Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hello February!
Here in paradise it has been a VERY mild winter.  The past couple of weeks have been so beautiful.  The azaleas are budding and in some places in profuse bloom.  My friend Kay has an abundant deep red poinsettia and azaleas side by side.  In front of her flower beds she has two crepe myrtles that will bud and bloom later but now stand regally amid pink pentas that draw a butterfly brigade to the yard on a daily basis.  Just gazing on such beauty is a spirit and soul lifter.
I have committed to take time throughout 2012 to “stop and smell the roses” literally….to look upon and think upon God’s creative power…starting in my own little corner of His world.  The Gulf Coast of Florida.
My first outing was to Philippi Park, the oldest park in Pinellas County and named for Count Odet Phillipe who introduced citrus culture to Florida.  The 122 acre park is part of the Count’s plantation where several citrus trees still remain.

The day of our outing it was overcast and cold.  The beauty of God’s creative powers however warmed our hearts.

The majestic oaks lining the park drive created a graceful canopy that transports one to thoughts of our Creator as He planted His first tree in His garden. (Genesis 2)
We learn in His Word that the Lord spoke everything into being. 
As I meditate on that truth I envision His Word going forth in all creation like a giant paintbrush.
 “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.
For Thy-self, best gift divine, to our race so freely given; for that great, great love of Thine, peace on earth and joy in heaven;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”
For your beauty that refreshes heart and soul,
 Lord, I give you thanks.
Until next time,

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