When I feel everything is going awry: the world around me, the ills of society, life’s circumstances, relationships, and more; my faith grows stronger when I remember God’s promises and the fulfillment of them through Jesus Christ and the workings of the Holy Spirit.
It’s been a good year for growing coleus. Coleus are a great indicator of how light levels affect plants. The leaves in the photograph are all part of the same plant. The leaf with the lovely markings and pretty blush of pink grew outdoors for a few months. I loved the markings and the colors so much, I cut a piece away to root in water on my front windowsill. Although less sun created better rooting conditions, the top leaves of the coleus are duller in color and markings because of the lower light levels. The plant is potted now and on a sunnier windowsill, I’m expecting the blush of pink to return on future leaves. The pink blush of this coleus leaf is part of this week’s Color Your World Challenge – Blush.
I cherish this beautiful Fenton Glass Pink Coin Dot vase that once belonged to my grandmother; perfect for the color challenge in shades of blush. Inside I have an old-fashioned bouquet to match the vintage vase.
I also cherish this stuffed pink poodle my oldest grandson won in a claw trap game for me. These games, often found in restaurant waiting areas and arcades, are usually impossible to win. The secret: only play the ones with a guaranteed prize at the end. We paid $3.00 versus the usual $1.00, but the prizes inside were definitely worth the higher price along with the assurance that everyone wins.
Coral Nymph Salvia is a favorite of mine. I love the delicate blush and coral shade of the pink petals. Hummingbirds love this nectar-producing flower. The plant produces easily harvested seeds and also naturalizes for me each year.
The Flower of the Day is the Blush Pink Zinnia. I was able to save seeds last year from the mother plant and the offspring came back true to the original with no color change. If the goldfinches don’t strip all the seeds away this year, I will save the seeds again and keep the blushing pink beauty growing on each year.
I drove away from my mind everything capable of spoiling the sense of the presence of God…. I just make it my business to persevere in His holy presence… My soul has had an habitual, silent, secret conversation with God. ~ Brother Lawrence
Defeating anxiety and worry is not a battle for the faint-hearted. It takes courage and perseverance and a determined turning away from Satan’s relentless attacks and negative thinking. The quote by Brother Lawrence reminds me that sometimes peace must be fought for by driving away what would extinguish peace within me. I wish you a peaceful week full of God’s blessings.