#100happydays Day 34


Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Helen Keller

Wonky Garden

Life is never perfect. We have all said that before, but maybe that’s not the best way to put the condition of life into words. Perhaps a better way to say it is that life is not perfectly what we expect. It could be that life is perfectly what we need in order to become perfect. If so, while everything in life may not be good we can still receive it with joy knowing that somehow God will use it for our good.

In that way then the words of the old hymn are true,

“It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.”  Bill Gaither

#100happydays Day 33

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

Leo Tolstoy

Wonky Garden 2

I am happy for every minute I am getting to spend in my gardens this summer. This  is a picture of what I call my wonky garden. Its full of oregano, mint, yarrow, lemon thyme, wild buttercup and all manner of meadow flowers.

Heaven Pt. 150: The Earth Will Cease Its Trembling


From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet—Psm 76:8

It has been a while since I have been able to write a devotional article here at Lillie-Put. My world has been anything but quiet. And during busy seasons (which seems my lot in life just now) it is a lot easier to post a quick pic than it is  to set aside a slab of time to read and consider a response to a verse of Scripture. But a slab has thankfully presented itself and so here I am!

 Our verse about Heaven today includes within it the subject of judgment. My personal meditation on Psalm 76:8 almost immediately took me to Romans 8:18-23.

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a]including the new bodies he has promised us.

I seldom think of the world as a quiet place. A broken place, a groaning place, a hectic place,a busy place sure all these things fit… but a quiet place? Not hardly, unless of course I was to rise at 2 A.M. every morning and frankly who has the energy for that?

Now not all hustle and bustle is a bad thing. God has called us to be productive and to work at what our hands find to do to further his kingdom; But the world has forgotten the Reason for its hustle and the Purpose for its bustle and has bypassed God in the name of self-progress. And so it is that world groans just waiting…just waiting for God to reveal Himself and His children. When God does reveal Himself all those who have forgotten Him will remember and will mourn. His revelation will come in the form of judgment and then the hustle and the bustle will stop and all the land will be quiet with a holy fear.

The Scripture says of that time,

Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”Rev. 6:15-17

It’s an interesting question. The answer of course is that the Lamb (Jesus) , whose wrath is to come, is the One who can save us from it.
Psalm 85 explains it this way,

You forgave the guilt of your people—     yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude You held back your fury.     You kept back your blazing anger.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.     Put aside your anger against us once more. Will you be angry with us always?     Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? Won’t you revive us again,     so your people can rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,     and grant us your salvation.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,     for he speaks peace to his faithful people.     But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,     so our land will be filled with his glory.

Yes God is coming to judge the world. Yes He is going to bring to silence all the world’s futile activity but His  real desire is to save people out of judgment by forgiveness. What we must do is turn from our forgetting about God and turn to a remembrance of Him. If you wish to do that please pray with me using the prayer written below!

Prayer: Lord Jesus today I remember that You are God and I am not. Forgive me for all the ways I forget about You daily. rescue me from my rushing and help me to find rest in Your presence today. Help me to follow You and you alone throughout this day. In Jesus name…Amen!

#100happydays Day 31


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

I could not agree with this quote more. With Christ in my life all happiness is brightened and even the strongest  of life’s sorrows is weakened by the knowledge that My God shall swallow it all into Himself one day as I worship Him.

Longwood Roses

And the “Symbol” Writing Contest Winner is…..

Congratulations to Aya Gosh who won the popular vote in Rose Hall’s symbol contest!

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Congratulations to Aya Gosh, whose entry Lifelines received 75% of the votes in our recent “symbol” writing contest.

And thank you all for entering and voting.

Consider entering our current writing contest, on the theme of “Vision.” Submission deadline is July 21–click here for details. 

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#100happydays Day 30

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Nighttime fountains Longwood

I am so happy to have had a great weekend with my son. I am also very happy to be back to work and to be finally catching up with all my writing, correspondence and ministry work!

This photo is of the night watershow at Longwood Gardens.

#100happydays Day 29

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


I was so happy to be able to attend a performance of the Collegeville Community Music School’s opera Pride & Prejudice. The opera conducted by son’s good friend Emilily Kosasih consisted of both professional and amateur performers. The entire orchestra was made up of students under the age of 18 and the lead pianist was all of 12. It was amazing!