Sunday In My Garden

 

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I Give and Receive Light and Love

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“Here am I, the servant of the Lord”

In church today we read and prayed:

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.

~Psalm 31: 9-12

Susan turned to me as if to say, “This sounds like you.”

My body is tired. I suffer with stenosis and sciatica. I am in physical therapy. And my spirit is strong.

But I have my moments.

Will I have the strength to hike with my son in Colorado?

Will I have the strength to work in my garden?

Will I have the strength to stand in the kitchen and cook for Susan (Pictured here: salmon, her favorite)?

 

Will I have the strength to walk and stand for new portrait sessions?

When we returned home from church I read Psalm 39:

I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
    my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

Okay. Not so dire as this. But I am at the age where I ask “What are you going to do with your time?”

I am going to get stronger. I am going to hike. I am going to garden. I am going to continue to cook. I am going to continue photographing people—-and birds and butterflies and streams and landscapes. In all that I do I am going to give praise to the Lord!

And the title verse in complete: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

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Do You Love Sunflowers?

I do. I have a garden of them planted along with zinnias. The first one bloomed this morning!

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Do You Love Zinnias?

I do! I have hundreds planted in my garden. This is the first one to bloom.

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A Pretty Clematis

Growing in my garden.

Clematis

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A Beautiful Way To Begin The Week

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True Freedom

A beginning begins somewhere. Let’s begin with The Daily Word, Sunday, June 14, 2015:

“Today I stop placing limits on my ability to live the life of my dreams. I start by taking an honest look at what I believe about myself. I identify false, destructive thoughts and sweep them out of my mind. This cleansing reveals the beautiful being I AM–made in the image and ikeness of God. What a breath of fresh air!

“I revel in true freedom as I embrace my spiritual identity. I soar like an eagle catching currents of divine energy. As others see my strength and agility, I effortlessly attract my good. I am limitless.

“Life becomes sweeter and brighter as I ascend into this new understanding of myself. I become more prosperous, healthy, and happy as I embrace my spiritual truth.”

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

My mission is to connect with people, inspire people and build community; making the world a better place with beautiful photography.

Tomorrow morning I leave for Denver to spend Father’s Day weekend with my son and his girlfriend. I have never been to Colorado and people have often said to me, “Bruce! You are going love it. It is so beautiful.” It is a gift to go and I am very grateful.

And I continue to count my gifts every day. The counting of these gifts has become the diary, the poem, the inventory of my life.  G. K. Chesterson said the greatest poem is an inventory. It seems so simple. The counting. Being grateful Ann Voskamp, who inspired me to count with here book One Thousand Gifts, writes: Gratefulness is not what you feel after times of joyfulness; gratefulness is what you have to choose to get to times of joyfulness.”

I am grateful to have seen this Peony in my neighbor’s yard last week.

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This morning I woke at 5:15
I read Romans 5:1-11 Faith Brings Joy
On Wednesday I woke at 5:30
Roman 4:1-25 The Faith of Abraham
A short walk with Freddy
Susan laughing at The New Yorker cover
Coffee with Susan
Bacon and Egg Sandwich with Susan
A long walk with Freddy
Playing in backyard with Freddy
My friend Gaby inviting me to dinner in Denver
Eleanor bring over homemade eggplant parmigiana
Lunch with Susan, turkey sandwich
Meeting Kim, real estate agent, at Susan’s mom’s house
Meeting Kathy, real estate agent, at Susan’s mom’s house
Mowing the lawn
Sitting in the backyard with Susan enjoying a beer
Eggplant parmigiana for dinner
A call from my son

One night last week, on the 10th of June, I made Chicken Parmigiana:

Chicken Parmigiana

On the morning of the 11th, I saw this clematis, an Avante Garde, bloom:

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And this one:

clematis

We picked up our new car on Thursday, too. A Subaru Outback to tow or T@B Teardrop Camper / Mobile Photo Studio.

SUbaru Outback

I made a special pasta dinner to celebrate; fresh angel hair pasta, broccoli, Cajun chicken sausage:

Pasta

We had a big thunderstorm on Friday, June 12:

rain

And a new clematis bloomed the following day:

Clematis

This one, too:

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And on Saturday we saw our granddaughter, Emily:

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How grateful Susan and I were to spend time with Danielle, Mike, and Emily. And thus, joyful.

On Sunday, I roasted a chicken, And roasted beets for a salad with goat cheese and assorted nuts. YUM!

roast chicken

On Monday it rained. My garden is coming along and it is exciting to see everything growing.

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This past I made on Monday was amazing! Fresh Cheese Tortellini with eggplant, green beans, sweet red pepper and cherry tomatoes:

Eggplant Pasta

A new clematis bloomed, too. It’s called Pink Fantasy.

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Our back steps:

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And for dinner we enjoyed Baked Panko Crusted Scallops with a Banana Cucumber Salsa (YUM!):

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A Beautiful Peony

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and in black and white

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