May Photo Journal & Pondering

Here are some photos from my monthly wanderings and wonderings with the Lord.

Taking a moment to pause and not just smell the roses but also enjoy their beauty in contrast to and in community with the surrounding environment - plants, sidewalk, sky, soil. Soaking in the moment and all its wonder revealing God’s goodness, infinite attention to detail and ability to continually create new and beautiful life even in a broken and messy world.

Taking a moment to pause and not just smell the roses but also enjoy their beauty in contrast to and in community with the surrounding environment - plants, sidewalk, sky, soil. Soaking in the moment and all its wonder revealing God’s goodness, infinite attention to detail and ability to continually create new and beautiful life even in a broken and messy world.

In the center of this flower, a tiny little bee is busy harvesting nectar to be used in the creation of honey. As I watch this little bee go about his business, I am in awe of how complex and yet simple God’s design is. It is simple because both the bee and the flower simply do what comes natural to them. It is complex because they are two vastly different creatures who are unable to communicate with one another yet together they collaborate to create food (honey) for another wholly different creature (human beings). It’s a delicate design that is strong enough to withstand wind and storm and eons of time.

In the center of this flower, a tiny little bee is busy harvesting nectar to be used in the creation of honey. As I watch this little bee go about his business, I am in awe of how complex and yet simple God’s design is. It is simple because both the bee and the flower simply do what comes natural to them. It is complex because they are two vastly different creatures who are unable to communicate with one another yet together they collaborate to create food (honey) for another wholly different creature (human beings). It’s a delicate design that is strong enough to withstand wind and storm and eons of time.

Tilting my head to catch a sunset and stand in awe as I delight in another opportunity to watch God paint the sky for me, moment to moment. I never tire of marveling at His creativity and seeking His creativity in the place where He has planted me. In these moments, I feel so safely tucked away in the shelter of His wings - warm, cozy and comforted with the heartbeat of His peace and joy.

Tilting my head to catch a sunset and stand in awe as I delight in another opportunity to watch God paint the sky for me, moment to moment. I never tire of marveling at His creativity and seeking His creativity in the place where He has planted me. In these moments, I feel so safely tucked away in the shelter of His wings - warm, cozy and comforted with the heartbeat of His peace and joy.

Here, I stand and reflect on the reflection of the clouds in the stream, these atmospheric wanderers in the sky. Clouds take shape and transform and move to wherever the Lord sends them and to do whatever He has purposed for them to do. In a way, the Spirit-led life is like that - yielding to the leading of the Spirit, sensitive to the reshaping and refining touch of the Potter’s hands, moving in rhythm with the breath of God that blows us wherever He purposes, whenever He wills and to do whatever His heart invites us to do.

Here, I stand and reflect on the reflection of the clouds in the stream, these atmospheric wanderers in the sky. Clouds take shape and transform and move to wherever the Lord sends them and to do whatever He has purposed for them to do. In a way, the Spirit-led life is like that - yielding to the leading of the Spirit, sensitive to the reshaping and refining touch of the Potter’s hands, moving in rhythm with the breath of God that blows us wherever He purposes, whenever He wills and to do whatever His heart invites us to do.

I am humbled by the power of God’s limitless creativity. Every sunset is unique. Even more than this, every second of every sunset is a unique act of creativity. This gentle yet fiery sunset reminds me that that same creative power is at work in every second of every aspect of my life. The beauty of the sunset pales in comparison to the beauty the Lord sees in me and the beauty I am discovering in Him.

I am humbled by the power of God’s limitless creativity. Every sunset is unique. Even more than this, every second of every sunset is a unique act of creativity. This gentle yet fiery sunset reminds me that that same creative power is at work in every second of every aspect of my life. The beauty of the sunset pales in comparison to the beauty the Lord sees in me and the beauty I am discovering in Him.

February Photo Journal

For this post, I want to share with you my joy and wonder at the Lord’s creation. I’ve curated some photos from my daily walks and added notes of what’s on my mind and in my heart as I delight in these photos again.

Where do you find it the easiest to connect with the Lord, seeing His face and hearing His voice?

Seeding Peace Clouds - shifting my gaze upward to acknowledge the beauty of my Creator that is evident in His creation, in every second of time. These clouds took my breath away and compelled me to stop and soak in the beauty of the Artist.

Seeding Peace Clouds - shifting my gaze upward to acknowledge the beauty of my Creator that is evident in His creation, in every second of time. These clouds took my breath away and compelled me to stop and soak in the beauty of the Artist.

Resting in a Magnolia - perched above at a safe distance, this little one sits and watches the world and me pass by. He reminds me to be aware of the life all around me, to observe and acknowledge the wonder of creation and to enjoy where I am. This encourages me to slow down a little more in life so that I can take in more peace and joy.

Resting in a Magnolia - perched above at a safe distance, this little one sits and watches the world and me pass by. He reminds me to be aware of the life all around me, to observe and acknowledge the wonder of creation and to enjoy where I am. This encourages me to slow down a little more in life so that I can take in more peace and joy.

Autumnal Blessings - I love the vibrancy of this moment - the leaves and the sky are in brilliant contrast. They speak of the beauty that exists when two opposites are brought beside one another so that they can reveal something greater in the other than is possible on its own. People do that for one another, also. They shine a light on features and attributes that might otherwise go unnoticed or be less impactful.

Autumnal Blessings - I love the vibrancy of this moment - the leaves and the sky are in brilliant contrast. They speak of the beauty that exists when two opposites are brought beside one another so that they can reveal something greater in the other than is possible on its own. People do that for one another, also. They shine a light on features and attributes that might otherwise go unnoticed or be less impactful.

A quiet beach, somewhere in SoCal, lulls me into a calm that allows for a freshening perspective and playful experimentation. The icy waves cool the wind that briskly kisses my face and swirls my hair around. I am in awe of the crushing peace of the unrelenting waters of grace that created this unfathomable, untamable ocean.

A quiet beach, somewhere in SoCal, lulls me into a calm that allows for a freshening perspective and playful experimentation. The icy waves cool the wind that briskly kisses my face and swirls my hair around. I am in awe of the crushing peace of the unrelenting waters of grace that created this unfathomable, untamable ocean.

Infinite Artwork - Every second of every sunset is a new and captivating painting that the Lord creates. And He does this every single day, everywhere. He is always doing a new thing - even with something as simple as a sunset. Every day I get to watch Him paint something new, with every second, in every aspect of creation. It’s moments like this when I am struck by how limitless He is - His creativity, attention to detail, subtle nuances, orchestrating intricate compositions constantly and fluidly moving and shifting elements to reveal some new view of His love. I am awed into silence almost before I begin to describe His incomprehensibility and infinitude. I cease trying to understand and simply allow His presence to permeate my soul and quiet me with His love.

Infinite Artwork - Every second of every sunset is a new and captivating painting that the Lord creates. And He does this every single day, everywhere. He is always doing a new thing - even with something as simple as a sunset. Every day I get to watch Him paint something new, with every second, in every aspect of creation. It’s moments like this when I am struck by how limitless He is - His creativity, attention to detail, subtle nuances, orchestrating intricate compositions constantly and fluidly moving and shifting elements to reveal some new view of His love. I am awed into silence almost before I begin to describe His incomprehensibility and infinitude. I cease trying to understand and simply allow His presence to permeate my soul and quiet me with His love.