Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wings Like Eagles (or Maybe Hawks?)


The photo featured above is taken from our dining room window; Danny has a perfect view of it from his computer desk chair.  We are conversing away one afternoon when, out of the corner of my eye, I catch something BIG winging its way over our deck.  Hoping beyond hope that it has landed nearby, I lean cautiously toward this same window.

Hallelujah!  It's a hawk!

"Go get my camera," Danny whispers, as if the hawk can hear him.  I hasten to the bedroom to fetch it, praying all the while that this majestic bird will still be there upon my return.

Prayers are answered!

And Danny's photos are so stunning, I'm compelled to share them with you.  I've accompanied them with scripture that I pray invites you to meditate upon God's Word and revel in the marvels of His creation.



I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. ~Psalm 61:4



Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40:30-31



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? ~Matthew 6:26



Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. ~Matthew 23:37



You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. ~Exodus 19:4


We are so blessed by our recent visit by this hawk.  I hope you, too, are keeping your hearts, minds and souls open to God's wonders in all of His works.

Amen!

26 comments:

  1. Great photos and a wonderful post with quotations. I like especially Matthew 6:26.

    God bless you and your family, Martha.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Victor! Yes, Matthew 6:26 is a favorite of mine, too. Such a great reminder of how much God values us.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Thanks for sharing, beautiful way to start my day.

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    1. Glad to know this got your day off on the right start, Ryan.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Oh Martha, your Danny's photography is amazing! Coupled with these verses, y'all make a wonderful team!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mevely, for your kind words! I'll be sure to let Danny know you enjoyed his photos.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Wonderful pictures. It was so nice of Mr. Hawk to sit still long enough for you to catch some good photos. I love the one of him flying too. We have a resident hawk here in our back yard/pond. I hear him calling all times of the day. Occasionally I can get a good picture of him, but he usually moves too quickly. You were blessed to see him when you did. Enjoy God's beauty around you. We are blessed to have front row seats to God's creation if we just open our eyes and behold!!

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    1. Yes, it was so courteous of Mr. Hawk to sit for a photo shoot, Pamela, I agree! They can be so hard to capture on the camera, so we feel especially blessed by this opportunity we had. Glad you have hawks where you are now living, too. Hang in there, and maybe you will get a great shot with your camera!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. When you wrote, "Hallelujah! A hawk!" I smiled wide. Just what I would feel. I also identify with quickly getting my camera. I always keep it on my desk. :) My husband saw a hawk in our evergreen a while back and called me, but by the time I got there with my camera, he was gone. :( Sometimes I tell myself to enjoy the moment and treasure it in my heart instead of rushing for the camera. :) Thank you for sharing these photos, Martha. Tell Danny his excellent photos refreshed my heart. As did the verses you shared with them. They bring comfort to my heart. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Trudy, thanks so much for sharing your almost close encounter with the hawk and camera. Yes, we do need to always be reminded to simply relish the present, the moment in which we find ourselves. Danny and I felt truly blessed that the images could be captured at all. So pleased to know the photos and verses gave comfort to you heart, my friend!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Majestic and wonderful. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing a picture of the miraculous nature of Gods creation.

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    1. God's creation never ceases to put me in my place - of adoration and worship. Glad you enjoyed this post, Nells!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Martha, these pictures are beautiful! I also love the scriptures you chose to accompany them.
    I love how the one in Matthew shows us a mother’s heart from our Heavenly Father.
    Thanks for sharing ❤️

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    1. Oh, that image of the hen gathering her chicks, Beckie . . . One of my absolute favorites! Next blog will feature birds, too, though i will be our resident turkeys. May we always remember that God longs to gather us to Himself, and will never leave us wanting.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Excellent photos. You are fortunate to live so close to nature like that. I have made it a habit to carry my camera in my purse wherever I go because I have, in the past, seen some wonderful potential shots when my camera was at home. I try not to make that mistake any more.

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    1. Wise move to always tote your camera with you, Diane, for we never know when God will reveal something we can only capture in the moment. Yes, I never run out of gratitude for where we live, and I pray that we will ever be healthy enough to remain in this two-story home.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of the hawk and for complimenting them with always perfect scriptures.

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    1. You are more than welcome, Terri!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Beautiful bird. Beautiful pictures. What a gorgeous creation of God. Thanks for the Scriptures also Martha.

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    1. Thanks so much, Bill! Glad you enjoyed the post.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Oh, wow, Martha...the photos of the hawk are in a word: stunning! God's creation is ever so amazing and wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing them!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. God's creation IS so stunning, Kim, and I'm so grateful that I could share Danny's photos along with the scriptures.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Wow! Those photos are amazing! I am so glad you shared them. :)

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  13. Beautiful pictures. Love the details in his feathers and how Danny whispered to get his camera. I think that bird posed for you two too.

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    1. I think he did, too, Jean. How fortunate we are! Glad you enjoyed Danny's photos.
      Love and blessings!

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