For the last three days we have had quite a nasty storm come through our area. We were without power at our house for about 11 1/2 hours. I found out today that a friend of mine was without power for 44 hours. This evening I went into town to buy some needed groceries. As I was coming home I saw a beautiful rainbow. By the time I got my stopped and got my phone out to take a picture, the rainbow had faded somewhat, so the picture is not great. However, I was reminded of the beauty of God’s creation, even after such a storm. I was also reminded of the faithfulness of God. That He always keeps His promises. Praise the Lord!
One of the benefits of living in Upper Peninsula of Michigan are the forests surrounding us. In them we find wildlife and wildflowers. There’s always something to find. Last Friday we were able to spend some time with some friends at a local lake. My friend had found several lady’s slippers there at the campsite. I took the opportunity to photograph these beautiful and rare orchids.
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
Spring is finally springing up around here! The sledding hill in the backyard is completely melted, and the kids have found the first buds opening on the trees. I love Spring. I love the promise of new life that Spring brings. I feel renewed and refreshed just by having the ability to spend some time out of doors. I praise the Lord that He created and maintains the seasons.
We are back! It’s good to be back in my own bed again after our trip South. Dave posted about the trip on his ministry blog. If you want to read more about it, you can here.
One thing I’ve been thinking about that I want to add to my blog is “picture praises.” I am by no means a professional photographer. I have a small point and shoot Canon PowerShot Elph. There are many times though when I see something that just makes me smile. Some blessing that God has brought along that I’d like to share with you. So, we’ll start!
Although we are still participating in winter weather around here, I am very thankful for the many good gifts that the Lord sees fit to bless us with. He has promised to meet our needs, and I am very thankful that He continues to do just that. I am also so thankful for the ways that He gives us more than what we need. Like that cup of hot chocolate covered with melting mini-marshmallows that you see there in the picture. Just this last week I saw the Lord answer a very specific prayer request that I had. He answered it, not because it was a life or death situation of absolute need. He answered seemingly because He is simply pleased as a Father to give good gifts. Matthew 7:7-11 tells of the generosity of our loving Father. Verse 11 states, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” I hope you praise the Lord with me today for all the good gifts that He gives us above and beyond our need.
The kids and I had the wonderful privilege of taking a couple of lengthy trips with my mom this summer. One trip we took was out west. One stop we made was Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing! We got to see animals (a bison and her calf walked by our car for a little bit), the sights, and the kids did the Junior Ranger program (I highly recommend this program at the national parks). The sight that stayed with me from Yellowstone though is the one pictured above. Continue reading