TODAY THE WORDS are HONEYSUCKLE VINES. Sweet, almost sugary fragrance coming from an unexpected source filling Georgia’s air is a memory you cannot forget if you have experienced it. Sweetness can have its danger too. My friend Wanda this post is for you. Wanda and I have been friends for many years, the friendship dating back to the times when our children were young. Wanda’s husband, David built, along with Ralph, Missy’s Dad, our house and we became close friends. As young women trying to maintain good physical health and shapes, we decided we would walk together so off we went. I have to tell this story Wanda, but I am already smiling at this memory. When we started out of our yard, we would turn left and follow our daily route of five miles. We talked, we walked; we laughed and kidded each other and would actually take a small radio to listen to all Georgia Football games. I know we had to look crazy to all by passers, especially when Georgia scored. We jumped, yelled, and had to look silly but we didn’t care; we didn’t care at all. We had such great times. We had our route which took us in a circle pattern so we turned into our yard from the opposite direction. Wanda, each day, after walking and completing our journey, would start sneezing and experiencing difficulty and we could not figure it out. I don’t remember what day it was, when upon passing a vine covered honeysuckle patch and Wanda yelling out, “Honeysuckles, no wonder why I have been sneezing; I am deathly allergic to them!” We had been having such fun, we hadn’t noticed the gigantic vine and man, did they smell great. We changed our route and Wanda stopped sneezing and we kept walking, talking and laughing! The deeper thought…..In life, we are going to encounter things which can cause us to “sneeze” and be uncomfortable and may influence our actions. Instead of throwing up our hands and stopping doing things we love; change the route (or situations) and keep walking, talking, and laughing. We are allergic to sin; even though it may seem to have a sweet smell of temptation; it however, can cause us to defeat ourselves and our destination. God made the honeysuckles to give the world a sweet smell and there are a lot of things which smell great but should only be viewed from a distance. Live life, love life, and live life to the fullest with His Sweet Love!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …
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