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summer beauties.

one of my favorite things about this life are all the different colors we can see. sometimes i like to think about all the colors we can't see or how much more vibrant colors may be in heaven. i'm pretty excited about it. :) pops of color in nature are just another one of those little joys in life for us to appreciate.

a friend of ours created these hybrid day lilies and gave us some that are now planted in the back yard. i love it when they bloom every summer. each one is different and unique. colors you don't see in an average lily. 

"therefore i tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they? and which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? and why are you anxious about clothing? consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. but if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith?" || matthew 6: 25-29 

i can be SUCH a worrier. i worry about my future a lot. i worry about jobs, where i'll live, how i'll continue to support myself. i worry about my family and friends and their safety. i worry about pleasing every body else. 

do not be anxious about anything. it's so convicting, right? i have to constantly remind myself that Jesus is in control, that He is good (all the time), and that, as one created in His image, i am valued far above the rest of creation.  it's so easy to let the pressures and brokenness of the world weigh heavily on our hearts, but we have a King that has conquered all, who is in control of all, and who tells us not to worry because He will take care of it all. praying you feel a weight lifted today, friends, and that you can enjoy this weekend by celebrating the freedom and certainty we have in Christ.

happy friday, brave hearts.


Robyn Black said...

what a great read to start off a friday :) thank you for the reminder!

Kristina said...

I am a huge worrier and that's exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for the reminder! And those lilies are gorgeous. Happy weekend :)

Susannah said...

Wow!!! Those colors are amazingly beautiful!!! Isn't it amazing that creation is so unique and fabulous??? God is so good to us!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

megs. I love this! and what sweet words of truth!

Lauren Doxey Packer said...

Thank you for those inspiring words and that amazing scripture. God always has it all taken care of is so good!! I loved that last paragraph

Megan McIlvaine said...

you are welcome, lady! hope you had a great weekend!

Megan McIlvaine said...

so glad you were encouraged, kristina!
gosh, i know, right? i just stare at them when i get home from work every day :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

amen amen! seriously so beautiful!

Megan McIlvaine said...

thanks best friend.

Megan McIlvaine said...

amen! i just have to remind myself over and over! :) hope you had a good weekend, girl!

Amy said...

also...those thoughts afterwords on the scripture - spot on.
i am such a worrier too...anxiety blows :(
but grounding ourselves in the truth that God is bigger, and knows more, and will whether any storm beside us that we face....is comforting and helps to drown out the worry!

Meg McIlvaine said...

aren't they beautiful! i have no idea how long it took him to create these!
gosh, not worrying is such a struggle because i want to be in control and have a plan, etc. it's hard to just trust sometimes.