A brief departure from the tour of the Olympic Peninsula (even though this photo is from there)...
I've been troubled about my praying lately, feeling like there was a brick wall between me and God. My prayers seemed empty, hollow, repetitious, without passion or love.
Yet the needs kept coming into my 'inbox'; needs that were real and great; personal, family and other needs.
I know that the challenges in our life right now are big, and yet, are they larger then what others are going through? Are they larger then the early Christians faced? Different, yes, but not larger.
And then it occurred to me (and a friend also confirmed this) to pray the WORD of God...by this I mean to take scripture from the Bible, personalize it to that person that has the need and then voice this to the Almighty. It does make sense...praying the Words of God, who inspired men of God to pen them. Words of love, Words of power, Words of instruction; the Words of the ONE who knows each individuals REAL needs far more than I can.
So this is what I am determined to do and I have already tried it. Sometimes the right Scriptures pop into my mind at just the right time; other times I have to seek the out the right Words for a particular need (of course I have to be in the WORD to do that).
During my life I have prayed sentence prayers (Lord, help me through this-- said on the twisty and rainy Highway 20 high above Discovery Bay one day when a driver was crowding our vehicle). I have prayed from prayer books during some church services. I have prayed in other ways...and now I am praying the Word.
What are your experiences with prayer? Do you ever hit 'brick walls' in your prayer life? The Bible says to combine 'thanksgiving' with our prayers...do you do that?
The WORD on Wednesday
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:
Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4: 1
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry;
hold not Thy peace at my tears:
for I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4: 6
and finally a personalized prayer...
good for a twisty Highway 20, above Discovery Bay, on a rainy day
or any other scary situation you find yourself in.
(Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death),
I will fear no evil for Thou art with me...
(As we travel this twisty road, I feel anxious because of the rain, the darkness
and the fast drivers behind us that are crowding us)
Help me to fear no evil for YOU are with me.
All verses are taken from the King James Version.
A good Internet source for different versions of the Bible can be found at:
Got rain? Move under the rain shadow:)
Let's be truthful. The western portion of the PNW gets a lot of precipitation from about October to whenever it decides to stop. Old PNW saying: summer doesn't start until AFTER July 1.
Today as it is showering here so I am reliving sunnier
times under the rain shadow.
Sequim is known for several things, besides its climate--
(the area receives about the same amount of rain as Los Angeles, CA but--of course--is cooler)
the cultivation of lavender
(blog here: http://www.lavenderfestival.com/lavender-festival-blog.html and
main site here: http://lavenderfestival.com/ )
the Olympic Game Farm
(which used to work with Disney on nature oriented films),
the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, lighthouse and spit.
On our trip there we drove the route known as the Dungeness Scenic Loop,
starting on Kitchen Dick Road...(you can pick up a brochure and information on this area at many of the visitor centers on the Olympic Peninsula)
We did a short drive to the Dungeness Spit but opted not to take a hike because we weren't sure how far we'd have to go before we could get a good look at the famous lighthouse there (the Dungeness Spit is over 5 miles in length)...next time I would love to hike there; one trail in particular caught my eye and I am still 'kicking' myself for NOT getting a photo of the start of it.
We did go to a sand spit though--Cline Spit, just off Marine Drive.
Now for years I didn't know this spit even existed;
and I would still not know about it unless
our driver had not, all of a sudden, taken a left off the bluff road we were on and headed DOWN....
after I recovered from my shock,
I was VERY grateful there was a spit there--for more reasons then one.
Now this spit is much smaller then its nearby, and more famous, neighbor--
but it is very pretty never-the-less.
There, can you see it?
That is the famous New Dungeness Lighthouse...
I did tell the driver to get me to a beach with a view:)
Now if I had been thinking, I would have changed to my zoom lens right about here...
but I didn't:(
Another view of the more famous Dungness Spit...
On our drive there we passed this...reminded me, a bit, of the photos I have seen of Norwegian stabburs. I think it would make one AWESOME kid's fort...perhaps that is what it is!
One day I would love to build a stabbur.
A view towards the Olympics.
Well I was going to post some photos from Blyn and Gardiner here,
but I have taken much to long of time already so...
Please see above post to find links to information on the many lavender farms and
Dungeness Spit area.
Disclaimer: I have provided a few links that might interest you about the Sequim area. I am not associated with any of these organizations/government entities but found them to be helpful sources of information. :)
About an hour from Port Townsend is another port city, Port Angeles.
Many people know this city for one of two reasons: its where you can catch a ferry to Vancouver Island, BC, Canada (specifically to Victoria) and just UP a winding road from the city is Hurricane Ridge, one of the most amazing areas of the Olympic National Park -
a viewpoint I am particularly fond of.
But the city itself has many interesting attractions...
among them public art
Ediz Hook -- a sand spit that extends out from the city into the Juan de Fuca strait
(and is a great place to shoot photos of the Olympic Mts that tower over the city, the strait and the bay. It's also a great place to find little rock sculptures like this,
watch sailboats come and go
(SO wish it had been a clearer day over the mountains--sigh),
I LOVE the spit and always go there when I am in Port Angeles.
More public art...
don't you love art?
Of course you're just seeing half of 'him'...
Definitely NOT public art.
Nope! More like a resident of the city.
The person I was with asked me to get a photo of this beautiful parrot--
being a parrot lover, I complied:)
(because I DO need some sleep before Monday chores begin...)
a photo I shall call
"history and yellow duck".