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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands August 2013
Our trip to Washington State is starting with these heavenly views from the sky. We were getting close to landing and wanted to share!
Jim and I were meeting our friends Steve and Teresa. Their dear friends Karen and Dave kindly loaned their piece of heaven to us for a long weekend, on Lopez Island in the San Juans.
Lopez Island is part of this archipelago comprised of 175 named islands. Lopez is the most rural of the 3 major islands with landscapes of woods to rolling farmlands and open spaces with shimmering vistas.
A ferry ride is how we traveled over. It is always fun for this Florida girl!
The Love Dog Café has the most wonderful food. Highly recommend it.
When we arrived at the cabin, the sea fog was thick but the friendship was sweet, round about the coffee table working on a puzzle! A Very relaxing place to be!
Teresa making her Dutch Babies! Yum! We filled them with fruit and whipped cream.
Below are some memories I captured around the Island. This place is heaven on earth!
No matter what beach, we all tend to look around, then continually look down to find some treasure.
Teresa showing off the fancy loo!
Watmough Bay and surrounding area was donated to preserve the land and water.
The Bay had the most wonderful salmon.
Our time ended with this little guy bidding us goodbye, and come again.
Wisdom is seeing the hand of God in every experience of life...
The mountains belong to Him. Ps 96
See the bee?
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but at succeeding at the things in life that don't really matter at all. Francis Chan.
To climb steep hills requires a slower pace. W. Shakespeare.
Always celebrate good memories!
Love is an act of endless forgiveness...
The man of integrity walks securely. Proverbs 10:9
This is what the Lord says:
Stand at the crossroads and look; (intentional)
ask for the ancient paths, (intentional)
ask where the good way is, (intentional) and walk
in it, (intentional), and you will find rest for your
soul. Jeremiah 6:16.
Be lifelong learners and listeners....
Be good stewards of creation...
Be true to who God made us....
Would we value a relationship before getting our own things done?
Not sure if I would want to eat this....
Snow ball fight
Living intentionally ultimately means staying true to yourself, but not at the expense of others....
Not sight but insight into Jesus' life & purpose could evoke true faith.
Count your gifts
3 gifts of change
3 gifts undervalued
3 gifts unexpected
3 gifts beautiful
Table tennis fun!
No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God first. Oswald Chambers
The radiance of His glory shines through
The wind, the rain, the glowing sun,
The moon that grows when day is done.
On earth, in sky and on the wing,
Nature is a lovely thing. E Harwell
Giving thanks in every circumstance sends us on the hunt for God's goodness.
Prayer is our open expressway with God. B Moore
"Friends are family you get to choose~!
We don't cure arrogance by becoming victims.
God is our soul-ologist.
Scripture is for how you do life.
Faith, Hope, Love, the last is the greatest.
God is a rewarder.
Blackberries, in all stages of ripeness!
Let us see the fraility of being human...
Give thanks for God's will.
The heart of prayer is communication.
Clear waters in the straight.
Out on the rocks...
Three sunshiney gems!
A good laugh is sunshine!
Me and T
His place is spacious!
"Rocky" the shark fin...
Is God at work in your private life?
We are conditioned to think life revolves around 'great' moments, but it is the little things...
Even broken, we press onward...fixing comes with moving forward.
It's habits that imprision you and it's habits that can free you!
Transform us into Thy treasure...
God isthe caretaker of you and me.
There was an Old Man of the Coast, Who placidly sat on a Post; But when it was cold, He relinquished his hold, And called for some Hot Buttered Toast!
hand in hand - giving and forgiving
A 'somebody' was once a 'nobody.' J. Burroughs
The earth is full of Gods creatures. Ps 104
Joy has no value until it is given away!
Beauty shines thru in the good that you do!
Lopez Island chipmonk!
When thanks to God becomes a habit - so joy in God becomes your life.
"We know we're coming full circle with God when we stand at a very similar crossroad where we made such a mess of life before, but this time we take a different road. B Moore.
Discovery of genuine love -
Memorizing God's Word is memorizing the path to success.
I will pray for God's protection.
Prayer means finding out what God's will is and working with Him to see it happen.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
As sunlight empowers plants to grow, so God's Word empowers christians to grow.
Every good and perfect gifts are from above...
Faith is to believe what you do not yet see...
Time ceases to be a factor when patience is motivated by love.
Even little faith brings great results!
God is ready and willing...
Right motives bring right answers to prayer.
