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On Grief and Joy – Part 2 of 2

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11)

On Grief and JoyWhat is our response when someone grieves? Dear friends,

The question from my last blog on grief was, “How can we have joy and grief at the same time?” How do we “consider it all joy” when we are in great pain? How is our joy to be full when we experience personal tragedy?

Joy is not laughter, bubbly smiles, or surges of happiness. These things can accompany joy, but they don’t define it.

Biblical joy is deeper and higher than any circumstance. Joy is a deep “knowing” that nothing can touch our union with God in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the only source of true joy. We live in joy when we abide in Jesus. (John 15:5)

The purest and most powerful joy is often experienced in the deepest of tragedies. Joy’s power is displayed in the darkness, just like diamonds on black velvet.

Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) and “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword… But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

Entering into another’s grief can spur on the process toward healing joy that comes in God’s timing.

God bless you,
Beth Ann

On Grief and Joy – Part 1 of 2

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Dear friends,

Recently I’ve talked with many people who are grieving – grieving about wayward children, a spouse with Alzheimer’s, betrayal, young people with cancer, and current world events to name a few. I’ve also been grieving as evil is increasing and hearts are growing cold.

On Grief and JoyWhat is our response when someone grieves? From what I’ve seen, usually we try to fix it with apt verses or suggestions. Sometimes we try to avoid the grief, perhaps because we have enough of our own or because we just don’t have time to listen. So, we say, “It’ll get better” or “Trust the Lord” or “But there’s nothing you can do about it.”

It is always a great temptation for me to try to fix a situation. But, I have found that when I listen and acknowledge the grief, giving voice to the pain, I see a measure of release. In other words, grief is assuaged when it is shared, recognized and validated.

Sharing grief doesn’t mean you agree with the person grieving; it means that you try to understand with the eyes of your heart. It is the picture of walking alongside them and listening. Also, grieving does not mean a person is not trusting the Lord for our Lord was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” (Isaiah 53:3b) and the Apostle Paul said, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)

Embracing grief allows us to eventually get through it in wholeness. Avoiding or denying grief leaves us disconnected and broken.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one member (of Christ’s body) suffers, all the members suffer with it…”

So what does James mean when he says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)? How can we have joy and grief at the same time? That’s for next time.

God bless you,
Beth Ann

Everything Flower Girl

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Dear friends,

It has been fun hearing from you! Thank you for your notes and emails of encouragement. Please feel free to send your prayer requests through the Contact Tab on our website.

I would like to introduce our new Everything pack. The Everything Pack includes one each of our 15 Collections plus 17 individual cards for a total of 92 cards.

Everything Pack

God bless you,
Beth Ann

September – It’s Time to Gather!

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It’s that time of year again when we think about special people and how we can express what they’ve meant to us throughout the year. What meaningful gifts can I give? Shall I have a get-together? What special events is my church organizing? How can I stay within my budget?

Hosting a Flower Girl Greetings event in your home or church is a lovely answer. Our events are refreshing times of fellowship and focus on the beauty of God’s Word.

Host An Event

The events provide a unique time to gather with friends to reflect upon and consider the Gift Collections and Individual Cards that would be appropriate for your friends. They provide unhurried time to read the devotional writings on the back of the cards and make your selections.

We have made every effort to keep our prices as low as possible, while still being able to provide an exquisite, personal and lasting gift. Whether you need a gift for a teacher, a Bible study leader, pastor, family member or friend, Flower Girl Greetings Card Collections are ideal.

For details and to host an event, please call us at 614-664-9547, email us, or contact us through the website.

Our events are not “multi-level marketing” events. They are simply gatherings to share a beautiful gift idea and an inspirational interlude to share our story of how God started our company. See My Story. We have free gifts for all who attend, extreme sales on discontinued cards, and a special gift for the hostess. If you would prefer to invite a group of your friends to my home instead, please Contact me to schedule.

God bless you!
Beth Ann

Hello from Flower Girl Greetings!

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Dear friends,

(If you are receiving this email for a second time, please forgive. We are updating our template, and this should not happen again!)

I trust you are well. I would love to hear from you to know how you are doing!

Four New CollectionsYou are receiving this email, because you have either ordered cards from Flower Girl Greetings, subscribed to my blog, worked on our projects, attended our events, or expressed interest in Flower Girl Greetings.

If you did not receive our beautiful mailing this past June with our newsletter and new full-color brochure, please send your address to me through the Contact Tab on our website or to my email address at bethann@flowergirlgreetings.com and I will send our bright green packet to you.

In addition to the printing of our new I Am Collection of 12 cards, we’ve added 4 new Gift Collections to our Shop Page.

The quality, beauty, message and price of these Collections makes them perfect gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Pastor Appreciation, or for anyone in need of the encouragement of God’s Word.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

God bless you,
Beth Ann