Saturday, June 30, 2012

Standing in Awe of God's Greatness


My prayer:
O Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! Your glory is set among the heavens...When I consider the works of your hands, my soul says, Who am I? I am nothing.

- personal adaptation to scripture found in Psalm 8

Friday, June 29, 2012

Silence in the Hiding Place


“There is a saying: “Silence is golden.” What a multitude of messages are in those three words. There is a silence so golden that it can penetrate our inner soul and bring guidance. It is in the solitude of our mind that we find refuge and protection from hurtful words and actions.”
Excerpt from forthcoming book: Without A Hedge, Chapter 11, A Hiding Place

(picture not included in book)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ouch!


“Working in a garden can be a painful experience. If the achy back, sunburned face and arms, and bruised knees don’t get to you, the prickly thorns hiding on a plant and/or bush’s stems will. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get a thorn puncture while diligently working at maintaining our space? It is our “thorn in the flesh” experience.”
Excerpt from my forthcoming book: Without A Hedge, Chapter 5, Ouch! Too Many Owwees!


(picture not in book)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Nature Beckons Me

Don't know about you but
I keep my senses proportional
by daily visiting nature's silence.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Without Faith? Who Would We Be?

“Strike from mankind the principle of faith
and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep”

- Mark Beltaire

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Without A Hedge


“Hedges oftentimes act as protective barriers for gardens, marking a boundary or territory. Their design may be one of encirclement or a ring to offer privacy from what lurks just outside our garden. This line of defense helps act as a buffer to keep harm from touching us. Removing a hedge exposes us, making our soul vulnerable to what may be targeting us.”
Excerpt from my upcoming book: Without A Hedge, Glimpses Into My Life's Garden

photo: Burning Bush Hedge (picture not in book)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Seeing Through

We are not put on this earth
to see through one another,
but to see one another through.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Speak Love, My Heart

The rose speaks of love silently
in a language known only to the heart.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Our Silent Friends

Flowers are our greatest silent friends.
- Jim Brown

Monday, June 11, 2012

Do ALL in Love

In all that we do, do it with love.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What Surrounds Us?

"...a landscape does not exist in its own right,
since its appearance changes at every moment;
but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life...
it is only the surrounding atmosphere which
gives subjects their true value."
- Claude Monet

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Comes the Time of Trying

For gold is tried in the fire
and acceptable men in
the furnace of adversity.
Sirach
 
 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Don't Have a Pirate Mentality

Men bent on worldly treasures
will never find peace and contentment.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Threshing Floor

The threshing floor in times of old was noted as a place where the grain of a harvest was taken from the sheaves.The Bible refers to "the increase of the threshing floor" in Numbers 18:30; and in Joel 2:24 refers to "the floors shall be full of wheat."
 
Today, if we honestly seek Him, we will be participants in our own threshing floor experience. It will be a process of testing and separation. It is up to us to let the Lord of the Harvest shake us and sift us into the product that He desires us to be. If we do so, our threshing floor will become a place of blessing.
Picture: King David Purchasing the Threshing Floor
by William Brassey Hole