Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Day In The Garden


It is just impossible to enjoy the outdoors and NOT experience the wonder of how majestic our God is, and how good He is to us!
"For ever since the creation of the world
His invisible nature and attributes, that is,
His eternal power and divinity,
have been made intelligible and clearly discernible
in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks).
So [men] are without excuse
[altogether without any defense or justification],"
Romans 1:20
Sorry I haven't been around to visit. I have a stir crazy husband.
So we have been spending some time together,
Yesterday we went to Washington Oaks State Park.

We had a great time and everything looked like a fresh opportunity to take a picture!



I thought this plaque perfectly expressed what I was feeling in the middle of God's handiwork.
In a world full of the results of the fall...it is thrilling to see signs of the goodness and the beauty to remind us there is lots of wonderful stuff to look forward to.

Everything is not all bad news!



I probably won't be around until Saturday. But I will catch up!



Until then have a beautiful week!

14 comments:

Knit-Wit said...

I'm glad you were able to get out and enjoy God's beautiful nature.

Regina said...

Spring always gives me a renewing and resurgence of God's beauty! His beauty is boundless and his love is everlasting!

luvmy4sons said...

Lovely pictures. So glad you and hubby are getting a chance to enjoy His creation together. You are missed, but hubby is so worth it, I know!

Renee' said...

The pictures are beautiful! Have a great rest of the week!

Karen said...

I could eat nature I love it so much and these pictures and those quotes were a feast and a balm. Beautiful. as I read this post, I could just see you walking through a beautiful garden with God. A peaceful wonderful place, bird song, waterfalls in the distance, sun shine, and I felt God say that he was leading you into a Garden of Grace and a new season of beauty in your relationship with Him.

Denise said...

May God sweetly bless you and your dear hubby as you enjoy the beauty of His creation together my friend.

MelanieJoy said...

Loved the pictures! See you when you return...enjoy.

Mel's World said...

WOW, those are great shots! I am glad to see you guys went out and just enjoyed what God has to offer us each and every day!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Have a good time doing what ever you are doing.
And enjoy your time with your hubby.

Nicki said...

I'm glad you had some time with him and God's creation!! Very pretty pictures! love it!!

Joanne said...

Loved my first visit here. What perfect timing, I LOVE the garden.

Blessings, Joanne

Carole said...

I love this and you need to take advantage of all the time you can when your hubby is home. It's not everyday you get to enjoy the fruits of a broken bone.

luvmy4sons said...

My Romance post is up dear one. Hugs!

freetofly said...

Karolee - Me too! This time together has been very necessary! Him & God and me!

Regina - So true, I love how He speaks to us through nature. You are a wise woman!

Leslie - Thanks! I have missed you all, too! But, this is a once in a life time opportunity. We are making the most of it!

Renee' - So good to hear from you! Hope all is well in Texas! :)

Karen - Your words were so kind and very much echoed the feeling in my heart as we wandered around in the gardens, in wonder at Him! Thank you so much for the gift of your thoughts and words!

Denise - He really is - Thank you for the prayers!!

Melanie Joy - Thanks! Hope to get over for a visit today!

Melissa - it has been a great time. We must have needed this!

Sharon - its been good to be quiet for a while. Thanks for your prayers!

Nicki - thanks loads! We have enjoyed this time!

Joanne - welcome! I love to make new bloggy friends! I have to say I snuck over for a quick peek, and LOVED your header! Especially the scripture at the top - it is a dear favorite of mine! I'll be back! ;)

Carole - that is so the TRUTH! It took me a day to switch gears and then once I did, it was good! Thanks!

Leslie - You're Da Bom, Baby! Loved your post!

To All - Happy Weekend everybody! Missed you!
Love,
Maria

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