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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens Revisited: Vol. I

In case you're not on IG, I posted this last week:

I used to post this fun meme a couple times a month on my blog. I've haven't had much time for blogging over the last year so the last time I posted LTML was back in January of 2019.
I really miss sharing these virtual "walks" with you!

Life thru the Lens was started by my friend Lisa Kerner and I began participating back in 2015 - I did some digging and was surprised to find that since then I've posted this meme 90 times!
Social media is different now. People are looking for the perfect picture with the perfectly articulated caption.

But perhaps some of you are still willing to slow your scroll and walk quietly with a friend. I hope so. . .

Will you walk with me?

My firecracker coneflowers are attracting the hummingbirds! It's nice to capture them sipping at something prettier than my feeder.

We have one baby so far this year. Mamma is very protective!

Do you like bugs? There are a few on my kill first, look second list but as a rule I find them fascinating. These little grasshoppers have such a friendly face!

June's full moon is the Strawberry or Honey moon. I thought this capture with the cell tower in front was kind of fun.

Until next time . . .


Monday, June 8, 2020

Inspired by . . . small blooms

Sitting on the porch with my husband the other evening I noticed that the florist kalanchoe was starting to bloom again. This poor plant has been through so much! I bought it for my husband 4 or 5 years ago because he loved its vibrant pink blossoms. The first year it did well, doubling in size by the end of the summer. Only to be half-eaten by the deer one night.

I nursed it back to health over the winter and the presence of our new dog, Lady, kept it safe from the deer all summer. It thrived! Producing those vibrant pink blooms we love so much. Then an early frost turned half the plant black. I thought it was done for but since there were small signs of life I, once again, nursed it back to health over the winter. Only about a third of the plant was left at this point and my sporadic watering wasn't helping it much.

Kalanchoe is a succulent and doesn't like too much water. For me, Spring is the most difficult time to gauge their need for water. The transition from inside to outside makes this difficult process even harder. This year we had some cool weather late in the spring and I over-watered, drowning the poor plant and nearly doing it in for good.

But the other night on the porch I saw hope. A few, very few, vibrant pink blooms. You see, blooming takes a lot of energy. A plant that is struggling or dying is not likely to bloom. So these blooms, few though they were, gave me hope. Not just hope for the plant but hope for me. And maybe, if you're still reading, they can bring you hope, too.

In 2020 perhaps we should exchange the cliche "bloom where you're planted" to simply:


Because, honestly, I don't know a single person right now who isn't struggling.
Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” Rev 12:12

Have you met the three-headed dragon of 2020?
  • Pandemic
  • Economic Disaster
  • Racial Prejudice

Life in the last six months is nothing like what we thought it would be; nothing like what we want it to be.

What is our response? Be as the kalanchoe!


Bloom through the raging waters that threaten to drown us, the fires that burn with unspeakable pain, the dry, cracked soil that clogs our throats, blinds our eyes, and stops up our ears.


   Be kind
   Love God
  lOve your neighbor (if you're not sure who your neighbor is, read Luke 10)
shOw compassion
   Make a difference

There are many inspiring and encouraging people out there who are blooming. They are shining lights in a very dark world. We need more of these people. We need YOU to be one of these people.

Don't make the mistake of looking at them and thinking that because you can't do what they're doing that you can't do anything. Don't look at what you can't do. Instead, look at your unique, one-of-a-kind, God-given life and decide what you can do. Ask God what He wants you to do. And then do it.

It doesn't matter how big your bloom is; just bloom.