~Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

There’s nothing like a walk outside to refresh the weary spirit! One can’t help but feel closer to God, the Creator of all, when one sees a glorious sunset. The Lord Jesus Christ is the One responsible for this splendor – it was by His hand that all things were made (Psalm 89:11, John 1:1-3). Give Him the glory for His magnificent work! HE is the one to receive all the glory (1 Chronicles 29:11). Applaud Him in deed and word for the beauty you behold each day. In so doing, one can’t possibly stay discouraged or downhearted.

~Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

How grateful I am for such beauty and magnificence! God has given us so much to enjoy yet we tend to dwell on the negatives of life. The Lord has provided us with our very own “therapy” through His creation. When I was a youngster, my father would take me to a piece of land he owned in the woods. On this property was creek with a beaver dam. We would sit in the woods and watch as the beavers would diligently work on the dam. When their work came to a stop, my Dad would remove one of the bigger pieces of wood from the dam, which would cause the water to flow through. I can still see my Dad winking at me and hear him tell me to stand by and watch what would happen next. Not a minute would pass and out would pop a beaver’s head from the water, then another – scurrying off to mend the dam. My father and I would sit for hours watching God’s creation hard at work. What great bonding between my father and I. What a beautiful lesson on God’s creation! What great memories!

Take time out to enjoy what the Father has given to us! Don’t take it for granted – breathe in the fresh air – count the stars – look for shapes in the clouds – smell the trees and flowers. All of this has been given to us by the Father! What gifts He has given us!

~James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1 Many think that they need to go to church to seek God or have fellowship with Him. Yes, there are places which promote solitude of heart and communing with the Lord seems to be sweeter there. When my husband and I were out sightseeing one day, we came across this quaint and very old church (built in the 1800’s) in Virginia. But is this the only place we can find solace?

We also visited the Natural Bridge in Southern Virginia. God’s creation is so beautiful and the work of His Hand is breathtaking. Just walking the trails to get to the bridge were peaceful and serene. All we could hear was the babbling of the brook as it led us to a small waterfall. As we sat through the Genesis story that evening and watched the light show in conjunction with each day of creation, God’s beauty combined with the Scriptures and our hearts were full.

One does not need to look far to see the Lord at work. I believe we live in one of the most beautiful areas in our country, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. This photo was taken during one of our motorcycle rides through the Blue Ridge and our eyes could not believe what they were seeing! It was a gloomy day, the rain was coming in and we were hurrying to get to the valley before the storm came in. What a breath taking scene, to say the least. Again, God’s handiwork spoke to me and filled me with awe for a God who intricately created this earth and its beauty.

This same God who created earth’s awesome wonders, created me as well and all my intricacies. Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Don’t you think we are wonderfully made? This picture of the inner ear reveals the intricacies of our bodies and it reveals a side of God that should overwhelm our spirits! This is only our inner ear, dear reader! I could post picture after picture of other parts of our bodies that are equally as intricate. But the point is that God is the creator of them all!

I shared all these pictures just to say that our Lord God should be sought, not only in church, nature, or when we examine His creation, but also we should be seeking to learn more about Him and becoming more like His precious Son. We should seek after God as if we are dying of thirst and can’t get enough of Him when we come to commune with Him. We can find these beautiful places in our mind’s eye even if we are sitting in our private place as we do our devotions and studying.

Dear God…
May I seek You early
Before the start of day
And cling to every word
You reveal along my way

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~Psalm 92:5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

It is not difficult to notice God’s handiwork as it is all around us! Take a moment to look around today and challenge yourself to see God’s beauty. Give Him the glory and the praise for He is good! All His creation testifies of Him! His creation gives us a tiny glimpse of God’s nature! As we behold His works, we see that God loves color – for look closely at a Painted Bunting and a Cardinal and see the Master’s paintbrush at work!