Prayer is not so much about our needs as it is about a relationship with God
Anyone we meet along life's way is our neighbor.
A journey requires reflection...
Love can be a mystery...
A journey takes time....
Is your life under construction?
Healing can come through tears.
Compassion vs. Indifference
Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.
If you feel empty - look around!
We all have a part in God's plan.
God is working behind the scenes on your behalf.
God provides in the small things.
Forgiveness vs. Rejection
Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me.
Are you right where god wants you to be?
God always shows up when invited.
God will place a "promise" in your hand.
Cautiousness vs. Rashness
Knowing how important right timing is in carrying out right actions. ____________________________
I stood alone at the bar of God, In the hush of the twi-light dim, And faced the question that pierced my heart; What will you do with Him?
I knelt in tears at the feet of Christ, In the hush of twi-light dim, And all that I was, or hoped, or sought, I surrendered unto Him.
Crowned or crucified? Which shall it be? No other choice was offered me. Crowned or crucified, My heart shall know, No king but Christ who loves me so. (Hymn by J. Hussey/B. McKinney)
His grace is sufficient.
I am known and seen by God...
Looks like Anna is having some fun!
Erik and Isak having fun!
Baby its cold outside...
I believe God is working on my behalf, even when He is silent...
Brave women keep showing up - even when no one sees and no one says "thank you." Be brave today.
Trusting in the presence of God is a brave thing to do.
Ha! This would be me...
Because God sees, let us live gratefully.
Because God sees, let us live with hope.
Because God sees, let us live with hearts set on God.
To live with expectancy means we learn to engage our faith.
It was a star that led the wisemen...
The Christmas tree can be dated back to the 16th century in Germany. In the 18th century, Christmas trees were decorated with apples, nuts and dates..mmm. Later with candles. A star is usually placed at top symboling the Star of Bethlehem. The use of an evergreen tree symbolized eternal life and a custom with the Egyptians, Chinese and Hebrews.
O Christmas Tree....
How silently, how silently The wonderous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven... P. Brooks. O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Glorious now behold Him rise, King and God and Sacrifice; Alleluia, Alleluia! Peals through the earth and skies. J. Hopkins We Three Kings of Orient Are.
I love stars! On my tree...
A silver star for you!
The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, His hair was like a light- O weary, weary were the world, But here- is all aright. Chesterton.
My Father's stocking that is now mine!
Christmas comes with children singing,
Christmas comes with sleigh bells ringing,
Christmas comes with frosty nights,
Christmas comes with snow ball fights! A. Darnbrook.
Christ's Birthday for All!
We are the apple of His eye....
Consider the quiet and peaceful process of God drawing us along in our journey.
Receive the saturation of His love.
We all have something to give, even if we're broke or broken.
May you be richly rewarded by the Lord.
Bethlehem: House of Bread.
Our hope is renewed every morning.
As the Lord gives - go ahead and receive.
From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things. Prov. 13:2
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. Prov. 19:8
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. Prov. 15:3
His unfailing love allows mercy to overcome me.
Our life is shaped by what we allow to come in.
To overlook an offence is to your glory.
How beautiful the leaves growing old. How full of light and color are their last days...
Humility is that good humus that grows gratitude that yields abundant joy.
It is the joy of "small" that makes life "large".
Remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust - to really believe....
Remembering is an act of thanksgiving, a way of thanksgiving, this turn of the heart over time's shoulder to see all the long way His arms have carried....
As a little homeless one, tattered clothes and hurting soul - You show Yourself, One shining in glory, bent down to bestow.
Gifts of love, gifts of forgiveness, exchanged our rags with supernatural kindness.
I give thanks...
All the below inspirations is from A. Voskamp: One Thousands Gifts.
Nature is not God, but God revealing the weight of Himself, all His glory through the looking glass of nature.
"Hurry" always empties a soul...
Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks....
Some say time is money, but it is not true. Time is life....
Science may explain mechanics, but how do the eyes of the soul see?
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." J.R.R. Tolkien.
1. Clean sheets. 2. Hot oatmeal. 3. Bare feet padding on floor.
In everything give thanks....
Change takes real intentionality.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. Sarah Ban Breathnach.
"He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and He prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23.
Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives....
Communion. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break in participation in the body of Christ?
Eucharisteo - thanksgiving - always precedes the miracle!
And He took bread, gave THANKS, and broke it and gave it to them... Luke 22:19.
