My hope is that this blog is like a visit between friends. I enjoy hearing from you and will try to reply to you in the comment section right after your comment, so stop back by and continue the conversation. - Patty

January 12, 2013

a saturday morning stroll

It's been a while since we strolled through the garden.  Since so many of you are knee deep in winter I thought a Saturday morning walk through the garden was the perfect way to remember that Spring is just around the corner.
 

 
Truth be told, there isn't much left blooming but I think that makes what is still full of color all the more special.
 
 
I love searching out beauty in different pockets of the garden. Dainty blooms that get lost in the noise and lushness of early summer, just shine in the quiet still of winter.  I am always amazed at what remains flourishing left alone to persevere.
 
 
It is often in those moments of alone time with God that He reminds us of our beauty and perseverance, too.  He uses those times to explain things more fully...to quiet the noise surrounding our lives and speak intimately to us.
 
"When He was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots." Mark 4:34 - The Message
 

Oswald Chambers says, "God is making us spell out our own souls.  It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose.  The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters."

I imagine the crooks and crannies of our characters are rather like pockets in the garden...amongst the barren dirt are beautiful flowers persevering, waiting for their time to shine.

Happy Saturday!

xo, Patty

16 comments:

  1. Lovely reflection! And it is so nice to see the flowers when we are knee deep in snow!

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  2. Beautiful! The stroll through my winter garden is not, however! Ground squirrels and gophers have turned our yard in a mine field! There are no blooms, except for the geraniums. The lawn, if you can call it that, is brown and riddled with holes. Ugh!! BUT...the grove has gorgeous oranges on the trees, and lemons and avocados, and grapefruit. That is my winter beauty in the yard.
    Had a great time yesterday!!
    xo Kris

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  3. Thank you Patty for a glimpse of what is to come, the colours are so cheery. We are waiting here for snow that has been promised.

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  4. My thermometer says 16 degrees and it's 10:30. Thank you for the lovely walk through your garden . . . I needed that reminder that spring is just around the corner :)
    Have a glorious day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  5. Lovely! Not much pretty here this time of year. The grass is green, some of it anyway, and the pansies are pretty...not much else. So glad Spring will be here soon...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. thank you for brighten up my Saturday. nice!!! ( :

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  7. I don't know where you live Patty, but it sure is nice to see pretty flowers and greenery growing in your garden in winter! We have about 2 feet of snow here (not counting the deeper drifts) and when the temperature goes up to the freezing mark we are excited. :) Thank you for giving me a taste of springtime in the dead of winter. Blessings. Pamela

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  8. Holy Cow Patty! I sometimes forget that some people still actually have gardens that are blooming right now. (Insert serious case of envy over here in winter wonderland) Smell the roses for me ok? Oh how I long for spring!

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  9. Love your header! Isn't it chilly? Had so much fun yesterday. Let's do it again soon.

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  10. The colours in your garden are so lovely, Patty. I think I'll pick up a pot of tulips soon as I won't see them in the garden until May.
    -Karen

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  11. Oh- what a great analogy- our characters being like nooks and crannies in a garden. I know a couple of people that have a few worms crawling around, too. Your garden shots are beautiful. I can't wait for Spring now. xo Diana

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  12. Patty,
    What a precious post, dear friend!!!
    Once Winter has arrived...it's time to plan for Spring!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  13. What beautiful pictures and flowers. Thanks for sharing them Patty!! :)

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  14. What a lovely post and gorgeous pictures. Thanks for taking us on a stroll.

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  15. Lovely post, Patty. I have written in my Bible..."There cannot be day without night...joy without sorrow...nor spring without winter."
    ~betty

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  16. What a lovely post and lovely flowers as well! :)

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