Friday, April 30, 2010

Petals From the Past Nursery Tour

One of my favorite places to visit is a local nursery called
"Petals From the Past."

Their philosophy is to offer plants that are well established in our area and known for being hardy.

A visit to their nursery is like stepping into wonderland.

They are also set on offering plants like old fashioned roses that don't need spraying, feeding, and pruning unless you just want to. YUM!!

Wysteria is one of my very favorite things... oh, to have this kind of arbor with those beautiful blooms hanging everywhere.

I wish you could smell the wonderful aroma of the air filled with wysteria blossoms.

It was a beautiful day and such a joy to get to view the variety of plants and flowers. Such loveliness in all of God's creation!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Fresh Wind...

Do you ever feel as if a fresh wind has blown across your life?

In my life there have been times of extreme staleness, where I almost felt as if I were a house that had been closed up with all the doors locked and all the furnishings covered over with dust covers, cobwebs growing in the corners and hardly any light coming in... as if someone had sucked all the fresh air completely out. Then suddenly the doors and windows burst open and sunshine bursts in... a fresh wind blowing through all the staleness, blowing off the dust, letting in the light, allowing me to breathe again.

Today I feel that profoundly. I feel as if spring has brought with it the power to breathe again. I feel creative juices flowing and my spirits rising to the light that radiates outside my windows.

I have just returned from a week in another place ... a blessed change of scenery ... and some very good fellowship. The title of the conference I attended was Overflow 2010, and that is just what I am feeling today. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and readiness for whatever comes next in my life.

In my years of knowing Christ there have been times when I especially sensed His presence and times when I haven't, times of drought and times of overflow, times of staleness and times of refreshing. Those are the seasons of a spiritual life, just as we have seasons on this earth. And though my faith does not depend upon my feelings, I am especially thankful for those times when I really sense the nearness of the Lord and the blessings of this life.

I returned home to find some beautiful things happening in my garden... they, too, give a lift to my spirits. The sun is shining brilliantly today, and the Son is shining in my own heart.

I pray that spring has come for you both literally and figuratively with all its beauties and joys!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Art Show and Back to Blogging

Popping in for a quick update from the art show...

We were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous day for our art show last weekend. The skies couldn't have been more blue and the weather was fairly mild. All in all it was a lovely show, although the art market seems not to have really rebounded yet. I did make some good contacts... I had a local hospital representative ask to put some of my work in the hospital. So, I am excited about that. And a local art association wants me to do a program for them about my architectural drawings. I did sell enough to cover my costs for the show. So it was a good day (despite the fact that I missed watching The Masters tournament, one of my favorite sporting events... thank goodness for DVR!)

Hope you're all doing well. Still not much time for blogging as we're gearing upfor a church conference all week next week. Hopefully, I will be back in full blogging mode after that! Please don't give up on me if I haven't visited in a while... I am not gone, just busy!!

Love and blessings,