Are You Ready For More of Life’s Surprises?

During this pandemic, I’ve had more time to spend in my garden. Even though Sacramento is having a very hot August, up to now the summer weather’s beCarole's Potato Roseen perfect.   My garden has flourished and all my past efforts to prune and fertilize have been rewarded with an abundance of flowers.

One thing I haven’t had much luck with is transplanting rose clippings. Several weeks ago, I read an article suggesting that the clipping be dipped in honey and then, placed in a chunk of potato before planting. Since that sounded promising, I gave it a try!   Voila!   My rose didn’t make it but I now have a new, thriving potato plant!

So often we plan something only to have another outcome. This season of social distancing, wearing masks, sanitizing, and staying home certainly confirms that no matter how well we plan, the unexpected can happen.

Have you ever felt like the Psalmist who wrote these words?

  • I am completely discouraged-I lie in the dust. Revive me by your Word.  I told you my plans and you replied. Now give me your instructions.  Make me understand what you want; for then I shall see your miracles.  Psalm 119: 25-27 TLB

Trust God and take comfort!  

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV 
  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7   NIV 


CALMAn important insight I’ve learned during these challenging times, is that true CALM comes through our close relationship with Jesus Christ.

When we pray, you and I are assured of this!  Christ Answers & Leads Me


Two more Bible truths to remember are that God’s love never fails and He is in control of all.

  •  So be ready all the time. For I, the Messiah, will come when least expected.” Luke 12: 40 TLB 

Know, dear friends, that whenever we face life’s surprises, God’s Holy Spirit is with us to sustain us.    

P.S.  I’m going to nurture my new potato plant. Maybe it will bloom for me next year and maybe, I’ll even get a potato!

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