#LongwoodGardens in the Rain Part 5- #Gardens #Photography

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I spent this past Saturday wandering amid the flora and fauna of the ever beautiful Longwood Gardens, located in South Central Pennsylvania.  Even though it was a drizzly and chilly day, it was still exceptionally delightful and I simply had to share some of the sights I/we found there.  I wish I could share the scents as well, but alas, SmellOBlog has not been approved for public use just yet. I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

This fifth collection is some of the magnificent trees stretching their arms to the sky among the gardens, as well as one of the tree houses (yes thats a Tree House) Mr DuPont built for his grandchildren.

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~Morgan~

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Photography taken by me at Longwood Gardens, PA

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#LongwoodGardens in the Rain Part 4- #Gardens #Photography

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I spent this past Saturday wandering amid the flora and fauna of the ever beautiful Longwood Gardens, located in South Central Pennsylvania.  Even though it was a drizzly and chilly day, it was still exceptionally delightful and I simply had to share some of the sights I/we found there.  I wish I could share the scents as well, but alas, SmellOBlog has not been approved for public use just yet. I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

This fourth collection is the Italian Water Garden, one of my favourite exhibits in Longwood.  I especially love the waterfall stairs!

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~Morgan~

#LongwoodGardens in the Rain Part 3- #Gardens #Photography

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I spent this past Saturday wandering amid the flora and fauna of the ever beautiful Longwood Gardens, located in South Central Pennsylvania.  Even though it was a drizzly and chilly day, it was still exceptionally delightful and I simply had to share some of the sights I/we found there.  I wish I could share the scents as well, but alas, SmellOBlog has not been approved for public use just yet. I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

This third collection is of the Conservatory and a few of the splendid exhibits you can see there.

 

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~Morgan~

 

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#LongwoodGardens in the Rain Part 2 – #Gardens #Photography

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I spent this past Saturday wandering amid the flora and fauna of the ever beautiful Longwood Gardens, located in South Central Pennsylvania.  Even though it was a drizzly and chilly day, it was still exceptionally delightful and I simply had to share some of the sights I/we found there.  I wish I could share the scents as well, but alas, SmellOBlog has not been approved for public use just yet. I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

This second collection is of the historic Webb Farmhouse from the mid 1700’s, nestled amid the natural environment of the Meadow Garden.

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~Morgan~

 

#LongwoodGardens in the Rain – #Gardens #Photography

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I spent this past Saturday wandering amid the flora and fauna of the ever beautiful Longwood Gardens, located in South Central Pennsylvania.  Even though it was a drizzly and chilly day, it was still exceptionally delightful and I simply had to share some of the sights I/we found there.  I wish I could share the scents as well, but alas, SmellOBlog has not been approved for public use just yet. I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed discovering them.

This first collection is some of the literally 100,000 tulips that are currently in bloom.

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~Morgan~

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Sprials – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Bright shimmers of Mirth

Possibility Dancing

In Spirals of Time

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see The Original Post from Day One

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Day 188 / 365

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Beautiful photography found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer.  Thank You~

 

Quest – #Metaphysical #Poetry

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Time is a Coalescence
Of All that Once was Dreamed,
Pulling at Reality and
All that Might Have Been.

Time is Unification of
All that Can Be Envisioned,
All that Might be Conjured and
Most of what should be shunned.

Each Emotion, whether Bitter or Sweet,
Turning through the Chasm,
Every Thought, Mute or Complete,
Like Shifting, Ghostly Phantasm.

Marching in Eternal Progression
Toward All that Yet May Be,
Ever Granting Bold Concession
In the Quest for Harmony.

~Morgan~
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Beautiful Image found at: realityescaped.tumblr.com

The Still Soft Hush – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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In the Still, Soft Hush

Peace Descends in Tranquil tones

Whispering Gently

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see The Original Post from Day One

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Day 187 / 365

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Beautiful photography found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer.  Thank You~

For this reason…

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Ephesians 3:14-20

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

 For this reason.  For this reason… and what reason is that?  Paul had just written that he was the very least of all the saints and it was God’s grace that was granted to him to preach the boundless riches of Christ. 

For and because of God’s grace, it is that for that reason that Paul’s knees bow before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  God’s grace is the reason.

Salvation by grace through faith.  This unlimited treasure of grace.  Let me ask you this question, do you allow yourself to be full open to receive grace?  Are you able to fully receive it and extend it to others?

I am guilty of this.  I am guilty of not taking the time to reflect on all that God has done for me and taking many times for granted.  I am guilty of being closed off to grace at times and of trying to do something to earn it.

Maybe you have done the same.  Gone through a time of spiritual dryness or struggle.  Trying to balance the demands of ministry, family, your own spiritual growth and for those of us that are bi-vocational, a full-time job as well.  Too many things to get done, allowing little time to reflect on God’s work in our own lives.

 Paul was a man that suffered many hardships for the sake of the gospel.  He became a servant according to the gift of God’s grace.  As we all know Paul wasn’t always a servant for Christ.  He persecuted Christians and tried to extinguish the early church.  God’s redeeming work and grace took a man that killed Christians and made him a man that would help save them. 

Paul is the most prolific writer in the New Testament.  If grace can change a heart that hard, what can it do for each of us?  What each one of us are capable of.  For this reason, for the saving grace of our God, my knees bow before the Father.

Pastor Shawn LaRue

Author of Incomplete

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Poem: “She-tale, Sea” (#guestblogger)

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Mouth of a whale
sun sharp on skin
teeth bared
peeking within
There’s a special something
if you dare to look
open
now
wide
– don’t be shy of my hook

A. R. Frederiksen is a recurring guest blogger here at BnV, and her own writing blog can be found here, where she dabbles in flashfiction/poetry and reflects over the ABCs of writing.

The Birth of Spring – #EarthDay #Poetry

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Herald of Spring

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The Silver Light of Winter
Has Spread her Arms and Laid Her head
Upon the mantle of the Frozen earth
To Kiss the Birth of Spring Instead.

The Pearlescent Light of April
Sweetly Smiles over Waking fields,
Verdant greens within Her Hand,
As Flowing colours of Renewal She Wields.

The Balmy Glow of Springtime
Tenderly Laughs in Jocund Glee,
Embracing all of Life within
Her Ornate, Fragrant Tapestry.

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Beautiful Original Artwork by: Bente Schlick