Yellow Daffodils with text overlay: I Brought You Flowers

I brought you flowers….

I’m having trouble writing right now.

We found out on Wednesday that my brother passed away. I haven’t cried much yet. This grief is so different from what I’ve experienced before. It’s just a sorrow that sits like a pit in my stomach; a feeling of shock and sadness that I can’t completely process yet.

I know I’m not the only one having a hard time right now. These are tough times for everyone, and I thought we could all use some reminders of the beauty in the world around us.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the flowers that are popping up around my yard right now. I hope they brighten your day.

Yellow daffodils

Our daffodils are always some of the first blooms we have, and seeing their sunny ‘faces’ after the cold months of winter always bring joy to my heart. They’re a reminder that while we may have to sit in the dark for a while, there’s light at the end of those dark times.

Jonquils - Yellow outer petals and orange trumpets

Just as these Jonquils popped up from the hard ground, surrounded by dead grass and leaves, beauty can sprout from the hard ‘ground’ of our lives. Whether that hard ‘ground’ is our health, difficult times, or something else that seems never-ending, we can still find glimpses of beauty if we are attuned to our surroundings.

Periwinkle - bright green leaves with small purple flowers

When the Periwinkle blooms it spreads a purple carpet across the yard (even those naturalized areas that are just left to their own devices). Maybe we can take a lesson from this hardy ground cover and spread beauty (and kindness) wherever we go too.

Two-toned daffodils - white outer petals and bright yellow trumpets

I absolutely love these two-toned daffodils. They remind me of how God works, even in nature, to put things together to complement one another. In the same way, when we work together we can bring something wonderful out of even the most trying circumstances. As we go through these next few weeks – or months – let’s work together to make our world a better place.

Two-toned daffodils with text overlay: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:23 NIV

If you’ve written an uplifting post, or shared images of things that lift your spirits, I’d like to invite you to share your links in the comments section below. It doesn’t have to be a new post – whenever it was written, if you have a hopeFULL post, I’d love for you to share it.

Let’s make this comment thread “Good News” central!

Blessings,

~Terri

43 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures of your flowers, Terri, and a very uplifting post. Praying for you and your family at this time of grieving the loss of your brother. Sad! Love and Prayers, Janet

    1. Thank you so much Janet! We have little clumps of flowers all over the yard. We didn’t plant them, so they had to have been planted many years ago. We never know where new ones might pop up each year. Thank you so much for your prayers. I and my family appreciate them so much. Sending love and hugs your way sweet friend!

  2. Oh Terri, my heart completely breaks for you and your family. I am deeply sorry to read that you have lost your brother to this side. Please know that I will be praying for all of you.

  3. Very timely post with a reminder we can be light to during the dark and sad times. The pictures of the various flowers blooming made me smile. Prayers for you and your family during this time. 💕 Sarah

  4. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your daffodils and periwinkles. Flowers always lift my spirits. I hope you got pleasure from them as well.

    1. Thank you so much Kathy. It really does lift my spirits to walk out and see the flowers everywhere. The only ones we planted were the ones in the flower beds. The others that pop up all around the yard must have been planted many years ago. I love walking outside and finding them in unexpected places. It’s a lovely surprise. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  5. We are so sorry for your loss, Terri. We love you guys and always appreciate your positive, uplifting posts. Thank you for sharing the photos!

  6. I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother, Terri. Such a meaningful time, then, for you to show the beauty that God gives all around us. Thank you, and may God bring you comfort.

  7. Oh Terri, I am sending BIG healing HUGS to you right now. I am so deeply deeply saddened and sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Bless your heart. I am praying Abba would wrap His healing arms around you, bring peace to your troubled soul and warmth to your hurting heart. 🙏🏼🤗

    What you have said in this post genuinely touched me. You are absolutely right. Beauty really can come from our pain in time. Though we don’t always understand during the ‘night seasons,’ we often will see when the new life springs forth. I pray God will bring beauty from the ashes, grant you the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

    I adore what you’ve said; “They remind me of how God works, even in nature, to put things together to complement one another. In the same way, when we work together we can bring something wonderful out of even the most trying circumstances. As we go through these next few weeks – or months – let’s work together to make our world a better place.” Amen my friend, amen!

    All my most sincere and heartfelt sympathies are with you sweetest Terri. Sending my love, on its way, right now!

    I wrote this post when I too was in a very dark and difficult place. I pray it is a healing balm to a hurting heart.

    https://wholenesshaven.com/he-knows-your-name

    1. Thank you so much, dear Holly. Dr. Charles Stanley often says we learn more in the valleys than on the mountain tops, and I truly believe that. I take comfort in knowing that even though I don’t know why things happen the way they do, God will use it in some way. Thank you for sharing your link – I love this post. I’ve pinned it on my Faith board. Sending love and hugs your way sweet friend.

      1. I love what Dr. Charles Stanley says and I too agree with you and him. 🤗 Pain into purpose is our God’s specialty. Doesn’t make it any easier as we endure, but at least we have His loving promise to hold onto through it all.

        Thank you for sharing my post, sweet friend. I sincerely appreciate you! Love & hugs right back to you!

