Beautiful In Its Time

Summer BloomsImage by duopastorale via Flickr

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiasties 3:11

Today it's time to celebrate a birthday. This I do... is 2 years old. When I posted my first post on June 29, 2007, I had no idea what I was doing and really didn't expect much response. But since that day I have appreciated the many responses and even friendships that have started. It has all meant a great deal to me, and I want to thank all of you who read, comment and those who encourage me to keep going. For that is what this blog is about, pressing on towards that prize without giving up. And as someone who stumbles rather a lot, that is what I need to keep reminding myself.

This year is proving to be a challenging time of persevering and waiting, so I was delighted when I was wandering in the garden a few weeks ago and spotted these flowers. About 10 or more years ago I planted a bottlebrush and phormium, and this year for the very first time they have flowered! There were many times I felt like digging up that bottlebrush and giving up, but here it is! It only has one solitary flower but I'm so glad I waited. Maybe there is a lesson there.

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GrandmaK said…
My heartiest congratulations. I remember when I started that there were no comments. Just kept writing for me. Then "friends" arrived to visit and all I could do is smile. It is fun to be here! Have a grand day! Cathy
Steve said…
Happy second birthday!
Thanks for your encouraging and thoughtful words. You really have a ministry here, as well as being an amateur Alan Titchmarsh!(think I've spelt this right).
Wanda said…
Well Happy Happy Birthday to "This I do"

Mike I don't remember how or when I found your blog....but I can tell you I'm so glad I did.

You have been an inspiration to so many, myself included...I call you my Blog Pastor.

I pray for many for years for you and your blog. The flowers are beautiful, and nature can teach us many valuable lessons, can't it.

I love the look of your is so you and it's perfect.

SandyCarlson said…
I am glad you are part of the blogosphere and that you persevere. It's all good, Mike.
Pietro said…
Happy Anniversary!
Gudl said…
Happy Birthday to your blog!
It's been a pleasure meeting you there! The flowers are wonderful!
Yes, 'sometimes' we have to be patient!!
God is teaching us.
May God continue to bless you and use you with 'This I do".
Angie said…
Happy Birthday to This I Do. I'm glad to know you, Mike.
deenar said…
Happy 2nd birthday to your 'This I do' blog.The words of encouragement. beautiful snapshots and videos are all so related to scripture- makes your blog a truly inspirational site.Keep up the excellent gifted work.
Anonymous said…
Congrats for persevering! I found your blogs through Britt-Arnhild's post. :) Ah, the world of blogging!