“But grow…

… in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

(2 Peter 3:18)

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I took this picture when I finally had a chance to work in my pitiful looking flower bed. I had feared that the ice storm we experienced earlier this year had killed my Jude the Obscure (my one and only David Austtin), but to my absolute delight, it is growing quite well and budding profusely:

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I hope these babies continue to grow, and will give me some of these in a few weeks:

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Then, I will be a very happy girl!  Have a marvelous weekend, everyone.  I am always glad you choose to stop by.  Do drop me a line so that I can visit you back.

Rejoice!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

(Isaiah 9:6)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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These cheerful vincas brought a smile to my face this morning as I was doing some minor weeding in my flower bed:

I was reminded of Proverbs 17:22 —

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (KJV)

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (NIV)

My dear bloggy friends, I wish you a very merry and cheerful weekend!!  I will be back on Monday!

Time is a-creeping

I am quite surprised – when I put them in last year, they didn’t look like they were going to amount of anything. But my creeping thyme (ground cover) is blooming beautifully:

Speaking of creeping thyme, a few years ago, I suddenly realized that time was silently creeping away whether or not I was paying attention. Time was just simply ticking away second by second, moment by moment…

I argued, “But…. wait…. there’s still much more I would like to accomplish!” But time didn’t seem to wait or slow down because of my concerns, and continued to creep away. It was then I started to be protective of my time. I started to evaluate the things I do that fill my time. I began to value the time that is given to me.

For the rest of the time I have left, my desire is that I would be taught to number my days so that I may apply my heart to wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

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This post was meant for Saturday, but I wasn’t able to post it before time crept away in the midst of my anniversary weekend. See what I mean about time that is a-creeping”?

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I will be back tomorrow. :)

Fragrance for free, anyone?

Okay, this isn’t exactly a gardening post that is directly related to me because I hadn’t planted these beauties. My husband pointed out to me at some bushes that were blooming way out there from our backyard (well, not quite, but it would be the furthest I had to venture out from our deck). I found to my very pleasant surprise they are rose bushes! They are big, and there are three of them, and they are profusely covered with these fragrant dainty little blooms:

This is to show you just how challenging the terrain is for my venture out there… just kidding! :) But we do have a little creek that runs along the back. See the white patches in the bottom right corner – those are the start of the rose blooms:

Of course, I took full advantage of these fragrant beauties:

My husband made my day when he pointed me to these roses. We were marveling how well these roses grow with no care, no special feeding or spraying… nothing! And yet the Heavenly Father takes care of them. I quote from Matthew 6:28b-29: “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.” How true the words ring concerning these roses!

Have a fabulous weekend, my bloggy friends. I will be back Monday!

p.s. I would appreciate it very much if anyone could tell me what kind of roses these are! The blooms are roughly 1″ across, and they are very fragrant, almost like lilac.