Where do I begin?
I cannot remember when I was not interested in something which had a butterfly on it.
Most people who know me well will be able to tell you that
I love Butterflies.
I have Butterfly
necklaces, rings & brooches
- not sure how many I have but even the kids in our church know I love them as do my family & friends.
Over the years my family have bought me scarves, vases, bags and necklaces at Christmas time all decorated with butterflies.
Even the Ladies who came to the International Christian Club of Brussels knew I loved them as I was often found with a butterfly brooch pinned to my jacket.
When I was leaving Belgium to return to live in Northern Ireland I was given a lovely white lace Butterfly brooch from one of these ladies as leaving gift.
|Isn't it beautiful?|
My daughter even had a mug specially printed for me with butterflies on it for my Birthday this year and I featured it in a humorous blog post called 3 More Coffee Mugs
I have bought myself bags with butterfly designs, clothes with butterflies, room decorations with butterflies.
Then there was the time Fred and I spent a lovely afternoon in our home in Belgium taking pictures of the butterflies that were on a bush just outside our lounge window - I was going to miss the Butterflies
It just makes me smile to see butterflies around the house and in our garden with our Buddleia (butterfly) bush here in Northern Ireland too and we managed to get some nice pictures of the bush in full bloom
with butterflies around it this summer.
Why do I love Butterflies?
Because they are beautiful, intricately patterned, delicate creatures.
They are also a great reminder of new birth in that they start as caterpillars and turn into beautiful butterflies.
Just like I was once a person marred by my sin and through God's Love and the Grace of Jesus I was able to experience a new birth and share Christ's beauty.
I love to share about the butterfly in the Kids Work that I do in our church to explain to the children that God offers them a new life in Jesus through His blood because of His Love for them.
Children hear that Jesus died on the cross but they need to know that He did this for them individually and that His beauty can become their beauty. They need to know that he didn't stay dead but rose again and is still alive today so that they can know He talks to God about them and shares in all their feelings.
Children need to feel loved and secure above all else and Jesus wants them to accept His love and assurance that He will never leave them.
But you and I need to know exactly the same thing.
You and I need to know we are loved and that we are safe and that there is a God planned future for us.
You and I need to experience this new birth and know that we can be beautiful in the eyes of our creator because of His Son.
There is one last Butterfly I would like to share with you today
This Butterfly sits on the Vanity Unit in my ensuite and I see it every day.
I believe in miracles.
The Butterfly is an example of a miracle in that it changes from an ugly creature to a beautiful one.
Can you believe in Jesus and experience Him work this miracle in your life too?
If you would like to see a list & links to all of the 31 days just click here on Things I Love