Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hyacinth for the soul...

"If I have but 2 pence, with one I will buy bread, with the other, 

hyacinth for the soul."

My sister put this comment on my facebook after I posted a picture of this little hyacinth that I brought home from the grocery store with me.  
I guess it is an old proverb, but I had never heard it before.
However, its beauty captivated me.
It describes the need of my heart for little touches of beauty here and there.
My conviction is that beauty, especially the beauty found in nature,
 is essential to a healthy spirit.
God created man to live in a garden of perfect beauty,
 one planted and designed by Him.
He made the beauty of nature for us to enjoy.

(photo edited with Kim Klaussen's mirabella and laura textures)

Still following,



  1. Ok, I never heard the first part of the saying, only the hyacinth part. Thank you!
    The granola bars are beautiful. Perhaps I shall try my hand at them. I've made granola weekly for well over 10 years....so why not?
    Counting blessings is a wonderful blessing in and of itself, isn't it?!

  2. Beauty is a gift to us from our God so it brings glory to him when we create it in our homes. You do a great job bringing beauty and joy into your home, Elizabeth.
    Mary Alice

  3. Hi Elizabeth.........I've never heard that saying before.....it's a nice one. I like it.
    Thanks for sharing...
    have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  4. Such a sweet saying. Isn't it the truth, we need to feed our souls. The beauty in God's creation is the perfect food for the soul. I hope it's a purple hyacinth. :)

  5. Well said! My heart has the same need, and not by accident. A need He has put in each one of us. Blessings on your day!

  6. I love that quote, too. My heart needs beautiful things around me. A favorite author calls it 'sweet water to the soul'. Yesterday my hubby brought me sweet water to bless my soul - yellow roses in the middle of winter!

  7. What a pretty saying!!! My sister has forced several pots of paperwhites in her garden window, but no hyacinths. I'll have to show her this post.

  8. Beautiful! Always nice to visit with you.

  9. This has always been one of my favorite sayings. We're getting snow today, but the neighbor lady has some snowdrops poking their tender stems up through the surface.

    But what am I saying? Tender? How silly! They're obviously far more tenacious than tender, or they would never have made it. I want that kind of tenacity. I want to get through the hard places in my search for the sun.

    Thanks for your words.


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