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>> Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Tray of Leeks

I am so excited that I am starting to finally see signs of spring here. I have to admit to those who don't know this about me but I am not a natural lover of gardening. My hubby the gardener and he has slowly lured me into helping him. I do enjoy certain parts of the garden more than others. For example after planting and waiting and then the plants just... break forth out of the ground is such a simple pleasure of mine. It to me is a sign of hope and new life. New life coming forth is such a pure joy, if it be a new born baby, or animal, or plant. I loved the verse in the creation account in Genesis that mentions that God planted a garden. He didn't speak it to be but it said He planted it. That just shows the loving and caring side in our creator that I think is missed ohhh too often. I didn't catch that till I was in my 30's and I went to a woman's breakfast at church and a sweet lady who was the speaker drew our attention to that. Isn't our Lord so amazing. I hope that you take a moment sometime this spring and stand and be amazed at our Lord's creation and know that it didn't just evolve but was a gift from our creator who thought out every detail as a gift for us.

.....Simple Pleasures is to remind me to stop, to look, to listen, to slow down and pay closer attention to the simple things in life. And when ever I do, I am never disappointed.

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Janette@Janette's Sage March 10, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

That has never jumped out at me...isn't God's word amazing, something new all the time...he planted a garden.
Now I am going to go out to see if anything is popping its head out of my ground.
Great simple pleasure!

Keri On March 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

What a nice post, Mary! Thanks for the lovely thoughts...I also had never noticed Genesis saying, "And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden"...
I found my way to your blog by way of "The Quiet Home" blog...
Have a masterpiece of a day!

Shani March 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Uh-oh... I'm feeling behind in starting my seeds.... :/

What a lovely thought... I always grin with God when I look around and see the blessings He has gifted us with. What JOY!!!!

Shani xxx

Jenn4him March 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM  

Very encouraging! We had snow flurries today and a gray sky. But, only 10 more days of winter. :-)

Jennie March 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

Love it! My husband is the green thumb in this partnership as well, but he has brought me to love it. It's so fulfilling to see something you've planted end up bearing fruit...and I *love* the parallels to our God.

We're way south, and I should have started our seeds, but I haven't. (Though that's really no surprise!) But I *love* the sights and sounds of spring. It just makes me want to sing (almost)!

Love this simple pleasure! (And the photo.)

Anonymous March 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM  

Dear sweet Mary,

Gardening grows on you ;-) But I equate it to how Our Lord begins anew every year after winter is over. It is a time to begin anew!

Thank you so much for your prayers Mary, they have been quite helpful here in the cottage...


Wendy March 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM  

Lovely little things, full of yummy promise! I liked your point about God planting a garden, not just speaking it into being. Must be why we enjoy it so much.

You've inspired me! Gotta get planning my garden.


Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage March 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

Mary, I've always loved that image of the Lord planting a garden!
Incredible to think about Him digging in the dirt, isn't it!
But He specialises in bringing forth beauty out of dirt and darkness.
And He blessed Adam with the vocation of protecting and nurturing the life of the plants.
Kinda like parents, don't you think?
God creates the new life..we help them grow :-)
Bless you Mary!
love in Jesus..Trish

Mave March 10, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

Thanks for sharing the wonder of the Creator tending what He creates. He truly loves us. I wonder why we miss it so often.

Dayle March 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

Our God is a God of the details. Awesome!

Kay K March 11, 2011 at 6:54 AM  

I love spring my favorite time of year ...everything comes to life ...GOD is so good

Christine March 11, 2011 at 7:25 AM  

Hi, Mary! I've been so behind in blog world. Life caught up to me!

I love love love your photo of emerging plants. It reminds me of hope. He causes it to grow! Amen.

Love, Christine

Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM  


I'm glad I am not the only one. I'm not a "natural" gardener either. My husband is the one with the "green thumb" around here. However, I do enjoy having plants, and during the warmer months, my husband and I do some transplanting of plants, which I enjoy. However, I am not much of an "outdoor girl" I suppose. :)

New growth is also simply lovely to watch as well! Now that spring is coming, I see new buds on various plants and trees around our neighborhood. It's truely a lovely sight! :)


-Lady Rose

Ms.Daisy March 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM  

Lovely post for Simple Pleasures! Thanks for sharing with us.

Illinois Lori March 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM  

Yes, Mary-Girl, that is a wonderful verse! So glad you shared about it! I am so glad you are able to see those little green heads poking up to see light, even if it's indoor light! I know you needed that little dose of spring-happiness! I am feeling a little tired and sore throaty today, so I'm worried that I'm getting sick :-( But it is bright sun today, and not super cold (I think it was upper 40's or 50 out), and that sure was nice! I have little pips sticking up that will be prettty crocuses and daffodils in a little while :-)

Tonight (Fri) we have friends over for games, but other than that we can chat this weekend if you want, or next...whenever you're working on your blog and want help! Tell me when you get started, and then I'll give you my schedule for the next 3 days so you'll know when I'm not around to talk. So much fun! I LOVE the header!

And I love you, too!

Sue March 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Beautiful post Mary. I love to garden and when I am digging in the soil I remind myself of a verse in Psalms where it says that God formed the soil with His hands! Thank you again for reminding me, as I will soon be digging again. Enjoy your weekend.
Thank you for coming by and for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment.

anxiousknitter March 12, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

I always raise my face to the heavens on the first perfect day of Spring - when it's fresh and clean and buds are bursting on the trees, the grass is turning green again and early flowers have poked their heads out to see if it's OK to bloom yet. Somehow, no matter what season of life I happen to be in, I always recognize the majesty of God in that moment. Even when my path had detoured into darkness for many years, I would still stand there looking up and part of me would remember who made it all.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my Simple Pleasure post. I don't normally reveal so much but it seemed fitting somehow :) I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you, as well! It certainly doesn't hurt to know that I'm a farm girl, too!

I just want to add, your boys are gorgeous and you must be so very proud of them!

In Him,

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