Eucharist - Thanksgiving, grace, joy....
Joy is always a function of gratitude and gratitude is always a function of perspective.
Here at last!
A lone path can lead you to beauty.
Co-dependency: tormented by other peoples behavior!
Autumn is upon us.
Falling leaves, russet flowers, Crispy days, lovely hours.... A time to reflect, God's Handiwork to see, The autumn season Created for you and me! sc
Onward to Gem Lake which is fed by rainwater/snow.
A hole in the sole of Paul Bunyan's shoe!
A little tight in the first cabin called Timberline.
Uh, ok, you can come down now!
unique rock formations to gander at!
The Twin Owls outside of Estes Park.
Truthfulness begins by being honest with yourself.
It takes a great person to be a great listener. Scottish Proverb.
It takes some type of energy!
Energy giver: praises others, passes on the credit. Energy taker: criticizes others and expects credit. Energy waster: takes credit for himself.
Here we go!
The Son is the radiance of God's glory. Romans 1:3
Colorado Blue Spruce.
By the river and it was good!
Berry-ness - but not for eating!
Live simply and love generously..
Going out is to come in!
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace. Shakespeare.
Whereever you are - be all there. T. Elliot
A man's errors are his portals of discovery. J. Joyce.
Sometimes life can be a balancing act!
Alive but partly dead...
Just a few wild flowers left for the season.
The first duty of love is to listen...
Ready for a handout!
He stretches out the heavens like a tent. Ps 104.
One lone pine.
Ferns and flowers Quiet hours - Clear your mind Cares behind. Find yourself Walking trails - Miles to go, onward ho! sc
He set the earth in it's foundations. Ps 104.
Nature "teaches" more than she preaches!
"He spreads the snow like wool..." Ps 147
Grove of the Patriarchs
He took his seat!
The Wonderful World of Chihuly Glass
Learn by experience - preferably other people's!
Women drivers wanted!
Cap'n Steve! Help!
It was a 3 hour tour....
Mike n Lynette braved the waters! See their yacht behind them?!
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Julie (or Gilligan?!)
Good endings come from prayerful beginnings!
A bit nippy!
Lake Diablo Tour
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Helen Keller.
Deep in thought. My Love.
Did we see a weasel??!!
Steve n Teresa!
"Each man's life is but a breath." Ps 39:5
Hanging on for dear life! HeeHee
Taking it all in.
"On the Rocks..."
Walk daily in His presence through prayer.
A place of beauty,
My eyes do see -
It speaks of God,
don't you agree?
It's in the small moments we take joy.
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form, into another. John Muir.
Full of charm!
Amazing chandolier in the reception room.
Room with a view!
Our balcony at Hotel Edelweiss.
The hotel breakfast room.
Back of the hotel.
Steeple peeking out.
Let the rivers clap their hands! Psalm 98
Homemade buttered noodles!
More wonderful artwork.
This should make you smile!
Is this pink or what!
Time for reflection. Sit a spell...
Looks like a shooting star.
What a wrestler!
Flowers of the fields.
The mountain peaks belong to Him. Psalm 96:4
Respite on old stone steps.
When you are down to nothing, God is up to something!
"Limit your always and your nevers." A. Poehler
The enemy of gratefulness is expectations.
Getting credit is the wrong reason to do the right thing. B. Moore
"Forgiveness is the greatest expression of love." P. Stull
Where ever you are - be all there! T. Elliott
Never underestimate the power of tomorrow.
Always finding coffee everywhere!
"God gave us two arms. If we hang on to the past, we can't embrace the future." P. Stillman
It is what is is - but it will become what you make it. d dillon
The world is firmly established. Psalm 93:1
Better by far that you should forget and smile, or that you should remember - and be sad....
Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; Now I may wither into the truth. W. B. Yeats
Sky so blue makes you wonder If it's heaven shining through; Earth so smiling way out yonder, Sun so bright it dazzles you; Birds a-singing, flowers a-flinging all their fragrance on the breeze; Dancing shadows, green, still meadows- Don't you mope, you've still got these! R0bert. Service.
I am trusting that my steps are guided by the Lord.
Passageway for traders back in the day....
No force of nature can match the living power of God's Word.
1950's? Gotta love it!
The prayer of faith develops as we trust God in prayer...
So many flowers, so little time!
Rockerfeller Gardens n me.
Schooner cliffs. See the sails?
Another wonderful harbor.
A little windy....
