Too Busy

Too many times I have heard it said that “If you are too busy to spend time with God, then you are just plain too busy. Slow down.

God reminds us through His Word that He just wants to walk by you side being close. He wants an intimate relationship with each of us.

In today’s devotion of Quiet Times with God, we are reminded of the intimacy we should have with God. Normally when we think of intimacy, we think of the husband and wife bedroom scene, but intimacy is so much more than that. You can be intimate with someone from across the room. Webster define intimacy as something of a personal or private nature. I think it is knowing someone so well that you can speak volumes with them without saying a single word or making a single sound.

“Each of us can be as close to God as we want to be; it all depends on how much time we are willing to put into developing our relationship with Him.” Quiet Times With God, Joyce Meyer

Developing any type of relationship with a person or animal requires time. You are not allowed to be too busy or it just wont work. If we think our relationship with Jesus is not that important, we would be the losers of the equation, for…

Spending time with Jesus is probably the single most important relationship you could ever have. That makes it personal then it fills us with the assurance of His love.

So I remind you of God’s individual love for each of us. It is always available if we just SLOW down enough to enjoy its benefits. And as you do, remember one of the attributes of this love is kindness. Kindness is something that can be shared with man or beast and has the potential to send out roots of kindness out to others in distant places.

Always Be Kind

FOTD-May 13,Flower’s Seed

Two years ago I planted one small plant of Columbine in a container and now they seem to have taken control…but I don’t mind. They are lovely. So for Cee’s Flower of the Day, I give you a takeover queen and she is lovely.

Columbine

Currently there are 8 plants started from the one “mother” plant. They are early bloomers, don’t last that long and give the garden a gentle beauty to bring you out of winter’s cold. You can see they are an inverted flower, hanging their delicate blooms downward.

But when you flip them over to look inside, its is quite stunning. Yes, I am a bit of a flower geek.

Multiple layers of cupped petals with a bright yellow center

As you walk around enjoying the beauty of flowers this spring and summer, remember they are showing you their beauty as a reflection of their kindness. Reflect kindness as well in all that you do. You might just brighten someone’s dark day.

Always be Kind

CMMC – May Color – Purple

Hello there friends. This is my take on Cee’s challenge for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC).  The color topic is Purple. Purple is the bestest color ever, especially with flowers and spring.

Campanula
Clementis

The Clementi’s petals as such a lovely purple but the center is a rich dark purple. Purple is a royal color for kings and queens but the beauty of flowers can not be beat.

And as always, remember the beauty of kindness. It should be given freely.

Always be kind

FOTD – May 11, Pink Fuffles

Last week I shared the story of my violets, and how recently I lost one. Well, I now have an empty space in the pot so its time for new. Meet Miss pink Ruffles….

I think she will look nice next to the purple violet. I love how when you look real close, she looks as she is covered in glitter. I am sure it’s a girl thing.

Have a great week and remember always to be kind. Even flowers enjoy a little kindness now and again.

FOTD – May 8, Violet

Hello, my name is Violet. I am here today to tell you my story. But flowers can’t talk you say…I beg to differ. Think of the peace you see and feel when you see a group of us together gently moving in the breeze, we are speaking to you from our beauty. Or think of those who are very fragrant and our scent is wafting lightly in the air. It makes you smile and you close your eyes in enjoyment. See, we may not use words but we speak loudly…quietly. I know It confusing. But I want to tell you my story, well mine and my two friends. Our caretaker had us in her office. Well, it really wasn’t and office. It was a space underneath a mezzanine in a plant where huge injection molding machines worked. It was smelly, hot and kind of difficult to live in but we managed to do well and continued to bloom…until that day. It was a bad day, a Saturday, a day where my caretaker did have to come to work. A day where she was not able to protect us. A sad scary day.

It started like any other day. Things were humming along as usual until all of a sudden there a loud pop, then gurgling whooshing sound and the next thing you know, all three of us are covered in hydraulic fluid. This is not a substance we are known to be able to grow in. The walls outside the mezzanine were covered and it dripped down everywhere like thick melting goo. It covered floor, other machines, desktops, computers…and us. And it was very warm. We knew were were going to die.

