Only one reason.
For you and I, it’s the same.
God, gave us the day.
Psalm 118:24,29 (HCSB)
24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.
One afternoon while sitting on my front porch, I noticed this Stick Bug. I knew that it was certainly lost from its natural habitat. I felt there were lessons that I and maybe others could learn from this Stick Bug.
AS I SEE YOU THERE
I wonder as I see you there,
How lonely you must be.
Far away from your home,
Your surroundings so strange indeed.
I watch you as you struggle to move,
Just to go a little more.
Can a lesson be found,
Maybe one about loneliness?
Giving thanks to God always,
That people never have to feel alone.
Hebrews 13:5-6 (HCSB)
5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 6 Therefore, we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper: I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Early spring flowers bring smiles to many faces. The rose always gives a fresh fragrance to the air as you walk by. The yellow water lily is in our fish pond. I spent a lot of time trying to get a picture of this bumble bee. He finally stopped long enough in an area for me to get a picture. So this bumble bee brought a smile to my face.
Even as the leaves fall and some limbs become barren, the beauty of the woods remain. There is still dark red, golden yellow and brown leaves. The twisted limbs and vines, have a beauty that I think is very attractive also. You just cannot improve natural beauty.
This shows where he is in the picture.
We have a Red Fox Squirrel family that remains year after year in the same area of our yard. We now regard them as our wild pets and enjoy watching them from inside our home. They are beautiful. A couple of years ago, I shared this same photo that I took of the colorful fall leaves. I realized I actually had a picture of the squirrel hidden amongst the leaves. See if you can find him. I have a photo to post Wednesday showing where he is.
The Way Beneath My Feet
How beautiful the way beneath my feet
Watching each step that I take
Can anything but joy feel my heart
To see all these natural creations
Given to us by God
giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:20 (HCSB)
Simple expressions of kindness can leave lingering thoughts of happiness and pictures of beauty.
Flowers grown by a friend
Be still in the moment.
Listen, look at life.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! NKJV
As freezing temperatures approached, I cut the stem and brought the blooms inside.
While walking in my yard yesterday and I noticed an amaryllis bulb that had grown and produced a strong stem with a richly colored bud.
I knew it was getting ready to open into a beautiful amaryllis flower. This is the first year for one stem to grow by itself. There are many more bulbs at the same spot that have not grown yet. I was fascinated by this one amaryllis fulfilling its purpose, all alone, yet strong and beautiful. Hence the poem below:
Man born of woman
is short of days and full of trouble.
2 He blossoms like a flower, then withers;
he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am going to be working on my understanding of formatting and placement of poems so they publish like I post them. I thank of all of you who have supported me in something that I never dreamed I could do. Many of you were strangers at first, but now have become friends.
Thankful for the day Let peace and love surround us
Different we are As this pear tree’s twisted form Our fruit still to bear
Your path is lighted when your eyes are on Jesus.
Just to know you are not alone. Just to know someone understands. Someone hears, someone knows. Gives a peace that came from above. That was sent just for you. Hold on to it, it was a gift. Others understand and care. You are not alone.
Feeling prayers everywhere. Knowing God is with you. Brings peace and comfort. That nothing else can do.
Actions and expressions can brighten someone’s day.
Knowing not what to say, often brings silence.
Fall is here!
Reflecting back to early summer, I remembered taking pictures of my peony bush. I love the peony bloom. This year for the first time, I noticed how beautiful the bloom is as it is loosing all of the petals.
Outer Petals gone
Inside of Peony bloom
Even when all petals are gone the peony bloom is still beautiful. A tribute to the beautiful life lived by a friend of mine.
Having fun visualizing shapes in the sky while looking at the clouds.
Last year I posted what had happen to this tree. While sitting on my porch I was able to get this picture of both of them. They have only been back a few more times. I think maybe they have a nest close by. I don’t know. The woods are full of trees for them. I think the woodpecker is a beautiful bird. That is a lot of work on that tree to get some food.
From one day to the next afternoon, our geese and the eggs were gone. We were shocked and clueless. There was no sign of broken eggs, feathers or anything. They were just gone. It has been hard for me to post this. But yes, I had become attached.
A long time friend did some research for me and discovered I had the wrong name for this beautiful plant. It is not Jack in the Pulpit as I once thought. A very kind, older gentleman gave me this plant, so it will always be special to me regardless of the name. I think I will leave the identification of plants to those more qualified than I am. I will just take their pictures and enjoy their beauty.
I wanted to post and update showing all the stages of growth of this plant. It always has something growing throughout the season.
SEE THE FLOWERS
I was given with great love.
To someone to take care of and enjoy.
I grew and and grew every year.
With foliage pretty and green.
Never showing what lay beneath.
This year I let my flower appear.
I am so glad that you could see.
Sometimes in life we miss the flowers.
That hide inside of others.
Because we do not see.
Bluebird In Flight
Bluebirds Feeding Babies
I am not a camera professional and my pictures are not always clear and crisp. The settings I leave to the camera. Regardless, I really had fun this morning taking pictures of these bluebirds. I noticed that the male would fly off with the female and come back with her at the same time. He would then sit on the outside as she entered the house. I’m sure she was feeding the little baby bluebirds.
The parents are awaiting the day and I know this mother will be glad to get out of this hot sun. I think the goslings should hatch sometime during this next week.
I was so excited when I saw these two Canadian geese on this lake.
At my age, I still get excited and thrilled to watch wildlife go through the process of the incubation period, watching the eggs hatch and the goslings (in this case) emerge.
Both of them together
Mother goose on her eggs
The gander is always close by keeping watch over his family.