Five Minute Friday – Crowd

Five Minute Friday= prompt word, five minutes, just write.

No overthinking, no over complicating.

This weeks prompt word: CROWD

Two’s company, threes a crowd

Except my front garden didn’t get the memo

Its wild and totally overgrown at the moment with fishbone fern that people still pay good money for in the shops, with agapanthus and seaside daisy and some other long reedy things that provide a bit of a screen from the road. They crowd in on one another – the more the merrier apparently and are only kept from going completely mad by the garden bed edging laid in a curvy romantic fashion by me years ago now.

There was nothing here when we came, sparse, tidy, a no nonsense perfectly respectable, make you want to weep it was so forlorn and boring front yard –  so this seems like an abundance, joyous almost and despite its waywardness it looks beautiful to me. Its hopeful, it makes me smile, relentless in its growing, gone a bit mad but better than nothing at all – better than all straight edges and lonely grass.

Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground – you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things up, get a grip. Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it gets  Bird by Bird page 28-29

I like the story it holds – one of redemption and rediscovery and it’s still being told. See I know whats under all that overgrowth –  theres a little path and a pond with four gold fish in. A fountain and a whole lot of rugged looking bush rock arranged to look nice that I rolled from the back yard to the front. A down hill journey I’m pleased to say. Yes underneath is the garden I made out of nothing years ago when money was scarce but time was plentiful . Plants grown from cuttings and other peoples throw outs or rescued from the roadside. Discards and misfits your welcome here.  And look what you’ve become. Look how you’ve grown.

I feel a bit like my garden at the moment,  stretched to the limits, messy, overgrown.  Its crowded at the moment, man it feels crowded –  thoughts mainly, too many thoughts and too much pressing in – but running around the edge like a long ago planted border that hems me in and holds me fast is hope, hope in His goodness and favour, gratitude too for a life that by anyones standards is a good life –  two children, a family – theres no question its gold. Theres fresh mercy every morning, a chance to begin again, theres untold grace, theres a good story being told.

Stretched to my limits maybe but the borders will hold.

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The Things That Grow

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You know I’m always amazed by what grows and what doesn’t grow in my garden. Wild and overgrown for the most part yet its a constant source of inspiration to me.

Not too long ago in my wandering around out there I pushed the tiniest tendril of a plant that had fallen off another plant into a pot. I planted it  with only a whisper of hope it might grow and then forget about it.

Another of my potted plants though got the best of my attention. I moved it into the best light and out of the wind, watered it and fussed over it and kept a close eye but it was having none of it – it shrivelled and died just the same. 

My forgotten little plant though while I was busy elsewhere had doubled its size and was growing lush and strong and lovely. 

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6

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We sow the seed, we pour the water, we think we know –  but the growth, the life – that magic isn’t ours.  

That part is Gods. 

And we can lament over whats not growing in our lives, throw ourselves prostrate trying to will something out of the ground that we are convinced should be growing but to no avail. And while our back is turned, in the place we least expect it,  is the growth and life and increase we are longing for.  Our prayers answered after all.

Ours to sow but its Gods to grow. 

Lets not miss what’s growing by fretting over whats not. 

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And April is as good a time as any to consider just that. We are four months in and the place we started in January may not be the place we find ourselves in now.  Things dreamed of and hoped for then may be scarce on the ground right now and disappointment is always tempting.

Gods timing is everything and His beats ours.  And goodness me He grows unexpected things in the unlikeliest of places.

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So whats growing for you right now 

Whats feels like a sweet stream coming up on the inside

Whats bringing you life 

Whats bringing you joy

Whats bringing you peace

Let’s take  in the fragrance and shape and feel of that.

Let’s take our fill of whats growing and be inspired by that 

The rest is God’s.

Love to you all today

Tracey xx

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A Simple Kind of Wonderful

Everything is beautiful in its time Ecclesiastes 3:11

Life get’s all sorts of complicated doesn’t it.

Even with our best efforts, complications and chaos are business as usual more often than not. Yet they have a way of revealing what’s really important. They have a way of showing us how very little in the end we really control. We feel our smallness. We reach to God.

I’ve had a few of late – you too I’m sure – but through it I’ve noticed how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed the simple and good things around me.  See springs been turning on the charm despite me, revealing it’s treasures without me doing anything. The ground has burst on open with life and I have done none of it – it’s all a gift that too often I  rush past.

A drive through the country – always beautiful but I wasn’t expecting this.

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Even my garden full of weeds is smiling, showing off her good side with bright red and yellow blooms that I don’t even remember planting.

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A new garden bed along the side of my house – new plants growing up and taking shape in a spot that’s only ever grown weeds.

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 But after much clearing and levelling (a while back) and lots of setting my iphone timer to twenty minutes it’s now on the civilised side of “getting there”.

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I’d have loved to say the kids and I had a beautiful time planning and building this little garden together but truly  they couldn’t have cared less.

But these got their attention.

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We bought this:

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But Ethan was dreaming of  this:

http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/inspiration-thursday-red-white-chicken.htmlA palatial barn red chicken coop with white detail. We compromised, bought a  tin of paint (even though I vowed in a recent post never to buy another tin of paint) and here’s how it turned out.

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www.waterintowineblog.comJust simple pleasures – – – but I’m a big fan of simple.

When life gets complicated simple can bring a measure of the peace and rest we are longing for  and help us sense His sweet and steady presence right with us.

All I know is that life is exponentially sweeter with grateful pauses, with rest, with the release that comes with being small and knowing the wild. Amber Haines

What are you enjoying at the moment. Does simple work for you?

Tracey xx

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It’s Just Another Day

And then this goes and happens

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And small comforts

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Washing and winter sun

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The garden – unruly and messy yet glorious

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Spicy soup

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And being togetherIMG_2197“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.  Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.  Show them how to cry when pets and people die.  Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.  And make the ordinary come alive for them.  The extraordinary will take care of itself.” William Martin

Tracey xx

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An Ordinary Miracle ?

I’ve been writing a lot about “water into wine” of late but this is the very first post I wrote on it –  just a few ideas on making the most of our ordinary days and letting Him make much of the small things in our lives. Enjoy

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Water into wine – Jesus’s first miracle!!  He lets us know right here – right from the get go that He is all about transformation. He came to change things. He came to bring life. Here Jesus  takes ordinary plain old water and makes it into the sweetest of wines and throughout His time here with us on earth in words and actions He does it over and over again.

The weak are made strong, the last become first, the dead are brought to life, the invisible become visible, the broken become whole and a from a little an abundance flows.

What “little” have you got today  – that He can turn into a lot ?

Can our ordinary “watery” day become as sweet as good wine?

Not every day is a celebration or a wedding but today – well it can shine in its own right if we give it a chance – a simple phone call, a good conversation or a shared cuppa with an old/new/soon to be friend can do wonders for an ordinary old afternoon, a good laugh, a thankful moment or a few moments face to face with someone you love can do the same. And this – your trickle of an idea if you let it breath may just give rise to a flow of creativity, a few words if you let yourself speak them may be just the thing to turn someones tide and your five minutes spent in prayer may just move a mountain. It doesn’t have to be huge or earth shattering on our part for Jesus to do something amazing. So have a great day and – – – why not turn a little water into wine.

 Tracey xx

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