This month, I’m joining Share Four Somethings in 2022. Share Four Somethings has four categories for reflection: something loved, something gleaned, something braved, and something achieved.
Heather’s premise is that if we reflect on our month, we gain perspective on areas of growth. This fits perfectly with my One Word of the Year, intentional. I want to be intentional in remembering the Lord’s goodness each month.
Spring is my favorite season of the year. I enjoy the new leaves springing forth on the trees and bushes! Spring with its fresh breeze, warming weather and greening grass. I love stepping outside and spending time with the Lord in the garden.
This year, spring is bringing fresh ideas for revamping our side garden. I enjoy antique roses and have created a small garden on the side of the house with three sets of arches for climbing roses. We initially placed pea-size gravel in this area so that we wouldn’t have to weed-eat around the air conditioning unit and dove aviary, and the climbing roses made it a little “garden” area to retreat to for quiet reflection.
I have to admit that I’m enjoying re-vamping this area by adding more roses and potted annuals. It is becoming an inviting garden area to enjoy by sight and smell. I’ll share more next month as I’m in the beginning stages of garden renewal, planning, and planting.
This month, I enjoyed reading, Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener. After two world wars which included magnificent English gardens being turned into plain lawns, the English were ready for Rosemary’s gardening approach.
Rosemary leaned back in time for inspiration from bygone eras, then incorporated modern knowledge of plants with good ole’ common sense. I appreciated Rosemary’s life story and found her to be an inspiring woman in the garden (though her character issues in later years was a disappointment). I appreciated her generosity in freely sharing her knowledge, her plants, and her influence to help others in the gardening world.
I’m not interested in re-creating a high-maintenance garden which she promoted, but I found her overall philosophy of focal points and color, while drawing upon historical gardens, very inspiring. Rosemary helped me out of my garden “funk” into dreaming and planning again. My something gleaned was inspiration.
The author, Barbara Paul Robinson, states Rosemary’s influence,
“The public was ready for Rosemary’s message that anyone could have a beautiful garden and could do it themselves, just as she had. She taught lessons about plant combinations and the importance of structure, color, texture, and appealing to all the senses. She wrote in clear, lucid prose while offering know-how and practical advice [all the while] urging her audience to express themselves. With real insight, someone called her the ‘great encourager.’”1
My husband had eye surgery this month and the follow-up care was very intense with ice packs being changed every twenty-to-thirty minutes for several days. Caregiving is not for the faint-of-heart! He is better now, he does his own ice packs, and I’m once again writing, but the brief glimpse into caregiving brings compassion and empathy for those providing caregiving on a continuous basis.
In February, I joined the 28-Day Writing Challenge which was stretching and encouraging for me as a writer. Afterwards, I was ready to REST. But the Lord invited me to journey with Him on a 30-Day personal writing challenge in March. This writing journey has been quite stretching!
I reached out to a couple of friends for prayer, and they have literally carried me through this personal writing assignment the Lord has entrusted me with this month. I’m thankful for the opportunity to journey with the Lord in writing this year. And March has been quite productive!
This verse has carried me through March’s writing process,
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”2
Writing is a humbling process, so I return to Him again and again for strength and encouragement.
The Lord Bless You
Thank you for joining me in Share Four Somethings for March 2022. I look forward to hearing what you have loved, gleaned, braved and achieved this month – either in your post or in the comments below.
My prayer is for the Lord to bless you,
“The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; the Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], and be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; the Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], and give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].”3
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1 Robinson, Barbara Paul. Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener. Published by David R. Godine, 2012.
2 Colossians 3:23-24 NASB
3 Numbers 6:24-26 AMP
New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
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