Unexpected Joy

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Rose from our garden

Being the owner of a 105 year old house, there is always a project to be finished or something to repair. This morning I continued working on a project I started after work yesterday. Our backyard fence is about 3 feet high and topped with 12 inches of lattice. Becky and Maggie have pretty much destroyed the lattice in there attempts to see over the fence. This morning I continued my work of replacing the lattice with 12 inch high fence boards (new boards can be seen in the background of the picture of the rose…I will post a picture when it is finished). Suddenly I was greeted with a pleasant smell. My nose went to the rose near where I was working and I inhaled deeply. I was rewarded with an unexpected joy. I walk by this rose all the time but very seldom take the time to enjoy its fragrance. It reminded me that we do need to slow down and smell the roses. The reward is enjoying God’s creation.

4 thoughts on “Unexpected Joy

  1. Beautiful rose, Beautiful thought. We should always remember this blog when our days are not as positive as we would like them to be. Thank you for this lovely Blog.

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  2. Beautiful rose. I can almost smell it.

    I recently watched the movie “Kingdom of Heaven” with Orlando Bloom. One of my favorite quotes was said by Balian after Sybila remarked at how hard he was working on the patch of dirt he’d been given. He said, “It is my land. Who would I be if I did not try to make it better?” Not only did you take the time to smell the rose and enjoy God’s creation, but you were also being a good steward of what He has given you. 🙂

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  3. AMEN! So precious. Love what you decided to call the experience “Unexpected JOY”. Made me smile. Proud of your hard work. May God keep blessing the work of your hands!

    Marlene

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