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The King's Blooming Rose Ministries
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As women, we long for the love and protection of a man. There's no getting around it, it's what we were made for-helpmeets. As little girls, we played house, dressed up as brides, and danced with our daddies. As quite the "proper" young ladies of thirteen we worked hard learning household skills and lovingly tucked away little things for our hope chests. And now? Dreaming? Waiting? Yearning? Watching, as friends find the perfect love at a perfect age and start a perfect life? Oh, wait, did I just say that out loud!?

I find myself spending so much thought on the future-how we will meet, what my dress will be like, how my house will run SO much more smoothly than my mother's (mhm, pride before fall)-that I lose the joy, communion, and praise that are for NOW. Sometimes, I exchange dreams for the best dream that could ever come true, yet it is (!), a relationship with Jesus. Have you ever felt that way? You are so focused on the need for love, and forget the greatest Love, that died for YOU? He promises to be our Strength, Rock, comforter, Shepherd, Brother, Friend, and is our Savior! Let's not forget our goal of worshipping and enjoying HIM!

Let me encourage you to live your days communing with and adoring Christ. I just read about a convent. In that particular convent, the nuns' duty was the "perpetual adoration". I don't agree with any of their ideas except that one-life ought to be a perpetual adoration of our Savior. Love Him, and all else will follow.

Well dears, I wish you all a very joyful Monday! May your life shine for Him this week! (and if you feel yourself in "need of a good romance", try Song of Solomon ;)

~Claire Grace

#love #Redeemer #stopworrying #worship #contentment
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ON THE FORUM // Dear Sisters, As we approach the end of another year God has given us, I am reminded of how fast time goes by, and with it, so many opportunities and changes. Yet one thing never changes—and that is our great, loving God! It is so important that as we walk through life's trials and blessings, we do so with this bigger perspective— through the lens of God and His sovereignty over all things.

When we zoom out of the snapshot of life today, and see our Lord—glorious and lifted up, mighty and sovereign, good and gracious—and reflect on His purposes for our lives, it's life-changing. Ponder this passage in Isaiah 40:

"Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him... Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counsellor hath taught Him? With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and shewed to Him the way of understanding? ....

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We are so thankful for this journey we have shared together for the past thirteen years! As we close this season of publication, we are giving thanks for YOU! 👉Take 40% off your order at kingsbloomingrose.com while supplies last! 💖
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"O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods." (Psalm 95:1-3)
Sisters, it's Thanksgiving week! How many gifts our Father gives - each morning when we awake, He showers a fresh batch of good things upon us! When you look around you today, how many blessings can you count? Let's purpose to count them every morning this week, praising our God, making a joyful noise unto Him, rejoicing in His goodness.
I've been convicted that the outflow of thankfulness is GIVING. Generosity. As I have received, so must I share with others - freely, joyfully, cheerfully as 2 Corinthians 9 talks about: "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." The Lord has been prompting me to think about what I can be giving others, whether it is time, a listening ear, prayer, a gift, sharing of Jesus, or even money. My God truly provides exceedingly above what we need or ask. He provided breakfast for billions of people this morning. He is preparing dinner for them again tonight and providing for billions of creatures today as well. Our God is generous, and from His hand flows all things. Everything I have and every breath I take is from HIM alone.
And thus, if I am thankful for this, may my hands freely give to others of what He has given...out of thankfulness for His unspeakable gift (II Corinthians 9:15).
Friend, what can YOU give today as a THANKFUL receiver of what God has given you? Please share below.
~Sarah Lee
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FROM THE FORUM // Radiant joy is born as we behold God’s glory in the details.

Heavenly grace is on display in every small, beautiful thing filling your life and my life. As children of God, we have redeemed eyes to see it. As to whether or not we choose to see it — that is entirely up to us. Let me encourage all of us to begin by looking within the details (messy as they might be) of the circumstances surrounding us that are causing the disappointment. Begin there. Find God’s gentleness in the pain.

Some of my earliest memories take me back to sitting on my bed, splinter-pierced foot held up for my Daddy’s careful inspection. (I was one of those girls who determined shoes were for Sundays and shopping — thankfully, that opinion has since changed.) Daddy would take my foot gently in his hands, prepare the needle and tweezers, and remind me to be still or else it would hurt more than necessary. Some amount of pain was indeed necessary for the process to be complete, but Daddy would work his utensils with as much care and gentleness possible. I remained still, endured the pain, and proclaimed my Daddy a hero yet again — knowing full well that what pain he caused me, was inflicted in love and the utmost desire for my ultimate good. This love and this care multiplied by infinity is what our heavenly Father gives us every day.

So, let us, with hearts still and trusting, open our eyes to behold His glory and His grace and His gentleness in our moments of annoyance or agony. This is where gratitude is born....

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Gracious words! In a world of hashtags, quick texts, and people busier than ever, what don't usually have the time or take a thought for purposeful, gracious words. But what are gracious words?

