Welcome to Meme's Devotions and Bible Study. I love this time of year. I love to watch the trees turning green and the flowers as they blossom. What is really amazing to me are the beautiful butterflies and what they started out as. When I think of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly I think God has taught us some valuable lessons in nature if we will just look and listen. We are all beautiful in the eyes of our Maker and He is making us even more of what we should be every day but sometimes we don't realize it. I have just recently discovered this the hard way. The very things we sometimes complain about and daily struggles of life are the things we should be rejoicing over. This is told in the story below:

Once upon a time in a land far away there was an old man who loved everything.
Animals, spiders, insects....
One day while walking through the woods he found a cocoon.
Feeling lonely he decided to take the cocoon home to watch its beautiful transformation from a funny little cocoon to a beautiful butterfly. He gently placed the cocoon on his kitchen table, and watched over it for days. Suddenly on the seventh day the cocoon started to move. It moved frantically! The old man felt sorry for the little butterfly inside the cocoon. He watched it struggle and struggle! Finally the old man felt so sorry for the cocooned butterfly he rushed to its aide with a surgical scalpel and gently slit the cocoon so the butterfly could emerge.
Just one slice was all it took, and the butterfly broke free from its cocoon only to wilt in a completely motionless state. The old man did not know what to think.
Had he accidentally killed the little butterfly?
No, it was still moving a little. Maybe it was sick! He was dumbfounded, and quite perplexed!
What should I do , he said to himself.
Well he felt so sorry for the little creature that he decided the best thing he could do for it was to place it gently back into its cocoon. He did so, and placing a drop of honey on the cocoon to seal it, he left the butterfly to nestle in its natural state.
The next day he noticed that the cocoon was once again moving. This time the man did not interfere. It moved and moved as the butterfly inside struggled and struggled. Finally the butterfly broke free from the cocoon and stretched its wings out wide. Its beautiful wings were filled with wonderful colors! It looked around and took off! It was flying! The old man was so joyful! The butterfly flew and flew until it was out of the old mans sight. What a wonder , he exclaimed! But then he started to think. What did I do wrong by trying to help that beautiful little butterfly at first?
The old man went into town, found the library, and read every book he could find on butterflies and cocoons. Finally the answer appeared. The butterfly has to struggle and struggle while inside the cocoon. That's how it gets its strength. That's what they are designed to overcome in order to be strong and beautiful. Well needless to say the old man was shocked, saddened, and somewhat relieved. Now he knew the reason why they do what they do. It was only his perception that made it appear that the butterfly was having a hard time.
Well from then on the old man knew that loving something sometimes means to pray for it and cheer it on! He realized that God was wonderful, and that sometimes appearances aren't what they seem to be; that we all are beautiful butterflies and are made that way through our different struggles in life.

I have been struggling with illness a lot lately. If you frequent my pages, you have probably noticed I haven't added anything new in quite awhile. We all have struggles of some kind. They are part of life and make us stronger. I believe God knows exactly how much we need to make us strong enough to fly!
Romans 8:28 says,
    "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

I know that I love Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and I know that He has called me out to serve Him according to His purpose, so I have no doubt that everything that happens to me He allows and will be for my good. I am looking forward to breaking free from this world of struggles someday and flying away to my heavenly home!

Then sings my soul, my Savoir God to Thee, How Great Thou art, How Great Thou art!

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2 Samuel 7:22
"Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God:
for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee,
according to all that we have heard with our ears."


How Great Thou Art
Words & Music By
Carl G. Boberg & R.J. Hughes

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

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