Wash Your Hands

Good morning, Beloveds.

When we wash our hands, they look clean. But if we were to see them under a microscope, we’d probably be surprised at the number of germs we actually carry.

Sin is like that. No matter how good we think we are or how we try to hide the dark parts of our lives, sin is sin.

The good news is. God offers to cleanse us.

What sin do you hold in your life today? Is there one that comes straight to mind above the rest? Take some time today to ask God for His help in ridding that sin from your life. Ask Him to reveal why you love that sin so much so then you can begin healing that wound. That, my friends, is how we are able to truly turn away from sin.

You must know where it came from, why you like it, and how to replace it with God’s love.

I will be praying for all of you who read this today. May God show you what He wants you to dig up next.

As always, His loves,

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her 💜

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A List of Flowers in the Bible: One – Five

The Gardener –

Since we are doing 40 days our Preparing Your Garden, I figured it was only appropriate, interesting and exciting to learn about the flowers and plants in the Bible.

Acacia (Huisache) Exodus 37:1

In Hebrew it is known as the Shittah Tree, and its wood is called shittim. This gnarly tree, one of the few which grows in the Sinai desert, also provided hard brown wood for the furniture of the Tabernacle. Acacias grow by the wadis (dry creek beds) and require a warm climate. They are flat topped, sport thorns larger than their leaves, and have yellow flowers followed by hard brown seed pods. The gum of this tree had value as an insect repellant. It is one of the trees Isaiah (Isaiah 41:19) says God will plant after He has provided rivers, springs and pools of water for His thirsty people in the wilderness. It will cause them to testify of His faithfulness.

Symbolism: Indestructible

Allium (Garlic) Numbers 11:5

Onions, leaks, and garlic are all from the same family of plants. They were used by the Egyptians to make food savory. When the Israelites wandered in the Sinai desert they bemoaned the loss of these food enhancers and complained about their life nourishing manna. The garlic plant produces a bulb or head with separate cloves. The rabble in the desert stunk and their stink contaminated others, i.e., Israelites.

Symbolism: Stink



Aloe (Aloe Vera) John 19:39

The combination of myrrh and aloe juice with water was the recipe for embalming. The Aloe plant leaves are succulent multi toothed and pointed. In early spring it produces spikes of yellow flowers. Even today, the juice of its leaves is used for burns and to heal skin lesions. Aloe and Myrrh were wrapped around Jesus’ body after Joseph lowered Him from the cross.

Symolism: Healing



Anemone Song of Solomon 2:12

One of the earliest spring flowers in the Holy Land is the brightly colored Anemone or poppy. Although only about a foot tall, its strong red, blue or purple blossoms make it a joyful harbinger of spring. They don’t like wet feet nor do they tolerate freezing.

Symbolism: Worry

Anise (correctly translated Dill) Matthew 23:23

Anise seeds were a required tithe to the Levites, who were not given land to raise crops or animals. Levites were to be supported with tithes from the other tribes. Anise is an aromatic annual used in cooking and pickling. Medicinally it was used to relieve colic or gas.

Symbolism: Medicinal

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Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her 💜

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