What is your life message?
The way to Route 66....
You must pick your feet up to hike up!
Climbing up Norumbega Mountain.
The cliffs around Bar Harbor.
We are motivated to be available if we recognize how our tasks can contribute toward the accomplishment of a greater objective.
We cannot know God without spending time with Him
I will express my devotion to God by my love for others.
Humility comes when we understand that we all serve under one Master - Christ.
Because of Pappa....
I will make time for daily prayer....
We can love because He first loved us.
I will daily "cleanse" myself with God's Word.
The rock wins....every time!
Availability is simplifying our daily needs so that we are ready to serve those whom God brings to us.
Watching is an active appraisal of what is happening around us.
God is light - God is love.
If you lose your way check your guidebook!
Having a good time in Waynesville.
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
You established the earth and it endures. Psalm119:90.
A generous man himself will be blessed. Prov. 22:9
Start your day with words of wisdom.
The butter dish beauty.
Family together - memories forever.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we can gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12.
Come n get it!
Come sit a spell....
Rainbow after the rain!
The sweetest love is neither sought or deserved.
Let the rivers clap their hands... Psalm 98
It is sad to grow old - but nice to ripen! B Bardot.
There is a way that seems right to man.....
Green Beans n Ham!
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.... Jennifer Unlimited.
Joy has no value until it is given away!
It is never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise. Nancy Thayer.
The Old Mill.
This one's for you honey!
Kathys famous lasagna.
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul. Prov. 13:19
Annie and Cousin
He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain. Psalm 147
Life itself is the proper binge. Julia Childs
I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention. Diane Sawyer.
A heart at peace gives life to the body. Prov. 14
The young knows the rules, but we know the exceptions.
Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again... Franklin P. Jones.
Fountains of love.
Lunch with Jim.
Old stone bridge.
Reading and sipping to start your day.
Re-purposed light. Love it!
We were welcomed!
I can only imagine....
One handsome guy!
A way to get around.
Upward eye candy.
White as snow...
Bread for life.
That elusive piece of chocolate!
Think on these things: goodness, gentleness, faithfulness.
Coffee = goodness!
A time to pray....
Fully forgiving those who offends us, allows God to answer our requests.
"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart." Seneca
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad. Psalm 97:1
You only find peace through the truth...
Let all God's angels worship Him. Romans 1:6
The definitive test of a true life of love is the ability to walk in forgiveness
Quaint eating in Schwaig
It's all good!
A Latvian Church
In spite of the cost of living, it is still popular!
I believe in life and birth, go live your life!
Large wooden barrell - no not me!
Cobblestone paths are awsome!
Not a "happy moment."
Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. M Von Ebner
"I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw." Proverbs 24:32.
Awww too tight!
Having fun at a skate park.
Anna should have been in the parade!
Happy dad and boys.
White as snow...
Hold on to your faith - and a good conscience. 1Tim. 1:19.
Deep into together-ness.
Latvian outdoor cafe
"Go Blonde" parade!
Architecture out loud!
Sigulda Castle Hallway
Open my eyes that I might see.
Gods grace is free. There is one essential requirement to receive it: Humility. James 4
Woodwork in light...
Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind - and when to mind your speech! Evangel.
Taking up the cross is a matter of the heart before it's a matter of the will.
It was a thick cup of joe!
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Psalm 84
Its all over the world!
Love and faithfulness meet together.. Psalm 85
Determination is focusing on the rewards when reaching a goal-rather than on the obstacles.
Boys with boys.
Just having some fun!
Adversity can be our greatest motivation for spiritual growth.
Worlds largest spoon in the making.
In the shade.
Handmade baskets of beauty.
Try to sit a spell!
Co-Dependency allows you to be tormented by other peoples behavior.
Draw upon His grace...
Wisdom is seeing the hand of God in every experience of life.
Are you fishers of men?
Allow God to write upon your heart...
Busy having fun!
Gratefulness: returning good to those who have benefited my life.
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Psalm 96:11
Security: building my life around what is eternal and can't be taken away.
Truthfulness begins by being honest with oneself.
Be kind in the face of unkindness...
As water reflects a face, so a mans heart reflects the man. Pro. 27:12
It takes a great person to make a great listener. Scottish Proverb
Shell searching (this went on for hours)
Jayden in the play web
"Character" is revealed by what I do in secret...
Bubble Room salad
God made and man made colors!
Energy giver- praises others and passes on the credit.
