Wildflowers in Paradise Meadows

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With gracious compassion

the Lord reached down to me

and robed in the richest Love

He pulled me from the sea

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Wendy/2015

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Wildflowers remind me of our Heavenly Father. They were designed by him, and I believe He knew how much we’d enjoy them.

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God was also there when we were formed inside our mother’s womb, so He would know all about the abundance of love or lack of it we may have experienced in childhood. He was there.

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Some children grew up into adults who find it hard to imagine a God who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  

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Maybe they had a difficult childhood where  adults in their life were too emotionally sick or mentally ill to express consistent godly love. Maybe those people were too broken to nurture wholeness in their offspring.

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And then along came God, through people who had already tasted of his Divine Love, and bestowed blessings on the battered hearts of those in need of true abundance.

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And maybe when they read Psalm 145:8, their hearts overflowed with joy, and their eyes welled up with tears of gratefulness because they knew all along, deep down inside, something was missing. And they found out God was there too.

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Whatever our past may have been like, we need to believe God can use all of it for good—even the parts of it that were less than good.

But God.

I’ve heard some powerful testimonies over the years of bruised souls being rescued by the Father of Light. These same people have gone back and shone this Light over those who’d hurt them.

It may have to be done from a safe distance, or not.

But prayers of blessing can travel far.

…gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

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These wildflowers are from a hike Ian and I took up to Paradise Meadows this summer. It was one of those ‘perfect’ days in between the not-so-perfect days of regular living. It was a taste of heaven, the Heaven our gracious and compassionate Lord has gone to prepare for those who love Him.

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Rich in Love Blessings ~ Wendy

Do you have a special verse, quote, or song that speaks to you of rich love?

I’d love to hear it.

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The Lord is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and rich in love.

Psalm 145:8

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50 thoughts on “Wildflowers in Paradise Meadows

  1. Oh my, Wendy, this is simply fabulous, both the photos and the text. God does try to reach us through Creation! He certainly speaks to you and me through it. I pray that your post reaches out and touches those who have not yet found Him. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, dear Natalie. Yes, I agree He tries “to reach us through Creation”. Since putting my trust in Christ, I find creation more fascinating than ever as I imagine the joy God experienced as He put it all together. ❤

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  2. What gorgeous flowers, Wendy! I’ve never seen most of them before. Thank you so much for taking the time to take these photos and share them.

    Here’s a verse I really like:
    “He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”
    Zephaniah 3:17

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    1. Thank you, Constance. Some of these flowers I’ve only ever seen at Paradise Meadows. It’s an alpine park where even the trees grow differently than the ones down at sea level. How gracious our God is to sing over us. Wow, He is the perfect Father of Love.

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  3. The photos, the poem, the message….what a beautiful post so full of comfort and inspiration!

    There is a song that comes to mind. I hope you will like it as much as I do.

    “The Love of God” by Frederick Lehman

    The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    Refrain

    O love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!
    It shall forevermore endure
    The saints’ and angels’ song.

    When years of time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men, who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.

    Refrain

    Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade,
    To write the love of God above,
    Would drain the ocean dry.
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.

    Refrain

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    1. Thank you, dear Theresa. I love this song and have sung it before. My favorite part is the following:
      ” Could we with ink the ocean fill,
      And were the skies of parchment made,
      Were every stalk on earth a quill,
      And every man a scribe by trade,
      To write the love of God above,
      Would drain the ocean dry.
      Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
      Though stretched from sky to sky.”
      God is love. Blessings friend. xo

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  4. What a great hope we have in Him! Eternity with the one who loves perfectly. Until then, like you said, “we get a taste of heaven” here. Someday we will know Him as we are fully known. How special and exciting! Thank you for sharing and helping us to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” A song that has been meaningful for me is by Selah – He Was There.

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  5. Superb post with stunning photos and Divine inspiration in your prose. Heaven is truly on earth! Thank you Wendy for lifting us today. Many Blessings to you.

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      1. How wonderful. It looks like such a beautiful and inspirational area.

        It’s horrible over here. The state of Washington is having apocalyptic type fires! I’m sure you heard on the news 4 firefighters were killed yesterday and four others injured. We are now in the midst of another wind storm event that will last two days ending with possible lightening tomorrow. I pray for the Lord’s mercy and a Blessing of miracles.

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        1. Rhonda, I’m so sorry to hear about those dear firefighters. True heroes. May God grant their families comfort and peace. Our province and other parts of Canada are experiencing worse than normal fires too. Yes, we need to pray for miracles. Scary times. Hugs.

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          1. Yes I’ve heard about the fires in Canada as well. I pray for all involved in these devastating fires. So sad.

            Hugs and Blessings to you dear Wendy.

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  6. Psalm 143:8 “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for I put my trust in you.”
    Wendy, those wildflowers remind me of the uniqueness with which God made each of us – each one a masterpiece. Thank you as always for the beautiful way you show us the light and love of our Creator.

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