillars on our milkweed, great teachers for my kids, family, and friends. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    You know that I LOVE Sunflowers!!! They are a happy flower and bring smiles 🙂
    Dear God I am so grateful….
    l. for the times I experience your perfect peace….
    2. for the sweet 3yr old boy who crawled up on my lap and slept in my arms… Precious
    3. for the unexpected visit from my son and the 2 hour conversation we shared….
    4. for a Dear friend who prayed for me on the phone to be released from the bondage of fearfulness!
    5. for a fulfilling job…
    6. for witnessing the awesome answered prayers among my circle of friends, there have been many!
    7. for your Love,Patience,Guidence…

  3. 1. Sunflowers bring me joy. Especially the ones our Father plants. ( getting more and more rare) on a dry dry roadside do these pretty flowers nod hello as cars whiz by. My Dad loved these kind. There were several places in my folks’ hometown where they’d just grow🌻 So Dad and I would drive out with his “snippets” in the car–always ready to pick a new centerpiece!
    2. I saw a hummingbird on my orange bush
    3. My hubby comforts me although he has much much pain and many many health issues
    4. Another friend from high school is signing up for our weekly e-mail Bible Study!!! I had been asking God if I was hearing right to keep going when a late check in shares so sweetly and is new to our four year old group (but we all grew up together) and she has invited another of our friends we’d all wondered what happened to her!!! All within the hour of my question God answered!!!
    5. I have a Lord God whose love for me is steadfast. Oh how I love Him.
    6. I’m so very sad as my Mom is dying now.

  4. Babette Baker says:

    Diane:
    Thank you for the beautiful photos of the sunflowers they do make you happy 🙂

    1. I am thankful for being able to see all the beauty around me, pine trees, chipmunks, rabbits and flowers.
    2. Thankful for the time I spent helping my son work in his yard this week.
    3. Thankful for the time listening to Praise and Worship music while I organized some things in my room.
    4. Thankful for God reminding me that He will Provide even when I can’t see it.
    5. Thankful for the time I get to spend watching I Love Lucy videos and laughing.
    6. Thankful for my little dog Cindy Loo Who, who keeps me company each day and listens to me talk.
    7. Thankful for Gods healing touch over my Aunt after she had her kidney removed.
    God Bless you Diane. I will keep you in my prayers, God has a Good plan for you and your hubby. He will make a way when there seems to be no way!
    Hugs
    Babette Baker

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