“At the beginning of the world God created woman, and to please her, created the rose.” ~Anonymous
“The rose played a significant part in the discovery of America. It was on October 11,1492, that Columbus and his weary crew, while becalmed in the frightening Sargasso Sea, picked out of the water a rose branch bright with red hips. It was this that gave seafarers the courage to continue their voyage to the New World” -The Magic World of Roses, Matthew A.R. Bassity
As the rose gardening season winds down for winter, today I sat down to write the book that has brewing within my heart for the past year or so. My third and final rose devotional book will be called Ever-Blooming and Ever-Rejoicing: Through Seasons of Change. Just as in all my books, this one will offer rose gardening tips, particularly of how to care for roses in each season, along with a spiritual parallel.
Here is the first draft of its introduction:
In my 40 years of life, especially as a follower of Jesus Christ, I’ve discovered while growing up in God’s garden, there will inevitably be seasons of change. The question is will I remain ever-blooming and ever-rejoicing through it all? How easy to praise my Creator and Master Gardener through Seasons of Hope and Seasons of Celebration, but can I praise Him through the uncomfortable and exhausting Season of Perseverance or through a Season of Patient Rest? It’s through such seasons that seeds of His Spirit evolve into fruit to be harvested, shared, and enjoyed.
Furthermore, I’ve found when I am content in all areas and all circumstances, it is then I am free to transition into the next season He has for me. What season do you find yourself in today? More importantly, are you able to be “ever-blooming” and “ever-rejoicing” through it all?
When I scribed my Ever-Blooming book series last year, I never imagined I’d be afforded the opportunity to share my love for God and gardening on a local radio station, but alas such a joyous occassion did so blossom! Thanks to social media, my rose gardening books sprouted and managed to land me not one, but two invitations to share in my love for roses and what God is teaching me through them.
Today, I was interviewed by York, Pennsylvania’s Community 106.1 FM, which will air on April 14th @ 9:30am and 5:30pm and on April 16 at 10am and 4pm. First Lutheran Church of York has been blessed with their own radio station reaching the City of York and her surrounding areas. Pastor Jim Driskell was most hospitable and kind as he exuded his passion for encouraging hurting souls. Apparently, Pastor Driskell and his sound technician enjoyed my interview so much, they invited me to do regular segments on their station regarding my love for God and urban gardening. If you aren’t local, you can listen to Community 106.1’s live stream through their website on the dates and times the show will be aired. If you miss it all together, you could also retrieve archived tapings through their “Sound Cloud” so you won’t miss a thing. Whether you hear the recorded interview in your car, at your desk, or through your phone, our hope is you will be enriched and inspired as you listen. In the meantime, I am humbled and blown away by unexpected delightful surprises sprouting up this Spring!