God’s Mercies Are Fresh Each Morning

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Maybe you are like I am, when I am having a tough day, I will make the remark, “I am having a bad hair day.” or you may have some other expression.  Things can seem tough at times, but other times things are REALLY TOUGH.  Another comment I will make, “The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get!”  No matter what I do I feel like I am hitting a brick wall or at the end of the day I have little to show for all of the effort.

I like how Jeremiah talks about God’s mercies, so I wanted to share the context of our text in Lamentations.  It just says it so well.

The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time,

as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
The faithful love of the LORD never ends!

His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself,

“The LORD is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”
The LORD is good

to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly

for salvation from the LORD.
Lamentations 3:19-27 (NLT)

Have you been going through a really bitter or tough time, not just a “bad hair day” but a really tough time?  Jeremiah tells how tough everything was for him and feels totally devastated and grieves over his loss, but then he remembers God’s faithfulness and his mercies which begin fresh each morning!  No matter how terrible and bleak life is, you can daily look to Jesus for the wonderful blessings and mercies God wants to give you.

Our birth month flower this month, the Morning Glory depicts this.  Each morning each flower blooms for that day.  Just like God’s mercies begin fresh each morning, as the sun comes up the new blooms on the morning glory vine open.  All through the blooming season the vine is covered with flowers, yet each flower only blooms that one day.  So God’s mercies can abundantly bloom in your life today, then the next day and the next as fresh blooms for each day open.

Another illustration I like when thinking about the Morning Glory is, as it climbs the trellis where it is planted, the vine, like our daily lives, twists and turns many ways with little tendrils reaching out to hold on tight so it can climb higher.  Can I make an analogy?  Jesus is the trellis and we are going through twists, turns, and hardships desperately clinging to him  as we navigate, then he sends the beautiful blooms in our lives to express his love to us and to those around us.

Yours . . . . . .and His,

Ruth

 

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Morning Glory

September birth flower

Morning glory gifts or plant are given for 11th wedding anniversary.

Morning Glory History

Morning Glory flowers are indigenous to south America.  During the 9th century the Japanese were the first to cultivate the morning glory as a decorative flower.   Now they are either cultivated or grow wild throughout the United States and most parts of the world.

Morning Glory Symbolism

✸ Since they open up in the morning, it symbolizes soaking up the radiant sun and its healing energies

✸ Morning glory is also symbol of death and rebirth. The morning glory opens in the morning and dies the same day – thus comes unrequited love, Mortality of life, Love is in vain.

✸ Restricted love (Tied to a Chinese folklore love story, where the lovers could only see each other one day out of the year)

✸ Christians believed that the morning glory related directly to the finite nature of life on earth, each single flower representing one life and life being represented by the daylight hours of the sun, withering and finally dying by nightfall.

✸ Morning glory has more of a spiritual meaning when compared to other flowers. It represents love, affection and longing but in a spiritual way, rather than the feeling itself.

✸ Morning glory flowers have short life span, so sometimes it is associated with the fleeting nature of love.

✸ It gives birth to new flowers in the morning, thus signifies the renewable nature of affection.
✸ In the Victorian language of flowers, morning glory represents love in vain.

✸ Offering a morning glory flower to somebody, implies that you really care about that person and you wish that the love between you will continues to grow, despite any adversity.
✸ You can give the morning glory to someone as a symbol to encourage them to be tenacious in going after their dreams. Morning glories take each twist and turn in the road (or on the trellis!) in their stride and just keep on.

Morning Glory Color Meanings 

Morning glory flowers can be found in blue, purple, red, white and yellow and variations of these colors. Some can be eight inches across; these are actually the familiar fragrant moon flowers found in many gardens. The color meaning of white symbolizes purity in the morning glory while red symbolizes a strong heart.

Morning Glory in the Garden

✸ Because it is dense, it is often used by individuals to plant on a trellis near their home to block excessive heat often helping you to save on air conditioning bills.

Water spinach—water morning glory—(or Ipomoea aquatic) has been cultivated as a food source, and is native to the southwestern Pacific islands as well as areas of China, India, Malaysia, Africa, Brazil, the West Indies and Central America. Growing water spinach can quickly get out of control, so information on managing water spinach is vital.

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) belongs to the morning glory family. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.  This plant is native to the tropical regions in the Americas.

Bindweed or field bindweed belongs to the morning glory family.  It is one of the most common noxious weeds in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and one of the most difficult to control.  On some farms it becomes so invasive that it decreases a crop’s yield by 50%.

Morning Glory for medicinal purposes

Morning glory seeds can be toxic and will cause nerve damage in larger amounts. Seed companies will add a substance to the seeds so they won’t be consumed or misused.

Seeds are used in Chinese medicine to treat disorders of the lungs, kidneys and large intestine.

They have a purgative effect and can reduce or clear phlegm in the lungs.

They can act as a diuretic for the kidneys which reduces swelling in the body.

If morning glory seeds are eaten a person could have a hallucinogenic episodes similar to a LSD experience—lysergic acid amide makes it a close relative to LSD.

If necessary, the morning glory can be used to induce labor during pregnancy.

The morning glory seeds were used in Mexican culture in religious ceremonies to induce a dream like state in order to better commune with the gods.

Water Spinach a type of morning glory, was utilized medicinally since A.D. 300 in Southern Asia, Its usefulness as a medicinal plant was first discovered by Europeans in the late 1400’s and consequently brought in new areas of exploration.

Morning Glory Notes:

Morning glories are excellent re-seeders s`o once you plant them, there is no need to replant them.  Be cautious, because of reseeding they can be invasive.

Morning Glory flowers grow in many areas, but are mostly found in subtropical and temperate regions.

Because they bloom in the morning, they are often pollinated by hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other daytime birds and insects.

The Morning-Glory is in the family Convolvulaceae, which contains at least 50 genera and more than 1000 species.

Morning glories belong to a different genera with slightly different floral, fruit and leaf characteristics but all Morning Glories produce typical funnel-shaped blossoms in white, red, blue, purple and yellow.

The mature Morning glory seeds are dark-brown to matte-black and wedge shaped.

Morning-Glory flowers are one of the best flowers to decorate our fences and walls.

Over 3,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, morning glory juice was combined with substance from the Castilla elastica tree to make a bouncing rubber ball which was used for the Mesoamerican ballgame.

The Aztec priests used the seeds, mixed with tobacco and insects, to rub on their bodies before performing sacrifices. They also believed that the morning glory would guarantee the victim would pass through death and be reborn.

 

Resources:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/what-does-the-morning-glory-flower-represent.htmlhttp://www.flowermeaning.com/morning-glory-flower-meaning/http://livingartsoriginals.com/flower-morningglory.htmhttp://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/tropicalflowers/morning-gloryhttp://www.angelfire.com/journal2/flowers/m1.htmlhttps://www.babiesonline.com/flowersbirthmonth/morningglory.asphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_flowerhttp://www.birthstonezodiac.com/fleeting-nature-and-enchanted-flowers-for-september/