The Garden


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I come to the garden alone.

While the dew is still on the roses.

And the voice I hear,

Falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

He speaks and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing.

And the melody that He gives to me

Within my heart is ringing!

And He walks with me,

And He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own!

And the joy we share…

As we tarry there…

None other has ever known.

-Charles Austin Miles

Spring Training

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Get Ready…

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” Isaiah 43:19

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.” ¬†Isaiah 58:8

It’s Gonna Happen!

“He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it…”

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“Just as the earth brings forth her bud,

And as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth;

So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

To spring forth…”

Philippians 1:6 , Isaiah 61:11

And I Know Why

God placed Adam and Eve in a garden, and I know why!!! :)

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I am a writer, and I love blogging, but long before I became a blogger, I was a gardener… I absolutely love it! This morning I got my first gardening magazine for spring, and I felt like a kid at Christmas. I love looking at the ¬†pictures and my heart pounds with excitement when I imagine all of the beautiful things that could be a part of my own garden.

Just as the LORD placed Adam and Eve in such a beautiful and peaceful place in the beginning, we too can live in beauty and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. And one day we’ll stroll through the beautiful gardens of a new heaven and a new earth with Him, and the days will never end.

God Bless you, and have a great week-end!

Faith

Pleasant Surprise

Yesterday, as I was speaking to my husband on the telephone, I glanced out the backdoor and saw, not one, not two, but several beautiful bluebirds, perched on the ledge of our deck! It was so beautiful, and I got so excited, because we usually only see one or two such birds at a time, but it seems that since we’ve added a bird bath to our backyard garden this past spring, we get to see more birds than ever. These lovely little bluebirds were everywhere! On the deck, perched in a now leafless tree, and splashing all about in the rainwater filled bird bath! This was such a treat, such a pleasant surprise and I’m reminded that there are so many such blessings that surround me everyday, and I can’t help but wonder how many go unnoticed…

“O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.

Psalm 104:24

The Traffic Raiser Award!

Traffic is usually something we try to avoid, right?… But not here!!! ¬†:)

Thank you Nizy, @¬†nackynice.wordpress.com¬†for nominating me for The Traffic Raiser Award! ¬†It’s an honor, and I greatly appreciate it. I love your photos, poetry, and delightful posts! ¬†Stop by and pay her blog a visit. You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks Nizy.

Guidelines

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • Paste the award image anywhere in your blog
  • Tell us 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Post a comment on your nominees‚Äô blogs telling them of their nomination
  • Leave a comment here, vote for your own and one other.

Seven Facts About Me

  • I am a Christian.‚ô•
  • I’m a wife and mother, with three children, a son and two daughters. This is a great blessing for me.
  • Being a mom is my all time favorite job. :)
  • My son is the one who introduced me to blogging. He initially set up my account, and bought me a ” How To” book on blogging, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
  • I love music. A few years back, our oldest daughter introduced me to the ipod. It’s ¬†my favorite toy!
  • I enjoy visiting gardens and museums.
  • I have fun with words and writing! ¬†“Words with Friends” and Scrabble are my favorite games, and I play a little everyday.

And The ¬†Nominees Are… :)

pczick.wordpress.com

simplyjuliana.wordpress.com

waltbrite.wordpress.com

foreverpoetic.me

iwasthinking.me

ioan17.wordpress.com

tracielouisephotography.net

pbus1.wordpress.com

lesleycarter.wordpress.com

brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com

artbycamila.wordpress.com

habwwe.wordpress.com

pureglory.net

harpoftenstrings.wordpress.com

www.phrayz.com

 

Please stop by and visit these great blogs! I enjoy them and I’m sure you will too.

A great big “thanks” to everyone who follows, “likes”, or comments on this blog. You’re the best! – Faith :)

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

blog pic 6Thank you Julianna,¬†http://simplyjuliana.wordpress.com/¬†and also to Spilled Cookies¬†http://www.spilledcookies.com,¬†for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! It is an honor and a blessing for this blog to be considered an inspiration, and I would like to say that I too am inspired ¬†by the comments, and responses that I have received. As the scripture says, “Iron sharpens iron” and that’s exactly how I feel about this blogging experience, as we walk through this life together, relying on God’s word,encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring one another.

Award Guidelines:

1)      Display the award logo on your blog.

2)      Link back to the person who nominated you.

3)      State 7 things about yourself.

