The Work of God’s Hands In The West Virginia Mountains

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Although my husband and I have hiked in West Virginia for many years, I never tire of the beauty found in the mountains. Each turn on the trail is a promise of more beauty waiting to be discovered. One can find a carpet of ferns, a panoramic view of mountains touching the clouds or a splash of color displayed in the flowers. The work of God’s hands is all around us!

Take a hike with me through Old Testament scriptures…

Pendleton Point in Blackwater Falls State Park

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. – Psalm 36:5-6

 

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the beauty on the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail!

I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. – Psalm 50:11

 

Following the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail in Dolly Sods

You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. – Psalm 18:36

 

Mountain Laurel

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. – Deuteronomy 32:2

 

View of Clouds from Rocky Ridge Trail in Dolly Sods

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. – Psalm 19:1

 

Rhododendron

It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. – Isaiah 35:2

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Why You Will Most Likely Find Me in My Garden

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I like to spend time in my garden. Whether it is digging a new flower bed, tending herbs in a pot, anticipating bulbs filled with spring or the latest project, a raised bed vegetable garden. Time doesn’t seem to matter and before I know it, an hour or two has passed.

What is it about getting my hands dirty that can soothe my soul? I can work at my own pace. Progress is easily measured by the weeds removed or the mulch spread. But the allure is more than what is visible to the eyes. I can experiment and not be afraid of failure. I can change my mind. I always learn something new. I can dream. I thank God for the simple blessings in life. On a pretty day, neighbors will linger to visit and catch up until the next time.

As I walk around my landscape, I know the plants by name and by a story of kindness. There are Pat’s mums, phlox, hosta and walking onions; Kathi’s fountain grass, irises and sedum; and my mother-in-law’s black-eyed Susans. Joy is naturally multiplied when gardens are shared. In my garden, there is always beauty to behold, even in the dead of winter.

Psalm 65:10-11

You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

 Deuteronomy 32:2

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

God’s Kaleidoscope of Beauty: Part 2 in Pictures

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Sometimes fewer words are better… I wanted to share the pictures from our fall trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that testify to God’s kaleidoscope of beauty.

Presque Isle in the Porcupine Mountains

Presque Isle in the Porcupine Mountains

Lake Superior Sunset

Lake Superior Sunset

Bare Bluff

Bare Bluff

Looking down from Bare Bluff

Looking down from Bare Bluff

Lake Superior Shoreline

Lake Superior Shoreline

Hiking on a Carpet of Fall Leaves

Hiking on a Carpet of Fall Leaves

Tumbled Rocks along Lake Superior's Edge

Tumbled Rocks along Lake Superior’s Edge

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Standing Guard in the Middle of the Trail

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Shades of Green in the Fall

 

Fall Frames Cut River Bridge

Fall Frames Cut River Bridge

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We are part of God’s Wonderful Creation!

God intends for us to be a part of His kaleidoscope of beauty. Picture yourself in the midst of God’s glory for that is where He already sees you!

 

Deuteronomy 32:10-11

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. 

 

 

Please Give Me a Better Seat

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It has happened too many times in the past. The hostess seats my husband and I near the kitchen or the restrooms when we go out to eat at a restaurant.  It doesn’t matter which restaurant, what time of day or how empty the place is. Do they see us park our 2002 minivan? Do they notice the lack of name-brand clothing? We don’t frequent any one restaurant enough to even garner a bad reputation. We haven’t been able to figure out the why, but we can count on it happening. Not so with God. God always gives us his best. God always esteems us to a position of honor through Jesus Christ. With God, it’s like getting the best seat in the restaurant, the front row seat at a concert, the seat with extra leg room on a long flight or the window seat on a tour bus. Why? We are the apple of God’s eye and he longs to demonstrate just how special we are to him.

Deuteronomy 32:10

 In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

 

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.