January Average temps in My part of Florida, the sunshine state• Daytona Bch: High 70°-Low 47°
• Fort Myers: High 75°-Low 54°
• Orlando: High 72°-Low 50°
• Tampa: High 70°-Low 52°
As long as the temp stays within these guidelines, we have beautiful flowers in our back yard.
this photo was taken January 15, 2007 and is a prime example of what grows in our back yard in January. Until THIS January 2010 when along comes a cold wave, I am calling it a cold SNAP!
this is a flower on the same bush last week after Jack Frost came to visit and this little flower is what happens when Florida has 13 straight days of way below normal temps. One day it was beautiful and glowing, cold and shivering.
Damage Done, 13 days of record breaking cold
As I looked at these flowers and leaves, I compared them to our daily lives. We live our daily lives, each day follow our routine, and along comes a SNAP! it could be a death in the family, a job lost, family problems. Many things can cause our life to unexpectedly SNAP!
One day we are heathy, employed, happy and in control. SNAP! we lay in a crumpled heap, shriveled, shrinking from life. Nothing is as it was! we question will it ever be the same?
The flower and a few of the leaves are shriveled and will never be the same. The bush survived, in 2 weeks there will be beautiful new green leaves, new flowers, beauty returned. Not the same flowers or the same leaves but possibly even prettier leaves and flowers. I looked at these photos and saw HOPE!
"When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.” unknown author
Psalm 31:2424 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.