Thankful Thursday – Lightbreak in the Burrow

Hidden.

Concealed.

To take up refuge.

To withdraw from those around you, and seek refuge.

To burrow, or hide oneself away.

Sometimes, it feels safer to be hidden or burrowed away.

We were not created to hide in darkness.

24May Yahweh bless you and protect you;

25may Yahweh make His face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

26may Yahweh look with favor on you

and give you peace.

HCSB Numbers 6:24-26

If He meant us to dwell in darkness, He would never “shine His face on you”

When you feel overwhelmed,

remember that He who shines His face on you is

here. 

You are NOT alone.

Bask today in His Goodness, soak up His light.

Swim in the knowledge that you, beloved;

are dearly loved.

Embrace it.

Thank God for it,

then go out in peace.

Lightbreak in the Burrow

Lightbreak in the Burrow

Thankful Thursday – Algae & Moss

Moss-covered Stagnancy in Freshwater

Algae-covered Stagnancy in Freshwater

Today I am thankful for the reminder that I heard on the radio last week.

The announcer said, “I don’t want moss on my feet…I want to wear out, not give up.”

I was looking through my old photographs and I saw this.

It reminded me of that statement.

Algae grows on things that don’t move fast.

Don’t get me wrong, rest is vital.

So is growth.

You can’t grow in Christ if you never take steps of faith.

This rock is in freshwater, which means it is living water, and isn’t designed to create stagnancy.

The rock isn’t moving, though.

It’s still.

This results in it being covered in algae.

I don’t want to be inactive; I don’t want to ever stop giving to people;

or to ever become so self-focused that I only give to myself.

He created us to give His love to others…

the same love that He gave to us.

Today, I am thankful for the reminder.

Thankful Thursday – Depth

I am thankful that nature isn’t flat.  God created things to have depth and beauty.

As people, the temptation is to live shallow lives in the name of convenience.

 He calls us on into more beautiful depth…and reminds us with every sunset that He creates depth for a beautiful purpose.

Beautiful Depth

Beautiful Depth

 English Standard Version
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Thankful Thursday – Sunbathed

Sunlight always encourages me.

The way it shines every day, whether or not it is covered by clouds;

the way that it warms my face, and slows me down to simply

Be in the moment.

Today, I am thankful that whether or not people say the right words,

or show me love in a way that shouts

You matter to me!

do matter.

You do matter, too!

Our lives are valuable and precious!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

Malachi 4:2

which connects us to

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Psalm 27:1

“Fearing” the name of God just means to revere it, to hold Him in awe; to fix your eyes on him and know that without Him, you have no hope.

He may not work out life the way we wish, but he promises that we are not alone in the tragedies, the pain, the horrors of life.

He is here.

He loves you.

The sun reminds me of that.

Beloved, you matter!

You are loved.

Be loved.

Others matter, too.

Be love.

Sunbathed 3

Sunbathed 3

Thankful Thursday – Fog Light

Today, I am thankful for double entendres.

It’s been a week of contradictions.

I have had food poisoning =(

and spent considerable time in the hospital.

I am thankful for the emergency room.

I needed the space away from home, and it was an emergency.

I am thankful that when James said, “in sickness and in health”, he meant it…

not simply as a cute, romantic, and antiquated notion; but literally

in my sickness,

in his health.

As he dumped and cleaned out my bucket

time after time.

It made me realize something.

I was violently ill, and helpless, and that didn’t change James’ love for me.

It wasn’t his fault that I had food poisoning, I ate the bad chicken.

Yet, when bad things happen to me in life,

I assume that God left me alone.

I blame HIM.

I wouldn’t dream of blaming James for my food poisoning,

but I would and have blamed God for everything bad that has happened in my life.

When I am ill, I blame the food poisoning.

When life goes awry, I will start blaming SIN

instead of the Creator who

made a way to clean up the mess that sin made.

English Standard Version
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:6

Fog Light 3

Fog Light 3

Thankful Thursday – Granny, a Typewriter, and Me

I inherited my granny’s old typewriter when I was in Fifth Grade.

It came in a hard-sided olive green case.

I loved the sound of the keys when I worked out the staccato of my thoughts into words.

The bell at the end of the line was music to my ears.

I miss typing on an authentic typewriter, which may be why I still insist on a keyboard with the old style, raised keys.

Granny never saw my book, she never knew that I had written one.

Despite that, her influence is seen on every page.

My granny gave me an incredible gift when she gave me that old typewriter.

She gave me permission to daydream and imagine life as an author.

Her old green typewriter is long gone; and I still sigh over not being able to staccato out my thoughts and hear that melodious bell at the end of every line, but I am thankful for the way that her indulgence of a child’s whim fashioned me into the woman that I am today.

Typewriter, not the green one I had.

An old Royal Typewriter

Thankful Thursday – Camera Flaws

I was reminded today that

Beauty is found in the messy parts of life.

Hannah’s post so eloquently captured what has been stirring within me.

Read it here.

For a while now, I’ve been debating if I should

post my camera fails

to show you

that

I

am

not

perfect.

WHAT?!

😉

Hannah pushed me over the edge.

(Hugs and a huge thank you to her!)

Enjoy my camera flaws and remember,

the flaws don’t detract from the beautiful time I had ensconced

in nature, shooting up a storm.

Today, I am thankful for the beauty that is found in the messy and the flawed.

Thankful Thursday – Rock “Island” Beauty

Ever have one of those days when you wrestle

with identity?

It’s a battle to keep your shoulders back and your face uplifted?

The days when you find yourself

comparing your insides

to other women’s

outer appearance?

In this shot I recently took,

nothing is smooth or perfect.

The beauty is found when the rugged and rough meets

the serenity

of the water.

Beloved,

Find your beauty

by

drawing near 

to the serenity.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 ESV

Rock "Island"

Rock “Island”

I am thankful for His invitation…to simply gaze upon the beauty around me which reflects

His beauty.

I am thankful that He is worthy of my gaze,

and that somehow,

when my gaze is fixed on Him,

His beauty is reflected through me…

scars, rugged edges and all.

Thankful Thursday – Lilacs and Healing

I am thankful that

God heals memories.

Lilacs were once my favorite flowers,

until they were

ruined by my first husband’s choices.

You can read about how their fragrance only held mockery for me

here

However, starting that day, in that chapter of my life,

lilacs have reminded me of happy childhood days

and nights.

When my son and I visited Mackinaw Island on a field trip,

everyone went out of their way on the Island to make us feel like royalty.

The scent of lilacs accompanied us everywhere we went.

On many of our walks in Holland, James and I have been pleased

to catch their familiar fragrance wafting over.

Recently on our trip up north,

I marveled at how often we were surprised

to discover wild lilacs.

Their heady fragrance was almost intoxicating as I smiled

and genuinely

celebrated my healing.

My heart was no longer scarred or shackled.

Instead, I discovered that it has been stretched

to hold more love than I ever imagined.

I only wish that I could somehow

post their beautiful fragrance

online for you.

May your scars be healed, may your heart be stretched and never shackled,

and may love and goodness

heal your wounds.

Love,

Gracie K.

McGulpin Point Overflow Lilacs

McGulpin Point Overflow Lilacs

McGulpin Point Overflow Lilacs

McGulpin Point Overflow Lilacs