Today I spent some glorious time in my garden.
There is one gi-normous prickly plant in my backyard which I just-as-soon wished someone would remove from my garden. It is big and razor sharp. This summer I tried to trim off big, ugly, tall, dry stalks, but there were so many spines I was often poked really hard. I just try to ignore this plant hoping some day I will find a gardener to remove it.
Today I looked at it and it was stunning. I’ve lived in Mi Casa for about a year and a half. I don’t remember ever seeing these beautiful flowers from this plant – which Cory told me is a yucca plant.
I just looked it up on Wikipedia…yep…it’s a yucca plant. I shall name mine “Yucky Yucca.”
Looking at Yucky Yucca reminds me that even though things look somewhat ugly in my life right now (divorce paperwork came through finalizing things, President stuff depresses me, not sure what church means anymore, life seems unfair when it seems like….well, I don’t want to John-bash, but my counselor helped me realize I am jealous that his life seems to be going along smoothly, while mine is yucky) …even though all I can sometimes see are prickly spines ready to wound me…my life IS going to bloom. I am a flowering plant and my life IS going to bloom.
Today (which was really today) I went for a walk.
I haven’t had a good walk in months. Since I started training for the half marathon in June, I have been on the plan. While on the plan I was timing my runs and my walks. There was always a need to meet some pace goal. Since the marathon, I took a couple of weeks off from any exercise. This week I started back up and was still timing myself to see how much I had lost my pace.
But today I just walked for the sake of walking, no timing. I love walking. It is my prayer time, my God time, my music time, my thinking time. It was so wonderful. Here are a few pictures from my walk around the neighborhood.
I am happy. Here are some prayers:
—Prayers of thanksgiving for Benjamin’s 18th birthday. Benjamin and Cole make my heart happy every day. I loved having lunch with Benjamin on Wednesday and watching Cole perform with the band on Thursday. I love listening to Cole whistle.
—Prayers of thanksgiving for my church. On Thursday I got to sing Jesus songs with a group of people from lots of different church buildings. We celebrated a church which saw 300% growth….they went from 1 to 3 members. On a different front…I have 6 friends who I call my church now. I’m so thankful for the way we lovingly work together despite our differences.
—And I am thankful for Man#3. I have to come up with a new name for him. He is such a pleasure to me. Not prickly.