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Friday, January 20, 2017

Inspired by . . . the light of Spring

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray. I can't get that song out of my mind and I bet now you can't either. 

I'm out for another walk on a winter day. Now that the cold snap is over it doesn't feel much like winter, though. This girl-of-summer is okay with that, especially when it means the lack of finger-crippling cold equals more time spent building our home.

Today, I've ventured out to document the progress. I could share those pictures here but you would just look at them and say, "Uh? A house. Really?"



I feel that way at this stage too, so I'm trusting in those with a higher knowledge than myself.

I'm also out looking for beauty. Winter's beauty is easy when the earth is dressed in white. When snowflakes excite the imagination and ice transforms the lines of a stick into extravagant art. You have to look deeper when everything is brown and gray.



There is beauty in death. A terrible beauty. And we all must face it.

But I long for the beauty of the living. The peach blossoms (soon) and the butterflies.

Maybe this is why I could never worship or pray to a dead god.

I know that my Redeemer lives. I know it like I know how to breathe.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25)



We may learn our greatest lessons in the darkness of the winter, but my soul continually longs for the light of spring.


Blessings,




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Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
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Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments

Monday, January 16, 2017

Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 03:52

We took a trip to Colorado last November and although I have shared some images on IG and featured a few black and white pictures in LTML 51:52 I'm sharing my favorite captures with you today.

We missed the aspens this year, nevertheless, Colorado's stark & lofty landscapes still took my breath away.






The majesty of the mountains hold you captive. The still, reflective waters seep into your soul.



Looking down from the ascended heights can leave you dizzy and disoriented. This is a view of Silverton coming around the last curve of the mountain. (my hands may have been shaking just a little!)



Thankfully, the ones who have mastered those heights and beyond have a way of connecting you back to the earth.

My best guess on this bird ID is a Swainson's Hawk. Feel free to correct me. This was taken just outside of Gunnison, CO.



Continuing on from Silverton, we drank deeply of the waters as we weaved in and out of the Blue Mesa Reservoir.



No ID help needed here. Words fail me when searching for the right way to describe the feeling inside when I spotted these two bald eagles and their juvenile from the road.



Wonder.
Awe.
Reverence.
These words merely scratch the surface.



Sometimes the very thing you're longing for is hiding in plain sight.

What are you looking for or what have you found this week that has filled you with WONDER and JOY?


Blessings,




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Friday, January 13, 2017

Inspired by . . . bounty

For many, January is a lonely month. A bleak and desperate time. Suicide rates are at their highest and other statistics prove out the struggle that many have as we face the very heart of winter.



But there is HOPE. There is always HOPE. And we find that hope by looking to Him and considering all that He has given us:

A family to train us,
laws that defend us,
homes that shelter us,
food that nourishes us,
clothes that comfort us,
the longevity of health, senses, understanding, memory, affection, and free will.

He has made summer and winter, day and night; all of which revolves to serve our welfare.



Yet all of this proof of His loving-kindness, all this bounty, is not enough. Each will pass away. The sun and moon, all will pass away.

None of these things will save us.

In His infinite goodness, God has eclipsed all these things by the wisdom and grace bestowed upon us by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.



May we freely claim the redemption that has been set before us. May we have faith to grasp the promises that are our HOPE; promises that provide for our every need and protect us from every evil.

May we believe in this HOPE and may we live as we believe.


Blessings,


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Small WondersTestimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty