19 June 2009

A Walk in His Gardens--Peaceful Forest

The path led upwards--up further into the forest.
It was a simple path, made up only of earth held in place by what looked to be wooden 4 X 4's. It was unobtrusive, not too much and not too little--it fit in well with this woodland here blending in with the browns and greens of the forest it went through.
I hiked up this path--past the wooden bridge and the small stream of water; I continued up the hillside until I was surrounded on both sides by tall evergreens, deciduous shrubs and ferns. It was quiet here on this slope, the few people I had seen earlier were now gone and I had the area to myself--well except for my DH who waited below on the meadow like area.
Nearby I could hear the song of birds; their melodies sounded sweet to my ears which had tired of the news and the sights of the modern world.
I had needed this time here--alone in God's world. These few minutes in His world was like an oasis for my parched heart and I would leave feeling refreshed by being in a small part of the gardens God created.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me...O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise."

Psalms 51:10, 15 KJV

Blessings & peace,


Photos: forest views from the Pacific NW

Note: Sorry about the few photos. I will try--again--to upload the rest later; having PC or blogger (or a combination) problems now.

18 June 2009

Wonderful Peace

The other day in the wee hours of the morning I was sitting on the sofa half-listening to the TV while on my computer. All of a sudden I heard some rather distressing news; it was upsetting and I began to pray about this matter I could do nothing about and then the answer came--in a rather unexpected way--moments after I finished the prayer.

The words of a song I had not heard for years, and certainly was not thinking about came to my mind clearly and quickly. It was the lyrics to the old hymn "Wonderful Peace" and was exactly what I needed at the moment.

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In a celestial strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.

Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace
Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
So secure that no power can mine it away.
While the years of eternity roll!

I’m resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day
And His glory is flooding my soul!
You never know what God will use to answer the earnest prayer of one of His children---sometimes it is a friend calling with words of support, at other times it is a verse from His Holy Word and on occasion (especially lately) it has been words of hymns written ages ago and learned by this writer as a young child.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3 KJV

Blessings & Peace,



(some of the lyrics here; full version and music on link above)
Lyrics: Warren D Cornell
Music: W George Cooper

For the Love of Bambi

Since I was a little girl I’ve always loved deer. Maybe it was my childhood viewings of Bambi the movie or perhaps the influence of my mother, who still to this day rejoices over the sight of a deer when we’re on a trip. But no matter the reason I am always filled with joy and wonder when I catch a glimpse of one of God’s most wondrous creatures.
Now since moving here, when our adult children were young, we've been blessed to catch a few glimpses of deer but it's been years since I last saw one our land. Now I am not sure if it is because I’m on Aimee time and they’re on deer time or if it is a case of our dogs barking is scaring them off or something else. Whatever the case, I’m told there has been a recent sighting near us and the other day……my friend pointed out tthat deer have been munching on our gooseberry bush! Now I know this news would not be considered good news by most gardeners--but I am more then happy to share a little of what God has given us with the fleet footed ones.
So until I am blessed to see one of our ‘own’, here are a few deer sightings from my travels around the Pacific NW and elsewhere.

For a not so good photo of a deer on our land years ago see here.
“For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: And He maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.” II Samuel 22:33-34 KJV
“Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?” Job 39:1 KJV
“The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Habakkuk 3:19 KJV
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalms 42:1, 2 KJV
Olympic Peninsula, WA
Olympic Peninsula, WA - probably near Discovery Bay
Sunriver, OR near Aspen Lake
Wallowa Lake, OR area
Sunriver, OR again.
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