Today I'm happy to introduce you to a brand new (to me and our blog) author, Angela K Couch who will share some thoughts with us.....
I was twelve years old when a youth leader gave me a poem that has stayed with me for the past two decades. It spoke of a rose bud, no beauty, but full of potential. The last stanza brought that rose, or me, into bloom—radiant, lovely, and everything God had intended it to become. As I years pass and I experience more and more of this life, I see how many different types and colors of roses there are…and an equally vast number of growing conditions and seasons.
I am leaning how important it is to embrace who the Lord has made you and the season he has placed you in. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau when he talked about his desire “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” To do this we must find a way to appreciate all aspects of life. A friend once told me, “There are trials and pain, mostly physical pain, that are exclusive to this life, and someday we will look back and perhaps even treasure these hardships as a unique part of this mortal experience.”
So whatever you might be facing in life, it is my prayer we might be able to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.” Don’t forget we are all roses. All beautiful. All God’s.
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So true Angela! This reminds me of my devotional Love is a Rose in which I state...we are called to be roses in the jungle of life. (I LOVE Yellow Roses btw!)
Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW's Genesis Contest. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her "hero" and three munchkins.
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Until later.... Take care and God Bless.