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Why I Love Dandelions

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)

Some people consider dandelions an annoying weed that they most destroy at all costs. Our neighbor had been one of those, out every day with herbicides and garden tools killing the plant the moment it popped its tiny head above the ground’s surface.

I, on the other hand, love dandelions.

They mark spring with their bright yellow faces. But that’s not why I love them. They make good wine. But that’s not why I love them. Served with a hot bacon dressing, they make a fine side dish for ham. But that’s not why I love them. They also make mighty tasty jelly. But that’s not why I love them.

                          Dandelion Smiles

I love dandelions because nothing puts a smile on a child’s face more than giving her mother a bouquet of freshly picked flowers. And what kind of flowers are readily available to children? Dandelions.

This week, my daughter and her two-year-old daughter ushered me down memory lane about thirty-five years, as I watched them pick dandelions. Little Lilly’s eyes sparkled with delight with each pluck of a stem just like her mother’s eyes sparkled when she and I picked dandelions so many years ago. She was so proud of her accomplishment. What a cherished memory.

In many ways, dandelions remind me of me.

Cancer has left me with the mark of suffering. I’m not as strong and vibrant as I had been. I don’t have the motivation to do the things I once did. I can’t even walk like I did. I lack stamina. To make matters worse, like a dandelion, my yellow hair has turned white and flighty.

It may be difficult to find beauty and value in my current condition, but my Father loves me with an everlasting love. When He looks at me, His eyes sparkle with delight. He draws me near and holds me when I’m feeling down. Even when I’m feeling good, He’s there admiring me. Oh not because of anything I’ve done or how I look but because of who He is and what Jesus has done for and in me. When He looks on me, His glory shines over me. I’m precious in His sight.

That’s why I love dandelions.

How about you? What flower that speaks to your heart?

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

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Advent 2016

My apologies for falling behind on our Advent 2016 devotions. I’ve missed them. But sometimes life gets in the way of our good intentions, causing us to fail at the things we value most.

I have, however, found the time to create a short time-lapse art video to wish you a blessed Christmas.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6 NIV)

N is for New

Angel 1 4 webNew accompanies the holidays like snow in winter. We scurry from store to store to buy new decorations and of course, new gifts for everyone on our lists. We look forward to receiving new stuff too. We start the New Year with new dreams, new goals, and hopes for a new, smaller dress size.

And sometimes new doesn’t have to be brand new, just new to us, like a new previously enjoyed car. Last night, Gene and I bought a new water softener and were happy about it. It was new after all. New makes us happy, feel accomplished and special.

But that’s not why I’m thankful for new. I’m thankful because I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus. And He transforms my life by renewing of my mind with His goodness and restores a right heart within me.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter N?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

I is for Imagination

 

Pirate Princess--Imagination at Work

Pirate Princess–Imagination at Work

Imaginations turn my living room into a forest with a hideout. I become “big foot.” Two-month-old, Lilly, becomes Angel Baby. All thanks to my grandactives.

My imagination enables me to write stories, paint pictures, or design this blog.

Without the imaginations of great minds, there would be no Internet to post my blog. There wouldn’t be channeled electricity, cars, or any of the modern conveniences we’ve all grown to enjoy.

Yes indeed! Imagination is a vital part of human existence and separates us from all other life forms. Imagination is also one of our most taken-for-granted, thus, one of our least thankful-for commodities. God truly blessed us more richly than then we can imagine by giving us imaginations.

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter I?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

V is for Voice

Design 1From listening to the sweet voices of my youngest grandactives to the bass voice of my husband, I get a mix of sounds and octaves. Voices are remarkable. No two are identical, just like snowflakes. Isn’t it amazing how we can recognize a person’s voice without seeing him/her? Moreover, there are truly incredible and unique sounds people train their vocal cords to make like hitting those ridiculously high, glass-shattering notes in an opera or imitating a fire siren. Regardless if we have those talents or not, our voices enable us to communicate our desires, our emotions, and our thoughts.

Of all the extraordinary things our voices can do, I’m most thankful for my voice because with it I cry out to God, and He hears, understands like no one else can, and sends His peace.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter V?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

I is for Ink

31 Holly and angels colored 4webInk is a good thing. Without it, books would be nonexistent. We couldn’t print photos of our grandactives. We couldn’t write notes and pass them in class. Oh wait! That was a bazillion years ago when I went to school. Okay, so text messages have replaced ink there. But technology has a long way to go before totally obliterating ink.

The Chinese used ink in the 23rd century BC. And the liquid has been an important commodity ever since.

But that’s not why I’m thankful for ink. I’m thankful for ink because prophets used it to record God’s word, and scribes painstakingly preserved it throughout history.

 “Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter I?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

G is for Giggles

Giggles

Giggles

Today my “grandactives” filled the house to the rafters with giggles. They had a blast building a fort, capturing Big Foot (me), and saving Angel Baby (their two-month-old sister). And yes, there were some squeals, yammers, and sobs in the mix. But mostly—giggles. I love listening to children at play. And I love their giggles.

But there’s more to giggles than just a proud grandmother’s cheerful heart. It’s a promise from God.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter G?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks