Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sheltered






My husbands Christmas Cactus!















Doug's Christmas cactus is still blooming with wonderful vibrant blooms. Beyond the doors of our Florida room is lots of snow and ice. However, the cactus has found shelter in our home. God shelters each of us, just as Doug and I have sheltered this cactus.

My husband received this cactus 40 years ago from his first wife's aunt. At the time he received the cactus it was over 30 years old. The beautiful cactus has aged well. She is over 70 years old.

My husband loves this plant. He eagerly awaits her blooms each year. He protects her. He watches out for her best interest. Just as Doug protects this plant, our Heavenly Father protects each of us. Abba Father lovingly watches each of us bloom and protects us from harm as we grow.

"Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings." Psalms 61:4b NAS

In the grip of HIS grace,

Andrea

52 comments:

Leslie said...

A 70 year old Christmas cactus?! I need Doug to share his green thumb secrets! I've killed one of my Christmas cacti and noticed this week that the other one is looking like it's on its way out. Help!!!

Leslie said...

I doubt I water it too much! My plants are usually drooping before I remember to water them!!! Due to my black thumb, my boys are amazed that I've managed to keep them alive!!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Hello, sweet Andrea~

How wonderful to know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants to shelter us from harm. I can so feel His arms wrapped around me!

Blessings~
Laura

The French Bear said...

Andrea, that is so wonderful! 70 years old, wow. I won't tell him about mine, er ,the one I used to have.....sorry....I don't know how to grow plants. I wish I knew!
You words are so comforting though!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Girly Muse said...

That is AMAZING!!! What a beautiful gift they both have to keep it alive and thriving so long. I can't believe it's over 70 years old.

Beautiful post.

RCUBEs said...

70 yrs.old? That is so awesome! And it looks great with its blooms, too! But I love the analogy you had with our heavenly Father taking care of us, loving us, protecting us. God bless sister. May the Lord sustain you with His strength and protect you and your family at all times.

Beth E. said...

What a beautiful Christmas cactus, and what a great analogy!I am so thankful for God's protection.

I love the way you write, Andrea. Your blog is a blessing to me. :-)

Just Breathe said...

That is amazing. Wow! I have an aloe vera plant that I brought from my MIL when I moved to California 21 years ago.

karen hopkins said...

Once again, you provided me with something so beautiful as a Christmas Cactus, but in that , you have given me much to think about in our longevity as part of God's creation. Just as this cactus lives on over many decades, Christ lives on, even longer.. And He is just as beautiful as this beloved cactus that your own husband loves so much. awesome!!

Rita said...

Andrea, that is wonderful. I had one at one time, but could not make it live. I would take it to my mother-in-law, she would get it to blooming, give it back to me and it would almost die again. Then I would take it back to her. This went on and on! ha! I do have an ivy that my brother gave me 37 years ago,when my eldest son was born and it is still alive...

Shirl said...

Wow! It's hard for me to comprehend a house plant that old! And a neat analogy of God's love and care for us.

Alleluiabelle said...

Dearest Andrea,

Love you my friend! My daughter has a Christmas cactus...I can't wait to tell her how old your husband's is. Hers has bloomed as well and is so beautiful.

Big Hugs,
Alleluiabelle

Tracy said...

What a wonderful object lesson!

Ruth said...

Beautiful plant, beautiful thought!
Your eyes are open to see God in everything thing, Andrea. Thanks for sharing.

God bless Doug for having a gentle heart.

lisasmith said...

beautiful flowers! beautiful words!
treasuring your mighty prayers,
lisa xoxo

Dee Yoder said...

Oooo...awesome! I have a plant that I got in 1975 when I went to college and I thought IT was old! I like the analogy to how God cares for us. Thanks!

Denise said...

Very awesome.

sarah said...

ooohhh. I love this post...what a great analogy of God's love. And how gentle Doug must be to have that plant still look so beautiful....

Terri Tiffany said...

He's had it that long?? Wow! And I too love your analogy about how God is still watching out for us too. He doesn't forget.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Wow. This reminds me of Psalm 91 that says, "With long life will I satisfy him who sets his love on Me."

Thanks for this poignant truth. And tell Doug thanks, too.

They call me "Deb" said...

Your Christmas cactus looks very much like ours which was given to us by my husband's dad many years ago. I've made clippings over the years and rooted them and given them to family members in the hopes of sharing the heirloom plant.
What a blessing to watch over something that 'faithfully' blooms where it's planted. Oh that we'd do the same as our Father watches over us.

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh, how beautiful and awesome is that?!?!? It just reaffirms that we serve such a perfect God who takes the time to share His beautiful works/creations with us in all forms of life.

Cathy Davis said...

