God in all things, Photography, Prayer, Scenery, Travel

Splendor

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds. For great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods. For the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place. Psalms‬ ‭96:1-6

(Photo: Boicourt Trail, Theodore Roosevelt NP)

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Thrive

We saw this horse near the end of our first day of hiking at Theodore Roosevelt NP. There are a number of wild horses in the park. Actually, the correct term is feral horses. Feral horses are descended from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. (Wikipedia)

Something about that definition catches my attention – remaining in the wild to survive. As I reflect on my life, there are definitely times that I was “in the wild,” just surviving. How much better to welcome God’s care and thrive!

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Hearing

We stopped to spend the night in Asheville, NC on way to Kiawah this year. We met up with our son and his wife, also driving to Kiawah. We got up early the next morning and went for a hike on the Looking Glass Trail. This is a photo of the Looking Glass Falls which are close the the trailhead. The falls could be heard easily during the beginning of our hike, but quickly faded away.

It reminds me that to hear God, we need to remain close to God. What does it mean to be “close to God”? Regularly spending time in prayer, seeking God with our heart, loving our neighbor.

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Presence

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; in the presence of the angels to you I sing. I bow low toward your holy temple; I praise your name for your mercy and faithfulness. For you have exalted over all your name and your promise. The Lord is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar. The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your mercy endures forever. Never forsake the work of your hands! Psalm‬ ‭138:1-2, 6, 8‬

Photo: Germantown MetroPark

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Time to Relax

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon is an amazing experience. This is a photo from our trip to Albuquerque 3 years ago. Other than an occasional blast of propane it is so quiet and peaceful. And the views!

I can’t think of another activity (involving movement) that is as peaceful. Maybe floating in a canoe down a lazy river. These experiences emphasize the benefit of taking time to relax.

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Noticing

This was photo was taken at Guadalupe Mountains NP, on the McKitrick Canyon Trail. There are so many interesting details in this image – a patch of red leaves, the tree with white bark. I’m drawn to the white stone trail disappearing into the distance. Maybe it represents an ongoing adventure, sort of like the yellow brick road.

It brings to mind a reflection from “The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God” by Becky Eldredge. Notice what you are noticing. Discernment is about noticing. Noticing the promises of God at work in our life. Noticing the deep desires in our hearts to respond to the love given to us. Noticing the longings of other people. Noticing our gifts. We discover the unique call upon our lives when we notice the needs of the world around us and the gifts we have to respond to the needs. When we notice both the needs of the world and our gifts that give us joy and meet those needs, we have found our promised unique call.

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