Here They Come in Full Bloom

All winter I wait for life to change outside. To burst with colors and textures and new growth spilling over pathways or rising to the marvelous blue sky. I take comfort in knowing spring will arrive. That is nature’s promise to all of us.

My promise to you is my annual spring flower shots taken around the yard and perennial garden. I hope you enjoy them.


 

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Stories of Grace and Hope

Kindle   –    Nook

The Value of Flowers

FLOWERS are POWER.

They make one smile, inhale (okay, sometimes sneeze), and accept an apology from the man in our life…even though we may not want to.

FLOWERS are USEFUL.

They brighten, decorate, and fill empty spaces…even though we know it’s temporary.

FLOWERS are ICEBREAKERS.

They bring about introductions, conversations, and memorable dates…even though we’re unsure.

FLOWERS are HOPE.

They bring to us all the gifts listed above and much more…even though we don’t always deserve them.

 

About these photos: The images were taken at the Primitive Barn’s Final Flea Market for the year in the tiny drive-through town of Linden, California. La Loretta’s Floral Truck was a vendor at the event.

 

Stories of Grace and Hope

Kindle   –    Nook

 

 

It Is Not For Nothing

I looked at the lines around our property. Each connected to a life, a dream, a needed improvement or repair.

When the repurposed materials are stacked, piled, and stored it’s for a new beginning.

It’s for future upkeeps and protective boundaries where structures and space break down.

Iron Man installs a line of forest timber, hammers nails, digs holes, and pounds the earth.

I try to help.

The labor is intense. There’s an exchange of cross words.

Our brows are warm beneath beaded sweat.

When the labor is finished, he glimpses at the toil of his accomplishment, wishes he had done better…and tries to figure out how.

These aren’t just lines around our property. They are goals of metal and wood and plastic and dreams of a safe and happy haven.

The lines of the space have changed.

And so have we.

It is not for nothing.

 

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—
this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NIV)

 


 

Claim Your Uniqueness

The world is filled with exciting colors and textures, patterns and depths. Rejoice in the variations. Know and believe that you too are filled with uniqueness. Delight in the gifts and talents God has put in you. If you’ve longed to develop those gifts, take one small step today, toward the dream you’ve always dreamed of doing.

“A great book begins with an idea;

a great life, with a determination.” — Louis L’Amour

Be happy in the process. Pray, trust, obey, and believe.

“God will bless you, if you don’t give up when your faith is being tested.

He will reward you with a glorious life,

just as he rewards everyone who loves him.” —James 1:12 (CIV)

Now, go out and claim your uniquness. Show the world that

YOU ARE HIS DELIGHT, BLESSED, AND GLORIOUS.

 


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Just Pondering

A Moment of Expression—A Way of Living

“Grace is a way of choosing to be

Kind

Thoughtful

Complimentary

Generous and trusting

Selfless

Forgiving

Warm and Loving.”

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About the Images: These are spring buds on my pomegranate tree. The progression of the light reminds me of starting a new journey, timid and afraid before encouragement and peace are breathed and strangled many times over. No matter what season I’m in, there are old habits to conquer and new paths to experience. I find that I am able to best walk with grace and hope when I let go and allow God to lead the way. Deuteronomy 31:6


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