On Monday when our caretaker came in, she immediately went into action. She knew we would probably die but she was at least going to give us a fighting chance. She washed us in Dawn. I had heard that it was safe on animals and many have been saved from oil slicks but we are plants…and violets, very sensitive plants. She gently washed all of the dirt and oil away from us where we were naked for the whole world to see. It was so embarrassing. But she then replanted us in fresh new potting soil and took us home to recuperate. And all three of us survived. Last year one of us got sick when the heater went out. His already weakened system could not tolerate the cold and we lost him. But now as you can see, I am back to blooming. My other friend has not bloomed yet but his leaves are bright green and full so blooms are not far behind.

I just wanted to share my story to let you know the value of kindness, even in a situation where all may seem lost. Good can still come out of a kind try, so always be kind.

His Reach, Our Perseverance

I wanted to share the words of my devotional this morning from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. We sometime have life forces pounding on us that seem more than we can stand. We are moaning “enough”. But Oswald reminds us…

Perseverance means more than endurance, more than simply holding on until the end. Oswald Chambers

Revelations is a book of hope reminding us that we can survive this life if we just hold o and trust Him.

“A person’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something we can not see, but our Lord continues stretching until His purpose is in sight, then he lets the arrow fly.” Oswald Chambers

Even though we feel we can take no more, if we continue to maintain an intimate relationship with Christ our faith in Him will help us persevere.

“Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion. It is a strong and vigorous confidence built on God’s love for us.” Oswald Chambers

“The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering.” Oswald Chambers

So as you face the trials of this life, raise and uplifted hand above and I promise He has a hand reaching down to you to help you survive. He never puts more on us than we can tolerate.

And in closing I remind us all of the power of kindness. Kindness has a power of strength that can not be measured and it can sometimes be the one thing that helps us survive, whether we give it or receive it.

Reach out to be kind.

#WQWWC #23 Writer’s Choice

As I was following Cee Neuner posts, she introduced me to another blogger’s challenge that I just had to chime in on. Marsha Ingrao creates a Wednesday challenge called Writes Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge. I especially liked her quote for this challenge…

I love the fine details in photography and the written word. Its the details that can trip you up in a story or absolutely blow your mind. But the details of photography to me is what sets any picture off, and I really like photography about nature.

For example, when I went walking and saw my neighbors thrift that was blooming, I was struck by it’s peaceful beauty with pinks and blues cascading gently down the wall.

But then on closer inspection I saw the beauty in the details…

The blue had purple highlights with a tiny yellow center, and the pink had white blooms trying to show their beauty through the pink and white stripes. If we don’t stop and study the details, we will miss their true beauty.

And in closing, I always remind myself as well as anyone who may reads my words, on the beauty of kindness. Its a beauty can not be matched.

Always Be Kind

CFFC: Real vs Fake

Cee reminds us of the fun of photography with her CFFC challenge. This challenge both new and archived photos are allowed.  The main purpose of this challenge is to create community and get to know each other through photography. reminds us of the fun of photography with her CFFC challenge. This challenge both new and archived photos are allowed.  The main purpose of this challenge is to create community and get to know each other through photography.

As I am writing this post, I am alerted with sound of the fake alert of storm coming verses the real thing. Living in Iowa, tornados are a real concern so during spring and summer so every Tuesday at 10:00am the sound system is tested to make sure it is working properly. Today was the first test for the season.

Below are pictures of the not real king of the house….

Verses the true queen of the house…

Queen Mimi

Then of course we jump to the floral side…

Verses the real thing…

And remember to do the real thing of kindness. Fake kindness really does no good.

Always be Kind

Tuesday Writing Challenge

Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray. We hope to offer all of you something that will spark your creativity and willingness to participate.

Today’s prompt: Write a poem that starts with before this moment.

Before This Moment…

Before this moment, I dreamed in wonder

Will there be birds singing or loud thunder

Before this moment, I was safe and warm

Now cold surrounds me like a winter storm

Before this moment, I had no concern

Now that I am out, now way to return

Before this moment, there were no light

Now brightness abounds, blinding my sight

Before this moment, feeling mom was rare

Now cuddled close, feels beyond compare

Before this moment, the sound from above

Could never compare to this cooing of love

Before this moment, I dreamed in wonder

With this new life, many things to ponder

As we all marvel at the newness of life, let us never forget how very important kindness is to that new life.

Always be Kind