“Prayer”

Moore to ponder:

“Prayer” a poem by Theresa Anne Moore

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Scripture reference;

1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” Revelation 8:1-5 KJV

“Prayer” by Theresa Anne Moore

“Peradventure”…

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Restoration

Moore to ponder:

“But the pious reader may want to know what is meant by the expression quoted above, namely, ‘God always keeps us up to the original terms’. Well, it simply means this, that when God calls us to any special position or path, and we fall short of it, or wander from it, He will recall us to it again and again. And further, when we set out under some special principle of action or standard of devotedness, and swerve from it, or fall below it, He will remind us of it, and bring us back to it. True, He bears with us patiently, and waits on us graciously; but ‘He always keeps us up to the original terms’.” C.H. Mackintosh

Originally posted on Moore to Ponder:

Below are some great thoughts but they were not written by me, but by a man named C. H. Mackintosh. He lived in the 19th century. I hope they bless you.

But the pious reader may want to know what is meant by the expression quoted above, namely, “God always keeps us up to the original terms.” Well, it simply means this, that when God calls us to any special position or path, and we fall short of it, or wander from it, He will recall us to it again and again. And further, when we set out under some special principle of action or standard of devotedness, and swerve from it, or fall below it, He will remind us of it, and bring us back to it. True, He bears with us patiently, and waits on us graciously; but “He always keeps us up to the original terms.”
Christian…

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Reflections on the A-Z Blogging Challenge

Moore to ponder:

This was my first time to take the A-Z Blogging Challenge, and I did it!

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month was Blossoming Verses, where every day during the month of April except Sundays l shared a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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This was my first time to take the A-Z Blogging Challenge, and I did it!

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month was BlossomingVerses, where every day during the month of April except Sundays l shared a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

I didn’t even learn about the challenge in the first place until just a few days before it was scheduled to begin. I guess you might say I was flying by the seat of my pants. There were a few times that I managed to write a post or two a few days before I shared it, but for the most part I was writing my posts the evening before each one was due. There were even some posts that I shared less than an hour before the day they were supposed to be shared expired…

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“Z” Is For Zinnia

Moore to ponder:

“It is my prayer that the Lord would make me (and anyone else who professes to be a follower of Christ) become more like the zinnia, and allow the Lord to permeate our beings transforming us into the kind of people that would draw others to Jesus…”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Zinnia elegans (Zinnia)
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Scripture reference;

1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

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“Y” Is For Yarrow

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
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Scripture references;

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 KJV

Yarrow is a hardy perennial plant with fern-like leaves. It blooms from midsummer into fall. They are heat tolerant, and get to be about 3 feet tall by two feet wide. They come in a number of colors including red, white, pink, and yellow, and look great in a naturalized setting. Give them full sun and well drained soil and they should be happy. They spread by rhizomes, and also self sow seeds. They can be invasive.

They are also sometimes used in herbal medicine. I haven’t read up on it, so I can’t tell you which parts are…

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“X” Is For Xeranthemum annuum

Moore to ponder:

“The Lord wants us to grow up in Him and to multiply. It pleases Him whenever this occurs. All who believe in Him have everlasting life.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Everlasting, Immortelle (Xeranthemum annuumm)
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Scripture reference;

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37-40 KJV

Have you ever heard of “Everlasting Flowers”? I hadn’t. The flower in the picture looked familiar, but there are so many daisy-like flowers…

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“W” Is For Widow’s Tears

Moore to ponder:

“I once read that according to Strong’s Concordance, the Bible provides 697 references for verses associated with crying (weep, cry, tears)…”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Widow’s Tears (Tradescantia virginiana)
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Scripture reference;

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6 KJV

Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous perennial. Its common names are spiderwort, spider lily, day flower, flower-of-a-day, Job’s tears, snake-grass, trinity, trinity lily, and widow’s tears. It is sometimes called spiderwort, because its angular leaf arrangement resembles a squatting spider. The reason it is sometimes called Job’s tears or widow’s tears is that at the end of the day each flower melts into a fluid jelly, like tears. The ones you get from catalogs grow to be 18-24 inches tall, but according to some articles, the wild ones might get three feet tall. They can take both sun and shade. I have seen them at the edge of woods, and along roadsides.

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“V” Is For Vinca

Moore to ponder:

“Sometimes it is hard to tell one flower from another. We can’t always tell much about people either. The Lord knows it all, and He has made it possible to know Him. He is always truthful and merciful.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Annual Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
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Scripture reference;

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100 KJV

Annual vinca is a long blooming sun loving tender perennial plant. It won’t survive a frost, so it must be treated as an annual in places that have cold winters. It comes in shades of red white, pink and lavender. Its common names are Madagascar…

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“U” Is For Ursinia

Moore to ponder:

“When I look at these orange flowers I am reminded of how the Lord brings beauty and light into the world. I am also reminded that He dwells in those who believe in Him, and transforms them into His beautiful image allowing His light to shine through them. No matter where they are or what they might be experiencing, He will be with them and in them bringing beauty to their situation.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Scripture reference;

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Psalm 48:1-2 KJV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:…

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“T” Is For Toad Lily

Moore to ponder:

“I know that it was a solemn occasion when Adam and Eve hid from the Lord, but I like to think of the Lord walking among the trees in shady places in the cool of the day. I sometimes think about that when I am in my shade garden.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

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Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)
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Scripture reference;

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And theLord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:8-9 KJV

I like to keep my eye out for plants that bloom in the shade, because I have a lot of shade on my property. From what I have read they like moist humus rich soil and shade or partial shade. They get to be 2-3 feet tall and wide, are supposed to be easy to grow, and have an exotic look to them sort of like orchids.

I know that it was a solemn occasion when Adam and Eve hid from the Lord…

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