I was struck with this thought transforming quote from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden:
[Of Collin’s new strength and healing] “When new beautiful thoughts began to push out the old hideous ones, life began to come back to him. His blood ran healthily through his veins and strength poured into him like a flood. His scientific experiment was quite practical and simple, and there was nothing weird about it at all. Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who – when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind – just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
Lord, on this beautiful summer morning help me be determinedly courageous and tend a rose.
Susan’s journal, recorded 6/5/16