Friday, December 18, 2009

Taking a break


It's time the rest and enjoy the garden. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with lots of joy shared with family and friends.

I'll be back in the New Year.

Reflection:
Luke 2:14 (New International Version)
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Growing up


When I grow up I'm going to be a zucchini.

Reflection:
Matthew 1:21 (New International Version)
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Harvest


Hubbie planted a vege patch this year ... such excitement ... a harvest is coming on.

Reflection:
Luke 1:31 (New International Version)
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The time is coming


The agapanthus are now just beginning to show in a week or two there will be a sea of blue down the back.

Reflection:
Galatians 4:4-5 (New International Version)
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Anticipation


You have no idea how many tries it took to get this photo I wanted the centre to be in focus. It looks like a little parcel tied with string. In the children's talk at church the other week they spoke of brown paper packages tied with string and all the little ones screwed up their noses ... how dull ... I remember a time when picking up such parcels from the post office was incredibly exciting.

Maybe it's time to wrap some mystery packages and pop them under the tree.

Reflection:
Romans 8:19 (New International Version)
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Decoration


No it's not a Christmas tree but I think the new growth on the pines out the front is a rather nice decoration.

Reflection:
Deuteronomy 18:15 (New International Version)
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gifts


The Acanthus are looking very lush at the moment with their green leaves and tall flower spikes but at summer advances the leaves die down ... some are already yellowing off.

Lush ... that reminds me there is a shop with that name ... I've gotta go buy a few Christmas gifts soon.

Reflection:
Matthew 2:11 (New International Version)
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Yep it's coming


Blues are the colour of the Christmas garden.

The days have been quite cool again ... good for getting out in the garden and attacking weeds ... and just sitting around watching and listening to the birds.

Reflection:
Matthew 1:23 (New International Version)
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" —which means, "God with us."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas is coming


Christmas must be coming because the Jacaranda in Lawson has flowered at last (about a week and a half ago). It is so much later here ... than in Queensland, Sydney or even the lower mountains. Once upon a time we used to have a great view of the neighbour's tree but they built a two story garage which blots some of it out. The lower shot is of the tree from their neighbour on the other side (our trees in the background).



Reflection:
Isaiah 7:14 (New International Version)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Greatness 7 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 139:17-18 (New International Version)
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greatness 6 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 147:4-5 (New International Version)
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Greatness 5 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 145:17-18 (New International Version)
The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Greatness 4 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 102:27 (New International Version)
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Greatness 3 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 86: 8, 10 (New International Version)
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Greatness 2 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 24: 1-2(New International Version)
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Greatness 1 of 7


I am running out of steam with new things to show in the garden so I'm going to show the small details with a week of macro shots while contemplating God's greatness.

Reflection:
Psalm 8: 1,3,4
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fickle


I just realised that it ticked over to Summer yesterday ... so why was I sitting at my desk with a heater on? Though I understand the heat is on it's way back from tomorrow. The blue hydrangea is a symbol of early summer to me.

Reflection:
John 6:66 (New International Version)
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Things to tend


Well I had an interesting day yesterday ... met up with Julie for the first time ... yes that is Julie the prolific and insightful blog commenter. We had a terrific day visiting the lovely Everglades gardens in Leura, enjoying lunch with a view at Solitary Kiosk followed by the less spectacular Burnbrae garden. I'm sure Julie saw the reality of all those weeds to pull, ponds to clean, paths to sweep and grass to mow. At least this ornamental grass doesn't need mowing.

Reflection:
Jeremiah 23:4 (New International Version)
"I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.