Sunday, December 14, 2014

Joy


This week brings us to the end of our series on the Psalms ... ending with the last Psalm in the book ... a peon of praise, like the joyous display in this tiny corner of the garden.

I am going to take a blog break until the New Year. I wish you all of wonderful Christmas and special time of refreshment, joy and blessing.

Reflection:
Psalm 150 New International Version (NIV)
"Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Anticipation


The tomato plant hung on at the vege patch and now has me salivating in anticipation. I've got basil in the herb garden coming along fine too.

This is the season of advent as we await the joyous celebration of the birth of Christ.

Reflection:
Psalm 42 (New International Version)
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Standing tall


The Acanthus is looking good right now with their tall flower spikes.  Soon their leaves will die down for the summer.

Reflection:
Psalm 41:12The Message (MSG)
"You know me inside and out, you hold me together
you never fail to stand me tall in your presence
so I can look you in the eye."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huge stockpile


Remember the liquidamber that drops enormous limbs in the summer time.  Last week we decided to avert further danger and organised for it to have a trim -- cut out the top 1/3rd of the tree and lopped off the over long lateral branches.  There was a lot of timber crashing to the ground.  This turned into with logs for firewood and an awful lot of mulch.  This huge stockpile is less than half of it, they took the rest.  Now I have to figure out what to do with it all.


Reflection:
Psalm 40:4 The Message (MSG)
"The world’s a huge stockpile
of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
comes close to you!"

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fleeting


This is Azalea Walk as it was a few weeks ago.  Now there are just a few stragglers still flowering.  Their time is short but beautiful.

Reflection::
Psalm 39:5-7New International Version (NIV)
"You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

All my longing


I long to have a rose garden but have had little success due to the lack of sunlight in the garden.  This week I found a remnant of an earlier attempt bravely growing among the weeds ... what a delight, what a wonderful fragrance.

Reflection:
Psalm 38:9New International Version (NIV)
"All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Take delight


A few weeks ago when the crabapple was in flower I planted out the vegetable garden beds. Soon after many of the seedlings fed blackbirds, bowerbirds or possums (not sure which) but they have left me a few lettuce and a tomato that has flowers so hopefully some tasty treats a little further down the track.

Reflection:
Psalm 37:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart."