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A Beautiful Morning

My dog Maggie hasn’t been feeling too well lately, and she’s been getting me up extra early. That’s o.k. with me, especially because the sun is just coming up as I pour my first cup of coffee.

Today is a beautiful morning.  This little container garden is just outside my kitchen door.  The sun rises right behind it, and over the years, it’s become one of my favorite places to pray.

I change the plantings each year just to keep things lively.  That being said, I always have some variety of hibiscus, geranium, fuchsia and coleus.  I was in a peachy kind of mood when I was at the nursery this year, so here’s what I got.

Friends, I hope you have a little place like the container garden outside my kitchen.  A place to relax, the pray and reflect, somewhere to unwind and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.  Depending on your circumstances, it can be large or small, plants in containers or plants in the ground.  Choose a place that is quiet.

This morning, as I was watching the clouds turn from grey to pink to peach to white, I had both geese and crows fly overhead.  It was so quiet I heard the flapping of their wings.  Ah, to be able to see the world the way a bird does…

I also have terra-cotta image of the Madonna and Child hanging on the wall of my shed.  I purchased this several years ago on a trip to Italy, and I can still remember the little pottery shop in Florence where I purchased it.  So, as I sit on my little patio each day, I can reflect on nature, the gift of Christ and/or other beautiful mornings in other beautiful countries I’ve had the chance to experience.  Such choices 🙂

Life is what you make it.  Why not try something beautiful?

Since early spring, I’ve waiting for these coneflowers to bloom.  As the sun came up this morning, I walked through my garden and realized those days are almost here…

St. Ignatius of Loyola challenged his followers to find God in all things.  I sure felt His Presence in my garden this morning.  I hope you can experience Him today as well.

By seedthrower1

I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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