God Gives Beauty for Ashes

This month I was blessed to receive from DaySpring's Redeemed collection a darling birdhouse and charming watering can.

The Birdhouse

Our new DaySpring Redeemed Birdhouse hanging in our pear tree


The birdhouse looks perfect hanging on our pear tree, and I love the message on it, "His eye is on the sparrow." Inspired from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount teaching abou worry, Jesus explains in Matthew 10:29-31, "What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (NLT) So every time I see that house, I am reminded not only that His eye is on the sparrow, but that His eye is on me because He esteems me much higher than sparrows. His love is so encouraging!

While the truth that God's eye is on the sparrow hails from Matthew 10:29, in 1905 Civilla Durfee Martin wrote the gospel song, "His eye is on the sparrow." Having never heard this song before, I looked it up online and was blessed by it's rich lyrics and beautiful melody. Here it is on You Tube in case you're interested as well as the lyrics below.

 
His Eye Is On The Sparrow by Tanya Blount and Lauryn Hill  

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

The Watering Can
 Our new DaySpring Redeemed Watering Can perched by our strawberries

My little girl has loved using this new watering can to water our garden. It's big enough for adult use, but light enough that a kid can enjoy using it too. The verse on the can, Ecclesiastes 3:11, is perfect when you consider what the water coming out of the can does for a garden. The can features the verse, "He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:11

As we use the can to water our garden we are reminded that God makes everything beautiful in its time. While that requires waiting on our part, we can be sure God will make it well worth our wait. Just as God makes the land beautiful again in the spring after the dreary winter has passed, God makes everything beautiful in its time. This verse reminds me of Romans 8:28 in how God is working all things in our life too good, for us who know Him and are called according to His purpose.

Right now we can be confident whatever trials we are in whether minor or major, God is working to good every circumstance. Every hurt, every disappointment, every frustration we know and have known,  God is working to good in our life and will bring forth beauty from ashes. He makes everything beautiful in its time.

Joseph, from the book of Genesis, experienced these truths first-hand as he stood before his brothers who betrayed him years ago, selling him into slavery. Not only was Joseph a slave for Potiphar, but later was falsely charged and imprisoned for years for a crime he never committed. Joseph's brothers stood before him frozen in fear when they learned Joesph was the second most powerful person in all Egypt.

Joseph could have easily got revenge on his brothers by denying them the food they sought since they were in the midst of a seven-year famine and their lives were at stake,  but able to see the beauty that God had brought out of those ugly years in slavery and prison, Joseph declared, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. ” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them." (Genesis 50:19-21)

God made Joseph's circumstances beautiful in their time, and He'll do the same for you and me, too!

So if you'd like to grace your yard and garden with this adorable birdhouse and charming watering can, for any DaySpring purchase made in the month of July, you can receive 25% off your entire order with code: JOY2012. I love DaySpring products to begin with, but I love them even more at 25% off. :) These would make great hostess, birthday, or thank you gifts for the women in your life.  

Question for you: What do you think about these products from DaySpring's Redeemed Collection?

 

Disclaimer: I received this birdhouse and watering can free from DaySpring as part of their affiliate review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.

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