Energy taker- criticizes others and expects credit.
Energy waster- takes credit for theirself.
"You laid the foundations of the earth." Heb. 1:10
He reached down from on high and took hold of me.. Psalm 18
"For with You is the fountain of life... Psalm 36
Just another view
The first microwave oven! (Plate warmer)
...a time to weep and a time to laugh... Ecclesiastes 3
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Psalm 118
Lynette having fun!
Sit and ponder of times past....
Follow me in!
Step by step, up we go. No elevators here.
The strange eyes of the Randolphs....
The White Room.
Moral goodness is the quality that makes friendship possible. Laelius
Friendship is a gift of God- Emerson
Offer a good deed, a kind word....
Touching my heart...
The Human Touch
'Tis the human touch in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand in mine,
Which means far more to the fainting heart
Than shelter, bread and wine;
For shelter is gone when the night is o'er,
And bread lasts only a day,
But the touch of the hand and the sound of your voice,
Sing on in the soul alway.
Spencer M Free
Can you hear the patter of feet?
A very expensive Abraham Lincoln in silver!
The steps we take forward with God - are in faith.
Virtue is the beauty of the soul...
Respect those who work hard amount you. 1 Thess. 5:12.
Once in a while, it takes a legendary outlaw to teach lessons about fairness, generosity, chivalry and comradeship. (Adapted from Henry Gilbert.)
Not everything involved is obvious...
Stepping Back in Time.
Meditation enables us to learn Gods heart....
We must decide what we value most in life.
Be strong and take courage.. Psalm 31:24.
"He is not here, He has risen, just as He said!" Matthew 28:6
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom! The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who died were raised to life!
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Happy wife - happy life!
Orothodox Christians painted eggs red - to symbolize the blood of Christ.
Her children arise and call her blessed...Prov. 31
Keep yourselves in Gods love....
Big kid excitement!
Too much going on!
Eggs have been viewed as symbols of new life through the ages.
On the straight and narrow....
"In His hands are the depth of the earth...Psalm 95:3
Plenty of resting places
There are always two sides...
What is on your "happiness card?"
1. Tea in a Japanese Garden.
2. The hills of Napa.
3. Sitting by a rushing river.
4. Touching purple Lupine.
5. A thunder storm in summer.
6. Fall colors in Maine.
7. Eating blueberries on a hike.
I could go on forever!
You only find peace through the truth in Gods Word.
In memory of my brother Tim. April 18, 2010. One year ago...
"I will meditate on Your wonderful works." Psalm 145:5
Roll the windows down and let your hair blow!!
Can you resist?!
To forgive is to overcome what is wrong by doing what is right.
A Florida view.
The greatest enemies of gratefulness are "expectations."
Sweetheart Isak, Erik below.
"Gentle in method, strong in performance." C. Aquaviva.
"Proclaim His love in the morning." Psalm 92:2
"The sea is His, for He made it." Psalm 95:5
Truthfulness begins by being honest with myself.
God is our shelter and strength. Psalm 46
Girls trip to Whidby Island. Lynette, Teresa and I.
Our northern sister.
The gondola. Whistler Peak to Blackcomb Peak.
Doing what he loves...
There are many ways to choose...
View from the gondola. Snowy.
Be deliberate to hold love in your heart.
God looked over everything He made; it was good! Genesis 1:31
Dear God, thank You for understanding and loving me...
Be still and know I am God....
The Lord gives me the right - to encourage the weary...
Steve ready for Salmon!
Love is a gift from God that must be used to be useful.
The rings at dawn.
Fire in the Village
Getting ready for Christmas Eve
Stephie all excited with her wrap!
Grandpa Jim and Jayden
The next generation...taking notes?
Our eyes a'twinkle,
No matter the age,
Watching that moment,
The little ones engaged.
Our gifts to them,
All wrapped a'new
Given with love,
Too many - too few.
The wonders of God
We celebrate with heart,
On Christmas day,
And all year long.
Matty and Kaitlyn
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord... Luke 2
Aren't they the cutest? Anna and Kaitlyn
Happy faces, Bev, Kathy and Diane
Johnnys wife Sarah, mom to Matty
quick pose by Debbie
Jim playing pool with Matty, looking like he is winning
Ivory and Aiden
Sleepy head after a long day
Kaitlyn wants to know where is hers...
Sleep in heavenly peace....
No two snowflakes are alike...
Nite time river
flowers for you
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
(Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.)
