O LORD, who are we that you should notice us


I don’t know about you, but I can think of two ways I can feel small and insignificant.  One of the ways is when someone makes an attack on my self esteem and I wish the floor would open up and swallow my wounded self.

But today I wanted to focus on how I feel when I am confronted with the bigness of God. In Psalm 8:3-4 David is awed by the thought of God and says, “I look at your heavens which you made with your fingers.  I see the moon and stars, which you created.  But why are people important to you? Why do you take care of human beings?”

During several summers when I was in college I would go and help cook for summer camp.  I remember several of us driving up a mountain where there was an old shed.  We climbed a ladder up the roof and sat on its peak.  In silence we sat there taking in the whole vast scene.  The forest spread out below with the vast sky above.  We heard the hoot of an owl which seemed not far away and the howl of coyotes echoing across from one mountain to another.  I felt a small shiver up my spine and was glad I didn’t have to be confronted with the pack.  As I looked up into sky I could see the partially full moon, the stars spread as though on a black blanket sparkling like diamonds with an occasional shooting star.

Wow!  Have you had those moments when you are awed by the greatness of God, realizing that you are but a speck on the earth compared to the vastness of the universe?  As David says, “it is hard to understand that we can be so important to you a mighty God.”  But you and I are important to Him.  No matter what is happening in your life God is interested and wants to be a part of it.  He wants to rejoice with you when you are happy, weep with you when you are sad or going through a tough time.  Most of all he wants you to feel his love for you and know He is there for you.

I love that song that says,

How big is God? How big and wide is His vast domain?
To try to tell these lips can only start
He’s big enough to rule his mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart

I am praying for you that you can experience God’s love and power in your life as you face the challenges of daily living.

Love to you,


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October birth flower

Names for Calendula: Garden marigold, English marigold, or Scottish marigold, holligold, goldbloom, golds,  Mary bud, bull’s eyes, goldbloom and ruddes, pot marigold.  Sometimes called “summer bride” or “husbandman’s dial” because its flower head follows the sun. Its Latin or botanical name is calendula officinalis.

Origin of Calendula Name:
The name Calendula has Latin roots. The Latin word ‘Kalendae’ means ‘first day of the month’ and because the flower blooms at the start of most months, the name Calendula is assigned to it.  Another meaning “throughout the months.”

The Language of Flowers
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Calendula (Marigold). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning thus represented “My thoughts are with you.”

Calendula History

The Calendula has an interesting history and the meaning of the October flower has evolved with time.

It was probably native to southern Europe, though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, and it may possibly be of garden origin.  It is also widely naturalized further north in Europe. (north to southern England) and elsewhere in warm temperate regions of the world.  They are native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean.

 Uses in History

It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Calendula (Marigold), could be said to date back to these times.

 During the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used on the battlefields in open wounds as an antihemorrhagic, antiseptic, and in dressing wounds to promote healing

Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of its nicknames is “Mary’s Gold,” referring to the flowers’ use in early Catholic events in some countries. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.

 Calendula Symbolism

It mainly signifies comfort, grace, joy, and good luck.  It also symbolizes refined, sympathy, sorrow, perception, pleasant, gratitude, and charm.

If your birth flower is Calendula you are spiritual at times.  By nature, you are gentle and sensitive.  You like peace and harmony in your life so you tend to become a good negotiator (diplomatic) and hence a great leader.

During October the Calendula (Marigold), are usually given to celebrate special events of the month such as a birthday, or other special events as the birth of a new baby, Christening, in the wedding flowers or the wedding bouquet.

Sometimes also used to celebrate Halloween on October 31 or Columbus Day on October 10.

Calendula in the Garden

Calendula flowers Calendula does not smell sweet, like most flowers yet they delight gardeners cooks and those interested in natural remedies.

Cooks love the edible flower flowers and leaves which make an attractive addition to salads and soups as well for its spicy seasoning, garnish or as a food colorant thus contributing to the name “pot marigold” because of cooking pots, not flowerpots.

Gardeners use them in the flower beds, borders, cottage gardens, cutting gardens or pots/containers.  They will reseed themselves so you have to be diligent for them not become invasive.  Some gardeners plant them between vegetables to bring pollinators to the garden.

