“J” Is For Japanese Honeysuckle

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This is a closeup of Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) growing around the base of a sweet gum tree in my backyard.

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From this angle  you can see more honeysuckle growing on a tree stump just to the left of these chairs. It completely covered the stump quickly, and I pruned it, so that it looks like a big round shrub. Behind the chairs is a planting of tiger lilies that had not bloomed yet that year.

Scripture reference;

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 KJV

 

Japanese Honeysuckle is an extremely vigorous plant that is evergreen in mild regions of the United States, and either partly or wholly deciduous in its colder regions. It is very beautiful and fragrant. Whenever this vine is in bloom its fragrance will be carried on the breeze, and it is just Heavenly!

However, it is not a native plant. It was first brought to the U.S in the early to mid 1800’s, and is invasive, so depending upon who you are, you will either love it or hate it. I found mine growing in those spots in my backyard, and instead of trying to get rid of them I used them. I do prune them drastically a couple times a year in order to keep them in check.

In some ways Christians are like that honeysuckle. As they yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit He will gradually take over them conforming them more and more into the Lord’s image. As this growth occurs they will spread and reach out to others. The breeze that the Father blows will carry their fragrance leaving a scent trail that will attract seekers and repel those who continually reject the Lord. Some will even take all kinds of measures to keep them in check, and to even destroy them, but in the end their efforts will be in vain.

 

“Honeysuckle” by Theresa Anne Moore

 

Sweet is the scent of its flower

Carried along on the breeze.

Sweet is the taste of its nectar

One drop will assuredly please.

Sweet is its form like a halo

Encircling the bases of trees.

Lonicera japonica

 

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on ““J” Is For Japanese Honeysuckle

  1. Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    In some ways Christians are like that honeysuckle. As they yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit He will gradually take over them conforming them more and more into the Lord’s image. As this growth occurs they will spread and reach out to others. The breeze that the Father blows will carry their fragrance leaving a scent trail that will attract seekers and repel those who continually reject the Lord. Some will even take all kinds of measures to keep them in check, and to even destroy them, but in the end their efforts will be in vain.

  2. stu06bloc9 says:

    I’ve realsied I’ve been checking your other blog and not all your posts are reblogged there 🙂 glad to see you’re still posting these, I’m enjoying your poetry linked to your choice of flower, the descriptions and even read some of the scripture verses. You’re very well-organised and these are very considered posts, always enjoy my visits, thank you 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    I didn’t know about this one, Theresa! Thank you! And thank you for those verses and that sweet poem! I so look forward to your posts each day! God bless you!
    Love, deb

  4. This is lovely, Theresa. Honeysuckles are one of my favorites for their fragrance. We have it by our front door.
    Easter Blessings ~ Wendy

  5. Thank you, Wendy. ❤

    Love and Blessings,
    Theresa

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