Walk, walk, walk...
Lake in Central Park
Yes a waterfall in Central Park!
Sit a spell
Central Park jog
Radio City steam...
Christmas time is here...
You know it!
Flat Iron Building
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Prov 4:23
Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love, and the future to God's providence. Augustine
I lift my eyes
A little of fall lingers...
The best exercise for strengthening the heart is reaching down and lifting people up. Ernest Blevins.
A star for you!
Old signage-love it
The Spanish ruled at one time
Cafe au Lait!
Around the Market
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Happy face with his joe
In the French Market
Trees at Emerils
The seas lift up their voice...Psalm 93
The applause of Heaven!
In the grip of Grace...
a Cadillac Image.
Meditation enables us to learn God's heart...
me and ocean meet again!
Find a quiet time to meet with God...
No moose in sight....
'round the lake we went!
The "joy" of enjoying....
Shadowing around too!
Emily Dickinson room at Hearthside.
flames of fire!
fenced in... or out?
So beautiful, please touch!
Will you allow God to order your steps?
The rocks will cry out, if we don't!
God's Word "waters" the spirit...
A crisp view of God...
watch your step!
shuffling the leaves...
Just a few ladders and rungs...
Come and see what the Lord has done!
10 seconds to pose!
Look close, or you will miss it!
Walking on the carriage road
We stand in the shadow of the cross...
Carriage road bridge in Acadia.
Yes it was as beautiful as the pic!
Let the sea resound and all that is in it. Psalm 96:11
Rockport cottages by the sea
In my mouth I say...
Pumpkin donut? Where?
This old house...
Kneel before God and you can stand before anyone.
Cottage in Salem, MA.
Nature is a lovely thing on earth, in sky and on the wing! E Harwell.
This is a kudos for all my sis in laws who share the love of "fall." Love the cool evenings and the sound of the wind thru the trees.....
Fallings leaves, russet flowers, Crispy days, lovely hours. A time to reflect, Gods handiwork to see - The autumn season Created for you and me.
Half Dome on the other side.
Yosemite Post Office
No bears here!
Great place to visit.
Great place to contemplate
Does He lead you?
Vast beauty -
Jesus trusted His Father's heart.
Bridge over Tuolumne River to Parsons Lodge
Tuolumne River thru the Meadow.
Tuolumne Meadows Dining Hall
Taking it easy...
God reveals His creation.
Gods Word will lead you...
He only has eyes for you...
Patience comes when we are convinced of God's will and are able to hope in that which He has promised!
Because He was forsaken, you will never be.
We did the Cholestrol Choke....mmmm
Consider the kindness of God...Romans 11:22
Speaks for itself...
Madrone tree - red bark a peeling
Calistoga gathering place-good coffee!
Gods desire is to crown us with beauty
In Him all things consist...
Small moments, great time....
The law of the Lord is perfect....
Beauty to behold.
Lord You have assigned me my portion...Psalm 16
Me n' John Muir, he was a little stiff...
Treasure every moment...
God's Son is the radience of His glory...
Smokey the Bear n' me.
Bigger than life. God that is....
Buried in news
Meadow of love
Pine Cone Jim
He will be like rain, falling on a mown field. Psalm 72
Life without God is like the barrenness of a wilderness.
No brainer here
The streams of God are filled with water. Psalm 65:9
The voice of the Lord is over the waters...Psalm 29
Concentrating on the shortcomings of others can cheat you of truly enjoying the presence of God.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. Proverbs 11:30
Don't give God instructions - just report for duty!
Our journey is about "relationship"
God wants to surpass our dreams...
Finally got to him....
The shortest answer is doing....
Many ways to choose, as in life.
Half way there!
Hand in hand - giving and forgiving.
His glory is all around us.
God - "Susan, I want to love some people today. Want to come along?" (exerpt from"The Shack.")
Happy to sit a spell!
Taste and see that the Lord is good...Psalm 34:8
Jordan Pond Popover!
Be specific to what you want to change in your life for God's glory.
Mightier than the breakers of the sea-is the Lord. Ps. 93:4
Doesn't he look natural up there?
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations...
Beautiful things grow in the shade!
He always does!
Christ takes up the slack in imperfect relationships.
A shadowy walk
Psalms 23 - take a look
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give... (Winston Churchill)
But as for me, I will always have hope; Ps 71:14
Who, oh God, is like You? Psalms 71:19
Be deliberate to hold love in your heart.
