Beauty for Prickles.

Can you tell what this is? A cactus. . . . No, really . . . Look at this. 

I had to bend way down to see the prickles. 

What a beautiful transformation God has made. From a normal vantage point it's all flower. All beauty. 

That's what I want. I want God to hide my prickles with His beauty. I've got a lot of prickles, so it takes a great big God to cover them all. 

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. 
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me." John 15:1-4

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." Galatians 5:22-25


Happiness, a prolonged life, prosperity, favor, etc

No, this is not an infomercial. 
But, would you like to find out how to have the following? 

  •  a prolonged life 
  • prosperity 
  • favor and a good name
  • straight paths
  • healthy body
  • nourished bones 
  • barns filled to overflowing 
  • vats brimming with new wine
  •  happiness 
  • something more profitable than silver or gold 
  • something worth more than rubies
  • long life 
  • riches and honor 
  • pleasant ways
  • peaceful paths 
  • travel in safety 
  • protection from stumbling 
  • sweet sleep 
  • no fear of sudden disaster or ruin 
  • confidence 
  • be God's confidant 
  • home blessed 
  • grace and even more honor 
   Seriously. These are all promises of God for you found in my favorite chapter in Proverbs - chapter 3. Check it out. 

 Oh yeah, it's the one place I know of where the Bible encourages us to be "tree huggers" Prov. 3:18. "She is a tree of life to those who embrace her."  :)