Unfolding Flower

I wrote “Yours” in the spring of 2013, and it was a song with many layers for me. It came out of a reflection on Psalm 139, a favorite passage in Scripture that reminds us of an incredible truth: Before we existed, before we took a single breath, God knew us. Even more, He loved us. 


Before my heart beat,
before I was
Before my story
even had page one

Before the forming
in the depths of the earth
I was yours, I was yours,
Long before.

Before dawn came
and I walked in light
Before my lungs
took their breath of life

Before my melody
could sound and soar
I was yours, I was yours,
Long before

So I’ll give my heart to you,
quite full of awe
That you made me and loved me
and out of grace called me
to seek you and know you
Creator and God,
I draw near to you,
I am safe in your love.

Before our hands
even reached to hold
Before our eyes
looked upon this world
Before our voices
could speak a word
We were yours, we were yours,
Long before.

Summer Flowers

The garden is pretty quiet these days. That’s what happens in the dead heat of August! Except for the crape myrtles and perhaps a rose or two, the blooms have all died back and everything seems to be waiting for cooler fall temperatures to come.

We did have some lovely summer flowers, though, and I snapped photos throughout June and July of a few of my favorites.

Summer Flowers

From top-left and working clockwise, we have a coneflower, gardenia, rose, scabiosa, hydrangea, iceberg rose, gerber daisy, allium (ornamental onion), and the big stunner in the middle is a clematis.

I say it all the time, but I’ll say it again: Flowers make me happy!


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