The Language of Flowers

A Royal Encounter

Most of us know the story of Cinderella. She was born of high estate, was dearly loved by her father, and had everything that made her happy and secure. Then life happened—loss, betrayal, cruelty, and abuse. In her heart she knew there was something better. Sparked by hope—an invitation to a royal ball—she dreamed of a life with a prince who would love her and take care of her. Before she could get to the ball, life happened again, when her cruel stepmother forbade her to go. Cinderella ended up disappointed, lonely, and sad in a dark garden, feeling that things would never change. Then, intervention by her fairy godmother enabled her to meet the prince, which changed her life completely.

Can you relate to parts of Cinderella’s story? Are certain things not quite as they should be? Has life happened, leaving you disappointed, sad, and in a dark place?

I have good news—better than the fairy godmother brought to Cinderella! This news will change your life and bring beauty to your “ashes.” Jesus Christ (also known as the Prince of Peace) came to “…bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zionto bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…” (Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV).

It is God’s desire for you to know the Prince of Peace and “…that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledgethat you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV). God has an unending storehouse of great and precious promises, and His divine power that gives us everything we need for life.

If you long to know Jesusthe Prince of Peace, the Bible says: “…Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9 NIV). You can ask and knock by praying this prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus. Your Word says: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21 NIV) and “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NIV). You said my salvation would be the result of Your Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live in me (see John 3:5-6, 15-16; Romans 8:9-11) and that if I would ask, You would fill me with Your Spirit (see Luke 11:13). I take you at Your Word. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. Thank You for coming into my heart, for giving me Your Holy Spirit as You promised, and for being Lord over my life. Amen.

This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey. In order to grow and strengthen your relationship with God, talk to Him every day. He loves to communicate with you! Reading your Bible and connecting with a good church will help you grow and be strong in your newfound faith. Share your story of meeting the Prince of Peace and of how this royal encounter has forever changed your life!

Captivated by His Fragrance

Walking through the fragrance department can be such a memorable shopping experience because it enhances so many of your senses. Not only is perusing the aisles filled with beautiful perfume bottles fun to look at, but it can also transport you to another dimension of experience through your sense of smell. Having the opportunity to […]

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Encouraging Scriptures for Today

HERE ARE 5 ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” —Hebrews 10:23 “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be […]

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Fit for a Queen

The story of Esther captivates me. No matter how many times I read it, my heart leaps with excitement and joy. It seems to be the type of story I would read in a novel or see played out as a Hollywood movie, yet there is nothing fictional about it. I believe God has woven […]

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Five Encouraging Scriptures for Today

HERE ARE 5 ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” —Romans 15:13 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you […]

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The Fruit of Our Lips

Words have power. Words are not just sounds that we hear; they are living, powerful realities that can either help or harm. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon teaches about human speech. Proverbs 25:11 states: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (NRSV). The word fitly is a […]

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Simplicity in Spring

Spring signals nature’s awakening. As nature unfolds the newness all around us, we may find ourselves desiring lighter, fresher food choices. Spring foods bring a clean, crisp, fragrant element to the menu (think berries and early greens). Greens, a traditional springtime food choice in most cultures, provide a refreshing, cooling, and cleansing effect to the […]

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God’s Spa

When thinking about spas, we usually envision someplace to relax, pamper ourselves, and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a place where we can go to forget our problems. But in my experience, going to a temporal spa only provides temporary relief. Therefore, I recommend God’s Spa, where we can find […]

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The Fragrance of Love in Your Home

Have you ever felt weary or had a deep desire for change in your life—something fresh and new? Recently, I found myself crying out to Jesus in desperation for change. I felt like I had been going through the motions and lacking excitement and motivation yet having a deep hunger and longing for greater purpose […]

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