Life is a Garden Party

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scamper


SCAMPER



Up the dried sunflower stalk

runs a chipmunk.

He doesn't take time to walk.

He's a cute punk.



He's on a mission

this day in autumn

to forage for seeds

for wintertime feed...



as he knows just when

the seeds have ripened

then off he goes -

he's on a roll.



Because this gardener is saving seeds

to give to someone who asked for seeds,

onion bags are fastened over heads

drying in the sunflower bed.



The chipmunk scampers into the bag

and is busy at work without a snag

for he thinks no one has seen him

in his pursuit of seed robbing.



But this gardener sees and thinks she'll take a picture

for a picture is worth a thousand words, for sure.

This chipmunk watches me watch him

but doesn't stop his face stuffing.



Though his checks are stuffed full

with sunflower kernels,

before he scampers off he grabs a few more.

A fat-faced chipmunk! A cute picture for sure.



* * * * *



As a picture is worth a thousand words,

your words hold a thousand pictures.

Words of encouragement spoken

are much better than a gold token.



When circumstances in life don't turn out fine,

your encouragement is recalled time-after-time

as a needed ray of sunshine

even when the sun doesn't shine.



Encouragement is someone believing in you

and speaking words that are edifying and true.

Encouragement is free to give

and will help someone to live.



...to strengthen and encourage you in your faith...

I Thessalonians 3:2



Encourage one another and build each other up...

I Thessalonians 5:11



May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,

who loved us and by his grace

gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

encourage your hearts and strengthen you

in every good deed and word.

II Thessalonians 2:17



Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,

because you have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

Philemon 1:7





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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gold Blanket


GOLD BLANKET



Yesterday's surprise snow storm

covered the ground like a white blanket.

This morning under the maple tree's crown

spread out all around is a gold blanket

for the snow-weighted leaves piece-by-piece drifted down

as if quilting a gold blanket on the ground.



One-by-one the gold leaves float

like stitch-by-stitch quilters poke

a quilt to one day comfort someone

after many day's work is done,

piecing together the seams

ensuring corners are reamed.



An autumn breeze might rearrange

like a quilter who rips out seams

but in the end the quilt will please

as the leaves are teased by the breeze.

This breeze also makes the quilt of leaves fluffier,

almost as soft as a downy comforter.



Soon the maple tree will be bare.

The grass covered with angled squares.

The tree's limbs stretching upward toward the dark sky

where the full moon will play peek-a-boo by and by.

Quilts also are known to play peek-a-boo

as they shelter one from the winter blues.



On a perfect autumn day

this gold blanket will be stowed away

when leaf rakes are busily employed

raking a pile to be enjoyed

for someone to jump in

this pile of bedding.


Then it's time for the quilter's quilt to be enjoyed

perhaps with a bowl of popcorn to enjoy.

Piece-by-piece one feeds him/herself

as piece-by-piece the quilt was built

with a bit of love in every stitch

as the quilter quilted this gift.


* * * * *

Rather an afghan, a quilt, or a comforter,

we know these coverings provide comfort.

We also know that kind words provide needed comfort.

It costs nothing to be an encourager, to relieve someone's hurt.



Everyone is facing battles unimaginable.

You can encourage them even if you don't know their troubles.

Make it your habit to find something positive in everyone you meet.

Compliment them on their attire or simply smile when you greet.



Perhaps send a note in the mail "just because"

to someone needing encouragement - it does.

A basket of fresh garden vegetables shared

will show someone you know that you care.



Be there as a comforter

or an encourager

through life's many ups and downs.

Turn someone's frown upside down.



Above all, go to God for comfort

when life has caused you troubles and hurt.

If there is a purpose in our troubles,

II Cor 1:3-5 contains the solution for God is able.



You have given me comfort

and have spoken kindly...

Ruth 2:13



A kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 12:25



How good is a timely word!

Proverbs 15:23



Their father mourned for them many days,

and his relatives came to comfort him.

I Chronicles 7:22



...heard about all the troubles that had come upon him,

they set out from their homes and met together by agreement

to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.

Job 2:11



As a mother comforts her child,

so will I comfort you.

Isaiah 66:13



Praise be to the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of compassion

and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles,

so that we can comfort those in any trouble

with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

II Corinthians 1:3-5



Live in harmony with one another,

be sympathetic, love as brothers,

be compassionate and humble...

be a blessing, because to this you were called.

I Peter 3:8-9


 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Crunch


CRUNCH



Snap, crackle, pop, crunch -

not popcorn for lunch.



Outdoors underfoot

when a stroll you took

snap, crackle, pop, crunch heard

on the earth's carpeted floor.



Carpeted in red, orange, gold

before turning into a brown load

to be raked one sunny afternoon -

autumn's last bouquet of blooms are doomed.



Snap, crackle, pop, crunch -

into a pile a bunch

of leaves raked

then relocate.



Leaves recycled into free mulch

put on the garden to produce much

for over the winter they'll decay.

You'll find composting does well pay.



Late summer you'll hear snap, crackle, pop, crunch

when green beans are prepared for lunch

or snow peas eaten under the sun -

a snack straight from the garden.



For autumn's dead leaves became

nutrients for the garden's gain.

Snap, crackle, pop, crunch -

decomposed leaves add a punch.



Snap, crackle, pop, crunch!

Rather raking leaves into a bunch

or fresh vegetables for lunch,

enjoy today as you crunch.



* * * * *



There is no waste in God's economy.

He planned earth to renew itself, you see.

Leaves are given new birth

when decompose into the earth.

These nutrients are then fed

to grow our daily bread.



