Friday, May 11, 2018

Shout for Joy!


Our respite in the mountains tells so many stories of the wonders of God's creation.  His Word far outweighs any commentary I can possibly write.  So let these verses from the Bible inspire you, and enhance the photos from our glorious time of recreation and renewal spent with one another and with the Lord.  My prayer is that you will be moved to shout for joy at God's marvelous works.

Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.





Isaiah 45:12
It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
I marshaled their starry hosts.




Isaiah 60:20
Your sun shall never set; the moon shall not go down - 
for the Lord will be your everlasting light;
your days of mourning all will end.






John 14:2
My Father's house has many rooms;
if that were not so, would I have told you that
I am going there to prepare a place for you?





Psalm 1:3
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither - 
whatever they do prospers.




Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap
or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?








Genesis 1:18b
And God saw that it was good.

Amen!

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful illustrations for the verses you chose to share with us! I'm so glad you two got away and in such a lovely place!

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    1. Thank you, Terri! Yes, we so needed this time away, and enjoyed every moment we were there.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Martha, You've done a great job selecting Scriptures to illustrate your photos. God is so very creative and has given the pinnacle of His creation (humans) the ability to create beauty as well. Thank you for sharing more of your photos from your much needed getaway.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. I think Danny really outdid himself with the photos this time, Kim. So glad I could share them with my readers. And I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I think we are the closest to God when we are being creative. I'm so grateful for all the marvelous gifts He has given us.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. So beautiful, Martha. And love the picture of you and your husband. All pictures are simply breathtaking.

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! I'll be sure to let Danny know you loved his photos.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Oh my goodness, Martha! Such beautiful photos from your trip to the mountains...and perfectly connected to God's Word...I am in awe of your hubby's photo skills...such beautiful pictures. I love the place you stayed...what a magnificent place! So happy for you to have had this wonderful, restful, peaceful vacation. What a joy and blessing!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind compliments, Pamela! I will be sure to tell Danny that you loved his photos. I simply love it when I can base a blog on them from time to time. And yes, this time was a God send for both of us.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Thank you for refreshing my heart today with these photos and meaningful Scripture verses, Martha. Thank Danny, too. The photos are all so beautiful. :) Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Trudy. I certainly will pass on your thanks to Danny, too!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Martha, the pictures are breathtaking! Magazine quality. Did Danny take all of them or are you also taking photos?
    God's creation humbles me. I cannot understand how some cannot see the Creator when looking at our marvelous world.

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    1. Beckie, I don't understand either how people can't see God in His marvelous creation - it's stunning everywhere you look! And no, I can't take credit for any of these gorgeous photos - it's all Danny all the time. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Oh my, how beautiful. The photographs are a gift to my eyes and heart! Thank you for sharing

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    1. So, so glad these photos were a gift for you, Jean. I know that will make Danny feel so good!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Another great post, Martha. Clever how you matched the photos with Scripture. Good team work with your husband taking the photos. Well done.

    (I like the rooms they have in Heaven. Do they have Internet connections?)

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks so much, Victor! I don't know about internet connections in Heaven, but somehow, I think we will no longer need it nor will we care.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Lovely pictures and a heartwarming post, as always dear Martha! I loved the glimpses of nature that you have shared with us and such lovely words.

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    1. I'm so very glad you enjoyed this post, Privy, and that it touched your heart. Reminds me of why I blog in the first place!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I so enjoyed your lovely retreat in the mountains. The pictures and verses made me feel as though I had been there. The birds especially enthralled me - so beautiful and peaceful. Thank you, dear Martha, for sharing this with us.

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    1. Yes, those birds were truly amazing, Nells, and Danny was thrilled to be able to capture them. Glad you felt like you were on retreat with us - that was my hope!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Looks like my place to be Martha.

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    1. Amen, Bill! Such a peaceful, tranquil place - I know you and Jo would love it. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Beautiful photos and verses. I am always drawn to Isaiah. What is that gorgeous red bird? We don't have that one where I live.

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    1. The red bird is a Scarlet Taninger (sp?); we don't have them in Georgia, either, and it was a first for both of us to see one, let alone getting photos. Needless to say, Danny was thrilled!
      And yes, Isaiah is one of my favorite books, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Absolutely AWESOME!! Beautiful! Thank you for the Joy!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marla!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Beautiful Post, Martha!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Lulu, I'm so glad you enjoyed this!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Amen!

    Beautiful... Thank you for sharing this, Martha.

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