Photo Friday: Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine

Happy Friday!

I have been busy at home all week working on our new kitchen, but I have a moment to share this gorgeous sight with you. I took this picture of wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine on Easter Sunday. It was growing wild along the road near my church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It’s amazing what we see when we keep our eyes open on God’s world. Enjoy!

photo of Wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine in bloom

Wild Wysteria and Carolina Jasmine in bloom

Photo Friday: Tulip Magnolia in Bloom

Tulip Magnolia Blooms

[Tulip Magnolia Blooms. Nikon D40. March, 19, 2014.] ⊕ full-size image

This Photo Friday I hope you will be encouraged by this sign of spring in my front yard.

Wherever you live in North America, spring is on the way. Soon warm sun, blues skies and fresh air will lift your mood to make whatever struggles you face a bit easier to bear.

Spring serves as a reminder of the kindness of God’s common grace covenant with us all (see Genesis 8:20-9:17). It reminds us of the hope of heaven, and of the saving grace of new life in Christ Jesus.

May the coming spring remind you that God’s mercy toward you is new every morning.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”—Genesis 8:22, ESV

Here’s a few previously shared signs of spring…

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

[taken with Nikon D40, April, 2013.]

Every year I like to take a few shots of what’s blooming at my house. Here you see a border of pink phlox as the backdrop to some newly potted cosmos, daisies, petunias, begonias, portulaca, and periwinkle.

I’m not a garden fanatic, but it’s amazing how you put these plants in some dirt and watch them grow into delicious foods, shady trees, and beautiful flowers. (Remember the seed in the styrofoam cup when you were little?) We live in a rough and dangerous world; everyone needs a little wonder now and then.

Here’s a post by Dawn about how spring makes us long for heaven.