As we turn into the last stretch of winter I reflect fondly upon the unseasonably warm, sunny days of the Advent season here. As the sun rose I caught myself wanting to complain about yet another dark, overcast morning. Then I noticed the moon hanging over the trees in the pearl gray sky.
Awestruck. Whine diverted, I can wait on the sun.
Winter wonder by God.
Image by Roo (c) 2019 RapturePractice! Pub.
Photography by E.V.A. Lambert (c)2019 RapturePractice! Publications
So, it turns out I don’t bounce like I used to. This week a fall banged me up a bit. God is good – no major damage, just a few stitches and lots of color.
As I rest up and heal, I’m sharing photos from our last road trip for 2018, the drive to Potlatch, ID for a family Christmas celebration.
Outside Connell, WA:
Outside Potlatch, ID:
Until next year, peace my friends,
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.”
Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
Sunset in Potlatch image* used by permission, Julie Kirk Weatherby, all other images (c)2018 RapturePractice! Publications
17 December 2017:
Same day, same time next year:
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
Just the right
Amount of white
Till the sun rose
Above the treeline
Then back to wood work!
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Images (c) 2018 RapturePractice! Publications
New treasures every day.
We only need refresh our focus.
A comfy home that is hard to leave.
Crafty loved ones who share
Sunshine on a brisk morning
Gold in the most unexpected places
Cole, a brother when I forget I am not alone.
“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” Psalm 50:1,2 (NIV)
All images copyright (c) 2018 RapturePractice! Publications
I’d wished the bedraggled flower stems would blow away.
Hours later in the morning light,
Frozen in fog they were breathtaking.
As I marveled I saw frozen breath swirling,
And imagined God laughing with me.
“His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.” Nahum 1:3 (NIV)
Trees sweeping skies
Nature’s live show
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (NIV)
Images and verse (except for Scripture) (c) 2018 Eva Lambert for What Next, Behind Roo’s Ruse, Div. Rapture Practice! Pub.
With exceptional ISP challenges continuing to frustrate folks almost as much as the Presidential Alert trickle down this week, I’m spending extra time helping with seasonal chores.
This week among other tasks that come around in autumn but are best done before the first freeze or snowfall, we addressed the woodpile. While this can be physically exhausting work (less so this year with the new log splitter), I’m glad for the way it helps me realign my priorities. The wood stove, my heat source not only keeps me warm all winter, lends a pleasant ambiance but, like it or not, it forces me into a whole-body workout daily.
The fact is I actually like the work. As many of my peers are slowing down substantially I’m delighted I can still keep up with the youngsters and run the cottage on my own.
“Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Despite the most recent disruptions, I’m assured that I’m exactly where God wants me today. When beauty grips me in the most remarkable places I often believe I can feel God’s presence surrounding me.
At the woodpile, for example:
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 – 13 (NLT)
All images (c) 2018 What Next: Behind Roo’s Ruse, div. Rapture Practice! Publications, Invaluable Beauty 1/18/2018
From September 18, 2016:
First Danny at Dream Big Dream Often and then Anne Mehrling recently posed the question, “Do you have a favorite season?”
I wonder what makes any one season favored about 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 exhilarates 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