The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing – Zephaniah 3:17
In a very few words, Nelson Mandela delivers a lot of wisdom here.
I wonder how life changing it would be to take this quote into consideration before making big decisions?
Where would my life be had I followed this? And what would it look like in the future if I start to follow it now?
A life built from fear or a life built around hope? The answer seems obvious, but not so easy in tense moments.
My wish for all of us is that we have the courage in all circumstances to live our lives based on the beautiful hope within us..
Worrying about what other people think about you adds unnecessary stress to your life.
Once you release your fear of other people’s opinions, you set yourself free to live your own life.
You become free to live a life true to you that honours your own spirit.
Now you cease to be a sheep helplessly pushed along by the crowd.
You have transformed into a lioness, and nothing can stop you.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom – Marilyn Ferguson
Last May I wrote about a very special garden in the front of our home. This garden had a mind of it’s own, and would not yield to any of my attempts at planting flowers. Eventually, I gave up and simply plopped a strawberry plant container on it to conceal the empty space. Surprisingly, at the end of the summer, the strawberry plants grew over the container, and somehow planted themselves into the soil of this magical garden. A few years later, another surprise flower emerged. If you are interested, you can read the rest here.
This fall has brought another surprise for our family – this time in our backyard, near the lavender and herb garden. A beautiful deep pink carnation has somehow joined us growing in between the stones of our walk-out patio. What is so amazing is that there are no carnations in any of our gardens.
I am so grateful for this small miracle.
The blessings of nature abound when our eyes are open to see them;
when our hearts are open to receive them.
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. – C. S. Lewis