Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fountain


Not a fountain like last year ... more of a bedraggled spray. I cut it back too late.

Reflection:
Psalm 36:9 (New International Version)
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Being together


With the sun shining brightly on the weekend the air was abuzz with the sound of mowing, and diligent digging ... that is in the neighbour's gardens ... we took our guests for a drive, enjoying friendship in the joyous sunshine.

Reflection:
Luke 5:33-35 (New International Version)
They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Perfect


The umbrellas are languishing. We are having perfect summer weather now it is autumn. Yipee.


Reflection:
Hebrews 5:8-9 (New International Version)
Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blessed is the king


Today is Palm Sunday.

Reflection:
Luke 19:37-40 (New International Version)
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

On the edge


Today I am feeling like I am on the edge, out of shots and just about out of inspiration. But its funny how something pops up, the thought reminded me of this chasm in the Bible which points so nicely to Easter.

Reflection:
Luke 16:19-31 (New International Version)
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

"Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

" 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friends


Today me and and my guests (long term buddies) are meeting up with our new buddy Julie who we met through the blogosphere. We're in for a great time.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 4:10 (New International Version)
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A basket of goodies


Not exactly a bountiful harvest by lovely nonetheless

Reflection
Luke 9:17 (New International Version)
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Waiting eagerly


Our eagerly awaited guests arrive later today. And these tiny cyclamen pop up in our garden in early autumn, making me eager for the full force of autumn which will soon follow.

Reflection:
2 Peter 3:11-12 (New International Version)
You ought to live holy and godly lives you wait eagerly for the day of God to come

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Busy


A busy colour for a busy lady. I usually have my posts ready a week in advance but didn't have access to the web over the weekend so now I'm struggling to keep up. It's my day working in they city today so rush, rush, rush this morning.

Reflection:
Psalm 90:17 (New International Version)
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Joy


I'm a bit late posting today because we've been camping at the beach over the weekend and have just got home. What joy to have sunny weather and temperatures warm enough for short sleeves. Lots of reading and relaxing in the sun.

I picked today's photo of the Abutilon because it is now behaving itself and showing flowers and also because they are a little like hibiscus which are so prevalent at the beach.

Reflection:
Psalm 118:15 (New International Version)
Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
"The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sweet treats

In the sunroom

Ceasing my running around
I settled in the sun to work -
proof reading. Steadily marking
white pages as my other hand
strayed to sweet treats.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:103 (New International Version)
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gentleness

In the master bedroom

Breeze wafts through the open window
Wind chimes tinkle in the gentle flow.

Reflection:
Philippians 4:5 (New International Version)
Let your gentleness be evident to all.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Uplifted

From the sunroom

Smooth glossy green
Uplifted from the shadows.

Reflection:
Luke 1:78-79 (New International Version)
"because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fresh air

In the bathroom

Throw open the windows
Get fresh air flowing.

Reflection:
Proverbs 11:25 (New International Version)
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guests

In the guest room

Anticipation is building
Loved guests are coming soon.

Reflection:
Philemon 1:22 (New International Version)
And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Home comforts

In the kitchen

The smell of toast lingers
Homely and comforting

Reflection:
Ruth 3:1 (New International Version)
One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for?"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Many rooms

In the library

"Did someone leave the outside light on?"
Unexpected sunlight glowing through windows
Running with my camera from room to room.
You're in for a week of windows.

We are currently running a good 10 degrees colder than Sydney. When I venture down to the lowlands it is amazing to discover they actually had a summer down there and the current weather is balmy and warm when we're already turning on heaters and lighting log fires. At the moment I'm finding it hard to get excited about Autumn when it already feels like early winter.


Reflection:
John 14:2-3 (New International Version)
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Puffing

By the small pond

My friends I was running out of puff. I nearly decided to drop this blog back to one day a week but the sun shone yesterday so there has been a reprieve for another week at least.

Hear that noise,
It's me catching my breath.
Breathing in fresh delight.


Reflection:
Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)
"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sulking


Fushias bending in the rain. This time last year we were having to water the garden to get its flowers to grow. Our water bill was way down last quarter ... another nice outcome from the rain.

More grey sky and
muted sounds
as if the earth
like me is sulking.
I remind myself
rain is good.

Reflection:
Psalm 42:6 (New International Version)
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Growth


Back when we had some sunny weather before Christmas I chopped back this plant. I had been missing the red new growth.

From the low bench
watching the sun
dry fresh leaves.

Reflection:
Colossians 1:10 (New International Version)
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Caress

A rare sunny day
On a low bench
Sitting in the sun
warmth caressing my skin.

Reflection:
Jude 1:2 (New International Version)
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Peace in toil


I love my begonias.

I can hear the hum of
the commuter train
leaving the station.
White butterflies dance
in the sunlight.
Cockatoos cruise
across blue sky.
My world is busy
and at peace.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 5:18 (New International Version)
Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sunlight


There has been so much rain I grabbed the camera at the sight of sunlight casting shadows. I can now see the dings in the caravan caused by the hail. But our hail was nothing in comparison to the huge hailstorm they had in Melbourne over the weekend.


Peace,
no pitter pat
or growling rattle.
Sweet sunlight.


Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 11:7 (New International Version)
Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cloud puff


A few weeks ago was Shove Tuesday, the beginning of Lent and the traditional day for eating pancakes. I didn't cook these on the actual day but later in the week. It was another Donna Hay recipe

Coconut milk batter
cloud light and
super tasty.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (New International Version)
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Delicate


I like the grevellia seed pods too. I don't touch them, afraid they are fragile and will break.

Reflection:
Psalm 41:1 (New International Version)
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hope returns


The grevillia we were hoping would flower at this time last year has been delivering nicely for us again this year. It's still jolly wet around here.

At the grevillia
Eastern Spinebills
hover and suck the
sweet nectar.
Perching they call
with a high pitched pipe.
High in the tree
I hear a different flute
but the singer
defies my inspection.

Reflection:
Psalm 130:5 (New International Version)
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Clothed


The belladonna lilies are no longer naked, they're flowering in clumps all around the garden.

Up at the roadworks the
grader reverses with
an annoying beep-beep.
The cement mixer
churns like worry.

Reflection:
Matthew 6:28-29 (New International Version)
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Harvest festival


I thought those beans were worthy of a celebration. So I turned to Donna Hay for inspiration ... the beans were yellow instead of green and I used zuchinnis from the vege patch instead of eggplants. The result was pretty good. While I was at it I did a desert to match.

The chef is in tonight,
the kitchen is a mess.
Garlic, chilli and olive oil
sizzling in the pan.
While the mix master wisks
cream into a tangy delicacy.



Exodus 23:16 (New International Version)
"Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.
"Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

More abundance


The first beans from the vege patch.

Hubbie is like a cat
bringing his catch for inspection.
I can almost hear the purring.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 11:1 (New International Version)
Cast your bread upon the waters,
for after many days you will find it again.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bites


We're looking forward to to biting into more crispy salad greens from hubbies vege plot.

With all the rain and now the warm, the mozzies are biting too.

Reflection:
Genesis 9:3 (New International Version)
Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.



Monday, March 1, 2010

Autumn


Today is the first day of Autumn. It will be weeks before the garden turns on its splash of colour but there is already the odd leaf or two turning. Those eaten out chunks are not the work of some garden bug, they are hail damage.


Black Cockatoos are braying
their odd neighing call.
Why are there so many?
Am I just listening more?

Reflection:
Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (New International Version)
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

More harvest from the vege patch tomorrow.