"When we understand the nature of God, the more we will discern what is appropriate to ask of Him."
You O Lord are great and do marvelous deeds. Ps 86:10
Edge of Mt. Baker
Talk less - Look and Listen more...
Seeking God requires initiative and diligence on our part.
We all look for guidance....
Just in time....
God the Artist
My heart, a little canvas
You touched and set so free.
A masterpiece of love,
You painted inside of me.
Splendor and majesty are before Him.
God wants to surpass our dreams...
Christ is never intimidated by our needs...
....and Jesus healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:11
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Ps 97
.....for You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Because He loves me....
Time for a rest
Life involves change
Live in our heavenly Fathers trust.
History of smokes (don't think about it)
Fully forgiving those who offends us, allows God to answer our requests.
Domino table - my dad loved dominos.
History lesson for Ivory of Tampa Bay
I've never been to Spain now....
Flowers of love to me
You are not defined by anything that happened to you or anything you have done - you are defined by who you are in Christ.
Handful with dad and Uncle Joey
Aunt Jamie and Alana
Can you resist a kiss?
We have to make the most of happy times and relations, today with jello eggs (thanks Bev), Coconut cake (thanks Sharai) and traditional eats (thanks all), infused with smiles and laughs, hugs and kisses, sweet glances under sunny skies....
If they would only sit still AND look at the camera!
This might be my drink....
Kinda high to reach!
Forgiveness means my deferring the cause to Christ - and deciding to be free!
God's Word is meant for the "ugly" part of life too...
One can obey God but not yet trust Him.
Life is all about change...
Hit the road Jack
Room for Change
It has been said of this generation that our Christianity is a mile wide but only an inch deep...
God is a giver by nature...
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart. Proverbs 15
We are stewards to all that God owns...
Talk less - Listen more...
Just close your eyes and open your heart,
And feel your worries and cares depart.
Just yield yourself to the Father above,
and let Him hold you secure in His love.
Helen Steiner Rice.
Card for my hubby
Talk about a sweet spot!
Song of Solomon
Awake north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread abroad. Chapter 4 verse 16.
The desires we have are clues to the needs of others.
Thank You Milu!
Things I want to do
1. Demonstrate love.
2. Show honor.
3. Give forgiveness.
4. Provide funds.
5. Tell the truth.
6. Demonstrate loyalty.
7. Give protection.
8. Earnestly pray.
"I want a thousand things for my children, and I ask without hesitation. But I want nothing more than for God to be glorified. The only thing that will matter forever is the glory that came to God through their lives." (Beth Moore)
Skies of blue, peeking through
He who angers you - controls you.
If you change the way you think-it will change the way you feel
Pumpkin roll, ooh la la!
The remedy of measuring up is the grasping of the measureless.(Beth Moore)
I took the one less travelled by....
Kaitlyn had a happy day at the wedding!
Time of love
Hard at play.
Treasures for the heart....
Typical pose for a man....
All the earth bows down to You. Psalm 66:4
Circle of Relationship....
Mom seems happy too!
Silent Night, babies asleep....
To err is human, to forgive, divine. ~ Alexander Pope
Live today fully, expressing gratitude for all you have been, all you are right now, and all you are becoming. ~ Melody Beattie
Is this Sleepy?
Big girls turn into little girls at Disney
Snowmen are people too!
Whew! Glad for the end of the day!
Blessed are those whose strength is in You. Psalm 84:5
Each mans life is but a breath. Psalm 39:5
Adopt God's interests as your own.
Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible
Christmas Gift Suggestion
To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. (Oren Arnold)
Mom-in Law and me
Two sweet peas
Live Simply Love Generously Care Deeply Speak Kindly (and leave the rest to God!)
Hard to get!
"The righteous are always generous and lend freely...Psalm 37:26
I consider the work of Your fingers Lord...
"He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses." Proverbs 28:27
Falling leaves, Russet flowers- Crispy days, Lovely hours.... A time to reflect, God's handiwork to see. The autumn season, Created for you and me. by Susan C.
Hike up, hike down, my doggies will get me around!
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations Proverbs 3:19
Joy on my lips!
Let heaven and earth praise Him!
The Son is the radiance of God's glory. Romans 1:3
As for me, I will always have hope...Psalms 71:14
He set the heavens in place. Proverbs 3:19
Keep me as the apple of your eye. Psalm 17:8
Come visit Acadia....
