Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

little flowers never worry

Flowers –

Life –

And the similarities ——

Some days I dream of what it would be like to have a gardener.  Usually it is on the day that I set out to tackle the weeds that have overtaken my gardens.   I love landscaping, but when it has been left unattended  — it just isn’t pretty!

I found a few surprises.

moss roseI have no idea how this moss rose ended up here.  Isn’t that just like life?  I find myself in uncharted territory  and wonder ‘Now what?”

This  rose decided to not just grow but flourish where it found itself.    You and I can also choose to flourish in an environment that is not ideal.    After all, God is still God and He will give us wisdom to know what to do and the strength to be able to do it.  He will also fill us with courage to overcome the fear of the unknown and step out in faith.  With God’s help,  we will  turn  that challenge into a testimony.

Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

playing peek a boo

Another flower  that sprouted up in an unusual place.   It easily could have been pulled up with the other weeds.  I may  have missed it if I hadn’t been paying attention.  I wonder what things in life  I miss because I am distracted, not paying attention or not living  truly in the moment?

on th fenceHere is another surprise flower.  It is growing up right inside the fence surrounding my vegetable garden.  Clearly it is not a vegetable, but I let it continue to grow.

Do we extend love to everyone or just those who are like us?  Do we encourage people to bloom where they are planted or do we uproot them by our words?

roserose

Then there is my rose-bush.  It has bloomed at least three times this year.  It just keeps growing and blooming and growing and blooming.   This is how I want to live my life.

Psalm 19:14  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart  be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”

Matthew 6:28-29  “And why are you worried about clothing?  Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these……..  (v.33) But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Flowers have little trouble doing what they were created to do — bloom.  Can the same be said about us?

til next time

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September 20, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I suspect that they do not complain about their surroundings or compare their petals to other flowers either.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | September 23, 2013 | Reply

    • good point — I am sure that they do not complain 🙂 another lesson from the flowers

      Comment by Gloria | September 24, 2013 | Reply

  2. Excellent post with down-to-earth, challenging illustrations. This reminds me of a devotional about daisies by J Sidlow Baxter. I might post it soon – if I catch up with everything after being away for a while visiting family.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | September 27, 2013 | Reply

    • I look forward to reading it 🙂

      Comment by Gloria | October 5, 2013 | Reply


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