4)      Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5)      Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things that are refreshing and inspiring for me:

My family, music, gardening, blogging, nice restaurants, vacation, and cooking

¬†My “Very Inspiring Blog Award” nominees-¬†¬†I hope that you take the time to pay a visit, I’m sure that you’ll find them to be very inspiring! :)

Let Life In http://letlifeinpractices.com/

Living Lightly Upon This Earth http://pczick.wordpress.com/

Gracie’s Quest¬†http://lifesearchforchrist.wordpress.com

Daily Bread Devotions /http://rabattyedaily.wordpress.com/

Shillingz N’ Pence¬†http://iamdalea.wordpress.com/

Jump For Joy! http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/

It’s a God Thing…http://godthang.wordpress.com/

Finding Hope and Peace In an Uncertain World http://learning2bestill.com/

JP Daily http://jpdaily.wordpress.com/

Reflections in the Word http://reflectionsintheword.org/

Mom Told Me To Write A Book http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com/

Charis; Subject to Change http://charispsallo.wordpress.com/

I Was Thinking The Other Day About…http://iwasthinking.me/

Growing in Jesus http://jenniferbuczynski.wordpress.com/

Appetite for Life http://appetiteforlifeblog.wordpress.com/

Special Thanks– As I said before, I’m inspired by each of you who read, “like”, or follow this blog. Thank you and God Bless! -Faith :)

Another “Lovely” Award!

Thank you Pastor Chris, pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com, for nominating me for the “One ¬†Lovely Blog Award” It’s a very special ¬†honor, and I am humbled. :)

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Paste the award image on your blog.
  3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other blogs that you would like to give the award to.
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

Since I have been blessed to have received this award ¬†a few times now, and I’m trying really hard to catch up after a long absence, I’m going to have to keep my response short, sweet, and simple.

“Couple Facts About Me”¬†

I love gardening and roses. Pink roses are my favorite!

“Two ¬†Very Lovely Blogs”

Tracie Louise Photography

Clover and Thyme

A Special Thank You

To everyone who reads, “likes”, or follows this blog.

It’s “Lovely” blogging with you! :)

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award

Many smiles and heartfelt thanks, to Francine, francineinretirement.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this award!

It’s truly unique and has a very ¬†interesting name! ¬†I’m happy to have been chosen to receive it.

Rules

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award. Due to my very busy schedule these days, I will be nominating only one. :)

1.   Describe yourself in seven words.

Christian, Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Smiles!!!

2.   What keeps you up at night?

It’s a toss-up between, playing “Words With Friends” and my husband’s snoring! :)

3.   Whom would you like to be

Love being me.     

4.   What are you wearing now

  Jean capris and a red T- shirt     

5.   What scares you

Not scared.

6.   What are the best and worst things about blogging

Best Thing /Writing, sharing, making friends!

Worst Thing/ Falling behind and catching up!

7.    What was the last website you looked at

My dog groomers

8.    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be

 Stop and smell the roses more often

9.    Slankets, yes or no

What’s that?

10.   Tell us something about the person who nominated you

Francine is a retired, Christian, Mom and Grandma, who shares life beautifully through great photography.

My “Mrs. Sparkly Ten Commandments Award” Nominee:

Jesus My Joy, jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com

¬†Special Thanks to those of you who read, “like”, or follow my blog! You’re all very special, and you make me feel really “Sparkly” !!!!

Sisterhood of Bloggers Award!

This is such a cute award, and I’m so happy that it was passed on to me by a very special sister blogger, Francine, who like a sister would, ¬†shared this honor with all of us girls who follow her blog! How cute is that! I love it! I really admire her blog and her example, and so I’ve decided to follow in her footsteps. I’ll share seven things about myself, and just pass this award on to any other lady who subscribes to this blog! Feel free to simply accept it, post it on your blog, and pass it on. It’s my way of saying thanks for being such an important part of my blogging experience!

Seven Things About Me:

S- Steelers Fan!

I- Into Gardening

S- Sometimes Silly Sense of Humor. :)

T- Trying really hard to think of 7 things!

E- Early. I like to be on time. :)

R- Really good listener

S- So glad to be a part of this blogging community!

Passing on the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!”

All ladies who subscribe to this blog, this is your award too! If you should choose to accept it, feel free to post it on your blog, and let me know! If not, that’s perfectly OK., I totally understand, and¬†I appreciate you all! ¬†Thanks again to Francine, for the award, and the great ¬†idea of sharing it. :)

Smiles and Blessings!

– Faith

Beautiful Blogger Award

Oh, Bother!!