A few years ago when we moved to southern Oregon there were some in the yard.  They looked like weeds and I pulled them out.  Then I learned they were October birth flower.  I changed my mind, got seeds from a friend, and now their cheerful orange and yellow  blossoms not only brighten the garden, but are one of my herbs for teas and other uses.  When they are through blooming, I dead head them or cut them all off, and it isn’t long till they are blooming again.

Caution or Problems In The Garden

No serious insect or disease problems. They are susceptible to powdery mildew. Watch for slugs and snails, particularly on young plants. Aphids and whiteflies are occasional visitors.

Don’t confuse calendula with ornamental marigolds of the Tagetes genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens.   Leaves are totally different.

English Marigold called Calendula officinalis

Gold or yellow in color

More daisy like.


French Marigold called Tagetes Marigold

Yellow, gold, rust (fall colors)

Single petal, cluster petals intricate lemon yellow puff balls to russet daisies.

Leaves have singlepetal-merrigold-7977a pungent smell




The names Calendula & Marigold are used interchangeably and can be very confusing.

Calendula is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known as the genus officinalis,  or arvensis  by the common name Field marigold, Wild marigold.  It also sometimes called pot marigold or English marigold, which refers to about 20 species of edible flowers from the daisy family.

Despite its nickname of marigold, calendulas differ from the flowers of the genus Tagetes, commonly known as marigolds. Calendulas officinalis have edible petals, whereas Tagetes

marigolds are dangerous for both humans and animals to ingest.

 When growing or picking calendula flower, make sure the plants are calendula officinalis and not Tagetes species, of which the French, African and Mexican marigolds are common.  They have different properties and must not be used for herbal teas.  Instead, those plants are used for warts insecticides or weed killers and Tagetes minuta is the source of commercial “Tagetes oil” used in industry.

Calendula for medicinal purposes

Calendula  has a long history as a soothing medicinal herb with gentle healing properties.  It can be taken orally, but more popularly it’s applied topically. This flower has become popular in many natural health products and skin care lines on the market today, used in almost 200 various lotions, shampoos and other products. Calendula is available in the following forms:  Tincture, Ointment, Cream, Tea, Oil extract

It was difficult to narrow down the long list of uses. Below is a brief list of medicinal uses.  For one of the more in depth list, go to Doctor Axe’s web site: https://draxe.com/calendula/

  1. Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Capabilities –protect cells from free radical damageand pro-inflammatory compounds
  2. Calms Muscle Spasms –Calendula can help prevent and relax muscle spasms
  3. Heals Ulcers, Wounds & Hemorrhoids—In studies done results were effective for slow-healing wounds and various exposed ulcers
  4. Aids Menstruation for effective control of PMS cramps as well as alleviate hot flashes.
  5. Contains Antimicrobial & Antiviral Components—effective in fighting pathogens, as well as candida symptomsand even antibiotic resistantstrains of bacteria!
  6. Improves Oral Health—helps fight mouth bacteria and promote a healthy oral environment.
  7. Discourages Cancer— calendula can help fight against cancer and irritation due to cancer treatmentslike chemotherapy and radiation

If you are interested in experimenting with calendula benefits for yourself trying some DIY Calendula Herbal Oil, Calendula Salve, Calendula Spray  & Calendula Compress can be found at this web site: http://mountainroseblog.com/healing-calendula/

Side affects:

There has been no reported side effects or interactions (unless you are allergic to Calendula), but do always talk to your doctor before considering using Calendula internally.

Preparations of calendula flower are LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take calendula by mouth if you are pregnant. It is LIKELY UNSAFE. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage. It’s best to avoid topical use as well until more is known.  There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using calendula if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Calendula may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and

many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking calendula.

Calendula Notes:

Calendula is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae.

In Ukraine, chornobryvtsi (T. erecta, T. patula, and the signet marigold, T. tenuifolia) are regarded as one of the national symbols, and are often mentioned in songs, poems, and tales.

 Due to calendula’s bright colors ranging from gold to bright orange they have been boiled to make brilliant dyes for fabrics, cosmetics and food.

Cosmetic calendula products are produced nowadays such as calendula lotion, calendula cream, calendula shampoo and toothpaste. Calendula healthy influences oily skin. The lotion made from this plant also normalizes the activity of the sebaceous

There is a wealth of information on the Calendula and it was difficult to consolidate all the information.  If you would like more information look at the web sites listed below in the “references.”





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendula_arvensis









Calendula: The Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral Herb that Heals


Interesting Facts And Uses Of Marigolds Or Calendula









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