351. What a desolate place would be a world without a flower!  It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. ~A.J. Balfour

Lord, help me to grow as the wildflowers grow
be it a meadow or a crack in the cement.
Despite the terrain, be it good or bad,
let me know I am there by intent.

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Instead of my sadly complaining within
regarding life’s rough terrain.
May my face, too, look upward to You
through seasons of drought and rain.

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Help me to bloom as the wildflowers bloom,
regardless of where I am placed;
wherever the spot You plant me, Lord,
let the air there be sweet with Your grace.

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Someday a tired pilgrim may stop to rest
from carrying his heavy load
And thank my Creator for placing me there
to brighten that spot on life’s road.
~Kitty Campbell

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In Texas this time of year, we are blessed with undulating swaths of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes. When we find the two blooming alongside one another, they indeed offer up a delectable feast and put a smile on our hungry faces.

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Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. ~Hebrews 13:2 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace!

19 thoughts on “351. What a desolate place would be a world without a flower!  It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. ~A.J. Balfour

  1. Beautiful, Natalie! My parents recently took a trip through Texas and saw the beautiful wildflowers that you highlighted in your post. Even my dad was impressed! 🙂

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  2. Happy images of beautiful flowers—the first blue flowers are blue bonnets correct? At first I thought it was larkspur—when we visited Oregon last summer, I really enjoyed the Indian Paint brushes—and even posted several images—I do love wild flowers—at our Callaway Gardens –a beautiful preserved area in mid west Ga, the hand of Lady Bird Johnson is present to this day with a myriad of wildflowers brought to the gardens by her generosity.
    Thank you always for sharing—cookie

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    • Yes, they are bluebonnets. The lighting of the photo makes them look a bit different. You are very welcome, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Yes what Lady Bird Johnson did about beautifying our country was a remarkable and lovely legacy. I’m going to write a post that includes her legacy soon. I pray you have a great week, Cookie. Hugs and love, N 🙂

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    • Well hello, Laurence! It’s always so good to hear from you. Thank you for the kind words about my post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Texas is not a place I would live by choice but it does have its charms and lovely moments at times. I pray you are well and that you have a splendiferous week, O story-telling sage of Australia. Cheers, Natalie 🙂

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      • Hello there Natalie, it’s great to hear from you. Your post deserves a lot of praise, I love wild flowers. We have vast areas of them in the outback after the rains come, one year I must make the journey at the right time. That’s right you’re a beach kinda gal aren’t you? I am feeling better than I have been recently, making a few minor changes with my blogging, prioritising my life and all that. So I’m doing okay. Sage. I like that, there’s a certain ring to it, thank you.
        Cheers
        Laurence.

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      • Oh, Laurence, I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling better. I figured you’d like the term sage when I came up with that moniker for you. There is a ring to it and it suits you very well, my lovely Australian friend. The next time you go visit the wildflowers of the outback be sure to take lots of pictures because I’d love to see them. In the meantime, O Sage of Australia, keep being good to yourself and getting better. Cheers and hugs, Natalie

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      • Thank you so much Natalie. Dare I say I’m a sage who knows his onions? 🙂 I’ll certainly do my best to capture the wildflowers, hmm, have to plan a trip. 🙂 I am feeling better, actually sang a few ditties today.
        Cheers
        The Sage. 🙂

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      • Oh I’d say you know your onions very well, Sir Sage. Singing? Oh my that is a good sign, Laurence!!! I’m so glad you’re feeling better and are able to sing about it. Take care and stay well O learned Sage. Hugs and cheers, Natalie 🙂

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      • It is a good sign, I was ‘Putting on the Ritz’ around the house all day. 🙂
        Sage indeed, I could also be a herb, hmm that’s going too far isn’t it?
        Cheers
        Laurie

        *sings* ‘Have you seen the well to do, walking down park Avenue?”

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      • Oh, I love it. Putting on the Ritz, huh?! Only we older folks would know that one. Did you have on a top hat and a cane??? Nah, herb doesn’t suit you at all. A bit too much on the wimpy side. You do make me chuckle Sir Laurence. Cheers, Natalie 🙂

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      • My sister and I used to do stage routines when we were little. I used a cane and an old hat then and did Burlington Berty. Nix on the herb moniker then. I’ve always liked entertaining people.
        Cheers
        Laurie.

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  3. I am so thankful you shared this post. I really needed to be reminded that the Lord has a purpose for us in every circumstance and chapter of our lives. This knowledge helps me to accept some things that have been hard for me to accept.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    • Oh you are so welcome, Theresa. I’m also dealing with some things that are hard to accept, so together we shall keep reminding ourselves about the Lord’s purposes for our lives. I pray that whatever it is you are dealing with reveals its purpose to you very soon. Hugs and blessings, Natalie 🙂

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