"Faith is born and sustained by the word of God, and out of faith grows the flower of joy."
John Piper, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
See! The Winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
~Song of Songs 2:11-12 NIV
But the rich should take pride in their humiliations - since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossoms falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.