It's a dogs life!
Two red trees
How silently they tumble down And come to rest upon the ground To lay a carpet, rich and rare, Beneath the trees without a care, Content to sleep, their work well done, Colors gleaming in the sun. by Elsie Brady.
Blessed are those whose strength is in You. Psalm 84:5
Steve in disguise...
God reserves the right to be sole authority over our lives for our good.
Psalm 96:1 Sing unto the Lord...
I will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing..Malachi 3:10
Thou has been a shelter for me..Psalm 61:3
Availability is giving of our hearts, not just our hands.
He only has eyes for you...
Walk this way...
God is our caretaker....
Allow time to test the credibility of your course and the stability of your steps.
His death (Jesus) purchased our peace with God.
Tolerance is taking others by the hand and leading them to maturity.
When we harden our hearts, we lose the capacity to understand the hurts of others.
The deeper our roots go into the love of Christ, the greater our capacity for flexibility.
For with You is the fountain of life. Psalms 36:9
"teach me your paths..." Psalm 25:4
"Justice is the activity of God's holiness."
"transform us into Thy treasure..."
We must make certain choices to be crucified with Christ.
Behold I stand at the door of your hearts...
For all to see...the truth...
He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2
We must decide what we value most.
"Just because we can - doesn't mean we should."
I sing in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 63:7
Find rest o my soul, in God alone. Psalms 62:5
"a better place" (after a long walk)
Ahhh Good Morning!
For great is your love reaching to the heavens Psalm 57:10
From the book: The Shack
A person who lives by his fears will not find freedom in My love....
Soft and hard elements
Sculpture in the Park
You have been my strong tower...Psalm 61:3
Funny how you are drawn to it....
He will make you fishers of men....
Navy Pier Flags
Who took our rope?!
Let your glory be over all the earth... Psalm 57:11
"Think not on what you lack but what you have."
"Not everything involved is obvious."
If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me... Psalm 139:10
"God's love seeks the best for another."
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
God wants to be intimate and close with you.
God wants us to change our outlook on daily life
God reveals His majesty most clearly against the backdrop of apparent hopelessness
Grace does not give us a license to sin, but a license to change
"He wraps Himself in light as with a garment..." Psalm 104:2
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving...Psalm 100:4
Sunflowers for Edma
Snowboarder for Aaron
Purple flowers for Jamie
A humble heart prayer is a sweet fragrance to God
Etched faces in a "tree cozy"
Lunch at Stanley Pavillion
A Totem pole in Stanley Park
The more we know God, the more our prayers will reflect His will.
H is for......
Let us do little things, as though they were great...
It's that time....
Follow the finger!
Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is an act of the will...
I will enjoy all that God has given me.
Chinese courtyard stones
Responsibility is knowing and doing what God and others are expecting of me.
How rarely we weigh our neighbor in the same balance in which we weigh ourselves!
Just pooling around...
On the Waterfront
Something to smell
The will of God is not something you add to your life. It is a course you choose...
God's love is wide
"When I am your life" - submission is the most natural expression of My character, and it will be the most national expression of your new nature within relationships....
Purple Pom-Poms for Jamie
Staying on Course
Paradise Inn lamps
Psalm 33:5...the earth is full of His unfailing love
Peek A Boo
Pink Mountain Heather
Family of Trees
Stairway to Heaven
Teach me your way Lord; lead me in a straight path...Psalm 27:11
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge...Psalm 91:2
Unresolved pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly....
Who brought the super glue?
The road is long.....
Spreading Phlox with Lupine
Jesus gave up everything, so that by His dependant life He opened a door that would allow you to live free enough to give up your rights.
Yummy in my tummy
"Trust in the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved."
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
I will confirm my commitment as a child of God. I will look, meditate, memorize God's Word.
God's voice becomes audible when we lay aside our own ideas and are willing to obey.
God wants to communicate with us about every detail in our lives.
Meditation enables us to learn God's heart and then speak back to Him in His own "language."
"The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. " Proverbs 18:15.
A hole with one.
My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:2
A heart full of love
He gave us beauty for ashes....
"Security" is knowing God will never leave us.
We glorify God by the fruit that we bear when we follow His ways.
Random act of purple
A most wonderful day Jamie and me
My movie stars at Coquina Beach
Mommy and Jayden
Caught in a random act of having fun
Aaron, Ivory and Alana
Too much sun and sand!
"Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden...Genesis 2:8