Saturday, December 19, 2009

Times of stillness and beauty

There are those times when He says, Peace be still....and the snow begins to fall and quiet falls.

The air alive with activity....brings a silent hush to the country side.

People stop their endless scurrying and settle down to enjoy Gods creative hand.

Trees are draped in white....only to willing to carry the weightiness of the contents of Heavens storehouses.

And then the night falls.....and in the silence God drapes the world in a hush that brings rest.

And though His people sleep.....He is ever on His throne guarding and protecting.
Morning dawns with views that make one catch their breath at the purity of the Masters work.


Breaks in the clouds....give way to glorious blue skies....

The scenes leave one in a state of incredible awe....with these treasures given so freely here on earth..... what must heaven be holding in store for those who are found faithful to the end?

Life is not a picnic....:)......but oh the glory that awaits those who have selected the
high road...the road seldom chosen by those who would rather an easy journey.

Isaiah 55:10& 11 (Amplified Bible)

10For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater
11So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Blessed be the name of our Lord.


SunnySusan said...

Just gorgeous it is to be low 80's...winter in So Calif

grey like snuffie said...

Okay, I have decided that besides sharing a lot of the same thoughts along these journey's we're on you have another GRAND form of ministry to me....KEEP THESE GORGEOUS SNOWY PICTURES COMING ON HERE.....we just don't seem to get the snow and Sharon...these take my breath away and calm by spirit before Him.

Sandi said...

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year.

I love the pictures.

MelanieJoy said...

ok, those are THE most breath-taking pictures I've ever seen!! That is sheer beauty at His finest! I hope you know how much I love ya!

dewey said...

WOW, Sharon, this is beautiful. You are becoming another Stanley with your pictures and the thoughts that go with them. Thanks so much for posting this. Mom and Dad love you!!!

Denise said...

I love these beautiful pictures sis.

Halfmoon Girl said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I'm envious of all your snow!

luvmy4sons said...

Such beautiful pictures. Such lovely thoughts to go with them. My favorite is the night time one! So awesome sweet sister. Thanks ever so much for sharing them! Love you bunches. Enjoy God's beauty that surrounds you. May you be richly blessed by His presence!

Amy said...

You got some awesome photos! We've been enjoying the snow, but in a less quiet and still way, as you can imagine. You should consider going into the greeting card/post card business with your pictures.

Nise' said...

Beautiful pictures and beautiful words that bring about a sense awe at His wonderous works everyday!

Southernsunflower said...

take a few pictures of the snow on the trees at the junaluska conference center i bet those trees are beautiful covered in snow keep up the beautiful pictures i wish we could be there

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A stunningly beautiful reminder of the journey we're on... the high road.

Love it; wish we'd gotten a little bit of the white stuff over here.


Violeta said...

May this Christmas be filled
With happiness in all that you do

And may this joy continue
The whole year through

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas
And a Happy New Year

VIOLETA -Romania-

God's Christmas Present

Let me tell you the story
Of the sweet Jesus Christ,
Who brought heaven to earth,
One cold winter night.

As planned by His Father,
A long time ago,
In the form of a babe,
He came down below.

His divine mission
Unknown at the time,
Was later revealed,
When God felt inclined.

The day the sweet Lord
Was nailed to that cross,
Was the day that God showed,
Mankind was not lost.

By the Son's grief and pain,
Man could be forgiven,
And God gave to man,
A vision of heaven.

But thick in his thinking,
And blind in his heart,
Man missed the Lord's meaning,
And remained in the dark.

Thus, each year at Christmas,
The tale is retold,
And man is reminded,
Of Jesus Christ's role.

Access to heaven,
God's gift to man,
God's Christmas Present,
The Start of His Plan!

Denise said...

Be still and know that I am God.. I love to listen to HIM in the silence. We are able to hear HIM without interruption.

Beautiful !

Winging It said...

Sharon, for several days I have clicked over to leave a comment, and I am too tired to leave the thoughtful one I was inclined to. But, I just keep looking at the pictures. They are beautiful and it is ALMOST like being a tiny way I can feel the cold and the stillness. The crisp silence and overwhelming presence of God, because you just can't miss Him in the beauty of nature. especially when He has wrought such a show. I often think of what you mention. If we get such beauty here in this fallen earth, can you imagine what Heaven and the new earth will be like! Oh Lord! How wonderful He is, does ANYTHING really compare?

Thank you SO MUCH for taking these pictures and sharing them with us.

I love them all, but, if I had to pick favs it would be the snow crusted branch in front of the blue sky, as well as the snow crusted trees near the bank of the river.

MERRY, MERRY Christmas!!!!
Love you!

Shirley said...

Oh Sharon, this is one of the most beautiful posts I've been blessed to read. Your photos are fantastic and you have such a beautiful way with words...You are truly one of His...your posts are full of Him...such a blessing.

Mary said...


What lovely photos. I couldn't believe it when I heard how much snow you guys got. I think of your area as only getting a skiff of snow, if any. Absolutely beautiful.

We are having a green Christmas this year. No snow in sight. We set a record by having the first snowless November on record and we still haven't seen much. Just a little on the ground earlier this week, and it's gone. It's to rain all day tomorrow.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for the lovely card.


Winging It said...

Missing you and praying for you and Keith especially today! Blessed be the Name of the Lord! today, when I read that in your post, it just "popped"!

Happy New Year my friend!