More signs of spring… the almond tree is blooming!

Happy Monday All!

As we know, the almond tree blossom is the first sign of spring in Israel, and here are some pictures of the almond tree’s first blossoms, as well as a few more of the new life sprouting up. I’m so looking forward to the spring rains in March and the beautiful fragrance that will arise!

Blessings,

Tracey

Faith for the new…

Hello All!

The first signs of new life are popping up all over the garden. Part of faith is knowing that no matter what season you are in, no matter what circumstances you are facing, that God remains unchanged, today, yesterday, and forever. The natural seasons and cycles of life on earth are a great illustration of that. For example, even in winter when everything looks dead and lifeless, we can rest assured knowing that spring will bring new, vibrant life. We expect it, because it has always been that way, and will always be that way. The same is true of God, and we can always expect good and wonderful things from Him, because He is God.

Praise Him for the new seasons, and the new life they bring!

Blessings,

Tracey

Snow in the garden…

Shabbat Shalom, All!

I hope you all are staying warm! It is quite cold here in North Texas, and I ventured out (briefly!) into the garden while it was snowing to take some video and pictures. I apologize if the video is a little choppy and fast – like I said, I was very brief! It’s 21 degrees here and windy with some snow, and I am a wimp when it comes to the cold. I hope you all have a blessed and warm shabbat!

Blessings,

Tracey

 

Lights in the garden..

Shabbat Shalom All!

All of the lights are up and on in the garden, and it’s beautiful as always. Thank God for our team who works hard every year to light up the whole garden! We’re finally having some proper December weather here, and I spent a chilly evening in the garden taking some video to share with you all. I hope you all get a chance to come out and see the lights in person, but here is the video in the meantime for you to enjoy!

Blessings,

Tracey

 

Shifting Seasons..

Shabbat Shalom All!

Here are some photos from my walk through the garden today – the first chilly day we’ve had this season! Temperatures have been at a record high for this time of year, but it was finally starting to feel like fall today. The garden is still absolutely gorgeous; as Pam shared a couple of Sundays ago, it seems to be putting on its final show before winter comes! Please enjoy these photos and have a blessed and wonderful Shabbat/weekend!

Blessings,

Tracey

Rain of Grace

Hello all!

We had some beautiful rain here last week! Chuck had asked for the rain as a prophetic sign, and the Lord faithfully poured out on us. I was reminded of the spontaneous song “Rain of Grace” from our Descending into Triumph album and decided to share it along with the video for you.

Sometimes when I’m feeling condemned or just low, I realize that I’ve come out from under God’s spout of grace and mercy. As the song says, His goodness is a river washing over us – we can always choose to stand under the rain of heaven and receive His grace and mercy. It is always available to us – we just have to choose! So choose to stand under His rain of mercy and grace this week, and allow Him to wash away the film of the world. Allow Him to wash away all of the things that have tried to oppress you and hold you captive, and shine in His glory!

Blessings,

Tracey

Monarchs in Judah!

Shabbat Shalom All!

The monarchs have arrived in the garden in quite an abundance! They are everywhere, and most notably swarming by the Lion of Judah. Pam says the only other time they’ve swarmed like this was the first year we were here! They are such a beautiful blessing to the garden, and I’ve uploaded some photos and a video for you to see them. Enjoy, and have a blessed and wonderful shabbat!

Blessings,

Tracey