Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chase the Lion ~ book review


Good morning Folks ~ I just finished a book that I want to share with you.

“Chase The Lion ~ If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small” ~ by Mark Batterson

What an inspiring book this was to read right while I was preparing for Hurricane Matthew. Was I scared? I most certainly was.  This was my first hurricane without my dear husband by my side. We were always a team, and getting ready for a possible big hit from this storm by myself and the fear of it was almost overwhelming. But I did it with God right by my side. Four young men boarded up my little cottage, and Miss Tork, my feline companion, and I stayed right here.

This was just one of a few 500-lb lions for me to face in my life. My faith is in Jesus, and He kept this storm off shore, for that I am very thankful.

Another 500-lb lion that I face every single day is living my life as a widow. When you lose the love of your life after being together for a long time, 43 years for us, your life is drastically changed. There are challenges you never had to face alone, and part of you is missing.

The one thing that keeps me going is knowing God is taking care of me. He is my strength when I am weak. He is with me every step of this journey and He has great things in store for me. He works all things out for good.

There are so many wonderful examples in this book about people facing obstacles in their lives and overcoming them, moving on to greater experiences, in business, health, and living life. This was an encouraging and uplifting book to read.

Some quotes from this book that have inspired me are below:

"Make each day your masterpiece."

"God is bigger than any giant we face."

"When we operate in faith, we aren't risking our reputation. We're risking God's reputation! And God can handle Himself just fine."

"Sometimes you have to take a stand by taking a step."

"The hardest part of any dream journey is starting. You can't finish what you don't start."

"The Enemy comes to steal your joy, kill your dreams, and destroy your life. Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly."

"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

"Don't accumulate possesions; accumulate experiences."

"Don't settle for good. Seek God. And when you do, don't be surprised when God does immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine!"


There’s much more to read in this book. It has really inspired me to keep trusting in God, to take those steps of faith in my journey, no matter what I may face. All for God’s glory, and it will be worth it in the end.

I received this book from Blogging for Books, for reading and giving my honest review of it.


Are you facing any 500-lb lions?

Ask God for help.

Take that first step and be ready for an adventure.

Sincerely ~ FlowerLady

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thank you all

Good morning Friends ~ Words can’t express the thankfulness I have for all of your prayers, encouraging words, your friendship. I am blessed.

It has been a tad cooler, with less humidity, which makes it nicer and easier to work outside. Plus, my feet don’t hurt like they did. I have more energy, and it is a joy being outside working. I’ve been outside every morning from 2-3 hours, stopping when my body says ‘Ok, that’s enough’. I take water outside with me, and I wear a little fanny pack that holds my cell phone. This was a suggestion made by my relatives, in case something should happen while I’m out working.

I got a lovely pkg in the mail earlier this week, but I can’t share it until we have the ‘reveal’ for the 9th teacup/mug exchange. It was my first time participating and it was a real treat, buying for one lady, and receiving from another lady. I forgot to take a photo of what I sent but hopefully the lady I sent to will post about it on her blog.  My pkg received was wonderful and a bright spot after the scary adventure of dealing with getting ready for hurricane Matthew.

As to Matthew, we were not told to evacuate down here. Up along the coasts of northern FL, GA, SC and NC were. The flooding has been the worst for them, even now a week after the storm. My husband and I have lived here since we were just kids, and the storms we had that we ‘really’ had to deal with were Frances & Jeanne, 2004, then Wilma in 2005. All three scary, but Wilma was the worst and we had the eye go right over us. That is truly amazing. Sunny, blue sky, no wind, and then bam, here comes the back side of the storm which was worse than the front side. Hurricane season is 6 months long. The most active time Sept-Oct.

It has been rather peaceful and I’ve had some rain here in my gardens.  I am really enjoying working outside again.

You can’t really see much here, but the top half of a dead pine fell into these overhanging limbs from the neighbors.


The night blooming cactus had grown up this tree,  and combine it’s heaviness with the wind, it snapped off the tree.


This was taken after I cut away some of the limbs. I didn’t want to cut away the wrong limbs and then get frapped in the face as they came out from under the dead tree. I’m having a tree trimmer I used before to come out and take care of some things that need to be taken down. DH used to do all of this, and I would help cut it all up smaller to be picked up by the ‘brush’ people. The tree trimmer will be back from vacation around the 25th. He did tell me I could make payments instead of having to pay the full amount right up front.


I worked clearing the path in the little St Francis garden one morning. This was done with hand clippers and pulling with my hands, otherwise known as ‘weeding’. I still need to fix my weed-whacker so that I can trim the edge on the left hand side.



This was taken on the 8th. I had mowed and laundry was drying on the lines. All was peaceful.


Here is ‘shovel bird’ resting on his perch, with the back jungle behind him. We bought this in GA on our way home from NC in 2006. This was at a roadside home/stand. Lots of metal works of art some really huge.


I was out early one morning and saw how the stained glass light shade looked through the heart cutout of hurricane shutter.


There were some flower buds on the night blooming cactus that came down with the dead pine tree section, so I put this section where I would hopefully remember to take some pics. I missed one, and I totally missed them full open.


These shots I remembered to take the next morning, all of the same flower. The first two were with the flash on.



This is without the flash.


The next blooms are of bromeliads.



Next are the sweet blooms of Duranta erecta or Golden Dewdrop. The flowers smell like licorice to me.



Now for some roses. The first is “Barnhouse” bought from Rose Petals Nursery. A real delight and a sweet light scent.



This is an unkn. Rather wind beaten.


This is ‘Cemetery Rose’ from Connie at Harwood Roses, in a trade. Thank you Connie. This is one very sweet little rose, scentwise and in the delicacy of the blooms.


I forgot to turn the flash off on the picture below. Nice picture of the bee though.

This rose is ‘Prosperity’. You can see the rose cutter bees have been taking samples out of the leaves. Maybe this is one of those types of bees, I don’t know.


Without the flash.


Here’s a dragonfly. I love these flying critters. Have a lot of them, different kinds too. They are great for eating up mosquitoes.



Ok, I think that’s it for now. I have enjoyed reading blog posts about cooling temps and seeing homes decorated for fall and all of the gorgeous colors of the trees. WOW.

Have a wonderful weekend, count your blessings and be kind and encouraging.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady