Seeking Serenity

After a week of tragedy in our nation, I’m feeling somewhat numb. This comes on the heels of the cancer diagnosis in my own family last week. Sometimes life can be overwhelming.

Yet amidst the chaos, I look out the kitchen window and see all the flowers in our garden that continue to bloom. Thankfully, they are unaffected by the day’s news.

The colorful zinnia at the top of today’s post is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us. Each new day, as one flower wilts and drops its petals, another opens its face to the sun. And from that flower, comes life-giving nectar for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Amazing! Some would call this the circle of life. I see it as a reminder of God’s love for us.

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My favorite times of serenity are spent walking in the woods, sitting in the garden, or listening to the birds. It is a pleasant way to shut out the world, or at least hold it at arm’s length for a while.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬

When you take time to seek it, you will always find peace in the stillness of God’s presence.

 

Sultry Summer

It’s been a wonderful week here in northern Virginia, despite the oppressive humidity. My walks are starting earlier each day as I try to avoid the heat, but this morning I discovered an added bonus — a wild blackberry bush! I figured I’d better pick some before the birds discovered them. And wow, they tasted really good mixed in with blueberries and raspberries on my breakfast cereal! 😊

Since Independence Day fell on Thursday this year, it seemed more like a Saturday. We drove out to visit Mom at her nursing home, and my brother met us there with Chick-fil-A — Mom’s favorite treat! It was a special belated birthday celebration and we enjoyed spending some time together.

Just a quick update on the garden front . . .

Our tomatoes were rapidly disappearing from the vine, and all my zucchini as well! Some were completely devoured (mainly the cherry tomatoes) and some had big chunks missing. My hubby borrowed a “have-a-heart” trap, hoping to catch the critter, but that same evening he spooked a large doe in the garden. She had somehow broken through the wire fence, and was so frightened that she crashed right through it again during her escape! We haven’t had any further issues, but we are on guard for any more unwelcome guests.

I’m going to take a couple weeks off from blogging as we head out of town for a well-deserved vacation. Our road trip will take us to the Carolinas and Tennessee, where we will visit friends and family. We are eagerly anticipating this break since we haven’t had any time away since last fall.

Hopefully we will still have a garden when we return. 😉

I’ll look forward to sharing stories and photos from our trip in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some summer fun too!