Today I was stunned by the beauty of the bougainvillea at the corner of our house near the verandah. During spring and summer the colours are often striking, a rich bright red.
At this time of year here – winter – when many things are paling and trees like the frangipani are now without leaves, it was amazing to see that this bush appeared to be unchanged even by the slightly lower temperatures. Its still very warm temperature-wise, but usually in June the blooms become more sparse and eventually paler or non-existent. I appreciated its beauty today in a new way.
I found a quotation on my date pad as well this morning, and it seemed so appropriate I put it here for contemplation.
Children of God have a tremendous treasure in nature and sometimes will come to the realization that things in nature are holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf…….even the fading ones.
Open your eyes this week and find a rich ‘holy’ glow in ordinary life and living.
Blessings to each one.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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I am particularly impressed with the little white “flower” in the midst of the red. Both right there on the end of the stem. I wonder what changed the pigment. Did the red all run out and leave only white to grow the extra? I’m being facetious. It came from the mind of God – wonder of wonders!
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