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Easter Gifts From God

 

If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I notice signs from God in everyday life.

Last Wednesday, a line of very strong thunderstorms came through this area. A line of severe weather began to develop around 4:00, and I watched as this line grew closer and closer to my neighborhood. However, as I watched, I began to notice that the really bad storms were just north and south of where I lived. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued to my north, and tornado warnings were issued to the south.

At around 5:30 or so, it began to thunder outside of my home, but the storm was small and only lasted about 15 minutes. I was so thankful that this area had dodged the worst of the storm; however, I later heard of some deaths associated with this line of storms due to tornadoes. Although I was happy this area dodged the worst of it, I was deeply saddened by the loss of life.

A few hours later, I saw reports of rainbows in the area. Not only was it a rainbow…it was a beautiful double rainbow! I remembered the time when I saw a rainbow during one of the worst times in my life (see previous blog post, “God’s Rainbow”). When I saw the picture of the double rainbow, I immediately felt a sense of peace as I knew God was sending another sign of His love.

That night, as I climbed into bed, I noticed that my rosary was once again glowing. Even though this rosary glows in the dark, I rarely notice it for some reason (see previous blog post, “A Christmas Miracle”). On this night, I did notice it, and it just happened to be the same day that the double rainbow appeared in the sky. I felt like God had His arms wrapped around me. I felt so loved and protected.

The next morning as I prepared my breakfast, I couldn’t stop smiling as I remembered what had happened the previous night. I happened to look over toward my window, and I noticed my peace lily. This lily was from my dad’s funeral in March, 2014. The poor thing almost died, and I almost threw it out, but I really wanted this plant to live since it reminded me of my dad. I kept it and nurtured it, and it eventually began to put up new leaves. However, it never bloomed. On this particular morning, I was stunned to notice that it was getting ready to bloom. I walked over to it and noticed that two white blooms were getting ready to open. I couldn’t believe it!

In Christianity, the peace lily is associated with the Virgin Mary, Easter, and Christ’s resurrection. It indicates a season of rebirth and is a popular funeral plant as it symbolizes the rebirth of the soul of the departed. This beautiful plant is associated with hope, peace, purity, prosperity, and innocence.

The timing of the blooms are amazing to me. First of all, it occurred the morning after I noticed the glowing rosary and the appearance of the double rainbow. Second, it occurred during the season of Lent, just a month before Easter. Third, this plant, which reminds me of my dad, is now blooming just one month away from the date of my dad’s death. Fourth, the lily is my dad’s favorite flower. In fact, we had lilies engraved on the headstone for this reason.

What better gifts can a person get for Easter? Candy? Easter eggs? An Easter basket? Nope, this is definitely the best gift a person can get, and I thank God with all my heart for sending me these wonderful signs from heaven.

Be sure to stop and look around this Easter season…you may be missing messages of love and encouragement from God. He sends them all the time ūüôā

Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

God’s Rainbow

Rainbows are such a beautiful occurrence usually seen after a thunderstorm.  This wonderful natural phenomena forms when the sunlight reflects off water droplets.  However, rainbows are also mentioned in the Bible and are a sign of the covenant between God and man.  Although I have seen many rainbows in my lifetime, one sticks out as exceptionally special.

Several years ago, I was devastated to learn that my husband of twenty years was involved with another woman. ¬†After the initial shock wore off, I went through a period where I was on an emotional roller coaster. ¬†It was certainly the worst time of my life, but I kept praying constantly. ¬†About a month after he moved out, I was in my office going through some paperwork in anticipation of the end of my marriage. ¬†While I was working, an afternoon thunderstorm passed through, and right about that time, everything just hit me. ¬†I broke down and sobbed as I just could not believe that this was happening to me. ¬†I strongly opposed divorce, and now it was right in my face. ¬†Even though I knew it wasn’t my fault, the thought of being divorced made me sick. ¬†I begged God at that moment to help me to get through this horrible time in my life, telling Him that I couldn’t do it without His strength. Finally, the thunderstorm ended. Wiping the tears from my face, I got up from my computer and peeked out the window. To my glorious surprise, I was looking directly at the most beautiful rainbow that I had ever seen! ¬†Knowing the biblical history of rainbows, I knew at that moment that God had heard my prayer and that He was going to get me through this. ¬†Now, 2 1/2 years later, I am the happiest and most fulfilled that I have ever been. ¬†I am certain that God carried me through this valley and brought me out on the other side a much better person!

“And God said, This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. ¬†Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. ¬†Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. ¬†Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind of the earth.” Genesis 9:12-16

“Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. ¬†Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. ¬†I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. ¬†Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.” Ezekial 1:25-28

“At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. ¬†And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. ¬†A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.” Revelation 4:2-3

“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. ¬†He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.” Revelation 10:1

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