The Dead of Winter

Pictured above is one of my favorite hydrangea plants. I planted it shortly after my father died over ten years ago and its beauty and vibrancy has brought me great joy. But it doesn’t so hot right now. In fact it looks very much dead. Dead. Dry. And lifeless. There are times in our livesContinue reading “The Dead of Winter”

It’s a New Year…so get over it!

It’s a New Year…so get over it! This isn’t at all what I had planned to write about. My intention was to end the year in 2013 thanking the many people who have supported me and this blog especially so in the latter part of the year. You are hardly forgotten! Alas, my plans wereContinue reading “It’s a New Year…so get over it!”

DEAD HEADS

As much as I love and enjoy the beauty of my flowers, I am compulsive and pursue “dead-heading” with a passion. “Dead-heading” is cutting off dead and wilted flowers to encourage the plant to produce more blooms. I’ve recently done this so my roses will bloom until the frost. Now if only we would soContinue reading “DEAD HEADS”

Buried or Planted?

There are times in life when we feel stressed and overwhelmed by daily responsibilities. Family obligations, job stresses, health issues and an array of other things can make us feel as if we are overcome and buried beneath a ton of bricks.  We often bury ourselves beneath the weight of unnecessary commitments, circumstances, and evenContinue reading “Buried or Planted?”

Emissions Test!

I live in a county that requires a yearly emissions test to renew my car’s license plate. If your vehicle fails this test, the county will not issue the yearly sticker that deters the police from pulling you over. The emissions test searches for a level of fumes deemed unacceptable that escape the vehicle whileContinue reading “Emissions Test!”

Flourishing Finish

As I look out at what is left of my summer garden, it is more than evident that this year is quickly coming to an end. Yet, the pictured summer plant is still standing and going strong, having withstood storms, drought and even my neglect while everything around it quickly fades away. Unlike the plant,Continue reading “Flourishing Finish”

The Root of the Matter (excerpted from God and The Garden)

  “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away,” Matthew 13:6 NKJV No matter how beautiful the plant, no matter what its leaves look like or its fruit that shines, if the roots are rotten it is as good as dead. The same also holdsContinue reading “The Root of the Matter (excerpted from God and The Garden)”

Clean cuts

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell,” Matthew 5:30 NKJV I know a gentleman who suffered over a year with an infectionContinue reading “Clean cuts”

B is for Bent not Broken

Originally posted on B Is for Blessed!:
  Everyone in life is guaranteed some form of hardship, storm or distress/duress that is necessary to forge us into the people God would have us to be. Though not pleasurable experiences, our problems are necessary for our promotion from one stage in life to another. The way we deal with these…

P is for Protection

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” Psalm 5:11-12 NIV   There are times inContinue reading “P is for Protection”