Sunday, November 28, 2010

Floral Simplicity and the Monday Prayer

One thing I miss about the city is a grocery store:
 open until at least midnight;
one that has a health food section
stocked well enough
that a visit to Whole Foods isn't necessary,
except once in a long while;
 a freezer section where you could get a headache
making a decision
instead of getting a headache figuring out an alternative;
a produce section that guarantees a good salad
even in November.

Actually there is one like that twenty minutes away on interstate
in a county seat town.
But that turns into a forty minute round trip and on a school night that's a lot.

In the city I'd drive right past several big grocery stores
on my way home from school, but not here.

I see lots of cows, sheep, horses, bales of hay,
but grocery stores? Nah!
However, there is so much more I don't miss about the city,
like not driving past cows, sheep, horses, and bales of hay.

The main reason I miss a big Kroger's or Meyer's or even Walmart
is the readily available bunches of fresh cut flowers
in different sizes and prices.
I would regularly plunk a cellophane wrapped bundle
in my grocery cart.
Once home, I'd arrange a pretty mix in a glass vase for the center of the table
and stick several here and there in my collection of posy vases.

Wa Lah! Floral Simplicity.

The twenty minute away Kroger store supplied me with two bunches of fall flowers
to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Here are pictures of the main vase for the center of the Thanksgiving table.
The photos of the posy vases  I filled will wait for another time.

Instead, I'll show some close ups I did for fun.
I have a limited photo program on my computer and a limited camera, so I can't play as much as I'd like.

But I still have fun.

Now it's time for the Monday prayer.
I've got laundry in the washer and the dryer
and papers to grade before I go to bed.

This prayer goes out to a very special friend.

"When I Need Help in Tough Times"


I cry out to You today and ask You to give me relief from the difficult things
I am facing.
Bring them to a good conclusion as only You can do.
I know You understand all that I am going through,
and You see all I do and what I am up against (Psalm 139:2-3).
You even know my thoughts about my circumstances right now.
Help me to navigate these rough waters so that I can not only survive,
but come through victoriously.


In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
and made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:3

From Prayers for Emotional Wholeness: 365 Prayers for Living in Freedom
by Stormie Omartian

Hope you have a blessed week.


  1. you set a pretty center piece of flowers.
    and i am with you on having fun with taking photos.

  2. Thank you, thank you... dear friend.

  3. Hi Beth, I live in a small town now --and do miss the city for various things, such as good grocery stores. We do have Kroger's, Walmart, Food City, Food Lion, etc.----but they are all SMALL ones ---and I get frustrated at times trying to find specifc things there...

    When we go to see G's parents, we sometimes go to their HUGE Walmart... The crazy thing is that the prices are lower at that Walmart than they are at the small one here. Guess they get much more volume there.

    Love your flowers... SO pretty!!!!!

    I will pray for you to have a good week at work... Hope those 3 boys behave this week.

  4. Your photos and prayer shared ... what reminders to cherish the moments. And know that He hears our cries.

  5. I understand. We used to have to drive a long distance to the grocery store too, but now there is one within walking distance. Truthfully, I would rather make the drive. I love the country enough to want it to stay just the way it is! Somehow the city has begun to make its way out to us.
    This is such a beautiful prayer. Knowing He cares is such a comfort.


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