Be Joyful!

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. Psalms 5:11 NKJV

Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.  Psalms 43:4 NKJV

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me [by your] generous Spirit.  Psalms 51:12 NKJV 

Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.  Psalms 125:5

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word [spoken] in due season, how good [it is]!  Proverbs 15:23 NKJV


**And yes, it is a real bee smiling at the camera 🙂



By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


      1. Yes, life has a way of taking up our time! I appreciate the reply and know that sooner or later I’ll hear back from you. I do enjoy reading your posts…

        Good luck with your conference!



  1. This is an incredible photo Lilka, how do you do it? The scriptures are perfect too…this post is reason enough to be joyful. You always lift my spirits my friend 😀


    1. Well, then mission accomplished! 🙂
      It is done by taking dozens if not hundreds of photos. I have a huge mound of lantana that make photographing butterflies and bees not very difficult at all.

      Peace to you Sherri!

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    1. Thank you!

      I nearly fell out of my chair when I was going through the photos on the computer. I’ve probably taken a thousand photos of these same bees this summer but never caught one quite like that. 🙂


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