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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Evening Encouragement, “WHY”

Good evening friends. I wanted to share with you something that I did not come up with by myself but was inspired by two fellow bloggers. These are their pictures, quotes that moved them and then I am adding my perspective to that. It flowed in with what my pastor was preaching about this morning…”what it really is all about”.

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The photo was taken by Mitch and his post on The Rock. The quote at the bottom of the picture really rang true. Not sure if the quote was his or if it came from something that moved him, but it went perfectly with the above picture and scripture.

“We have two main purposes in this life: to climb up onto the Rock, and to pull others up onto it.”

The pastor’s sermon today was to remind us of the church being our home, not the building, but the members. We are a church family, and the members nurture and help each other onto the Rock, to stand steady and strong.

Cee’s photo of the rainbow after a storm was amazing and her quote by Mark Twain fell right into this theme as well, at least to me it did.

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Each person born has a purpose set out by God. And even though he may close doors we think we are supposed to go through, He opens a window that better fits His purpose for us. We are not just idly created, well, yes, our parents did their thing, but God ALWAYS has a purpose in creation. We as humans spend a lifetime struggling sometimes trying to figure out our purpose, why am I here, how do I matter. We all matter because “God don’t make no junk”.

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Remember how we have always heard of the story of a mustard seed, the tiniest seed growing into a huge tree. That is our “WHY”!

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The smallest thing we do that helps another person in any way, shape or form is our “why” – we do because He did it for us first. Don’t ever think what you do for Him is not important – It’s ALL important.

Have a blessed evening and as always remember, even the smallest bit of kindness can act like a rock thrown on the lake where the ripples grow in sized as they flow across it.

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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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More, SOCS

More Beauty to Be

More beauty to see, this is what I know,

Of sky so bright, clouds changing as they go.

Some say is just sky, but it’s so much more,

It’s part of creation, a thing we should adore.

There’s birds and flowers and bees to see

Big yellow moon shining through the tree.

More beauty to share, in what you may hear,

Trickles of water fill the streams for deer.

How about old owl up high in the tree

Calling out his song, with love soon to be.

 Of  buzzing bee moving from flower to flower

In hope of more honey for him to devourer.

More beauty again is the beauty to feel

As it touches your skin, and knowing its real.

It can be gentle or harsh, depending on touch

Let not is emotion become your new crutch.

Remember the breeze as it flows in your hair

Reminding you always of many who care.

More beauty in smell, mouth watering’s to tell

Of homemade goodies, that we know so well.

The smells of danger that warn us to run

That rob us of beauty and loss of much fun.

The smells of remembrance, those we love best,

Are memories we hang onto when life is a test.

And last but not least we taste the next treat

Of more wonderful memories that can’t be beat

With family all close and holding us near

Reminding us that life is nothing to fear.

We enjoy all these gifts of senses each day

More love for each one as we go on our way.

Anita Neal

In  response to Linda Hill’s SOCS. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” Start your post with the word “more.” Enjoy!

And as always I remind all of us of the value of kindness to all of creation.

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A Bumpy Ride

Good evening friends. These past two weeks have definitely been a bumpy ride for a lot of us, with some of us going down roads we really were not ready to go down. But God reminds us that even though we can not see Him and sometimes can not feel Him, we have assured faith that He is there walking with us.

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It is faith and God’s love that fills us with Hope.
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We know that while we suffer on this earth, God himself will restore us and bring us peace.
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God will restore you and make you feel His strength and bring you peace and comfort…regardless of your deepest pain.
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I leave you with this prayer of restoration, comfort and peace. Hold fast to God’s hand and He will carry you when you can no longer stand.
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And I remind you as always of the majestic gift of kindness. Even when we think we have nothing left to give, a gentle smile may be the only kind thing that person has seen that day. Always be kind.
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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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Evening Encouragement, Examples

The Bible teach us many lessons of how to properly love on this earth and treat each other but sometimes, although we understand the stories, we often miss the point. Jesus was the greatest teacher ever, teaching us about the kingdom of God through his stories and parables. Some we have dedicated to memory because we have taken them to heart. But sometimes we miss the best teaching of Jesus…His loving example. The way he lived was the best example to show us how to be. And there are days when our humanness crushes that example, like today. Today…Gladys came forth. Gladys was my mother and bigger than life itself sometimes.

My family is loving, generous, respected and by all standards good people…but Christ is not at its center. And it makes an astounding difference regardless of how good you try to by yourself. If you had ever heard of the intensity, strength or “Don’t you dare” attitude of women from the southern US, I will be the first to tell you its a real thing. And while we now laugh about some of the stories and examples we were shown, I cringe from some of the borderline meanness I witnessed due to the misunderstand of who Christ was and what he really asks of us. When Christ was here, he knew what people had faced and what generations later would still face so he left us parables to help guide us along the way to a true and gentle heart. Matthew 13 tells the parable of the sower and the soils as an example of receiving the words from God.

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As we go and grow through our lives, it is important to establish our center love “Rock” so that we can stand firm and radiate the love of Christ in all we do. Do we fall off that rock, yes, daily sometimes, but with Christ, we know how to get back on top.

Across the internet, there is a group called RAK, which stand for Random Acts of Kindness that promotes millions of ways to show kindness to others. For those of us who are Christ followers, we know that kindness is one of the fruits of the spirit. I love this picture from Beth Moore about Kindness…

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 What an awesome way to understand that. Paul reminds us in  Romans 2:4 of God’s purpose for Kindness…
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So the kindness examples Jesus tells us about…the examples he showed us by His own life’s example…is how we get close to God…by His example. So remember to always be an example of kindness.
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Tuesday Writing Prompt, July 28

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Cursive Writing

In an era of today’s technology, evolves neglect of writing by hand

And schools focus on futures of new projects they need to manned

We have no need of stationary, for everything goes by email

No remembrance or need of touch, to share our love through mail.

How very sad to become the robots we now have become

And forgetting the feel of love, in mail it once did come

Those of us who remember the beauty that writing can be

Can now use cursive writing as coded messages for others to see.

Anita Neal

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 piece of prose or poetry around the words cursive, touch, and forget

So come join in on the fun and see what your creative juices can do. And as always…remember to be kind in all you do.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Trains

Cee’s prompt this week is Trains. I love trains and their history amazes me. I am posting comparison picture this time with “water trains”.  These are special trains that can create wake in the water. “What!, you say…trains don’t go in water!” They do here in the midwest during flood season. It’s amazing. I know their weight holds them down but…really.

This spring, the flooding was not too bad…

But it still amazes me with the track being under water not being an issue. However, last year, I had to take pictures from the bridge because you could not get to the parking lot that sat by the track.

Trains making wake during some serious flooding. Shipment must go on I guess. The flood last year lasted nearly 5 months. Some businesses went belly up. The just didn’t  have the heart to start over.

We think of trains as being a powerful force to be reckoned with because of their tons of cargo…but they are no match to mother nature.

Remember as powerful as nature is, it is also very delicate…like kindness. Kindness is a mighty tool that can create enormous change but also very fragile. I challenge you today to use the fragility of kindness as the mighty tool it can be, then stand back to watch the change it creates.

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