Amen.

*The plant is beautiful!*

Tammy said...

Shelter in our Father's arms that's comforting.

I love your Christmas cactus. I have my mother's cactus and I believe it is pretty old too. It's in bloom right now and I always think of my mom...sweet memories.

Mari said...

These are such incredible plants. Whenever I see them, I'm reminded of my Grandma. She had a huge one, that had blooms the same color as this one.

Being Me said...

That's an unusual looking cactus.
Very soothing message. Blessings to you and yours.

BM

Rebecca said...

I just got my first Christmas cactus this year from a friend. I was very excited! The blooms that were on it have dropped, but there are new ones forming already.

What a wonderful story - a 70 year old cactus! And the analogy is rich and wonderful. Truly God is a refuge and strength. Protector, Defender, Love of my soul.

Joyce said...

This is amazing...I love it! I've always had a Christmas cactus. When we left the UK I gave mine to my next door neighbor. She tells me it's alive and well which I'm happy to hear. Beautiful analogy!

ps-thanks for the award!

vanilla said...

Awesome! I, too, have a Christmas cactus of the same variety. It is known to be over forty years old. It suffered a crisis when caretaker overwatered, but it is now on the way to recovery.

God, in caring for us, gives us just enough-- lest we shrivel and droop.

Jackie said...

Beautiful post, Andrea!

Your words encourage and speak to my heart!

Love and Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

That is so cool! Someone gave us a Christmas cactus when we were first married. We used it for our first Christmas "tree" with tiny little ornaments all over it. I almost killed it, so my MIL took it off my hands and it is flourishing under her care.

Great post! Liked your last one, too.

Deborah said...

WOW, 70 years old...I thought I was doing good with a five year old one! Your lucky to have this plant and I would be watching it all day to make sure it stays safe!
xxoo
Deborah

Katia said...

I love this kind of Cactus, they are so beautiful and graceful. Wow, a 70 year old heirloom, I would be just like your DH, very protective of it.
What a beautiful application of God's love for us.
((((hugs)))
Katia

Holly said...

Enjoyed your post and loved the photo of the christmas cactus... by the way... I have trouble getting mine to bloom... Whats the secret? lol

2003beachbunch said...

Thanks for always stopping by with your positive words and comments! I really enjoy them :-)

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Wow! It has aged well! Praise the Lord for His loving shelter in my life!
Amy

Lucy Pevensie said...

Mines just coming out with blooms too. :)

christy rose said...

I never knew a houseplant lived that long! That is amazing! And what a wonderful post to go along with it. God does watch over and protect us so that we can grow old in health and continue to bloom when we are in our old age as well. Beautiful thought!

Faith Imagined said...

That is the coolest thing I have read all day! It is beautiful!!!

Kelly Combs said...

That has to be a record breaking potted plant!!! It's beautiful too.

Tea With Tiffany said...

I have one too. :) I too care and protect it. Wow, this one you guys have is growing up with you.

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow andrea, that is an amazing plant. Beautiful.

Saleslady371 said...

It is wonderful to think about the shelter the Lord provides. Tom and I know the excitement you and Doug feel when the Christmas cactus blooms. We don't have any blooms presently. But we love it and display it in our living room.

SQUELLY said...

What a beautiful story!

God bless!

Barbara said...

How amazing to have kept a plant that long and see it thriving! How much more amazing to see what God does in our lives...and keeps us thriving!!! Thanks for the award, I will post on it soon

Laura said...

Wow! That is really something! Just think how He shelters us. It gives me chills.

Thank you for the sweet award! Give Sitka a kiss for me!

Rachel Follett said...

Thats amazing! I didnt know about these. Very cool!

Debra@Common Ground said...

This is amazing! and what a wonderful comforting thought!
Tell Sitka thankyou for the sweet award, I'll share it on the weekend comments!
Have a blessed and loving weekend!
Debra

homeschool101 said...

That is amazing. I could try but I am definately set up to fail at trying to keep any thing that long. lol. Wow, How great our God is! :)

To Sitka, I thank you again dear one for the beautiful award. Hooray! :) have a wonderful weekend my friend!

love lives in the kitchen said...

hello andrea! i'm happy to meet you! yoiur blog is very nice and interesting to read. let mefind your followers botton so i will always be updated about your new posts!
you know that my grandma has the same christmas cactus! it's always blooming for christmas and for us it's forbiden to touch the flowers!
wish you a sweet day and hope to hear from you soon!
justyna

NataljaOblonskaja said...

Hi,
that was really a beatiful cactus, your housband where rightabout that.
//Camilla

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
I have never heard of a Christmas Cactus lasting this long.
Thanks for the picture, it's beautiful.