Sycamore Tree

“Men cannot say they do not know about God. From the beginning of the world, men could see what God is like through the things He has made. This shows His power that lasts forever. It shows that He is God.” ~ Romans 1:20 (NLV)

I enjoy getting up close and personal with sycamore trees. The jigsaw pattern and texture of their bark fascinates me. I love to admire the handiwork of the Lord. What a beautiful world we live in.

Inspiration – Grace

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.
It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

Last night I was able to reconnect for a few moments with the mother of a friend. I’ve known this lady since I’ve been in my late teens. She has never failed to inspire me in every way…a terrific artist, an amazing cook, and best of all a mom and wife devoted to her family. I said to my husband when we arrived back home that Mrs. C. is full of so much grace. Even in her nineties she is such an inspiration to me and always will be…just like the butterfly…a lady of timeless beauty.

This photograph is a part of the WordPress Photo Challenge: Satisfaction. Thanks for stopping by today.

Bare Branches – Morning Skywatch

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23

In the warmer weather, early morning finds me on my porch swing, sipping coffee, listening to the birds, and communing with my Lord and Savior. My Bible and devotional books sit beside me in a big tote bag. I find that having them collected and at the ready saves me trying to gather what I need. I have my reading glasses on and a pen in my hand. These moments of peace and quietude are the best part of every day.

From my vantage point I see many green trees in the distance, and among them, is one branch barren of all leaves. This is the area I focus on. Birds of all types land on these branches and begin the morning by preening their feathers. I’ve come to realize that as they preen they are vulnerable to hidden predators, the leafless branches give them a better view of possible threats. Most folks would think this branch an eyesore and a needless part of the tree, but it serves a great purpose for the birds and also gives me many minutes of enjoyment as I watch the early morning grooming of feathers and beaks.

These photos are a part of Skywatch Friday.New Jersey, USA

By and By

“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.”

Like so much of life, the background of the photograph above, taken in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is blurry, swirled with currents and sea winds. At first I thought I must find a better background for this verse, but then realized that straining to read the words perfectly conveys their meaning. It gives me peace to know that even though my understanding of the circumstances of life is blurred and often out of focus, the Lord God knows all, and I will ‘understand it better by and by.’