God and The Garden

There will be times in life when we face disappointments. People will fail to meet our expectations. Our offenders may never have a clue of the pain they cause. The people we love and love us in return are flawed and have limitations just like us.

Likewise, things also hold the potential to absorb our hope, faith and confidence. A job, a 401K, the stock market or even a favorite sports team can become “gods” that are worshipped instead of viewed in the proper perspective.

evergreen God and the Garden 2 12-2015Only the one true God is everlasting. When we allow ourselves to become “evergreen” our joy doesn’t come from other people or things but instead from within.

I want to invest my hope and faith in the one true Source that sustains.

Evergreens such as the ones pictured here often symbolize the promise of life when everything else appears dead.  They thrive no matter the season. In the…

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By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. Hi Lilka! Very level-headed advise here. Our focus on the “Evergreen” can be pulled away so easily by all of the things of this world. Yet only God is forever, He stands after all other things in this life pass away. So it is wise to invest our time and attention into Him before all temporal things.

    Hope you and yours have a joyous and peaceful Christmas!

    Steve 🙂

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      1. Hey that’s how my Christmases go too. A lot of kids and a smattering of grandkids all between 5-12 years of age.

        By peaceful I mean more so in your own heart. And “Merry Merry” to you as well, Lilka! 🙂

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      2. I’m working on the peaceful. Had a couple of unexpected deaths that kind of shook me for a moment but I am trying to allow peace to push everything else out. Enjoy your day and Merry Christmas Steve. I appreciate you.

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      3. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about the deaths! Bless your heart!! And at this time of year too…

        I pray for you and yours Lilka. Go to God and ask for peace, He will answer. I have done it on many occasions like this and He pulls me through, I’m sure He will pick you up and cradle you in His loving arms.

        Try to feel better for Christmas now, and I have always appreciated you as a good friend here too!

        Steve 🙂


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