Don’t Miss the Beauty

In the past two months, we have been through and stayed in 15 states, driving just short of 10,000 miles. We have experienced mountains, valleys, canyons, mesas, forests, and wide open expanses; rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans; cities, towns, and wilderness; very hot and extremely cold, sunshine and snow (literally no rain until the last couple of days). We have seen sunsets to amaze and take your breath away, sunrises that whisper, “Good morning.” We have stopped to rejoice in and give thanks for God’s creativity and His awesome handiwork!

So, tonight, when we took a walk around our neighborhood and on the back road under the canopy of trees, I wasn’t expecting to be awed; I wasn’t expecting to be reminded of the beauty that I call home. But I was!

I looked up and saw the trees and woods all around me and I saw His hand. I looked up and saw a sunset that rivalled many we had seen out west – the colors varied, burst across the sky, and the clouds reflected those colors as well as the shades of dark and light. The Lord reminded me that HIs creativity and glory aren’t limited to a particular region, place, or geological feature – though each, in their own way, have something different to offer. He reminded me to pause in the moment of my every day and be amazed!

So, hello Home – you are beautiful because you have been crafted by the hand of the One who spoke all things into being and said, “It is good!”

You Are…

Today, I share from a guest blogger who I love and by whom I love to be challenged and encouraged – my husband, Steve!

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You are, not who I am, laid the foundations of this world.

You are, not who I am, was stretched out on a cross and hung for slaughter.

You are, not who I am, defeated death and rose from the grave.

You are, not who I am, sits at the right hand of God and is the ruler of all.

I am who You are when I love my neighbor as myself.

I am who You are when I love my wife as You love the church.

I am who You are when I reflect You well, my Lord.

I am who You are when I follow Your precepts.

I am who I am because You are “I AM.”