A little over a week ago I was at the beach soaking up the sun, relaxing and savoring the time with family. As part of the week, the adults decided to visit the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, NC and the experience was stunning.  Each pathway revealed trees reaching toward the sky, elaborate greenery and a pop of color marked by flowers along the way. The Albemare Sound bordered the gardens and the journey felt like a step into the past. Everything was teeming with life, the colors were vibrant and a feeling of being fully alive marked the excursion.

garden entrance

tree in garden

flower in garden

I could visibly feel the life and the energy radiating from each branch, each leaf and flower throughout the garden. Life that was being lived – life that was not standing still – life that told a story. The flowers drew you in to smell their sweetness, the branches of the trees reached down to embrace and the shades of green were all competing trying to outdo the other.

Look through the gate – now there’s life!

garden gate

As I reflected on my visit to the gardens, I knew instinctively that I wanted my life to be as animated as this garden. I want my life to be a life of motion – a life of being fully alive – a life that has a story to be shared. God’s creation is found in this garden and He makes all things good.

God’s love cultivates the garden of our own lives and He enjoys each of us as His work in progress. The only hitch to a life that is in full bloom is complete surrender to God. The outstretched branches of the trees vying for each ray of the sun symbolizes how we can open our arms wide to all that God has promised us. One simple “yes” will get us into the garden – God’s garden. A life in full bloom – fully alive – is a life following God and His will for our lives. God’s garden is good and I want to go through the gates and enter the garden of my life.

Will you say “yes”, walk through the gate and join God in the garden today?

These words – just these – say it all! Let them wash over you and fill you with promise and hope!

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:21 -MSG



I am still counting to remind myself that I am truly blessed. Linking up this year with Ann Voskamp’s 2014 Joy Dare. Find the link up at A Holy Experience. Counting blessings daily will bless you immeasurably! JoyDare #555 and still counting…

Blessed each day by the ordinary that God makes extraordinary. I’m thanking Him to honor the goodness that He sends my way.

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