Friday, April 19, 2019

The God Who Sees

It is Good Friday, the day that God, in His humanness, as Jesus, died on a cross. A horrible punishment for criminals. He was innocent. This was His plan from the beginning, to die for us, taking all of our sin upon Himself so that we'd be free. When we believe in Him and accept His free gift of salvation, repent of our sins, He remembers them no more and we will have life, real life, forever with Him. This life starts now and continues on into eternity.

He did not stay dead, He conquered death and came to life again on the third day, that is what we as Christians celebrate at Easter time.

This morning my sis-in-law told me about a beautiful you-tube video that I will share here.  It is called 'The God Who Sees'. It is beautiful! It is encouraging!

Lines that spoke to me personally were the following:

God says, I will be the rock of your salvation,
I will hold you up by the strength of my right hand,
and the power of my Spirit will free you from all fear.
In the hour of your deepest need, 
You'll find that I am near, I AM here.
I am the ring of fire around you.

I am a sinner saved by God's grace. I am forever thankful for what He has done for me through His death and resurrection. Every day is an opportunity to grow closer to Him.

In Matthew 7:7-8 we read in the Bible,

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

In  John 11:25a, we read Jesus' words.
He said: I am the resurrection and the life. 
He who believes in Me, 
though he may die, he shall live.

We are loved deeply by our God/Creator/Messiah/Jesus. For those who believe in Him Easter is a joyous celebration. If there are any reading this post and you do not know Jesus personally, I pray that you will seek Him, trust Him to show you His way for your life. Once you believe, He has promised to never leave or forsake you. He is ever by our side. In every circumstance He is with us.

 May you all have lovely Easter celebrations with family and loved ones.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Next garden project & volunteers

Hello Folks ~ First of all, I pray that all of you in the path of this late winter mega-storm will be safe. 

Thank you all again for your kind comments in the last blog post. 

It's hard to believe the middle of April is almost here. Time goes so fast these days. My days are busy and that's a good thing really. Like I said in a recent post, I'm working on getting gardens under control before summer's heat and humidity get here.

This morning I went out with the overgrown caravan patio area in mind. The stand of palms really needed to be trimmed, flower pots and recliner needed to be taken care of, weeds needed to be pulled.

After a couple hours of work.

Patio on the left, still needs tweeking, on the right in a view into the secret garden.

Yesterday morning I thought about going to Home Depot for some potting soil, but decided against it since it was also Sr. citizen day at thrift stores and I knew if I went out I'd want to spend $. So, I stayed home, folded and put away two loads of clean laundry, changed sheets on the bed, then went out to hand water potted plants and little garden spaces.  

I was feeling a tad 'down'. I felt like getting out of the house, but buying plants can be an addiction, especially at spring time, and honestly I can't really be doing that any ol' time I feel the urge. While outside with hose in hand, I noticed a couple of 'gifts'. On an old passion flower vine that I thought was completely dead, no blooms in a least a year, I saw new leaves. That is so exciting to me as this passion vine's flowers are one of the most beautiful blooms and the scent from them is heavenly. The vine is called 'Incense'. When it blooms, I'll be sure to share them with you. I would right now, but my desk top computer is awaiting a new fan. I'm in my laptop.

Then as I walked around, I noticed that the coral honeysuckle vine had a piece of it that had touched down into a flower pot and rooted. Yay!  I'd like to get this going along the front hedgerow.  Hummingbirds and butterflies love this.

Today as I was working by the caravan patio, I spied two shrimp plant volunteers. WOW! I am being blessed with free plants. :-)

I've lots more flowers to share, but this post is long enough and my stomach is starting to let me know it's supper time.

I am so thankful to God for His gifts of love to me. They let me know He cares about every little detail of our lives.

Happy Spring from Plum Cottage ~ FlowerLady