There's a more wonderful new birth

waiting for all humans on earth.

We have the opportunity to be born again

when we believe Jesus came to die for our sins.

This new birth becomes our eternal salvation

that God provided for all men and women.



Just believe

then receive

God's plan of salvation.

It's our regeneration.

Your new birth awaits. Just pray.

Don't delay. Do so today.



Dear Heavenly Father, I believe

and right now I pray to receive

your gift of salvation that's free

because you died on Calvary for me.

You made a way

for me that day.

Thank you. Guide me to live your way

as I seek to live for you everyday.



And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Acts 2:21
 

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Garden Tour 10/28/17

Deadheading (feeding the compost pile), collecting seeds to share, putting the gardens to bed:

 A welcome late blooming mum.

 Fall snow:  milkweed seeds.

Found a strawberry this last Saturday in October!

When I see seed-bearing trees, I'm reminded of "seedtime and harvest" from Genesis 8:22
Crabapple tree.  Very entertaining.
In the spring, a buzzing tree filled with bees.
In the summer, busy carpenters build their nest in preparation for their family.
In the fall, a free café for migrating birds.

Moses' Burning Bush:  seeds and shedding leaves.
Always lots of baby burning bushes to share.

 Dogwood's Seeds

 Dogwood is changing into her autumn attire.

 Petunias still blooming.

Always happy to see the bees.
They arrive when the crocus' bloom.

Non-stop blooming mallow.  Thank you, Kathie.

Second blooming of the season:  cantoon. 
 
Surprised to see vinca in bloom.
 
I find the design of sunflowers awesome.
One seed produces a towering stalk and hundreds of seeds
as promised in Genesis 1.
I believe in miracles!

Rosa still blooming, producing rosehips, pretty foliage.



Must not leave out pine trees - reproducing as well.

 Crows heard overhead.
 
 Until next spring when Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter return to build their nests.

Never ending dandelions still popping up.
A bright spot on a cloudy day. 

The garden never fails to surprise!

Changes


CHANGES



Summer has ended.

Homework is tended.

Night time comes early

and becomes chilly.



Trees

leaves

are changing as if painted.

Each morning more tainted.



With a brush dipped

leaves are gold tipped

or painted red

or orange instead.



Colors only God could create

now humans try to duplicate:

burgundy, burnt orange, golden yellow -

though each tint and shade will turn mellow.



For you'll find these changing colors won't last.

In a couple of weeks the show will be past.

Even the sky is the bluest blue

this magical time of the year too.



These changing colors

attract travelers.

This rainbow now enjoyed

by ageless girls and boys.



A gift from Jack Frost

is free, at no cost,

as temperatures dip

and thermostats flipped.





Short sleeves exchanged

for sweaters changed

or jackets worn

with flannel warm.



Ones

nose

is cold as the season changes

Change always rearranges.



* * * * *



Change often comes unannounced

then fear and worry will pounce.

Sometimes unexpected illness or lengthy unemployment.

Maybe devastation of belongings or relationships.



Change, unwelcome, can be for your good, though,

for that's when we learn God is always faithful

for God will uphold you

and will be with your through.



Look for the many ways God does provide

when you experience change by and by

for change, or adversity, is a fact of life.

Cling to God's promises and you'll avoid strife.



The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.

The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their food at the proper time.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

The Lord watches over all who love him.

Psalm 145:13b-20


Dogwood dressed in her autumn dress.
 
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Autumn's Blanket


AUTUMN'S BLANKET



Rain came during the night.

Leaves now tumble in flight

weaving a blanket on the ground

where autumn's rainbow is now found.



Gently leaves float down, quiet

settling as a soft blanket

warming the ground

in rusts and browns.



Other leaves are bright burgundy,

or orange from sugar maple trees,

nestling together as they settle on the grass

where they'll slowly turn brown as autumn comes to pass.



The leaves will rustle when the breeze blows

making more work for someone to tow

but in the meantime they will cuddle

into a blanket in a huddle.



Covering the earth in a hug

waiting for someone to come lug

this blanket which gently settled

over the ground in a puddle.



Autumn's blanket in gold, orange, brown, or rust

with burgundy swirling around when a gust

of wind rustles the leaves.

A-choo! Someone just sneezed.



For autumn brings with it allergy season

until Jack Frost comes and it's freezing.

In the meantime someone snuggles,

under a blanket they huddle.



* * * * *

Snuggling under a blanket

at night when it's quiet

when the day is done

just before sleep comes

what do you think about?

Are you filled with doubts?



There's much uncertainty in the world.

Everyday more unrest unfolds.

There might be calamity

filling one with anxiety.

Many are in pain and distress

causing relentless ongoing stress.



Everyone everywhere has troubles

but bear in mind God is able -

for with God nothing is impossible.

God has an answer to your troubles.

He has a plan and purpose already in mind

to relieve you of the burdens on your mind.



The answer is found in patiently waiting

while everyday in faith believing resting.

Faith believing should be a place of calm assurance

that God is with you and will give you endurance

to battle whatever it is you're going through

and will bestow you with loving kindness too.



Yes, you are loved by God, it's true,

as each morning breaks anew.

Remind yourself, “I am loved by God today.”

It will help you cope with what comes your way.

And whatever comes your way might be God's way

to show Himself faithful to you everyday.





Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “the Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26



Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles.

II Corinthians 1:3-4



What is impossible with men is possible with God.

Luke 18:27



"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,

"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,

and I will listen to you.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Jeremiah 29:11-13



I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5



So we say with confidence,

"The Lord is my helper."

Hebrews 13:6



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Thursday, October 19, 2017