Sunday, October 19, 2014

False accusations


I was wrong a few weeks ago when I said our magnolia had not flowered again this year.  It was just being slow.

Reflection:
Psalm 35:19-23New International Version (NIV)
"Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
Do not be far from me, Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I came upon beauty


We've had guests this weekend.  The perfect excuse to fill the vases with flowers from the garden. Such     a bounty of beauty.

Reflection:
Psalm 34:12-14 The Message (MSG)
"Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Unfailing Love


I picked these from the garden especially for today.  We are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and had freesias on our wedding cake.

Reflection:
Psalm 33:5 New Living Translation (NLT)
"The unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joy times


Ah Spring!  And I saw three beautiful birds this week

  • I tiny Eastern Yellow Robin flitting among the still bare branches of the maple
  • An inky blue-black Satin Bowerbird looking debonair for his lady friend with a white blossom in his beak
  • A gentle Brown Cuckoo-Dove taking a drink at the shallow pond. 


Reflection:
Psalm 32:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)
"Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Soon


This is the week the garden explodes with its Spring display -- we are eagerly waiting.

Reflection:
Psalm 31:15 New International Version (NIV)
"My times are in your hands."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In the morning


The exuberance of summer pared back to the bones of winter now swelling with promise, caught in the morning light.

Reflection:
Psalm 30:5 New International Version (NIV)
"Weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Strength and Peace


Today's photo is a borrowed view looking over the fence into the neighbour's garden. My magnolias have disappointed me by not flowering again this year.

Reflection:
Psalm 29:11New International Version (NIV)
"The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace."