It’s already been a long winter here in Colorado. More cloudy days than we’re used to, not to mention more snow and cold. And winter isn’t even technically here yet! But it’s not all bad. We’ve had some of the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever seen during a Colorado winter. And winter is the season of cinnamon, nutmeg, conversations in front of the fireplace, warm blankets, and candlelight. Grab a cup of hot cocoa or hot cider and enjoy.
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
Some more of nature’s beauty. As you’ve probably been able to tell by now, I absolutely love sunrises and sunsets. God’s love language to His children.
There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. ― Jo Walton
And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.
― William Cullen Bryant
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.
― Richie Norton
More nature shots this week. Too many good ones not to share…
Even weeds can be beautiful.
Confluence Park, Denver
My favorite place to bike to in Denver. REI and Starbucks together–so perfect!
This big guy was injured. The State Park rangers came and picked him up and sent him off to rehab.
Watching me closely.
A Denver Broncos sunset.
Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself. -L. Wolfe Gilbert
Each season has it’s own magic, but there’s something about the fullness of summer that captures the very essence of life’s goodness and God’s glorious gifts. How can one not be filled with gratitude when nature is displayed in all its splendor at the dawn of each new day?
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time. – J. Lubbuck
Slowly breathe in the fragrance of nature, and experience the peace and tranquility of God’s blessings.
“The earth has music for those who listen.”
– George Santayana
I feel so blessed that my passions in life can also honor God.
While I’m well aware that I’m not even close to perfect and I clearly make mistakes, my passion to be the best wife, mother, and grandmother I can possibly be inspires me to get my hope, strength, and guidance from God. It gives me the opportunity to lead my family to Him, and encourages me to act as His child so as not to lead them astray.
My passion for writing gives me an opportunity to do what I love while honoring Him. And if making a difference in the life of even one person is the result of my writing, besides the joy it fills me with, it is time well spent.
I wear a necklace every day that has a small cross and a small starfish. I have two of these, actually, one is silver, the other gold. The cross as a reminder that I belong to God and of the journey I walk with Him. The starfish to remind me that making a difference to just one, as in the story of the man and the starfish on the beach, (you can read the story here http://www.ordinarypeoplechangetheworld.com/articles/the-starfish-story.aspx ), is what I am called to do.
My passion for photography gives me the opportunity to honor God by enjoying His unending gift of nature’s beauty, as well as preserving memories of family moments, and sharing that gift with those I reach with my snapshots.
What an incredible blessing to have passions that fill me with such amazing joy and allow me to honor my Father through that joy. I am so thankful.
All is Grace.