The Lily of the Valley {Thankful Thursdays}

The Lily of the Valley is a humble little flower, they grow in places that are shady and lowly. They are not flashy or showy, nor do they grow on thick, strong bushes. They are a delicate, gentle flower. If you are like me and love flowers you try your hand at planting a few bulbs in hope they will grow and bloom into something beautiful in a flower bed. My somewhat green thumb can’t seem to grow anything here in Montana, even a few bulbs of Lily of the Valley.
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Jesus - The Lily of the Valley

Humility is a trait we see in Jesus throughout the Gospels. He could have been born in a palace and placed in the royal baby crib and given the luxuries as a royal offspring. But God chose for Jesus to be born in a lowly stable and His bed, a food trough for animals. Jesus grew up in a carpenter’s home, in a regular town, with regular parents and siblings. While He wasn’t ordinary, I’m sure He grew up within an ordinary life with family and friends. One day we may hear all about the childhood Jesus had that is not recorded in the Bible.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (bold emphasis is mine)

When Jesus chose His disciples, He chose ordinary men. These men were dedicated to their families and occupations, they knew hard work and were willing to be used of God. Jesus and these men left behind everything they owned and everyone they knew to teach and share the Gospel with others.

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

When Jesus and His disciples traveled, they did so in a way that did not bring them recognition; they humbly went not making a grand entrance. Ordinary people followed Jesus throughout the towns, many who were looking for the hope that only He could give and all saw and heard the true authority of Jesus.

Jesus’ birth was lowly,
but His life and works were exalted.

I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.

The Lily of the Valley – Charles W. Fry


  1. Hi Lori, I love that hymn??
    Thank you for the linkup today.
    Blessings to you

  2. Lori, my mom has always grown lovely Lily of the Valley in front of her and my dad's house, so when I read your sweet post, I automatically thought of her and could almost smell the fragrance of the flowers! But I love your tie-in between this "humble" flower and this particular name of Jesus. It's something I've never thought of before...thank you so much. I love how each of Jesus' many names tells us something different that's true about Him. Thank you as always for hosting!

  3. I just planted a new type of begonia 2 weeks ago in a pot, and it has already died. :( So disappointed.

    The humility of Jesus always blows my mind. The Son of God can be humble and yet *I* can find a way to be proud??? It’s crazy.

  4. I must admit Lori that when I think of flowers I think of bees and trying to avoid them! The Lily of the Valley is a beautiful flower and what a excellent representation of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
    I am thankful for His humility and the example he left for us in His word. I want to show that same humility in my life that he showed. Thanks for this lovely reminder of our risen Savior. May we all aspire to live like Him each day. Have a wonderful weekend my friend and blessings to you and yours!

  5. Lori, I enjoy learning something new. I never realized the Lily of the Valley was associated with humility. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

  6. I am so thankful to know our wonderful Beautiful Saviour! Thanks Lori.

  7. I'm thankful also, Mom.

  8. You're welcome, Debbie. When I started studying this symbol and name, I learned it too.

  9. Thank you, Horace, I run from certain bees too. The life of Jesus is the perfect example for all Christians to follow.

  10. I'm glad to know I am not the only one to have problems with flowers, Lisa. I was so excited about growing the flowers and was so disappointed when they didn't even come up. Pride and judging, if Jesus was able to love and care for others, why can't we?

  11. Elizabeth, I have learned so much about Jesus doing these posts, it's amazing at what we can learn if we would just stop and read about Him.

  12. It's one of my many favorites and you're welcome, Ifeoma. Thank you!

  13. This is about my most favorite of flowers. I can almost smell them. I do not live where they can be grown, but I still appreciate them. Through your post, I find that they mean so much more than just a flower. Thank you for reminding me just Who the Lily of the Valley is and what it represents.

  14. Hi, Linda! They are one of my favorites also. Thanks for linking up and leaving a comment.

  15. Lori, what a sweet reminder of the character of our Savior! How many things God has placed around us that are intended to point us back to Him!

    I don't have the green thumb that my mother does, but I do love the flowers in my yard. They bring me a great deal of joy. Your post made me wonder if I could find a shady place somewhere in my yard to try my hand at planting some lilies of the valley. I may have to give it a try.

    Thanks for hosting each week. Summer blessings!

  16. Thanks, Donna. If you try planting them, I would love to hear about it.

  17. I grew up in Northern Minnesota and every summer, Lily of the Valley would seemingly come up out of nowhere. There was one special little corner they loved. And I loved them so much! You just brought back such a treasured memory!!!
    Blessings, friend!

  18. A great post. Thank you for leading this link-up. Blessings to you!

  19. I was surprised to find they grow at Glacier National Park, I loved them when I came across a little bunch growing under some bigger bushes. When I asked about them, the ranger told what they were. I love them! I'm so glad this brought back a memory for you, Lori.


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