Monday, July 25, 2011

Counting the Gifts

"Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." James1:16-18

Between last night and this morning we have had some wonderful artwork in the sky. Though we suffer through these stifling summers, who a Pastor last week very aptly described as being hit with a blow-torch, this time of year yields the most wonderful skies with the afternoon rains we sometimes get.

This morning I went out in my usual spot in the corner of the yard, where I get a bit of a crosswind, and watched the world wake up as I awoke with it. There was a puddle the rain left behind and I watched as a group of birds ingeniously dunked their bits of food in the water and alternately was quite a show......

Then I went around back and caught Mama and Papa quail and their little one on the wall....

I am thankful today for my camera, which allows me to stop and take a second look at the world and all of God's good gifts.....
For God who provided me with the money to buy it......
For my best friend who forced me to buy something for myself even though I walked around and around Costco before I did it......
All these things which remind us that God is good, and so is the world He created.
For His word, our compass to show us where to go......
What path to take.
And the Holy Spirit who helps us do those impossible things that we could never do on our own.
For the people who love and encourage us every day.

Celebrating Multitude Mondays along with many others in the gratitude community today........

(sorry, the little graphic for Ann's website wouldn't download today)


  1. What elegant artwork in the sky!

  2. The storms are the best part of summer! How it washes away the dirt and gives us a fresh new day to start over!

  3. I love God's artwork in the sky. It sure is beautiful.

  4. "God is good, and so is the world He created"
    Couldn't have said it better myself!
    It's so easy to forget how majestically beautiful this world really is, to lose track of the artwork with which He has decorated our home. Thanks for the beautiful reminder =)

  5. Beautiful photos, Lori! The quail are sooo cute.

  6. Thank you all for your comments. This beauty in the merciless heat of summer in this desert is further proof of God's mercy, He gives us something beautiful to go along with the scorching temps! Lori

  7. Surrounding myself with nature is when I feel closest to God and I like to think the little things like a beautiful sunset, or a tiny flower growing among rocks is His way of saying "I love you." I haven't picked up my camera in a while but your pictures are tempting me (smile).
    One cannot help but to acknowledge the magnificence of God.


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