"Awesome Expressions” is a way of using my camera along with God’s Word to show my appreciation for God’s awesome creations. One of the ways of thanking God for all He has done for me, is to grab my camera and photograph the beautiful surroundings that God has given us. And then share them - along with the encouraging messages that God has given us in the Bible. Getting into the Bible daily and staying close to the Lord is so important today in these troubled times. Listening to the news these days is so negative and scary. But we, who have read God’s Word, can feel confident that the Lord is still in control. We have read the end of the Book . . . And it has an awesome ending for those who belong to Christ!
Last week on Independence Day, Smokey and I went to the beach to watch the sunrise. As I was sitting there, I was reflecting on what an awesome world our God has created. The beauty of a sunrise and sunset is something of which I just can not get enough. Watching Smokey running on a deserted beach as the sky started turning red from the rising sun . . . . . . . well, it doesn't get any better than that! As much as I appreciate these beautiful days, I know that life throws us other days that aren’t so pleasant. But I have finally learned to depend on the God who has promised me eternal life in paradise. I am now content no matter what the circumstance - good or bad. All circumstances are temporary in this life. It is the life after this one that really matters!
"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
"He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth."
I love Psalm 104 which tells of the miraculous workings of our God. Thinking about and witnessing the way He created this earth to work so perfectly, makes me want to praise and worship Him continually. How blessed are those who follow and obey the one and only living God - the Creator of the universe!
Psalm 104 is described by Charles Spurgeon as “the nature-lover’s psalm.” A nature lover, who sees God in all things. One who can’t view a majestic snow covered mountain peak, a beautiful babbling brook, a peaceful path through the forest, the crashing waves of the sea, a full moon peaking out from puffy white clouds, or the beautiful autumn colors without praising the Creator of all things.
“I know of no place that seems to bring out one's joy and praise better than when standing by the side of some rippling brook that tumbles down the fissure among the rocks and seeing the animals come to drink and hearing the birds blithely sing among the brances or hanging over and dipping into the stream. Even the reading of this psalm may be like a cool and refreshing breeze to us; and our sould may, in imagination fly away with David as we also praise and bless our God.”
- Charles Spurgeon
BE THANKFUL! BE CONTENT! BE ENCOURAGED!
Yesterday I met five of my Christian “siblings” for an early breakfast at the beach. How thankful I am for ALL of them! How I love being with them! As I sat there waiting for them to arrive, I got to witness another gorgeous artistry painted by our Lord in the sky. It not only made me thankful for being able to view such an awesome scene, but also made me wonder how so many can not believe that there is a wonderful living God who is in control of everything when they see sights like this! Even when we are facing the trials and stresses of this life, it is such a relief to know that we can always look to Him for security. That is what I did yesterday. I sat there and thanked Him for not only the beautiful surroundings where I live, but also for the trials I am facing, as I know they are molding me into a stronger and more faithful follower of the Lord. How can I have negative thoughts, doubts and worries when I look up and see the beautiful perfect workings of our awesome God who is always there for those who follow Him. It reminds me that He is always with me - no matter what.
I am so thankful!