Standing Strong

Golden Rod is standing strong during summer's heat; 

 Queen Anne's Lace too.

Many folks consider these a nuisance - mere  weeds.  I do not. 

To my thinking they are beauty growing well in the most adverse conditions.  They inspire me to stand strong and flourish in difficult situations.  

Even during drought these two plants continue to bloom.  They refuse to give up spreading cheer.

As I visit so many of you weekly I find this same strength and beauty in each of your posts.  You often share lovely thoughts, talents, and wonderful photos that spread inspiration and encouragement.  In reality we all have our own set of troubles, concerns, and challenges.  Life happens.  How well we all know that truth.  Yet when we take a moment to share something ordinary from our day, we find joy.  That ordinary becomes truly extraordinary.  Thank you dear friends for visiting me and inviting me to visit you.  Let us keep on Standing Strong.  God Bless!


"He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."

1 Cor.1:8


  1. I share your love for wild flowers! Stay strong and safe, Debbie!

  2. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'adore les fleurs sauvages... Elles font partie de mon univers. Je prends tellement du plaisir à me balader dans la nature avec Icarus. Cette nature me surprend à chacune de mes sorties. J'observe des fleurs nouvelles.
    Ton petit billet me remplit de joie et finalement je partage avec toi une nouvelle promenade.
    Je te souhaite un bel été, prend bien soin de toi !

    Gros bisous

  3. I like the idea of being a goldenrod. :) Happy day to you and have a wonderful week.

  4. Lovely photos. Each month there are different flowers and colors along the road and in the fields. This year, Queen Anne's Lace is super abundant, masses of them all over the place. Wildflowers are giving us beauty in these difficult times. A garden lesson as not over water.

  5. What lovely thoughts Debbie. Thank you for your visits and kind comments. They are always appreciated.

  6. This is a good message for me as I am doing a lot of weeding right now. My "weeds" are yarrow. They spring up in my periwinkle bed. This year they overtook the whole bed! But they have a pretty flower so I left them until they turned brown. Same with the daisies. They come up all over the place. Again, I leave then until they die and pull them up. Not worry. They will all return next year from the seeds that were dropped.

  7. Oh Debbie, this is so beautiful, and just what I needed to hear today. Your words flow like silk. I don't know if anyone ever told you that you were a good writer, but you are! It's hard to have strength during truly difficult times, but God gives me that strength and comfort every time. And coming over here was, indeed, the best thing I did today.

    Have a wonderful week, Debbie.


    1. ps.....your new blog design is simple and lovely. I have another blog friend who has the same design. ; )

  8. Thank you for sharing this post with us. Standing strong may be hard at times but it is the quality that helps us keep going even in the most difficult times. Nature has a way of showing us how it is done. Have a great week!

  9. Beautiful post-it is wonderful to bring people together in a time where it seems everything is aiming at driving people apart from each other. God bless you-I'm praying for you every day.

  10. What an encouraging post, Debbie. It gave me a little lift in the middle of my day. I like the new look of your blog, too. Hope you keep standing strong and staying positive--and thank you for always coming to visit Catching Happiness and sharing your optimistic outlook.

  11. Everything is said above. I loved this post and was a bright spot in my day. Thank you so much.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing that bibleverse, your thoughts and the pics. Ordinary becomes truly extraordinary. That is true.

  13. In these difficult times that is essential, staying strong, it helps a lot to look around us and see nature in all its splendor, how plants adapt to the seasons, to the weather, everything is a survival.
    Happy weekend.

  14. I've always wondered why some things that have pretty flowers are considered weeds.

    Although I must say, a few years ago, when my mother and I visited upstate New York to see our old home, the golden rod was everywhere and I had quite a coughing fit.

    Thanks for the lovely photos!

  15. This is a beautiful post. Goldenrod and Queen Anne's Lace are my two favorite wildflowers. And you are right about these two flowers standing strong. One large Queen Anne's Lace plant came up near my garden. I watered it and mowed around it and cared for it and it bloomed beautifully.

  16. Hello friend! I'm winding down tonight and the view from harmony hills refreshed this old soul. Thank you for being such a bright light in this world.... xoxo


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