Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The beauty around us


Posted by Barbara Phinney
In the summer, I often eat my breakfast on my front porch. I live in a deathly quiet area, and the only entertainment I usually get is either watching the cat use the torn-up lawn (We had geothermal heating installed) use it as a giant litterbox, or else watching the farmer from down the road haul hay bales to his cattle. Like I said, quiet.
The other day, without provocation, I heard the words, "Look around you at the beauty I have created."Indeed, I have been blessed this summer. I had two books come out, and trip to Bolivia to serve God's people there.In an interesting twist, Terri Reed's great book, Covert Pursuit, out in May when my first book of the summer, Fatal Secrets also came out, featured a tropical storm that hit the gulf coast of Florida, and my August book, Silent Protector, had one in the same area.
I like to think that it's the same storm.Regardless, as the summer drifts away, and another storm season approaches, we can, indeed we should, stop and sit, eat our toast or sip our coffee, and hear God's words meant just for us. God has given us this beautiful world, full of quiet warmth and roaring fury, and we should love each day as a new one, say thank you for the abundance of autumn, and prepare for winter.
I hope your day goes well. God bless.
Barbara Phinney

5 comments:

PamelaTracy said...

Loved the view from your front porch. LOL. Maybe I'll send it as as a cover suggestion for a future LI.

Debby Giusti said...

Barbara,
Hubby and I went to the beach a few weeks ago to celebrate our anniversary. I felt God had created the ocean and the gorgeous sunsets just for me. I find Him in nature and especially when I'm near water.

Thanks for a lovely blog. Love where you live! So peaceful. So beautiful. So God!

Barbara Phinney said...

Thank you for dropping by, girls. Pam, feel free to send my view in to them. It would be cool to see it on a cover.
Debby, sunset on the ocean is a great gift from God.
Today, as I did my devotional outside, I was struck by the connection between the devotional and my regular Bible reading of Ezekiel. The devotional emphasized how God provides and plans for us, and Ezekiel says the same thing. In light of my year of the rejection, I can count on Him to know what's going on. And trust Him to see me through.

Edna said...

beautiful porch if the bugs was not so bad in here in SC I would love to sit out also, but hate to get bite


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Gavin said...

Oh ... that is so beautiful and peaceful.
May the Lord Jesus grant all of us such serenity.