Painted Bunting and Cardinal

The songs of the Painted Bunting and Cardinal are so melodious! Not only is our God an artist but He also loves sounds! He loves variety as well. For when I walk in the forest, I see thousands of different trees, bushes, plants, flowers and ground coverings. I could sit on this subject for quite some time but I think you probably understand where I am going with this topic!

When you are at a loss for words and feel as though your words during your prayer time, wrap your thoughts around the Father’s creation and you will find plenty to praise Him for!

Rising early in the morning to spend time with my Saviour brings with it a blessing. It’s as if the Creator of the Universe has reached down and hugged me! Look at today’s picture – can you not see His hug?

~Genesis 1:11-13 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

God’s wondrous creation speaks to the heart of man in such a way that nothing else can! The beauty – the colors – each plant – each flower – each tree: all working together to bless His child. So much so, His gracious love to us is shown in an even greater way by His giving us our five senses! Not only can we see His creation, but we can hear the birds; we can smell the flowers or fresh cut grass; we can touch the soft petal of a rose or pet a soft rabbit; we can taste those luscious peaches we pick off a tree!

You’ve heard the saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses!” Well, do you? When was the last time we’ve taken a break from our “busy” day to spend some time allowing the Lord to bless us through His creation?

When was the last time you looked up into the night sky to count stars? The Lord can be found there if we take the time to seek Him.

~Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

~Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

The child of God can be blessed just by taking a walk! Get away from the day’s worries and burdens and release them in the midst of the woods! Can’t do this because you have children? Nonsense! Take them with you! It’s a great lesson in nature for your children, Mom! Have them use their five senses! Give them a leaf or a flower to smell!

My father use to take a blade of grass and position it between his two thumbs while he blew into it: it made a whistling sound 🙂 He would take me to our piece of land which was home to a family of beavers who had built a dam. Dad would take a piece of wood out of the dam, which would cause the waters to flow through. Then we would sit and watch the beavers’ heads pop up. Off they would go to assess and repair the damages 🙂 After all their hard work, my Dad would remove another piece of wood from the dam.

What a beautiful way for a little girl to spend time with her Daddy! Not only was that time precious to me in my adult years, but it was an awesome lesson in the tenacity of this precious part of creation! What else did that special time with my father do for me? Because of these times with him, I learned to love the outdoors – I learned to love camping! I passed this love on to my husband and my own children. We all enjoy camping and being out in the woods! (Thank you, Dad!) My husband didn’t marry a woman who was afraid of snakes or bugs … well, I must admit I still think they’re gross but at least I’m not afraid of them 🙂

One doesn’t have to be alone to be refreshed by the Lord’s beauty! As we behold God’s creation, we will quickly see how small we are – it is humbling, isn’t it? The weary heart will soon glorify the Lord as a result of truly experiencing His wondrous works! The cares of the world will melt away and will be replaced with His peace as you lay them at His feet.

~1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Heal your broken spirit – take a hike! 😉

Psalm 111

1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. 2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. 3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. 8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. 9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

As Christians, what comes out of our mouths? Are we constantly complaining or moaning about our circumstances? If an unbeliever were listening to our conversations, would they be able to tell that we are children of the King of Kings? These are pretty poignant questions, aren’t they?

No matter what our lot is in life, we have so much for which to be thankful! Just take a look around you. Psalm 111:2 says that those who have pleasure in God’s good works seek out His works. The Lord must delight in His children’s praises as they sit in awe looking out the stars, don’t you think? The Lord made all these things just for us so that we could behold their beauty and remember Him (PSalm 111:4)! Even in our day-to-day needs, we can see how He has provided (Psalm 111:5). Every time I think of His blessings in my life, I am reminded of:

“Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

As the heart is prepared by praising the Lord for His marvelous blessings, Psalm 111:9 then leads us into the ultimate blessing, our salvation! Even the most pessimist Christian must acknowledge this blessing! We deserve judgment and Hell because the Lord’s words are truth and He will carry out those judgments (Psalm 111:8).