  8. These flowers are so pretty and bright! I’m so, so sorry to hear about your brother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. I always love to go out in the yard and see those little clumps of daffodils. They’ve always been my favorite flowers, probably because they’re some of the first flowers we see after winter. Thanks so much for you kind thoughts and your prayers. Sending hugs your way!

  9. Yes it is good to look at the beauty with which nature surrounds us, and especially at time like these and if we are grieving. I am very sorry about your loss, may your brother rest in peace.

  10. My sympathies Terri on your sad loss and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are a great role model Terri, having the ability to see the beauty around you and searching for the good within the bad are qualities to be admired. Take care, le grà, Marie xx

    1. Thank you so much Marie. I appreciate your kind words more than you know, sweet friend. During these hard times, it’s so wonderful to know that we can lean on each other for comfort. May your St. Patrick’s day be a blessed one. Sending love and hugs your way!

  11. Terri, I’m so very sorry about your brother. Thank you for sharing pictures of your flowers. They brightened my day and reminded me to look for good and the beauty that each day brings — even in times of sorrow and the uncertain times a pandemic brings. God bless you and keep you in these difficult days.

    1. Thank you so much Janet. I’m the flowers brightened your day – I know they always brighten mine. The ones that come up this time of year especially remind me that beauty can spring up anywhere, even right in the middle of difficulties. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  12. Oh Terri, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and always. The pictures of your beautiful flowers were amazing and show beautiful in a world with way too much ugliness. When I say so much ugliness, I am meaning for how awful people will treat others and judge based on things that are not relevant. Take care sweetie and know your brother will live on in your heart.

    1. Thank you so much Alyssa. I appreciate your kind words. I wish we could all take a lesson from those flowers that brighten the world for those who see them and don’t let the cares of the world diminish their beauty. Blessings to you sweet friend!

      1. You are more than welcome Terri. I do hate you had to go through this, but your flowers may have been your brother sending you love and beauty! Take care sweetie!

  13. Dear Terri, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear brother. Coming together to support and uplift one another is one of the great blessings of these tough times. There is so much that is good to celebrate like your beautiful flowers. xx

    1. Thank you so much Brigid. I appreciate your kind words and comfort. I completely agree with what you said about supporting and uplifting one another being a great blessing. I hope your St. Patrick’s Day is a blessed one. Sending hugs your way!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. I appreciate your kind words so much. Thanks also for sharing your link – I love this so much! Those little girls are teaching adults how we should be acting toward our fellow human beings. Sending love and hugs your way sweet friend! Stay safe!

  14. Oh Terri, I’m so, so sorry. I wish I had seen this sooner. I don’t know what to say… that you’ve still shared your beautiful flowers to brighten the day for others is testament to your warm heart but I think we’re all more worried about you. Your poor brother.. I won’t ask what happened but if you do ever want to talk or just need someone to listen, please know I’m here. There’s nothing I can say right now that will be enough but I’ll be thinking of you & your family  🌹
    Sending lots of love ♥ Xxxxx

    1. Thank you so much Caz. I’m doing fine, just grieving my brother, of course. He had a massive heart attack and died suddenly, so it was quite a shock. He was four years younger than me, so I certainly didn’t expect him to have a heart problem. Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort. You are such a wonderful person with an incredibly kind heart. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  15. Oh Terri, I am so sorry. Grief hits people in all sorts of ways, doesn’t it? When the loss is unexpected, I guess our minds are in a turmoil for a while trying to come to terms with it. Take each day as it comes and allow yourself to do what you need to do, whether that’s crying, writing, or just staring into space. I hope those beautiful daffodils can bring you some kind of comfort. Sending love your way x

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort Liz. Grief really can come in many forms. You explained it perfectly though, about our minds being in turmoil when it’s sudden. I hope you’re staying well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  16. Hi Terri, I am sorry for your loss. Stay strong and I admire you trying to stay positive in these hard times. I mostly write about travel and I posted this quote some time ago https://wp.me/pa8Vw7-ok but I think it is a quote that applies to everyone and in every life situation. I lost my grandma last year to cancer and it was really sad. But I found comfort knowing that she lived a good life and that she was content, because she lived the life of her dreams. She did everything she wanted, she opened her own hair saloon in her 50s, she travelled and she had a great family.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Anna. I’m sorry you lost your Grandma last year. It’s hard to lose the people we love, but I agree with you that it softens the blow some when we know they lived a good life. I love that your Grandma opened a new business while she was in her 50s. It just goes to show that ‘age is just a number.’ Blessings to you!

  17. Terri, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My heart goes out to you. You will be in my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing joy and colour with us all despite your heartache.

    The periwinkle reminds me of a garden we had in a previous home. It just kept growing & flowering. Brightening a shady corner. We some daffodils here, not many, but they flowered! Peace and comfort be with you, Terri.💙 xxx

    1. Thank you so much Penny. I really appreciate your warm thoughts and your prayers. The periwinkle is wonderful, isn’t it? We have a lot of trees and therefore shady areas, and it will grow where other things won’t. Sending lots of love and hugs your way sweet friend. Stay safe!

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