On my walks around my neighborhood this week I couldn’t resist comparing old school ways with today’s technology. Have we really advanced all that much? You be the judge:
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT)
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
“My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!” Proverbs 8:19 (NLT)
Since we’re already feeling change in the air I’m reposting from What Next, Sept 2016 and reflecting upon how far we’ve come. I highly recommend it!
Someone recently posed the question, “Do you have a favorite season?”
I wonder what makes any one season favored above the others. I enjoy them all!
Variety enhances life, especially seasonally. I thrive in climates with four distinctive, equal seasons. Early signs of the approaching season exhilarate me, but I don’t really have a favorite. I love bundling up to take in the silence of snowfall in winter, the invigorating color displays and refreshing air in spring and autumn and warm, balmy summers delight me. But I especially like change when the current weather becomes tedious.
Following are photos from our recent visit around Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Carbondale, before autumn falls 😉
“For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Christ our God, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.*”
*Folliot S. Pierpoint, in Lyra Eucharistica, by Orby Shipley, second edition, 1864
Four Seasons Tree images courtesy Pixabay
For weeks we’ve walked about at first light in shorts and bare-armed against the heat. This week I wore jeans and covered my arms from the chill. Still, by mid-afternoon temps were in the high 90’s to low 100’s again.
Change is in the air. Around my neighborhood rich greens are already fading.
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)
News of wildfires are not unusual this time of year. This week the news came to us live; smoke – filling the Columbia Basin for days. Literally.
The worst of the flames were far enough from us that I could appreciate the beauty in the midst of hardships and troubles. Smoke subtly displayed colors I couldn’t actually imagine before.
On Day Two:
Sunrise through smoke over the eastern neighbor’s house,
from the barn looking over the shops and the main house.
Sister Roan and I came to call the following God With Us Curve. The road turns sharply and drops to the left (north) winding down and around the steep hill. ‘Not gonna lie, our first winter here, ice covering that drop intimidated us. In the photo this week the continuing road is visible through the smoke from the center of the house near the top of the hill – almost like the road winds from the chimney.
Late morning, Day Two, Smoke obscures the river view from God With Us Curve.
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” ” Psalm 91:14-16 (NLT)
I left the ranch early this morning in search of Red, White and Blue. My drive took me to Columbia Park where the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the River of Fire show. I hope to watch it from the Blue Bridge – me and a few hundred others. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day All Y’alls!
Setting up for fireworks show
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
Days ago everything looked soaked, gray and brown. Today I found the bulbs didn’t wait for the rain to let up.
Typically I think about taking pictures after the job’s done. Today as the sunshine broke through the mist, I got some before shots around the ranch.
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Luke 12:27 (NLT)
Dawn broke despite my slumber.
I rose and bolted, then watched the moon lumber.
I ran to catch up with the day.
Then I stopped; some clouds swept the moon away!
Apologies, verse and images by E.V.A. Lambert (c) 2017 Rapture Practice! Publications
“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
Eleven-Year-Old forgot his binder at home. The sun was shining, so I walked it to the school, saying hello to some of the neighbors along the way:
Excuse the mud. Have you a nibble or two?
Hey, you new?
Either these are llamas or there are some strange looking horses in the neighborhood. =>
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)
“Winds from the east. Mist comin’ in.
Like somthin’ was brewin’; about to begin.
Can’t put me finger on what lies in store.
But I feel what’s to ‘appen, all ‘appened before!”
– Bert, from Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers
Cocony joined Captain, Scout and me for our noontime walk today. We breathed deeply, taking in signs of new life springing from last year’s thawing remains; the fresh, 42 degree air feeling like 62 degrees after such extreme cold for so long here. Still mostly gray and brown in the pastures, we all felt exhilarated there too!
Enjoy glimpses of our piece of the world today:
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)