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

It’s such a beautiful day!! A very special thank you to Emi at¬†fourleaves92.wordpress.com,¬†for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! It’s truly a blessing, and I am deeply honored. The beauty of blogging is that I get the chance to interact, share, and communicate, with so many interesting people, and it’s all right here at my fingertips! It’s very rewarding for me, and I love it.¬†The Beautiful Blogger Award is given for creativity, originality, and contribution to the blogging community. As guidelines suggest, I will list seven random things about myself, and I am happy to list seven blogs that I am nominating ¬†for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

The Guidelines:

 

  • List seven random facts about yourself
  • Post a link to the blog of the person who nominated you
  • Link to seven other bloggers who are deserving of the award
  • Let those bloggers know that you‚Äôve nominated them

Seven Random Facts About Me: (Very random)

I am an early bird.
I was born in the spring!
I have two sisters and a brother; and  two daughters and a son.
I could spend the entire day working in my gardens without a break, and even forget to eat!
I love being a wife and mom. :)
I enjoy watching nature, God’s creation; from the sky to everything beneath it.
I believe that beauty from within is the most important kind.

Here are Seven Beautiful Blogs:

Clover and Thyme;  cloverandthyme.com

Photography by Gisele Morgan; giselemorgan.wordpress.com

Francine in Retirement; francineinretirement.wordpress.com

Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus; leesbird.com

Photobotos; photobotos.com

Home and the Range; homeandtherange.wordpress.com

Clayhearts; clayhearts.wordpress.com

A special thank you to those of you  who like, read, or follow my blog. Have a beautiful day!!

The Reader Appreciation Award

¬†I would like to express my appreciation, and a very special thank you, to beatrix mana at babydogogos.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this award! This came as a complete surprise, and I am both humbled and honored to have been nominated.In accepting this award, I’ll share a little of what I’ve been up to lately, along with a list of bloggers that I am nominating for the Reader Appreciation Award

“What’s Going On?”

Well its spring, and gardening is one of my great loves, so of course, I’m thrilled, and I’ve been spending a lot of time working outside in our yard. I’ve been unable to garden for the past couple of springs due to a two-year recovery from a surgery where I almost lost my leg and nearly died. Praise God, neither occurred, and, while I am still experiencing the pain and limitations which are the result of this tragedy, I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed me to be able to get out and enjoy my gardens. ¬†I love the logo for this award. Sunflowers are one of my favorites. They’re very happy and bright, and that’s just how I feel about receiving this award!

Here are some blogs that I’m sure you’ll ¬†enjoy and appreciate reading. I know I do!

Ellen Grace Olingerellenolinger.wordpress.com

Mikeemmock.wordpress.com

Lynn lynnlovesediting.wordpress.com

Florence Kuekharpoftenstrings.wordpress.com

Brian’s Blog brianwilliamsen,wordpress.com

Reflections in the Word reflectionsintheword.wordpress.com

The Sunshine Award!

I am very happy, and honored to receive the blogger’s Sunshine Award !

My sincere and ¬†heartfelt thanks goes out to NanaDoll, ¬†http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this beautiful award! I absolutely love blogging, and haven’t been at it for long, so this is all still very new for me. ¬†It’s my first award with requirements attached, and I’ve been working on meeting them for a little while now, so here we go!

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

  • Include the award‚Äôs logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

 About Me: 

 1. I am very happily married to my college sweetheart.

2. We have three miracle children, (that doctors said we’d never have!) :)

3. I’ve experienced many miracles of healing in my life.

4. I love the Lord.  He is my strength, my source of  joy and all things wonderful in this life.

5. I love lots of different kinds of music, and I play 3 instruments.

6. I enjoy writing, and I love blogging!

7. I enjoy cooking, homemaking, and gardening.

8. I enjoy English Literature. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are my favorites!

9. I enjoy eating organic foods, and I’m “practically” ¬†vegetarian. :)

10. I enjoy cycling, and other outdoor activities, with family and friends.

Here are a “baker’s” dozen of blogs that I am passing this award on to. They’re like” Sunshine!” Check them out, I’m sure you’ll agree!

1. http:/fourleaves92.wordpress.com

2. http:/artbycamila.wordpress.com

3. http:/washedfeet.wordpress.com

4. http:/365daysofpraising.wordpress.com

5. http:/savannahssong.wordpress.com

6.  http:/refusingtotiptoe.com

7. http:/birdmartin.wordpress.com

8. http:/traveldestinationbucketlist.com

9. http:/frommyfrontstep.wordpress.com

10. http:/todayiprayed.wordpress.com

11. http:/changedbyhim0510.wordpress.com

12.http:/matthew1625.com

13. http:/tracielouisephotography.net

These are all wonderful blogs, and there are so many more that I would have liked to mention. Some have already received this award, but I still hate leaving anyone out, so this was a little difficult for me. I’d also like to send out a very special “thank you” to those who follow and comment on my blog. I’m humbled by your interest, and you too, are like “Sunshine” to me!

Smiles and Blessings.  РFaith