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Gather! Keeping, Gardening & A Give Away!

With warmer weather on its way I am hopeful that the rains are behind us here on the Central Coast of California. It's time for gatherings and garden parties, brunches and backyard campouts, celebrations and coffee together. It's time for lingering... with that in mind I thought it was time to move a little furniture around and do some dusting. I have changed my blog title from Sunday Afternoon Pause to Gather! I'm praying that you will take more than a quick glance at my offering. I hope you enjoy sitting down and taking in what I've prepared for you, especially you.


It's time to throw open the windows and swing wide the doors!

With the beautiful weather I have been pondering this season of new growth and renewal. I am reminded that we are gatherers and keepers of so many things aren't we? Certainly our homes – small or large, quiet or noisy, tidy or cluttered. But it's so much more than that. We are keepers of important relationships. Our marriages and our families. Our friendships at work, in our neighborhoods, our brethren, the lost, broken and mending.


We are doorkeepers, gatekeepers and peacekeepers. We are keepers of our thoughts, words and actions. And most importantly Ingrid Trobisch tells us we are to be “keepers of the springs of our hearts.” Proverbs 4:23 emphasizes that point -


"Keep your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life."


Like a garden our hearts need tending. As we nurture, protect, and care for a garden it reminds us of the importance of tending to the garden of our soul, the springs of our hearts. As I said earlier, we are keepers and gatherers of many things, sometimes we keep things we should let go of - weeds of bitterness, hurt, rejection, anger and resentment to name a few. They need to be ripped out from the roots! Our precious Lord loves us too much to let those things remain and cause rot and mold. He will prune areas of complacency and uselessness from our lives as we abide in Him and stay connected to the vine! We will have seasons of dormancy and waiting, preparation and weeding, growth and harvest. So how do we cultivate a growing walk with our Master Gardener?


Click here for these 3 Ways to Stay Deeply Rooted in the Lord and learn how to amend the anemic and depleted soil of your heart through the:


Garden of God's Word

Garden of Worship

Garden of Prayer



Garden Twig Canopy Centerpiece

Fun days are springing up! Mark your calendar - and get your gift list out - for this springtime garden craft. Click here for this simple and beautiful Garden Twig Canopy Centerpiece.

Click here to learn about a book I'd like to recommend to you. "If your story isn't turning

out the way you planned. Sharon Jaynes will help you have hope for your future, strength for your current circumstances, and peace even when you don't understand. An encouraging reminder that: the Author of your life is good, you are loved, and He alone holds the pen that gets to write your story." by Holley Gerth. Sharon Jaynes challenges us to ask:


"What if God doesn't want us to rip out our difficult stories

but instead repurpose them for good?"


And a Give Away! I can't wait to send this out to one of YOU! A beautiful "Gather" necklace. Just leave a comment below.


So gather your loved ones and hold them tight. Gather your words and use them to build each other up. Gather and love deeply and generously.


From my home to yours, Linda


"The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11





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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 11, 2023

Dana Kruckenberg Thompson

I definitely treasure your posts and blog. You bring such a sweetness and creative beauty to our walks with the Lord as women.

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 11, 2023
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Thank you Dana. As we spend time in His loving presence the beauty He's created nourishes our souls as women. Sweet blessings❤️

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Harriet Boonisar
Harriet Boonisar
May 10, 2023

Thank you to my precious sister for the reminder to be "gathered" into the Lord by being "rooted " in His word! You are such an encourager to me! Love you, Harriet

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 10, 2023
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Thank YOU! I have loved watching your beautiful relationship with our Master Gardner grow and bless so many, especially me! xoxo

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Pam Miller
Pam Miller
May 10, 2023

Sweet Linda:

Thank you for your words of encouragement, filled with wisdom and God’s Word. I can feel your smile as I read your blog! Yes, those pesky weeds need not grow in us. As soon as we are aware of them they need to be removed 😊💐 love you and look forward to our next encounter.

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 10, 2023
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Your welcome Pam ❤️ I am reminded of our gardens and how for them to thrive we need to watch them carefully and protect them, I was reading this morning about God's Sheltering love for us and am so grateful for His faithfulness. See you soon ❤️

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Sharon Patrick Schutte
Sharon Patrick Schutte
May 09, 2023

ahhhh.... It was almost like I could feel the gentle breeze coming through the open windows as you spoke... you were sitting right next to me..Gods rich blessings on you Linda!❤️🌿

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 09, 2023
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Hi Sharon, A gentle breeze, maybe a cup of tea and sweet fellowship? Now that would be the best of spring!!!

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 09, 2023

C. Scotti

Beautiful blog post! Thank you.

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
May 09, 2023
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Hi Corrine! Thank you for your kind comment! How grateful I am that we serve a creative God who showers us with beauty, color, textures, sounds and more!! (And especially words!!)

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