Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finding Names


Looking at the garden this weekend I was wondering what the collective noun for butterflies is.  It turns out we had a 'flutter' of white butterflies in the garden. Such gorgeous weather.

Thinking of other names ... do you remember the mystery flower I posted in early December?  Well when I was researching the names of the Donkey Orchids I posted at Whistlers Rest and the Hyacinth Orchids I on Sweet Wayfaring today I found the mystery flower is a ground orchid known as a Potato Orchid or Cinnamon Bells.  But for me they will be forever Lizbeths Leafless Lily ... thanks Diane.

Reflection:
"They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing" Psalm 34:10

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunshine


Remember the green sun?  Well the rain has more or less stopped and the sun is shining brightly so the flowers are blooming.  It feels like summer at last.

Reflection:
"O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him" Psalm 34:8

Trust Him, then, through cloud and sunshine,
All thy care upon Him cast,
Till the storms of life are over,
And the trusting days are past.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sacred


It's Sunday and since I have been showing rather a lot of indoors shots lately it's time I went out to the garden. This is the flower of the sacred bamboo which will turn into red berries sometime in Autumn.

Our guests have been a delight this weekend and as we each attend different church denominations we have been taking turns with each visit. Hence we were in a new church this weekend where we found a real warmth among God's people -- encircled in a sacred space where lives are being transformed.

Reflection:
"As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is around about his people."  Psalm 125:2

'Tis He who saveth me,
And freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me,
I live because He lives.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Homely


We're pleased to be welcoming guests this weekend and in anticipation of their arrival have been swapping beds about ... turning the second guest room from a twin to a double room.

I dug out Mum's old bed linen to finish the look. Reminds me of lots of old words Mum used -- Marseilles bedspread, pillow shams, eiderdown, duchess, iron bedstead with half tester. The white china chamber pot is missing. And of course in those days floors like that were waxed and polished on one's knees by hand ... did plenty of that as a kid ... thank goodness for modern floor finishes and that fact that all that linen doesn't have to be boiled in a copper, starched, whitened with Recketts blue and pushed through the mangle before being hung in the sun to dry. How do I dare to complain about being tired from my work!

Reflection:
"The Lord blesseth the habitation of the just."  Proverbs 3:33

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bright


Captured on a rare bright day ... still lots of mist and rain about.

I am very disorganised at present, I think I would prefer to be on holidays instead of trying to get my mind around commuting, work and routine.

Reflection:
"There shall be showers of blessing" Ezekiel 34:26

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sitting


During my holiday I not only got the spring cleaning done, I also did some of the repair jobs that have been outstanding for a while ... like recovering these chairs. I'm pleased with myself, they look almost professional.

Reflection:
"To him that overcometh I will grant to sit with Me on my throne" Revelations 3:21

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Welcome


The hallway all clean and polished and summer flowers ready to welcome our guests on Monday.  We had a wonderful time despite wet weather.  I am not complaining about the rain any more given the troubles they are having with rain in Queensland.  We have many family members and friends up that way, all of their homes are currently safe from the rising floodwaters.

By the way catering for 100 is not as bad as it sounds. People bring either a salad or desert and drink. I provide the venue and barbecue.  The big challenge is trying to guess how many will turn up and what we will be short of ... this year too much bread and not enough green salad ... I stock up so I can quickly fill any gaps and send spare food home with guests. Oh yes, I use plastic plates, cups and cutlery and collect it all in big garbage bags. There a always plenty of people who volunteer to wash up serving platters.  And I schedule the cleaner to come the next day to wipe away the muddy footprints.

Reflection:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Refuge


It's amazing what a holiday and the cheerfulness of warmer weather can do -- look at my pantry!  The other half is just as orderly.

I remember some time ago Lea writing of hiding in the pantry for a brief moment of quiet during a party at her house.  With mine looking so nice I reckon I'll be happy to take refuge here when we have a 100 or so people from our city church here for lunch tomorrow.

Reflection:
"The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble."  Psalm 9:9

Whom have we, Lord, in heaven but Thee?
Like ships safe moored on stormy sea,
We hold by Thee, and with Thee there
Find anchorage for faith and prayer.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Plans


At this time of year I always find it easy to be waylaid by my old diaries.  I have sporadically kept personal journals for over 30 years and they offer a fascinating insight into me as I used to be.  One thing that surfaced in my resolutions year after year was "painting the front fence."  The problem was that I was not prepared to begin until I knew there would be time to do the full 80 metres of it -- a half painted fence being worse than an unpainted one.

Then sometime last year I decided I liked it the way it was ... a nice weathered brown ... what a relief, I could tick that off the list.  And now in one corner I notice that nature is managing the problem anyway.

Reflection:
"The Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee or forsake thee." Deut 31:6

By every promise Thou has made
And by the price Thy love has paid
For my release
And keep through every hour my soul
In perfect peace.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Expectation


It was a hot day yesterday so I took just a quick stroll around the garden.  At this time of year there is always freshness and expectation on my mind.  Like this prickly cycad in a thorny corner of the garden sending up new fronds.

Reflection:
"Fear not ... be glad and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things."  Joel 2:21

Joy that fades not, changes not,
Peace that leaves us never,
Joy and peace we have in Thee
Now and through eternity.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cock-a-doodle-do


Welcome to a fresh new morning and a fresh New Year, may it be one of peace and joy.

I've been busy spring cleaning and it's time to make a few changes around here too.   While I was cleaning up I discovered an old "Promise Box" and thought it might be encouraging to reflect on God's promises this year. After two years of posting almost daily I am going to drop back to posting on Sundays and one other day of the week. That way the promises from the box will last the year and I will have a little more time, perhaps to do some gardening.

The beautiful rooster and hen were my Christmas gift from my husband.

Reflection:
"The Lord will preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
Psalm 121:8