All About Green

I love the color green. It is said to be a color of balance and harmony. One that is soothing to the eye, bringing relaxation to the mind and body.

CloverI believe that’s true.

With that in mind, and with ST. PATRICK’S DAY right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post celebrating all things green!

First, you’ll want to check out my GLORIOUS GREEN Pinterest Board!

 Next, for anyone who wants to grow a GREEN THUMB check out this Vegetable Garden Guide from Martha Stewart.

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MarthaStewart.com

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive—it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”    From Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 ANNE OF GREEN GABLES is always a favorite.

If you’re looking for ways to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, there’s tons of info to get you started here with GREEN LIVING 101

Here’s a sweet song from our favorite GREEN FROG, KERMIT –  He sings it’s not easy being green but then realizes all the wonderful things about it.

For me, it’s a reminder to rest in the knowledge that we are loved by God just as we are.

Check out this link to a beautiful video featuring one of my favorite artists, KEITH GREEN, singing the 23rd Psalm.

FTI Psalm 23 verse 2

I wonder if that’s why God chose to spread that color so liberally throughout His creation.

So that, within the calm green of earth, we could have a sense of the true glory of heaven.

Peace

I’ll leave you with music from late songwriter Rich Mullins, who seemed to grasp the wonder of the color and the Creator of it in his song, The Color Green.

Enjoy!

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.
John Muir

Do you have a favorite green to add to this list?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

How Christians Party on St. Patrick’s Day… or any day

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This weekend, people around the world will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a day which has become known for pints and pubs and partying.

What many may not realize is that the holiday began as a way to honor the man who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick. The man who wrote these words.

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. 


And I know why the meaning of a holiday gets lost, buried by leprechauns and pots ‘o gold. It’s because the enemy of our souls wants to keep us in the dark about what really matters.

He convinces us that some feverish pursuit of fun and revelry will bring us happiness. But, the truth is, only God can give us the eternal joy we seek.

We read in Acts 2 where the apostle Peter told the gathering crowd on the day of Pentecost that the new believers were ” not drunk, as you suppose.” He went on to explain that what they were seeing was the outpouring of God’s Spirit. 

And, in Ephesians 5, we are given these instructions:

 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The rest of the world will be displaying their definition of “party” this weekend, but Christians have another definition altogether.

Below is a song by Ceili Rain. I’m a long-time fan of the music of this Christian band whose name is a giveaway of their Irish-infused sound. Their website explains:

The Gaelic word “Céili” (pronounced kay-lee) means “party”, specifically one with live musicians, dancing, and general merriment for an all-ages crowd. “Coeli” is a form of the Latin word for “heaven”. Rain is English, meaning downpour. Thus, Ceili Rain is a “downpour of heavenly partiness.” 

I’ll admit. This may be an unusual worship song, but nonetheless, it is just that.  And “heavenly partiness” is just a quirky way of saying that our joy comes from the Spirit of God. So all our celebrations should be God-honoring because He has given us a real reason to celebrate.

I hope you enjoy the following video with song lyrics included. The pictures are pretty and you can pretend you’re in Ireland for a few minutes!

One thing though…some words were mistyped such as “body” which should be “party” and “heartiness” which should be “partiness” and a few others but you’ll get the idea.

If you have trouble viewing the video below, click here.

And, since I’m feeling a little “Irish-y” today, I thought I would bless you with this familiar Irish Blessing!
May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields. 
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand

St. Patrick’s Day Facts


May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.
– St. Patrick

On this day in the year 461, St. Patrick died. Since that time, the life of this missionary to Ireland has been celebrated worldwide. Though it might be surprising for some to learn, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday.

For those of us who desire to know the origins of this holiday and the historical figure at the center of it all, history.com is one resource that offers more insight and fun facts such as this: Did you know … “The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.”

How will you celebrate the day? Corned beef and cabbage, anyone?