All Things Beautiful In My Garden!

2013 (4-8-2013) Beautiful and graceful picture of butterfly with posting 1

 

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine…”
~Jeffrey Glassberg
Artist: Rebecca Latham

 

 

 

When I share with you on “The Garden of My Heart” ~ it is for the purpose of trying to spread some happiness, joy, smiles, uplifting words, messages of Hope and Faith and things that mean something special to me. So, take your glass of sweet iced tea, open the garden gate and walk with me as you encounter the beautiful sweetness of a garden experience!

Always know that Jesus loves you more than you’ll ever know. There’s just nothing you can do to ever change that. He’s always as close as the mention of His Name ♥

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Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
~ Max Lucado

Photographer: Unknown

 

 

 

My mother was THE BEST COOK in the South according to her family, neighbors and church friends. She was born in 1916 and grew up as the eldest of “10” children. She knew how to work on the farm, help care for her younger siblings and assist with the cooking. No wonder she KNEW how to create delicious meals from the garden veggies and mouthwatering desserts from scratch. She had lots of experiences. She was a Master Cook in my opinion. She was a wonderful lady that taught me the life lessons of being a good homemaker for my family. It is my joy to share some of her special recipes with you here on “The Garden of my Heart.” She was indeed a beautiful rose garden planted in my life until the day she went home to be with the Lord.

Fresh Apple Cake Recipe!

2011 (4-8-2013) Fresh Apple Cake

Ingredients: 2 cups sugar, 3 large eggs, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, 1 1/2 cup salad oil, 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 3 cups diced, peeled, cooking apples, 1 cup flaked coconut

*Mix together sugar and oil. Set aside 1/2 cup flour; add rest of flour to sugar mixture with soda, salt and vanilla. Combine apples, nusts and coconut; toss with remaining 1/2 cup flour. Add fruit to batter. Turn into greased & floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from pan-while cake is warm and drizzle glaze over the cake.

*Orange Glaze for fresh Apple Cake

1 can frozen orange juice, concentrate, undiluted 6 oz, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 tsp grated orange rind, 1 Tbsp flaked coconut

In a sauce pan, warm juice; add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add orange rind and coconut and glaze cake! (Delicious)

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The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

 

 

 

 

God’s beautiful creation never ceases to amaze me. Seeing this house covered in colorful flowers of all varieties stirs my grateful heart. Just think ~ God has allowed us to be a part of something so breathtaking as His magnificent creation!

“Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir – and singing!” ~(Song of Solomon 2: 12)

cottage with gorgeous flowers everywhere

Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything out, and let God be God in your life.” ~ Joyce Meyer

2013 (4-9-2013) It is a beautiful day in the garden picture -second major posting

~~~ TRUST in the Lord with all your heart, acknowledge Him in all your ways, lean not to your own understanding, and He will direct your path! Sometimes it’s so easy, sometimes it’s so hard but one thing remains: His Love, His promises, His faithfulness ~~~

 

 

 

2013 (4-9-2013) Southern Charm of a country porch picture - second posting~ Oh the Charm of this Southern Country Porch ~ I feel like crawling into this picture right now ~ won’t y’all join me? The Sweet Iced Tea is all ready and waiting ~ we’ll rock our cares away, share about the goodness of God and just enjoy the peacefulness that surrounds us outdoors. ~ ♥

 

 

 

 

You are a letter from Christ

2013 (4-10-2013) Birds and mailboxes posting(2 Corinthians 3:3) ~ you show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

In the scripture passage above, the Apostle Paul compares Christians to mail, describing them as a letter from Christ.

What a comparison! As Christians, we’re sent out like so many letters to the world. We are addressed to the people in our lives: to our next-door neighbors, our classmates, our co-workers, our families–to everyone that we encounter in the course of a day.
And we are to be the kind of mail that everyone hopes for: not junk mail or bills, but a personal message bringing the gift of good news. In fact, the good news we carry brings the ultimate answer to the bad news we face in the world every day.What a comparison! As Christians, we’re sent out like so many letters to the world. We are addressed to the people in our lives: to our next-door neighbors, our classmates, our co-workers, our families – to everyone we encounter in the course of a day. And we are to be the kind of mail that everyone hopes for: not junk mail or bills, but a personal message bringing the gift of good news. In fact, the good news we carry brings the ultimate answer to the bad news we face in the world every day.

Written by ~ Rebecca Conner

2013 (4-10-2013) The Old Stone Church in the Wisteria Garden

 

~ “The Old Stone Church in the Wisteria Garden” ~ Soul Stirring Charm and Beauty ~ sets my mind wondering of all the memories it holds ~ ♥

 

 

Sharing With Love…♥

 A photo of my own little peaceful flower garden in my backyard where I go for solace, a time of reflection and to quietly read devotionals and be alone with the Lord.   

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 2013 (4-26-2013) your comments make me happy

 

Sheila Rhodes

About Sheila Rhodes

The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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