Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunshine and Tears

When you pass through the waters,I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire.you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the Lord,your God.
Isaiah 43:2-3

The above verse became very meaningful to me about one year ago and today I claim it again,as the memories come back.
A year ago,Jake and I started down the road of incurable cancer.Now I reflect on how God has guided me as I try to move forward.
Today,I will share a few flowers,photographed at the English Gardens.


Never apologize for showing feeling.When you do so,you apologize for the truth.
Benjamin Disraeli






Life is not all sunshine and roses,but God is still good,even when the tears fall.

39 comments:

  1. Oh Ruth. So sweet. Thank you for sharing these truths with us, no matter how painful...

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  2. Your flower photos are beautiful. The colors are so nice.

    Kay

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  3. Hugs and prayers Ruth..for me time passed quickly but for you it probably felt like a long yr. The firsts of everything is so difficult.Love your flowers and your Bible verse...

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  4. Your photos make the flowers' beauty shine from the screen, and God is always good, even in tragedy.

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  5. Thanks for the beauty you share. What a difficult year this must have been for you. Think of you often.

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  6. These are beautiful words and beautiful photos, Ruth. I especially liked the last image of the rose. One of the key words in the scripture that you shared is "when." Trials will come to each of us in this life. But God is faithful to walk through those floods and flames with us. You honor God in your pain. You are an inspiration.

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  7. Beautiful photographs and beautiful words. God is good - all the time. He know the way we take. Blessings.

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  8. beautiful ruth....you were so lucky to have such a wonderful partner!! xo

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  9. My heart goes out to you Ruth. I am so sorry for your pain. May the Lord Jesus comfort you and may you feel His Presence day by day, hour by hour, and moment by moment. Your photos of the flowers are all so beautiful. Thank you for sharing from your heart and soul. I love that passage of scripture as well.
    Hugs, Dianne

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  10. The heart remembers. The Lord is faithful- I'm so glad you honor the Lord in your life, Ruth. It would be a bitter, sad journey without Him. Your flower shots are incredibly beautiful. Diane

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  11. Beautiful photos, Ruth! Let's see, I recognize the Stargazer Lily, the rose, perhaps a zinnia...My favorite is the first purple plant, it looks a bit like a chenille plant, though I have never seen a purple one.

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  12. A lovely verse and delightful photographs. I really like the lily and rose photos. They both seem to glow.

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  13. So many of us carried the pain with you and God has taken your hand and led you through the valley of the shadow of death and out into the light again.
    When you ask (for help) it will be given unto you and when you seek (peace), you shall find it.Obviously there is still something you are meant to do in this world.
    I am still praying for you and your relatives.
    Hugs . . . Arija

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  14. they are so lovely. I like your edits, beautiful. I just said a prayer for God to touch your heart and heal the pain and put laughter in your day. I know you miss him so much

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  15. Those flowers are gorgeous! My prayers are with you today Ruth. Hugs from Mamabug!

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  16. I have not been following long to know what you have been through but I know seeing someone you love with cancer is heartwrenching. Its good to know we that believe have the lord to hold us up for those days of living with cancer can be long and so are the memories.

    GOD bless and lift your spirits and comfort you.

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  17. Hugs to you, Ruth. Your flower photography is beautiful as ever.

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  18. Jeg kom lige forbi din blog.
    Gode billeder.
    Mange smukke blomster.
    Tak for kigget.

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  19. HUGS Ruth - from me to you ....
    Your images are amazing!

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  20. And He will guide you still. These are gorgeous flower close-ups, Ruth.
    (((Hugs))) from Pat

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  21. Stunning images Ruth - a reflection of the glory of His creation.

    We remember your pain, and your faith throughout this past difficult year. The verses you chose reminded me of Psalm 121 - "My help comes from the LORD ... The LORD is thy keeper ... The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night ... ".

    May you have peace this week.

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  22. thank you for sharing this post ruth.
    i wish i could give you a big hug~
    you are in my thoughts....

    much love
    chas

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  23. Gorgeous flowers and the transparent frames magnify their beauty!
    Through our trials and troubles He proves again and again that "God on the mountain, is still God in the valleys".
    Peace and prayers,
    Dorothy

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  24. Ruth....I am praying for you this evening...Bless you.
    I know just how difficult those anniversary dates can be...No matter how hard I try to forget, I still feel the pain on certain dates.
    I admire the beautiful relationship that you and Jake must have had...Your heart may be heavy today, but Praise God, we know who holds all the tomorrows...
    Love ya and lifting you up to our heavenly Father...
    Hugs..
    shug

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  25. Ruth, The verse, your strength,and your flowers has brightened my day. Thanks!

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  26. This must have been really very difficult time for you. I am so sorry. May God ease your pain!
    I love your flowers. You photos are great.

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  27. I am sorry. I hope tomorrow is a day of comfort and peace.

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  28. Hugs from here, Ruth! It is hard to look back on such a sad time. I'm glad that you had some warning of what was to happen and could make the most of his last days rather than a sudden end. I know God will keep helping you move forward. Lovely photos.

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  29. Beautiful words very fitting for the beautiful flowers.

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  30. Ruth through prayer may you be surrounded by God's healing light as you remember your dear Jake on this anniversary of his battle.God always hears our prayers..peace be to you today as you move forward.
    love and light Anna

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  31. What an inspiration of faith, courage and and hope you are. I remember the year after our grandson died in our home. I didn't think I could ever be happy again but somehow, time has helped us move forward and find joy and hope in this life, knowing we will someday be reunited with our darling Gavin. You have shared your grief and also your faith and love and in turn have helped so many. May your memories be sweet at this tender time!

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  32. Ruth, the flowers and your captures are beautiful! Thanks for being honest, so we can know how best to pray when you come to mind.

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  33. Ruth, Such beautiful flowers--they warm our hearts and brighten our day. My thoughts are with you, my friend. Mickie :)

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  34. these are beautiful...especially like that first one.....have a great weekend.

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  35. Your flower photos are absolutely gorgeous! Love "Life is not all sunshine. . ."

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  36. I LOVE the Disraeli quote! Wise words. Beautiful photos.

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  37. so sweet!!

    you were so lucky to have such an adorable partner.

    lovely flower photos as usual.

    loved this post.

    betty xx

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  38. Ruth so much beauty here. You have such a talent. Your very blessed.
    xo

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  39. I absolutely love the quote by Disraeli!

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Ruth