Sunday, July 28, 2013

Living In the Overflow of God's Love

 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”
1 Corinthians 2:7-9


You may want to click on the video above and listen to Mercy Me sing I Can Only Imagine as you read. This is one of my all time favorite songs. It is simply beautiful. 
As spectacular as this phenomenal home we call planet Earth is, it is nothing compared to what we will some day call home. We can only imagine how glorious Heaven will be. 
While looking through the photos from my walk earlier in the week, this is the thought that ran through my head. As the scripture above says....there is none who can imagine the glory. Can you just try to imagine though how amazing it will be when to me, this Earth we now call home is truly amazing. Hard to believe anything could be more spectacular...but it will be! I hope you enjoy these pictures I took as my mama and I braved the heat.....and mosquitoes, and took a walk a few evenings ago.

As soon as I set out on my walk to mama's house, I spotted  a fallen tree limb. Wrapped around the tree was a wild grape vine with several grapes on it. They are so pretty and I was intrigued with this cluster having only one ripe and the others still green. The others are from a different vine.


When I got to mama's, we walked on down to the pasture to check the wild grape vines down there. The Black-Eyed Susan's are blooming right now. Such a simple little flower, but so pretty. Love the twisted vines growing up the tree and the pretty cedars and pines down in the pasture.


As we walked around mama's and my sister's property, I was truly in awe of all the different types of mushrooms we saw. We have had so much rain in the past month and the mushrooms are growing in abundance everywhere! My favorite was this little red capped cutie below. It was about an inch tall...so adorable!


And here are several more. The one in the top right corner is holding water.


As we meandered back to mama's yard, we were greeted by her beautiful grape arbor my dad built. Look how pretty it is! Upon closer inspection, we realized there were several ripe grapes just waiting to be picked. Mama went to get a bucket and we picked and ate several grapes. Yum!


We discovered a vacant bird nest hiding under the foilage. I wonder if another bird will come along and make it home.


After we picked the grapes, we wandered over to the citrus trees to have a look. The lemon tree is laden with fruit this year. I can't wait until the lemons are ripe! Sassy is enjoying laying in the shade the tree offers.  Look at the grapefruit in the lower right corner. There aren't as many as the lemons, but they are really pretty grapefruit.


I almost forgot the fig in the first photo...it was over by the grape arbor. We also checked on the container garden and found several ripe eggplants and purple bell pepper. The jalapenos are ready to pick but I didn't get any of those. 


Purple seemed to be the color of the day...purple grapes, eggplant, and bell peppers. I kept adding to the little red bucket until it was overflowing with goodness! 


As much as I enjoy the abundance this little overflowing bucket of fruit and veggies offers, I am so so grateful to live in and enjoy the overflow of  God's love. It is the one thing that never fails.

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 
1 Timothy 1: 14  (NKJV)

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). 
John 10: 10 (AMP)

I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at my pictures. I always try to find the beauty in the ordinary. I hope you will too...:)

Until next time....

6 comments:

  1. So much of His bounty can be found now. It's amazing how many different types of mushroom you found...be careful Vicky there are some nasty ones! My grape vine has decided to make its way over to the front of my garage, and I noticed today the grapes are beginning to form. So, no tomatoes for me this year, just lots and lots of grapes. Have a wonderful week. Chel x

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  2. I loved looking at all your pictures and seeing the wonderful bounty you are receiving. It's amazing how God has created everything to be beautiful in its own shape and time. I love your title of this post. My Blog is titled God's Grace Overflows and boy does it ever! He is such an awesome God!
    I love Mercy Me too! Thanks for sharing...
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  3. Your photos are lovely and really make me feel like I'm at your Mama's garden with you!

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  4. What a beautiful post ... I felt blessed just to read it and see all of your wonderful photographs. What a beautiful world you and your family live in. Thank You for sharing bits and pieces of it with us, along with the song, and inspiration.
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  5. Thank you for sharing your visit and the beautiful pictures. What a way to end my Sunday evening...reading a blessed and peaceful blog post.

    Thank you!

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  6. Your pictures are such a great celebration of nature!

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