Monday, March 11, 2013

VICTORY OVER SUFFERING

VICTORY OVER SUFFERING

Hello dear friends,


  I will attempt to finish up in this post concerning how much better we can face adversities and still experience victory even when everything looks

     so bad...so dismal...so rotten                
           that you just want to give up. 

That's just how these daylilies probably felt if they could tell us their feelings!   


EVERYTHING was out of sync!

The high heat of March....
The freezes of April AND May....
....if they could speak they would probably tell us that they were hoping that their summer would just be average....
      ....didn't expect much...
             ...just better than March through May! 

But that didn't happen! 

Summer heat came on with a vengeance and                        so did the drought.....

I felt so bad for those daylilies and if I want to

be truthful, so bad for my son and myself
because....
it wasn't going to be a good year to make seeds and stress them even further 


so .....
being the good "parents"
that we are,
          we gave               them peace
peace to                    recover...
peace to make it through the next season,

whether it turned out to be good or bad...
   
peace to give them a chance 
    to show their true selves 
without giving excuses for them.

It will be interesting to see if those that

SUFFERED SO SUCCESSFULLY last summer will have an even better rebound this summer since we didn't stress them out to perform by breeding and pushing them to make seed


                                                          
I shared with you last time 3 that had suffered

successfully and I am pleased to share with

you a photo collage of 9 more that have had

VICTORY OVER SUFFERING. 


We have one pair that is a mother and daughter team (a registered one on the left-center, MANDALAY BAY MUSIC) and her daughter, and unregistered seedling on center-right that we garden-named "Limetones". A few of the others are loosely related or a total out crosse from each other. The reason I mention this is because vigor and hardiness is something we hope to be inherited from the parents. 

Just as in life, vigor and hardiness can be inherited..but not necessarily by genetics. This can be inherited by influences in the family and outside of the family....'inherited' by who we spend time with. In fact, the more we spend time with the negatives- 
                  THE WEEDS 
                    in our lives, 
the easier it is to become like those weeds. 

Why is that?  
We want so badly to rise above the circumstances....
to not let things bother us...
to forget who or what has hurt us....
           
              but, being human we 
                          REACT 
             we react with retaliation
              whether spoken or not..
             whether physical or not...

                       Our vengeance...

                           Our anger...

                        Our bitterness...  

just shows up because we are so human.  

We don't understand why we have to 
live like that
or be hurt like that 
or be lonely like that 
or...or...or....
so they become adversities...
                    
                         WEEDS...
                            and......
because our body so easily reacts to stress,
             the stress of anger or retaliation and                              even resignation, 
             having no hope for the future, 
stress can so cripple our immune system that we succumb to all sorts of ailments and diseases. 

When we stay like that, we lose and we lose 

big time. Life is too short for that...

            there is a better way....

we can make lemonade out of lemons...

and with God's help we can make 


long lasting lemonade...



How?? 
by deciding...            
by a determined resolution that...
it is not my job to               correct every   
                       wrong...

          I just need to correct my wrongs...
                    and own up to them... 
                  and ask for forgiveness...
                 from the Master Forgiver 
   and ask Him to help me not repeat those
                     mistakes again. 
                        Is it that easy you ask...???
                              YES!!! 
Easy because He has sent His Son and His
Holy Spirit to be 
our Guide, 
our Counselor,
our Peace....  
And when we have Jesus we we have the victory to conquer our suffering ......
much more that we ever thought we could
                           because  
             God wants to be a part of us 
                              and
            He wants us to be ALL that He 
                      created us to be. 


Here's a little "lemonade" you can enjoy for a reminder to keep it all                                  in perspective!

             God is GOOD ALL THE TIME
                         and He loves you!



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