Greetings on this beautiful day in the Texas Hill Country!
I just love the spring, there is so much activity going on everywhere I look. Spring has sprung! 
There are a lot of what we call the Texas thistles growing along the roadside and in the fields mixed in with the other wild flowers. Actually, the flower is quite beautiful, round and full of light feathery looking petals.  They can be found in several colors, white, shades of pink and purple. But they also have a lot of prickly thistles which makes it hard to pick one. If you do pick one you could experience pain. I also saw sunflowers growing in the same fields.  Sunflowers always seen to make me laugh!
The Lord often teaches me life principles through natural things around me. The thought came to me – how are these two flowers alike? And what are the differences between the two?  What a funny thought because when looking at them they don’t look anything alike.  So, I checked them both out in “Google”.  A wonderful invention, “Google”, you can find out almost anything by “Googling” it.  Quick revelation!As human we also are of the same species. However, we are all as different as these two flowers.  The Lord is saying to be careful when “picking” your friends and relationships. Some may appear lovely and safe but will be prickly and hurtful and toxic.  While others will always direct you to follow the light from morning to night!  Our relationships can be healthy or unhealthy depending upon the seeds we choose and plant.
To my surprise I found they are in the same family or species – the Aster or daisy family. The thistle is a very toxic plant and can become invasive rather quickly. At first sight, it is very pretty and draws you to look closer, but you quickly see and feel the impact if you get too close or try to touch.  The sunflower is also pretty to look at with its petals open wide and facing up toward the heavens. Did you know that the sunflower faces east in the morning and slowly turns upward and then westward in the afternoon? The flower actually follows the sun, drawing in strength from the sunlight!  It produces a large quantity of edible seeds in the middle of the flower.  So we see that both of these flowers are pretty and command our attention. However, one is healthy and the other is unhealthy. One produces and plants good, healthy seed while the other produces bad, unhealthy seed.  Very interesting…
The Word tells us that we will know them by their fruits – the scripture which came to mind is: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit…… therefore by their fruits you will know them.”  Selah, think on this.
Blessings on your day and love along your way,

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