Things That Bring Us Peace, FOTD

This morning is another beautiful day. I walk around my small yard and thoroughly enjoy the peace God put there for me to see.

Especially after a night of police chases down our quiet street…twice. Proof that satan is busy all around us and now more than ever we need the rest and peace of Christ. Sarah Young reminds us this morning in her devotional Jesus Calling of the importance of resting in Him. Through the quiet restful time devoted to God we find His peace and love. He wants us to know how very much he loves us and it breaks his heart when we feel unworthy of His love. He said we were worth it and that we should never feel that we are not.

He will rejoice over you with His love

I think we sometimes gets caught up in idea that we need to earn our love from Him but with Him His love is boundless. And He loved us long before we started doing any type of work.

So I encourage you today to take joy in His love for you and let His light warm your soul.

And may He bring you Peace.

I leave you with some more beauty from my yard to enjoy Cee’s Flower of the Day. Flowers do make me smile and remind me of God’s love for us. And if they are fragrant, that is even better.

And as always, I remind you of the beauty and magic of kindness.

Beauty in Life

Monday is the day we start out work week so I want to start mine with a reflection of the beauty of nature. Monday Macros is a good time to focus on the details of beauty around us so I give you Sunshine’s Monday Macro from my yard and wish you a beautiful start to you week.

Bees are still visiting my yard
I am only 2 inches in size big in beauty
Yellows and red make this Dahlia special
I am the larger of the blooms picture this morning but still under 3 inches

Hoping these smiling flowers bring a smile to you. And as always remember to be kind. It shows the beauty of YOU.

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Fall is Coming

Finally today the sun is shinning after a week of steady rain. I am not really complaining, we needed it badly. I pray that the Pacific coast gets some rain soon or at least relief from the fires.  Yet still the south is reeling from the floods of hurricanes – 2 within a couple of days and we here in the midwest are still cleaning up from last month’s Derecho, an inland hurricane, where massive decades old trees were knocked over like toothpicks. 

Trees don’t go across streets..with car light behind them…

Weather, whether we like it or not, affects us all, sometimes good, sometimes bad. But today I am relaxing in the sun and tolerable temperatures and taking some fun pictures of the few remaining flowers as cool temperatures start leaning their lives toward their winter’s sleep. It’s hard to think of it that way since its just mid-September but last year it snowed on Halloween so…

I am just not ready for the grayness of winter…

As much as we would like to think we are in control…we really aren’t, but how we allow life to affect us as it swirls around us, plays an important role in how we survive or not and how those around us thrive or not. So for now I chose to let the sun shine in, smile with the flowers and hopefully spread some smiles in your direction.

Ring of light proof of surrounding love

My sincerest prayers is for all to be happy, encouraged and have the ability to enjoy the life surrounding you. Where there are troubles surrounding you, may they be short lived and may you feel the peace of Christ flow about you.

Flowers and nature make me smile so I share with you the smiles I had today.

And as always remember the beauty of kindness. All of nature understands this gift as it is from God, and we just forget to share that sometimes.

They all understand…so should we.

FOTD, August 17, Hibiscus

 

On my way to work this morning I saw this flower and had to stop and take it’s picture. Don’t know that I have seen an all white Hibiscus but it was striking.

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Never pass on the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of flowers. Cee’s challenge Flower of the Day gives us to chance to see what others are seeing.

And as always, as you enjoy the beauty of what you see, be the beauty you can be by being kind. Kindness has a beauty all its own.

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FOTD, August 13, Lilies

Come join in the the fun and beauty of flowers. Cee has created a fabulous prompt that we can all share the beauty we see.

Even toward the end of summer and a crazy storm, the lilies are still hanging on. It is interesting to me in that depending on where the lilies are growing, some are still going strong. My lilies in front yard are gone but the back ones that get sun all day long are still going. They have been a real testament to the 2020 season with all the craziness going on. Stay true, stay strong and you will survive.

And as always remember the strength and resilience of kindness and carry it wherever you go.

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CFFC Challenge,Wilting & Dying

We are now getting into the sad time of year where the beauty of the spring flowers are about done. Its about time to start planting the fall flowers of yellows and golds.

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Even though the under brush is dying, the determination to bloom still holds.

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The bloom of the sunflower has bowed in death, yet the birds still feast on the few seeds left.

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The pods of this beauty are curled in death but a new life is sprinkled to the ground for spring.

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The leaves of the tomato where fruit was enjoyed lay wrinkled in death at the end of a season.

 

Come join in on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s CFFC topic is Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves. Be creative and mostly have a lot of fun.

But remember the beauty they gave us earlier in the year with their colors so vibrant and fragrances so dear. We bid them goodbye, dreaming of the next season come and encourage them to tell us “what about next year?”

I am reminding you as always to be kind and enjoy the simple things of life. I am sharing a picture group that shows pure joy…hope it makes you smile. Thank you Random Acts of Kindness for the Photos.

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Hummers Delight

As hard as I try to catch a picture of a hummingbird at my feeder, my phone camera is just too slow. But I do have a variety of flowers in my yard that they visit often, so I given you flowers from a Hummers perspective, in macro. Sorry, it the best I can do for now.

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This gets visited a lot. Don’t know if its a favorite or just close to the feeder.

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According to research, this Purple Sage is a favorite.

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I see them visiting this a lot as well, don’t remember what its called

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Petunias are a “tube” flowers and therefore a favorite.

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This is Lantana, probably not a favorite for hummers but a favorite of mine.

Hope you enjoyed a trip through hummingbird food for my yard, maybe it made you smile.  I leave you with encouragement from the scriptures and a reminder of the beauty of nature.

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Have a wonderful afternoon. Be safe and be kind.

FOTD, Purple Day

I have featured many flowers in my yard but today, it’s purples turn. And while my purple variety is not a lot…it is all over my yard.

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Purple Petunias have the best fragrance of all petunias.

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Purple and white verbena clusters

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Purple Sage

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I don’t know, but the basket is beautiful and the hummers like it.

 

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Purple and White Petunias

Close ups.

Come join the fun with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

And remember as always, kindness ain’t hard but it is necessary.  So please be kind.

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FOTD, Hosta, Aug. 2

The Hosta’s around my church are huge and have been blooming all summer. I think the older plants are the giant variety but the smaller leaf variety just in front of them are prolific bloomers.

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The giant guys

They are enjoyable to look at and low maintenance, important for plants around the church. Cee’s prompt for Flower of the Day is always a favorite. Come join in on the beauty.

And as always, remember to be kind. Kindness even in a bad situation can make the beauty of you shine through.

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FOTD, July 30

Cee’s Flower of the Day prompt is always a fun one to see the beauty everyone sees and shares. Today we are doing “Other side of the fence” flowers. If you had been following me since spring, you know I put up a fence and then I put concrete blocks randomly in front of it to use as planters. They worked pretty good and some of the flowers are coming through the lattice. They scream…”Don’t fence me in”.

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Mums…the word

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Calibrachoa, Color? Pink Stripe?

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Verbena, Red

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Moss Roses, Yellow

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Verbena, Pink

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Purple Sage

What fun this summer has been. I almost can’t wait until its time to decorate for Christmas. Now that I have a fence, I have a place to put outside lights. Sorry, in my house its never to early to think of Christmas.

So I leave you with the reminder of showing kindness. Kindness is a value of immeasurable worth that leaves a deep void when not used and a ripple effect across the globe when it is used, so use it often. We all could use a little kindness.

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