Mountain Solitude

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Recently, I stood in this very spot and the Lord reminded me gently “I am with you.” After months of heartache, His tenderness brought tears to my eyes during a moment of solitude. In the frenzy of our responsibilities it’s so easy to forget to come away and rest. By the time we remember, we are dry and parched with nothing left to give. Solitude is sometimes the only place we can hear His still, soft voice and be filled.

Come away.

Fire Edge

I got married nine months ago and it’s taken me that long to return to blogging. I’m excited to be back especially since I’ve upgraded from an iPhone to a Sony A6000, woo hoo! 


Fire Edge is my submission for this week’s photo challenge. This scripture is where I got the idea for my blog so I’m including it for this photo:

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 23:22

Ice Season

Undoubtedly the most amazing seasonal sport I have ever seen: Colorado’s Ouray Ice Park. See the ice climbers in the middle of the photo. A festival is held each January for climbers of all skill levels at this man made park in one of the most beautiful gorges in Colorado.  Breathtaking!  

The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. 

Job 37:10 (NIV)

Vibrant Flower

The day before my wedding my Matron of Honor and I went to the Colorado State University Flower Trial Garden to gush over the blooms.  It was mid October but unseasonably warm so there were plenty of blossoms to ogle over. This one stood out for the Vibrant challenge. I also love the little critter who found a blushing pink petal to perch upon. Now that we’ve been married three months, I hope to find more time to blog and read your posts!

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I lie down at night and fall asleep. I awake in the morning—healthy, strong, vibrant—because the Eternal supports me.
Psalm 3:5

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Deb and me at the Trial Garden

 

Vail In A Blur

Vail, Colorado as we sped past on Interstate 70, which crosses the Rocky Mountains.

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Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely,
just as God now knows me completely.
1st Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)

For the Blur Photo Challenge.

Orange You Glad

I used to hate orange. It was so garish and loud and…crass. It looked like it was trying too hard to be cute and failing miserably, like an older woman with too much makeup and tight clothes. (Please, God, don’t ever let me look like that :/ I wanted orange to take on some blue and chill out a bit already.

But something changed last year and now I see orange’s beauty. She is still screamy loud but now I see her joy. She’s just happy as hell and a tad different than everyone else, but she doesn’t care. She’s living it up and if you don’t come along, that’s your loss. I like her, the little racy rebel. I may do a couple of posts in her honor.

Fall Leaves
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Colorado Sunset
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Inlaid box from the Cartier “Brilliant” exhibit
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Last year’s post about Orange.

Mountain Scale

The view from my office always amazes me. The Rocky Mountains at the far end of this photo are 14,000 feet high.   That is massive, but they look small at a distance and compared to the enormous Colorado sky.  For the Scale photo challenge. (Thanks to my latest follower, Susan, for noticing that I hadn’t posted for a while and inspiring me to get moving again! 🙂

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Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.
Psalm 36:6

 

Happy New Year! Engaged!

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I have been accused of being too goody-goody and maybe a bit preachy on my blog. Yikes, that is the last thing I want since I am not that type of person! All I want to be is encouraging. There is already so much negativity and cynicism in the world. Adding my grumpiness to the pile isn’t going to help anyone.

So let me take a moment to perhaps encourage someone 🙂  My life has not been easy (is anyone’s life easy?)  I have experienced a lot of loss, struggled with addiction, raised a son as a single mom, and spent many lonely years by myself.

I saw people meeting the love of their life and wondered if my turn would ever come. At times I had hope, other times I doubted, and often in the dark of night I despaired in grief.

But just like the movies and books predict, when I finally got to the point that I didn’t care anymore and was content on my own, he found me. I got engaged to an amazing man on December 14, 2014 at 52 years old. Never been married before.

God did a miracle and I just want to say THANK YOU, LORD!  Thank you for Craig, for all of 2014, for a marriage in 2015, and a beautiful future in front of us. I am overwhelmed and my cup runneth over!

So, to all those who are waiting on the Lord to deliver a dream…keep pressing on. He is faithful beyond belief!  Happy New Year!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.

“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11