Gracious is taken from the Hebrew word Chen, which can also mean pleasant or beautiful. That is a high bar for words! Just think of all the words you speak through the day...ask yourself how many meet this standard? Looking on my day, I am afraid there weren't many! What I find myself doing is hurriedly spewing only the most necessary words because I am busy and "can't" stop and think. Maybe they aren't rude, but they are a far cry from gracious!

This kind of speech takes intentionality. Strive to make your words pleasant to the person you are talking to all the time...whether it be to your little brother or the nice old lady at church! As always, we can only do it through the power of Jesus!

Have you ever been blessed by the gracious words of a wise woman? Please share how they encouraged and strengthened you below!

~Claire Grace

#kindness #beautifulwords #powerofChrist
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ON THE FORUM // When C.S. Lewis ’s wife, Joy, reminded him on her deathbed that their earthly happiness would soon end, he said he didn’t want to think about it. Joy replied, “The pain is part of the happiness. That’s the deal.”

Beloved sisters, pain is part of the deal. And hardship. And suffering. But so is beauty. And joy. And glory. Together they make something powerful, completely transforming. Something only God Himself can accomplish in us. And in order to perfect this glorious work, He uses the refining fire.

“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My Name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.”
(Zechariah 13:9)

It takes a redeemed soul and redeemed eyes to see that this is the kindness of a Father Who loves profoundly. We might know in our minds that He does all things well, all for our good and His glory. We might say these truths aloud to ourselves and others. Do our souls trust the beauty and the glory and the perfecting work of the fire? Do we trust the One Who holds us in it and leads us through it, Who calls us His own? ...

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Let the saints be joyful with glory! Wow, what a call! Only the pleasure of the Lord allows for this amazing state. He is so precious, so merciful, so steadfast. We could never dream of a more loving and tender Father. We are His!

This afternoon I was reading of God's promise to cleanse our hearts (in Ezekiel 36:24-38). I have certainly struggled with feeling unworthy of God's love and mercy. It is true that I am, but not in the sight of the Father. In His sight I am pure and clean-truly alive.

What can our response be but to glorify God and be joyful in glory? Not our glory, but in the glory of God! Everything shouts of it-from the spider web speckled in dew I see from my window to the sinner's heart regenerated!

Remember your deliverance this week as you strive to serve the Lord!

~Claire Grace

#praiseHim #gloryofGod #sinners #undeserved
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FROM THE FORUM // Forgive and invest in each other.

We are immeasurably far from perfect, yet God is gently teaching us to become unified in our differences so that we may advance His kingdom. We have disputes and disagreements, but we always purpose to pray for unity, and not “let the sun go down on our anger” (Eph. 4:26). It is so important not to hold a grudge, but instead, to forgive and keep giving. Try to invest in each other not expecting, or even hoping, for anything in return.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
(Ephesians 4:32)

The Lord created the relationship between sisters and He prizes it!
He wants to grant us a rich abundant relationship with each other. When the Lord is the center of our relationship, He can do so much through us. It is a beautiful thing to see how He shows himself strong on our behalf as we seek to glorify Him in the way we treat each other.

Our prayer...
Lord, please grant us the desire to love each other unconditionally. Help us to develop Your heart for one another. We ask that You would make us best friends. Help us to support, encourage, and spur each other on to love and good works...

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Have you ever struggled with worry? Worrying maybe in the sense of: am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? I have certainly struggled with doubt in this area! Really, our culture sets us up for it. As the world down-plays the purpose of true, godly womanhood and tries to mold woman’s roles into man’s, it is no surprise that we doubt ourselves! As homemakers-in training we certainly are the minority! But really, I think my greatest struggle is not the weird looks I get when marching my little siblings around the grocery store or incredulous comments when I explain to someone that I don’t plan on going to college or pursuing a career (recent
comment: Wait, you really think women should stay at home and take care of babies all their lives?? ;). What really gets me is that doubt deep in the back of my mind that asks if homemaking is really God’s will for me. (note: I do think woman’s role is more than “just” homemaking…it is helping our husbands to lead a family for the glory of God, training up a next generation, and the list goes on.)

So how do we combat that? The devil’s out to get us in every god-honoring endeavor, but we have a God stronger than He! I think the verse on the image describes a fix to our problem: commit thy works unto the Lord. Are you taking care of fussy babies all day for your mother: commit it to the Lord. Are you deep in the jungle helping your family preach the gospel: commit it to the Lord. Are you cooking and cleaning your home and then the elderly woman’s down the street: commit it to the Lord. Whatever you may be doing, if you are searching the Scriptures for God’s will and earnestly seeking to use your life for His glory, you can rest that you are right where God wants you. The result (and promise): thy thoughts shall be established! What amazing stability and contentment this thought brings! Praise the Lord for it-those not in Christ have never tasted this blessing! Do you know any ladies (young or old) weary or discouraged? Make a special effort to band together and encourage each other in the Lord!

#homemaker #trustandobey #God’sperfectwill #roles #PraisetheLord

~Claire Grace
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