The child of God who obeys God’s Word is wise and will have His praises on their lips (Psalm 111:10). So Christian, how’s your mouth today? (Matt. 15:18 and Luke 6:45) Better yet, how’s your heart?

Psalm 8
God’s glory is magnified by His works, and by His love to man
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

I can see David now – he’s laying in an open field at night and gazing at the skies! How can one do that without seeing God’s greatness in the heavens? Creation in its entirety reflects the nature of God! David recognized this and felt insignificant compared to what his eyes beheld! How can a wonderful and powerful Creator take time to be with me? How can He be interested in me? The Lord is interested even in the tiny baby! So much so, He has given us all of His creation to enjoy!

When I gaze into the skies at night, I feel what David felt at the moment he wrote this Psalm. I feel so small compared to all that is out there! It is a humbling feeling indeed! It keeps my thoughts focused on just who God is! I am so weak but He is so great. How can One so great take time to fellowship with me? This psalm puts me in my place before a mighty and Holy God! However, this psalm also shows me that as great as God is, He has time to be concerned for even the tiniest of babes!

Then David ends it all by praising the Lord! So I sing with David:

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

~Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

No matter where we live, we can look around us and see God’s creation. We can learn about God’s greatness just by sitting still and observing the beauty around us. Some of His creation brings us to this realization quicker than others, I have to admit. Like the mountains of Alaska – what beauty to behold. When I sat and beheld such beauty, I was moved to tears at the wonders of His Hand.

This same Creator is there to comfort us and encourage us in our time of need! Take some time out today to know God! Praise His Holy Name!

~Isaiah 66:13a As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;

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~Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

God has given us such beauty to behold in His creation! Creation appeals to all of our senses. Not only can you see a Cardinal with his beautiful red feathers but you can hear his chirps. The ocean’s roar is accompanied by wave after wave crashing at the shoreline and its colors reflect God’s glorious sky!  The countless flowers given to us not only reflect the Lord’s love for colors, but His pleasure is found in the various scents given to them.

Each element of life on this earth emulate the Lord! We just need to take a moment to look and reflect!  Watching a spider spin its web teaches us tenacity, hard work, and patience.  If you don’t think so, try undoing his web – sit back and watch.  You will not have to wait but a few seconds and quickly comes to spin his new home.  To top it off, some spiders have five different silks they use for different needs.

How awesome is our God?!

~Nehemiah 9:5b …Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

A simple walk through the woods will give you countless opportunities to meditate on God’s Goodness through His creation.

~Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Gleaning Gold

~1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Nuggets of Truth

I was recently discussing God’s wondrous creation with a blogging friend.  I recently visited Alaska and was able to tour this beautiful land.  Each moment was spent gazing at God’s handiwork.  The ultimate artist painted vistas that a mere camera could not capture!  My eyes filled with tears when I beheld the majesty of Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain!  Again, I wept when I saw my first bald eagle nestled in the tree top.  I was then filled with awe when I witnessed a baby humpback whale playfully demonstrating its strength and gracefulness for almost half an hour in front of our boat.

As a child of the Creator, I appreciate God’s handiwork and give Him the glory and the praise!  Our Heavenly Father has blessed us by giving us such beauty to behold each day.  When we see this beauty, it is our opportunity to glorify Him and praise Him for His wondrous love for us!

However, to the unbeliever,  God’s creation will convict their unbelief.  The Bible states that the unbeliever will be without excuse when they stand before Him and claim that they “didn’t know God existed.”

~Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Refining the Gold

Just gazing at a sky filled with starts will cause the heart to wonder.  I like Ray Comfort’s statement to atheists:

Everything cannot come from nothing!

God honors a soul that sees creation and wonders if there is a God.  Romans 1:20 tells us that mankind is without excuse because nature itself speaks of Him.  Therefore, God will see to it that this soul has the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When the unbeliever chooses not to believe in God, he is accountable for disregarding even nature, God’s creation. What will the unbeliever say when he stands before Christ?

~Romans 14:10b  …for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

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