God in the Garden

    A few weeks ago, I began a writing course with Flourish Writers, called "The Power of Story." Part of the exercises of looking for God in our own stories has been to write our Personal Timeline, marking both the negative and positive experiences. As my friend, Anna Smit, and I have been sharing … Continue reading God in the Garden

Stop and Smell the Flowers

https://youtu.be/_PkDusBOdR0   Fifteen years ago this spring I heard this song for the first time on Christian radio. There were so many good thoughts contained within the song, but this one phrase is what seemed to burn in my heart: "take us to the throne room, in the city of our God" We had just … Continue reading Stop and Smell the Flowers

Oil From the Flinty Crag

The garden center had called to let us know that they would deliver our garden bushes early the next morning. In order to help with lowering the risk of transplant shock, they recommended that we have the holes prepared for the bushes, so they could help us plant them quickly and safely. So my strong, … Continue reading Oil From the Flinty Crag

The Gardener Sees

This Gardening heart of mine is finding new ways to be satisfied in this Season of Slow. I may have had to change my activities, but I am finding that God still names who I am in the deep places of my heart.Have you heard Him call your name?Have you heard the whisper of "Beloved, follow … Continue reading The Gardener Sees

The Gardener Must Prune

Hydrangea ArborescensHave you been smitten by the Hydrangea-Love that seems to be overtaking many gardeners? I know I have, but living here in a cold hilly pocket close to Wisconsin lakes, it takes a gamble to risk most varieties. I wrote about my sweet neighbor and the hydrangeas in her Secret Garden here,and the summer that … Continue reading The Gardener Must Prune

We Are God’s Garden

 Another corner of my garden--God's Garden--where He asks me to sit awhileAnd listen I've been pondering the pictures that my Counselor painted for me last week.  It was a word picture to help explain why my stamina has gone into hiding: What if I could picture my energy and stamina as being contained in one … Continue reading We Are God’s Garden

Remnants

Awakening   --by Joy Lenton, from her book,  Seeking SolaceIn the quiet morning hour I press my ear to earthAnd listen with intent,Because in the stillness I can hear soft breathOf Holy Spirit sighsAwakening all aroundAnd as the world stirsIt heeds the call to arise,As sun's slanting rays areBeckoning us forthWith silent soundsTo surrender our livesTo … Continue reading Remnants

The Garden That Was

Last week my husband helped to transplant this clematis before it could succumb to the shovel of the Landscapers tearing out its old home. And so, the clematis has moved again. Yes, this is the same clematis, from  this post.   I had told the story about the unhealthy rose roots that had to be … Continue reading The Garden That Was

It's the wrong time of year for a Christmas AmaryllisAnd it's the wrong time of year for a Christmas JOY ornamentBut God knows when HIS SEASONS are ripe for Harvest.My friend (thank you, Mary) gave me this Christmas Amaryllis Bulb several years ago.  I followed her instructions, but no bloom stalk appeared.  I asked for … Continue reading