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I admit, I am not technical whiz … I still struggle to play a cassette!

Last week my blog was having technical difficulties. The week prior my stats were about sixty viewers per day (yes, I admit that I do keep and eye on my stats), and last week they were closer to twenty. I was beginning to wonder what horrifically offending thing I had written.

So, since it is guest post Sunday, I thought I would provide a few links to posts you might not have been notified were written.

In my post, Big-Picture-Perspective, I ask these questions,

Does today, the present circumstances of your life, ever seem like an all-consuming eternity to you?
Do you wonder how you will get through whatever you are going through?”

In the post, Living-Vicariously-Through-the-Beast, I consider the level of commitment of my beast to myself, and those who she considers to be her pack, and what we can learn from that kind of commitment.

In Bloom-Where-You-Are-Planted, I write of my expert gardening skills … not! But I do write about a plant that I am familiar with, and how it’s beauty shines through all seasons, and all conditions. It’s strength does not come from what is added to it, where it is planted, or any other external forces. It’s beauty comes from within …

Sometime when I write I do so from a place of experience in the issue I am writing about, and I share my own weaknesses, as well as what God has opened my own eyes to in my world, and experiences within it. That was the case when I was preparing Before-Worship. In the quiet of a morning, God reached down and taught me a very valuable lesson.

When I wrote, Stay-Strong-Finish-Well, I wrote it as a reminder to myself to work to make these last days of the school year ones of working harder than ever, not slacking, not sailing through, but finishing well. It amazes me how, as I look back now, that particular day that this post was published was one where I had to be very intentional to not slack off. Maybe (probably) I wrote this one as a reminder to myself than for anyone else!

“I’m Tired I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world”

If the words above ring familiar in your ears, check out I’m-Worn.

Finally is my post Up-With-the-Clouds, in which you will find the reminder that “you don’t have to find out you are dying to start living,”

Blessings on your day, your week.

Carole

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I am not an expert gardener, but one thing I do know is that most plants have specific needs regarding where they are planted.

Although a dandelion will grow just about anywhere, a rose is more fickle. Sedum will grow in a plastic bag, stuffed in a box, under the deck (true story), but impatience will wilt under direct sun.

Sometimes I am like that fickle rose. I need lots of sun, but not too much, lots of water, but at the right times. If you uproot me, and place me in new soil, I am likely to reject my new soil.

Sedum Autumn Joy 2

I wish I were more like Sedum. Sedum is a hardy plant that will grow in sun or shade, in heat or cool, with lots of water or in dry soil, in a pot or in the ground, in sand or clay. With leaves that hold moisture, it is self sufficient, and thrives when most plants wilt under the hot summer sun. It is the plant you just cannot kill!

In the spring it emerges from the ground in a perfectly formed mound of lovely light green. As it grows it’s leaves darken and white blooms push forth, seeking the light. Then, as summer moves on towards autumn the white flowers change to pink, then salmon, and finally to a deep burgundy before the cold of winter causes the plant to become dormant. Even in the midst of winter, the flowers that remain are a visual distraction from the wilted plants around it.

No matter where you plant Sedum, it will bloom.

I wish I were more like Sedum. I wish that I would grow and thrive and blossom and bloom wherever I am planted. I wish that I could rely only on the sustenance that I was created for, and not continually stretch my roots out for more. I wish that even when all around me is death, I would still stand tall pointed to the sky.

We all have all that we need within our reach. God has granted us His Spirit to dwell within us, and we, like a succulent plant, need only to rest in the assurance that our needs will be met from within, through the thirst-quenching of the Spirit. With the Spirit dwelling in us, we simply have to bloom … right there (right here) where we are planted.

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