Above all else guard your heart

Jacob's Ladder

I sat in my favorite chair one morning reading Proverbs and meditating on the meaning of each verse to feed my heart. Whenever I sit in my chair I can look out of the window and see all the flowers in my garden. This photo was taken last summer, and I look forward to my garden blooming this Spring.

Garden Notes

jacobs ladder closeupWhen my garden is in bloom, my immediate view includes the tall red flowers of “Jacob’s Ladder” against the backdrop of the neighboring purple flowers of “Sweet William.” The hummingbirds love this plant and they drink the nectar from these sweet red flowers daily. I often catch a glimpse of these illusive miniature beings as they visit my garden every morning. I wonder how they stay safe in storms. As they hover it is as if they don't have a care in the world. I had just finished reading Proverb 5:23:

“Above all else guard your heart
for it is the wellspring of life”


I glanced up and I saw my little friend the hummingbird hovering over each red flower that morning. As she gathered the sweet nectar, I could see God’s parable. I am as small as the hummingbird in comparison to the Great Almighty. As I hover over the scripture, I am guarding my heart as the Word says to do, by providing it with the nourishing sweet nectar of God’s Word. Meditating in the morning is so important for me. I am guarding my heart as a result throughout the day. We need God's word alive in us to help us sustain the right attitude in the days of so much turmoil. A short while meditating on the Lord's word always strengthens my faith and helps me to feel confident in an uncertain world.

Garden EntranceIt seemed to me that I needed to be reminded of that morning today, and above all else to guard my heart. Maintaining balance is such a difficult thing to do, being present with God and entering His stillness, helps me put everything back into perspective.

Blessings, Karen

My creationThe song for this post is You Know My Heart.
Lin said...

How beautiful, Karen!! I LOVE your painting too -- as fresh as the garden!

Teri C said...

A beautiful post Karen!

Debbie said...

Thanks Karen, I needed this reminder. I have been woefully negligent in my quiet time with the Lord. The picture of the garden beyond the gate reminds me of how he waits patiently and longingly for us to enter his presence!

Treasure Barn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog on Dolly Day and for leaving such nice comments. Nice to hear that you also had a Nina Ballerina! I used to wish that when I grew up I would look just like her.
If you don't mind I would love to put your link on my blog.

I found in looking through your blog, a sense of peace. What a lovely book you have done and what a lovely blog you have. I can feel the presence of God here.

Bless you

Rhondi said...

Your words are so true. I am glad that no matter where I go I am never out of God's reach. He is always right there, just waiting for me to ask him for help. What a comfort!
Rhondi xo

Elly said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm too late for the doll-day, but I want to let you know your doll is really beautiful and I enjoyed your whole story!
Oh... and lovely pics of your garden!

The Feathered Nest said...

Beautiful post an beautiful pics of your garden!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love the reminders to guard my heart, how easily it can be swept away in the business of life.


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Karen, What a beautiful post you wrote today. I wrote about hummingbirds too but not in the beautiful spiritual way you did. Mine's a little funny. :) I also wrote about you too. Come visit. xo Lynn

Daughter of the King said...

Oh I love this post, Karen...what an important verse...just LOVE God's WORD..it is alive and speaks to our heart ...and changes us if we let it..the pictures are wonderful

Fete et Fleur said...

Beautiful Post! Your photography is wonderful and inspiring.


Donna said...

Beautiful post Karen, and so true. Your art is beautiful too! I love your watercolors (I've always had a bit of trouble with watercolors, mine look a bit muddy).
I'm looking forward to the hummingbirds ~ hope they come soon!
Have a wonderful day.

Lynda said...

A beautiful post, Karen!

M.KATE said...

beautiful, wonderful and fantastic, tks for sharing and happy weekend:)

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Your blog is always so beautiful! The canvas print I "won" in your giveaway a few months ago ALWAYS makes me smile.