Gardening Angels

OK admit it, who likes gardening and who couldn’t tell a daffodil from a dandelion? I will admit that I am able to tell the difference from those 2 plants, but there is where my gardening knowledge just about ends. I wish I did know more about gardening, but I am seriously lacking.

Looking out on the garden where my clinic is, has been an embarassment in the past. I have a double layer of net curtains, mainly to keep prying eyes out, but it has helped to keep the view of the garden hidden from people who come to me for treatment from seeing the state that the garden is in. My husband keeps the grass mown, but apart from that, no gardening has been done for almost ten years. So when he came back one day from cutting the grass to say that the neighbour had offered to get the garden sorted out, it was an answer to a pray, my garden angel had come forward, with rippling muscles where others have wings. He had been furloughed from work, and like all good angels he likes to do good deeds.

Trees were taken down, chopped up, bits were burnt, bits were scavaged for wood burners and some bits went to the tip, once it opened.

During all of this I was spending a lot of time at home, away from the clinic, and thinking about where my business was going. I blogged about the redesign of my business image in Design and Rebrand and there was a lot of cross referencing in the words that I was using, both in the garden and in my business. It seemed like 2 parallel worlds were being created at the same time. Phrases such as “planting ideas” “sowing seeds” and in the whole lockdown fiasco I often found myself “digging deep” to find levels in my soul that I did not know existed. A sense of calm came over me as I learnt to let go of the whole process of life, and surrender to whatever it was that God had in store for me. Just as he had created the Garden of Eden, so he would create a life for me.

During this period of time, I also met in a virtual space, called the Sacred Garden, where I came together with my friends to pray, meditate, contemplate and generally support each other through unprecendented times. The Sacred Garden is a place I go to frequently in my mind when I am looking for inner peace or confirmation.

The garden looks heaps better than it did in March. My angelic neighbour has been called back to work, but I for one will be forever grateful for what he managed to achieve in the weeks that he was furloughed.

This is one of 26 posts entitled Finding Joy in Lockdown.

Did you find an angel coming to your rescue in 2020. I would love to hear your stories of people who went over and above board to help you.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Faithfulness in the Sacred Garden

The 7th quality of the Fruit of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5 v 22-23 is faithfulness. What does the word mean to you? Here are the quotes we contemplated and meditated on.

All God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.

Hudson Taylor

Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling.

Billy Graham

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

Paramahansa Yogamanda

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Gentleness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Goodness in the Sacred Garden

As we work our way through the qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit, we come to the 6th, goodness.

Full of Goodness

To have an open self is to provide a free channel for the infinite goodness of God. To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life. God’s love will flow through you into the world, when you are open. You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best. The key to God’s infinite riches is within you-open yourself and you will receive.

Wilferd Peterson

An act of goodness is of itself and act of happiness.

Maurice Maeterlinck

In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.

Euripedes

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Faithfulness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Patience in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The fourth is Patience (or long-suffering in the New King James vesion), and these 3 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”

Joyce Meyer

Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.

Brian Weiss

The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.

Ralph Marston

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Patience? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Kindness.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Peace in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The third is Peace, and these 4 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Hold the World in Your Thoughts and Pray for Peace

Inner peace does not come from getting what you want, but from remembering who we are.

Marianne Williamson

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.

Martin Luther King

If you want peace you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.

Desmond Tutu

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.

Peace Pilgrim

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Peace? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Patience or as the New King James version of the Bible calls it Long-suffering .

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too. Please join me in the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Joy in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The second is Joy, and these 3 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Jumping for Joy
Degrees Announced

Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy.

Mother Teresa

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no-one will take away your joy.

John 16 v 22

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

Rumi

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Joy? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Peace.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Love in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The first is Love, and these 3 quotes and passages were contemplated upon.

Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mystical of cosmic forces. Love is the primal and universal psychic energy. Love is the sacred reserve of energy. It is like the blood of spiritual evolution.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending His only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love, it is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No-one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us and his love has been brought to full expression through us. And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

1 John 4 v 7-13 NLT

Your tsk is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Love? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Joy.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x