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{Beaching with the Girls}

Good Sunday afternoon everyone. I hope that you all are having a wonderful Sunday and that tomorrow, July 4th, that you enjoy your red, white and blues. I just returned from from a short getaway to Fernandina Beach with my three daughters and we had such a wonderful time. We had one shower of rain but needless to say, I was a drowned rat! But oh did it ever feel so good and I simply just give praise for the much needed rain and time away with the girls. I for sure got the biggest soaking but then I can't move as fast as my girls! LOL!  Web image We had a lovely meal at the Boathouse one evening. We had about an hour wait so we walked around the historic district for a bit and oh my! I found the cutest little Christmas ornament shop. I can't believe I did not take any pictures. Especially when I LOVE ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS.  There is nothing like the sound of the ocean and the clean salt air to me.  We had brunch one morning at Sliders and one can never go wrong with Grits and Shr

{SON-Flowers}


Don't you just love sunflowers? When I think about sunflowers I think of two things. My motherinlove who loved sunflowers and Fall.



I came across a devotional written by Julia Bettencourt on sunflowers and thought it so appropriate for today as I wanted to share my sunflowers with you.

Here's a few lessons we can learn from the sunflower. 

 Sunflowers Track The Sun.
 Most plants are attracted to light but the flowering head of the sunflower actually tracks the sun following it's path and moving toward where it is in the sky all during the day. I read somewhere that sunflowers track the sun when they are in bud stage. Isn't that how it usually goes for us as Christians? When we first come to know the Lord, we get excited about knowing all about Him and living for Him, but after awhile we sometimes grow a little preoccupied with other things and get our eyes off of the Lord. 

Wouldn't it be great if as a Christian we'd track the Son of God and follow Him all day long? No matter what was going on in our lives and throughout our day, we wouldn't take our eyes off of the Son. 

 Sunflowers Need to be Stabilized. 
The second thing I've learned about the sunflower is that it that it needs to be firmly planted in the soil in order to grow. Sunflowers grow so tall and their stems become so heavy that they will topple over if they aren't stabilized in the ground. 

I know as a Christian it's very easy to topple over if we are not grounded in the Word of God. We need to know what and why we believe what we do so our feet are firmly planted and we won't falter in our Christian growth. 


Sunflowers Produce Seeds. 
Did you know that a single sunflower can have up to 2,000 seeds? When we think about sowing seeds as a Christian, just think of the potential reach that each of us can have to spread the Gospel. It could be limitless if we would just sow those seeds. 


Sunflowers Produce Oil 
The oil that the sunflower produces is considered a good oil with healthy benefits. As Christians we should be producing the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith). All of those have some healthy benefits on us as Christians and on others that we meet. 


 Sunflowers Resemble The Sun. 
Sunflowers not only follow the sun but when you look at them, they resemble the sun too. Resembling the Son should be one of those things we do as a Christian. Being Christ-like is an essential part of being a Christian. 




Conclusion:
When I think about the lessons from the sunflower, my mind goes to that fifth chapter of Ephesians where it's talking about following God and all the ways we are to act as Christians. It starts out in the first couple verses by saying,

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour." Ephesians 5:1,2


The timing was so perfect with this devotional for me today.

My oldest granddaughter Raygen and I purchased a pack of sunflower seeds from Walmart spontaneously. I never dreamed that they would actually sprout but they did! I have a little garden of beautiful sunflowers now. Some are in full bloom while others are beginning to bloom. I had enough ready to pick and put in a vase to carry to my motherinlove.  AND....it doesn't have to be Fall to enjoy the beauty of sunflowers.

But really? Who needs sunflowers when you live with the Sweestest SON-flower of all!



Hugs and blessings, Cindy



Note: The pictures with scripture written on them are 5x7 size with a full resolution format. You are welcome to make a copy of those two prints if you are a lover of sunflowers.







Comments

  1. I totally LOVE it when God speaks to us through His creation....and I know He does it all the time, I'm just too pre-occupied with myself to watch, look and listen. Oh, how AWESOME He is! This is such a great analogy, my Friend! And, your SON-flowers are gorgeous. I know you miss your MILove so very much. You were a great DILove! HOPE you have a sweetly blessed day!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. God is good at how He speaks to us.

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  2. Cindy,
    What a beautiful post about beautiful blooms!! thanks so much for dropping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  3. Your sunflowers are so pretty. I bet you plant more next year don't you?
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie and yes...I will be planting more sunflowers for sure!

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  4. Beautiful post, Cindy! I have two volunteer sunflowers in my garden this year. I do enjoy them. And I want to be living in the Son.

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  5. GREAT post Cindy. I enjoyed it so much! :)

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  6. I learned so much! I feel refreshed and cheerful now. Thank you beautiful Cindy! Love how you took the sunflowers to your M-I-L graveside. You're a doll.

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    1. Awe...thanks so much for your sweet comments. My motherinlove was very LOVED by our whole family and missed terribly. She loved sunflowers.

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  7. I love, love sunflowers and wish I had a whole field of them. They are absolutely beautiful just like you and your devotionals. But even more than sunflowers I love the SON and the many blessings that He gives me. Jackie

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    1. Awe Miss Jackie...Sunflowers are sure pretty all year round. Thanks for stopping by again today. You are precious!

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  8. Cindy, Another great post. I call them SonFlowers because my son, Bobby , loved them.Or he knew how much I loved them. He would buy me seeds for planting every year. We had huge sunflowers growing in Colorado. I miss all of that.

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    1. Awe...thank you for commenting. I know you must miss your son terribly. This is the first time I ever planted sunflowers. Will plant again for sure.

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  9. Love your encouraging words and pretty photos. This was a great mid-week Bible lesson, that is what they are to me, anyway! I look forward to them and re-read them many times.
    Thank you for sharing this special part of your spirit with me.
    Blessings,
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you so much for your swwet words which are ALWAYS an encouragement to me!

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  10. Wow, so many great things we can learn from the Sunflower, Cindy! As always, so inspiring and lovely! Thank you so much for you lovely posts.

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  11. Sunflowers are so attractive and beautiful and your analogy is just perfect...Christine

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  12. Hi Cindy, Sunflowers are gorgeous and I love them too. I wish I had some in my garden and may just have to add seeds like you and your grand daughter did and see what happens. Lovely analogy of the sunflower and we as Christians. It is a beautiful lesson and history of the sunflower and our heavenly SONflower!!
    Thank you for sharing. You always bless with your posts.
    Hugs, cm

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  13. Great devotion! I really like Julia Bettencourt and refer to her often when planning for ladies group meetings. Your sunflower pictures are really good!

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  14. I enjoyed reading your post and came to know about more things about sunflower. Thanks for sharing them...

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  15. Peace Sister! haha...looks amazing and like you all had a great time. I love the hippie look, totally love the 70's. I know someone from the 60s or 80s would disagree with me on me saying that the 70s had the BEST music!!!! And I don't know about you but a record player is so much better then a CD! But if you can't do the record player, then the radio works nicely. My radio is always on in the car, the station, 60, 70, and 80s....

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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