Friday, December 14, 2018

Sunset Falls - Part Two


Psalm 111:2-4
Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

My husband, Danny, takes some absolutely breathtaking photos during our stay at Sunset Falls this past week, and I'm thrilled to be able to share some of them with you here.  So, with the Psalms as our companions, let's sit back, relax and marvel in God's glorious creation!

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens. ~Psalm 8:1

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. ~Psalm 19:1





Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me - 
a prayer to the God of my life. ~Psalm 42:7-8




The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages. ~Psalm 50:1-3





Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven. ~Psalm 85:11



Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory. ~Psalm 97:3-6
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works -
he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke. ~Psalm 104:31-32





I lift up my eyes to the mountains -
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. ~Psalm 121:1-2


My dear friends, my prayer for you today is that these scriptures and photos bless you deeply, and bind you in a closer relationship with our heavenly Father, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Amen!

36 comments:

  1. Wonderful wonderful photos and great Bible readings to match. These could be used for you to print your own calendars.

    God bless you and Danny.

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    1. Oh, wow, Victor, I never thought of using these for a calendar - great idea! Glad you enjoyed these.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Wow! The photos are glorious and majestic. Coupled with the Scripture, this was a worship experience! Thanks, Martha!

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  3. Oh.My.Word!!! These amazing images and accompanying verses are splendid! I like Victor's idea of a calendar … perhaps even, a coffee table book.

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    1. Danny does take marvelous photos, Mevely, that's for sure. Coffee table book is a great idea, too, but would be so very costly to have made. Glad you enjoyed the post!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. I love the water falls through the woods pictures. They make me want to sit down and meditate on Him and all God has done in my life. No matter how bad things get and life seems to stop flowing sooner or later God will break up the dam in my heart and let the water flow. It's a place I would ask him to help me keep my heart in short account with Him so He can flow. Beautiful Martha, beautiful.

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    1. Oh, yes, those water falls were right there on the property leading up to our cabin, and we actually had to drive through the current to arrive at our cabin. Never encountered anything like this before, Betty, but it certainly does give credence to the name "Sunset Falls." We do create dams in our hearts, that's for sure, and only the Lord can free us from those log jams in our hearts that keep us from having a closer relationship with Him.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. You (and hubby) have illustrated the Psalms beautifully! Breathtaking!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri! The photo captures remind us in the moment of God's infinite creativity and glory in all His works. And we certainly need to give thanks and praise!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Beautiful pairing of scriptures and images. I know you must have felt the presence on God in this place in a significant way. You must have sensed you were treading on holy ground. Thank you for sharing these.

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    1. Holy ground, it was, and will remain, Debra. That week reminded me so fully that God meets our needs before we even ask. He promises and gives so much more than our hearts even know to desire, and I will continue to revel in those healing moments when we drew closer to Him as a couple.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Thanks for the photos and the prayer Martha. Back at ya! The prayer not the photos. :)

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    1. Always praying for you and Jo, Bill, and so gratified that you enjoyed Danny's amazing photos. Moments of God's grace and glory!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Oh my, Martha! these are stunning photos and so perfect with the selected verses from God's Word! Yes...that was a wonderful way to praise and glorify the God of all creation! His wonders never cease to amaze us. Thank you for sharing this with us. I stand amazed in His Presence...

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    1. "Amazed in His Presence . . ." Pamela, you have said it all! God's palate for color and inspiration was on a stellar display during this week, and we are still giving thanks for it all. Glad the verses I paired spoke to you, too, my friend!
      Love and blessings!

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  9. I cannot describe how you have blessed me, how God's words are always new every morning.

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    1. Susan, it is the hope of my heart that my blog blesses others, and you've given me that sweet confirmation here. Not for my glory, but for God's. And yes, His words are new every morning. We really cannot get enough!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. OH, how beautiful! Just breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing, and may God bless you both richly!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Danny's photos, Cheryl! What a great way to keep memories of such a lovely time alive.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. oh my these photos are beautiful. I hope you frame some of them. Danny does a great job of capturing God's beauty.

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    1. He does, doesn't he, Jean? Oh, and the joy he takes in doing so is something that can't be captured in words or in photos - it is totally in the moment. He waits with infinite patience, and is ever rewarded. That we could all wait with that kind of patience!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Wow... those are stunning shots! "And the earth declares His glory"!

    Thanks for sharing those. Along with scripture they're deeply moving.

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    1. Yes, Floyd, the earth declares God's glory! I'm so glad the photos and scripture touched your heart today, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Please pass on my compliments to your husband for his superb photos - and thanks for letting us appreciate his talent, Martha Jane. :-)

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    1. I certainly will, Frank. Danny has always loved photography as a hobby, and I love to showcase his works whenever I can.
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Oh my, what an exquisite pairing of Psalms and photos. What a beautiful week you spent in all nature's glory. That verse "Deep calls to deep..." is one of my Bible favorites. I have written about it several times. It resonates in my soul.

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    1. "Deep calls to deep . . ." Yes, Galen, that resonates with me, too, in ways I can't quite explain, so I'll leave it at that! So glad you enjoyed the pairing of photos and the Psalms. God's Word describes the scenes so much better than I could ever done on my own.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Such a gorgeous grouping of pictures taken Martha! I absolutely adored the glorious colors in the skies! Astounding to see the incredible creativity of our Lord in the skies, and the color palettes He chooses! Loved the gorgeous pictures of the waterfalls too, and love the silkiness of the water in the photo, great shots! So thankful you had such a beautiful and restful time away with your husband :) Enjoyed the pictures and scriptures that you shared!

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  16. So happy to know you loved these photos, Marilyn. Yes, God is the master artist, and His palettes of rich and gorgeous colors are endless! Danny does like to go for that blur effect in water photos, and has really gotten good at it.
    Love and blessings!

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  17. Oh Martha, I'm sorry to be so late reading and commenting! Danny's photos are stunning, breath-taking, amazing. Praise be to our Creator God! The Scriptures you selected are good ones for the photos.

    By the way, many years ago I experienced a natural waterfall in northeast Iowa (Decorah area). It was amazing!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Aren't waterfall so mesmerizing, Kim? Oh, and to experience God's handiwork in the heavens is to draw that much closer to Him! I'll be sure to tell Danny that you loved his photos. He was so excited and pleased to capture these images.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Breath taking...Awe Inspiring...Glorious!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, PS! Glad the photos inspired you, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  19. I just saw these wonderfully beautiful pictures. Danny has captured your vacation well. To God be the glory.

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    1. Yes, Nells, to God be all the glory! So glad you enjoyed Danny's photos, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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