All things bright and beautiful

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God said, “Let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth.” And that’s what happened. The earth produced plant life: plants yielding seeds, each according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. There was evening and there was morning: the third day. – Genesis 1:11-13

God saw how good it was:

IMG_8663This is one of those North Carolina spring weekends where it’s almost criminal not to be outside at least for a few hours. Not to the extent that you can’t fit church in – more that we’re so grateful for this amazing weekend that spending an hour in worship seems to be the very least we can do.

Rebekah, of course, was attracted to our garden (and a long visit to the Lowe’s garden center) like a bee to honey. 2016 was essentially a wash when it came to planting – the pain was simply too unbearable; but this year, if she’s careful, she’s been able to play in the dirt just enough to see some progress and feel at least a little bit connected to the soil.

Friday it was my kitchen herbs (see “No substitutions – only the best“); Saturday it was hanging baskets. I love to see Rebekah’s joy in the garden.

By the time my parents walked over from next door for supper, the front stoop was blooming, Rebekah had finished hanging fresh baskets off the deck, and North Carolina was still beckoning for us to stay outside and breathe the good air.

IMG_8689It’s spring in Wake Forest; the dogwoods are in full bloom, the azaleas are beginning to come out, the daffodils aren’t quite done, and the trees are beginning to push out those fresh, vibrant, light green, leaves. Fact is, all the color in the garden is fixing to bust out in celebration.

As for us, the least we can do is let our voices be heard in thanksgiving and praise to God. Life is good, promise is abundant, and hope is always ours to claim.

Life is good, promise is abundant, and hope is always ours to claim.

Happy Sunday, friends, I’ll see you in church – DEREK

 

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