2 Reasons to Celebrate: Houseplants and Peculiar People!
Houseplants Appreciation Day
In honor of the celebration of Houseplants Appreciation Day, I’ve found 5 easy to care for houseplants that you’ll love growing in your home. Don’t be fooled—keeping indoor plants can be as rewarding as tending a garden, and a whole lot easier!
This elegant, trailing plant is called Pothos. It is exceptional at removing toxins from its surroundings, like taking formaldehyde from your carpet. How’s that for handy? To care for Pothos, simply cut back the trailing vines (that can get to eight feet or longer) or train them to climb a trellis or other object. Although low light might affect the plant’s variegation, an array of lighting conditions are suitable for growing Pothos. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. It can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, too.
This perennial favorite is called a Spider Plant. After years of popularity, the Spider Plant continues to enjoy a place in many homes. The little “babies” that shoot out from the main plant do, indeed, look like little spiders, but beautiful ones at that. They like evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions in room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees.
Here’s a timeless classic that grown beautifully indoors: English Ivy. Trailing down furniture makes a pretty effect, and you can start a plant from a cutting. English Ivy likes moist soil and cooler temperatures, from 50 to about 70 degrees.
Peperomia plants come in a variety of small, indoor houseplants. They all have textured, shiny, often colorful leaves, and are available in the popular types called watermelon, red-edge, and ripple peperomias. The are happiest with medium to low lighting conditions and temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees. Let the soil dry out somewhat between waterings.
Here’s a bit o’ Ireland for your home: the Shamrock Plant. This playful plant has leaves that look like glimmering shamrocks and sweet, white flowers on long stems. This carefree plant enjoys bright but indirect lighting, and you can let the soil dry out between watering thoroughly once a week.
Peculiar People Day- Celebrate Being Chosen!
1 Peter 2:9King James Version (KJV)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Peculiar has many meanings in today’s vernacular, but the one I like best is the one referred to here. Although most people would use the word peculiar to mean someone or something strange, odd, or uncommon, I prefer the meaning from the Bible. Peculiar in this respect means something or someone that “belongs exclusively to some person, group, or thing” or refers to “a property or privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to a person.”
Although the world may look at Christians as odd or unusual people, Peter is actually saying that Christians are people who belong to God. They are His own possession, God’s own special people.
Everyone wants to be accepted. Rejection hurts, and we don’t want to hurt. This verse assures us that we are accepted in Christ; in fact, were chosen before the foundations of the world to be a special people to God.
Maybe you have accepted Jesus into your heart. The question remains, do you realize that you are accepted by Him? You don’t have to prove anything, or do anything, to be accepted by Jesus. He called you, and you are His.
A peculiar people. Celebrate!