Someone gave me a vase full of peonies cut from their yard today. I love these flowers; their variations in color, size, and petals. I also learned that I’ve believed a myth all these years. I thought ants were necessary for peony blooms to open. False! Ants are attracted to their sweet serum, however the buds will bloom on their own. Ants positively partner with peonies in another way. They kill insects that are harmful to them. We all need advocates in life to help keep our enemies away and help us to fully bloom.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. – John 14:15-17

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