Faith, Living Life, Uncategorized

Clothed in Splendor

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The clematis vine I planted last year has grown more than I could have imagined  and this spring, showcased a remarkable amount of blooms.

 

As you can see, it has settled quite nicely in its home under the pergola. In fact, I love it so much, I’m going to plant another one of a different color.

 

As I thought of a friend of mine who is struggling with health issues, a passage of scripture came to my mind, which immediately made me realize that this simple yet elegant flowering vine not only gifts me with its beauty, but also with an important lesson about life.

 

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

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I know it is not in the best interest of anyone to worry excessively. There is enough scientific evidence now to confirm that the stress of worrying is not good for our bodies or minds.

 

But life is full of ups and downs, trials and conflicts, enough to at least bring concern to our minds now and then. I don’t believe that is any surprise to God. He told us these times would come and to hold fast to the words which He spoke.

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This passage of scripture is full of assurance and encouragement, and I find much comfort in it.

Because when I look at that little flower on the vine, I see that my God put so much care and thought into the intricate design of each part of it, shaped it just so, and used His imagination to decorate it with brilliant color.

And as He stated in His words,  if He would take such care to dress the field flowers so beautifully, and water them with the dew, will He not make sure that I am cared for also?

 

Sure, times of concern will come. Circumstances will sometimes feel overwhelming. I will even admit that sometimes worry overtakes my thoughts and weighs heavy on my mind.

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In times such as these, this scripture is a reminder to keep our eyes on God, to continue to seek Him, to press in closer to Him, where we will find strength and comfort, peace and wisdom.

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And one more thing about my beautiful, flowering vine… I know that when He was creating it, He had me in mind, knowing that when my eyes behold its beauty, it would remind me of Him and bring warmth and delight to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Life

My Little Bit of Earth

After being in our home for a little over 3 years now, we are finally making the landscaping suitable for enjoying. Privacy fencing, brick-edged lawn, and a white pergola. 

I adore anything vintage, weathered and worn, with time-earned character, especially if it also contains a bit of history. So, many of the things I’ve collected over the years finally have an audience and make my cozy backyard a place I want to be. 

The white-metal, vintage table and chairs, which has been waiting patiently in the basement, now has a lovely home on the patio where it can be appreciated. The old black and silver-plated wood stove I’ve kept for the last 20+ years can finally come out of hiding. And the rusty old milkcan anchors it all and makes all the surroundings look like they’ve been here forever. 

Clematis blooms under the pergola are making a show of themselves at the moment, inviting me to sit down and take a rest. 

It’s not a perfect oasis yet, for there are plenty of those pesky weeds fighting to survive. But they still pale in comparison to the little showcases of beauty here and there. 

Today I’ve been busy today adding more plant life. Hostas, succulents, day lilies and more. I really have to keep a reign on myself lest I lose control and fall victim to the planting fever!

One of the things I love about our piece of property in the city, it that it is small and manageable, an important feature for future circumstances, namely, when I’m too old to bend over!

Each time I dig a hole for a new plant, I can’t help but think about my Mother. She is the one who instilled in me the inclination to want to grow things. All those times she would send us kids out to pull weeds, or to help plant the tomatoes and onions, or help to harvest the bounty, left a desire in me to carry on the examples she left for me. 

Most of all, it makes me stop and think of the Creator of all this botanical beauty. Full of wisdom, design and intricacy it is! Each flower on that clematis vine is as perfect and pristine as the others, the aroma of the thyme in the planter box speaks of earth’s savory goodness. If you stop and think about it, that dirt you hold in your hand? That very bit of earth has been here since God spoke it into existence!

Laying out a garden is like painting a picture with God’s paint pallet for the medium and the rich earth as the canvas. Colors, textures, aromas, grand enough to create a masterpiece that feeds the eyes, the nose and our very souls! There is a soothing comfort in it which no man-made invention can boast of.

‭‭”Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you the truth, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  Luke 12:27