Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love's Story Written

There is a love story written for us to see... it is the love story of a Creator and His love for mankind manifested in so many ways, but today, the love story I see is of that love splashed throughout His creation, manifested to bring delight to the soul.


It is the creative handiwork of the Lord, written in the skies above...


Beauty that can be found amidst the difficulties of life...


The treacherous, ice covered road beckoned to me.  I left the dogs home, and walked a short distance down the road, stepping carefully.


The sunrise that morning, after all the storms we had received, was calling me, and I wanted to step into its beauty, and soak up its loveliness.


The snow plow had been out earlier than I, and had kindly dropped sand in front of driveways. As the sun grasped the horizon, it was just the turkeys and I out on the icy road.


The quiet and stillness of the morning spoke once again, of the great love story written in the skies.


Even as the sun parted the darkness, and the clouds rejoiced, my soul worshiped the Lord with them.


Do you ever stop and just wonder at the love of our Creator? Oh, how His gentle masterpieces around us speak great love and wonder into our hearts!   Life seems to always bring the little inconveniences, such as ice storm that we had, but then, the Lord in His mercy and love, brought joy to my morning with the glorious sunrise announcing the end of the storm, and the arrival of warm sunshine to the crisp misty air.



The light and love in this glorious sunrise flooded my soul with great depths of joy.  After the storms had passed... the glorious light broke through with gentle brilliance... reminding me again... the love story that never ceases to be written from the Lord's magnificent brilliant sunrise, right into my heart.

And by afternoon, much of the ice layer had softened by the warm rays of the sun.  Such is the way the Lord works... He may not take the storm out of our path, but He allows beauty, and great joy to come out of its midst.  His love story to us, is joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the midst of the storm, and yes, a glorious sunrise after the passing of an ice storm.

Oh the love of the Lord, so rich and pure.... this beautiful scene reminds me of this eloquent passage of scripture penned by the disciple John about the Love of God:

1 John 4 
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; 
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, 
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. 
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. 

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; 
but perfect love casteth out fear: 
because fear hath torment. 
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19 We love him, because he first loved us.



I do. I love HIM.  He loved me first, and for that I will ever be grateful.  And when I see his handiwork in the skies and world around me, my heart worships the One who loved me enough, not just to die and resurrect in newness of life for me, but that He lives within me, and He creates these masterpieces in the world around me for my soul to rejoice in.


Yes, yes indeed my God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  

Two thousand years ago His love was written in red on a tree, but today, His love is written in red in the skies around me, and again, I know... my God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him!  1 John 4:16 


61 comments:

  1. Just a creative Artwork of the Lord ... I'm always so amazed at your sky, it charmes me so much with its shades and pinkish nuances ... it truly touches me in the deep !

    Wishing you a most wonderful remainder of your week,
    I'm sending blessings of joy across the many miles,
    always thinking of you with much love and gratitude,
    darling, cherished friend !

    Xx Dany

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    1. Thank you dear friend! I always appreciate your visits :) May the Lord bless you in a special way today!

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  2. Beautiful, Marilyn....snowing here yet again in western NY...I ought not complain. smiles

    Hope your remainder of the week is a lovely one, friend.

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    1. I hope you haven't gotten too much snow and that you are still enjoying it :) Hugs to you today!

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  3. That is beautiful, Marilyn. Beautifully said and great photos to show the love He has given to all of us. We are blessed. Have a wonderful day- xo Diana

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    1. So true Diana, we are blessed! Hugs to you today!

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  4. This is a beautiful post! And so true! I love the ways He shows His love! What an amazing creator God we have!

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    1. The Lord is so good to us, and how blessed we are, indeed! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  5. I love the blue in your photos, the sky and its reflection in the snow. Exquisite photos.

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    1. Thank you Marie, your visits always bless me :) Hugs to you today!

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  6. thanks for this winsome reminder about creation as His love story to us. i'm aiming to remember this next time i whine about snow and cold and gray skies.

    there's beauty in it all, isn't there, friend ...

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    1. Yes, it is always good to have a reminder when the weather isn't so lovely, lol! Hugs to you today :)

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  7. He is indeed our wonderful creator! Love His beauty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Praise Him for it all! Hugs to you today Cindy :)

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  8. I love stepping out in nature. You are ever so right that His love is all around us. I love the beauty of where you live. It is simply breathtaking. Isn't God so amazing?

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    1. Yes our Lord is so amazing, in so many, many ways! Hugs to you today!

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful post, Marilyn! And the photos are as breathtaking as the truths you shared from God's Word and His incredible love for us.

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    1. We are so blessed, aren't we! Hugs to you today :)

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  10. Oh I LOVE those beautiful pictures!! God truly is a marvelous Creator, Designer! And so wonderful that you appreciate all of that beauty and give God the glory! I love that you and I both chose the same verses to share for Valentine's Day...a message the Lord wanted the world to see!! Have a blessed, warm and happy day!!

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    1. Oh isn't that a great confirmation, that we both shared the same verse! God is so good to us! We are blessed indeed :) Hugs to you today!

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  11. Oh, Marilyn, what a beautifully written post. Your pictures are magnificent and I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite one because they are all so beautiful. But more beautiful than the photos are the words of how our Creator loves us and has given us this beauty to enjoy. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your heart.

    xx
    Dianna

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    1. We are so blessed to partake of such beauty and glory around us! Hugs to you dear friend :)

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  12. Aren't you so blessed to live in such a beautiful creation? I truly feel closer to the heavens out in nature than anywhere else!

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    1. Yes, we are so blessed indeed! Hugs to you today :)

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  13. Yes, I love the Lord our God who loves us and shows himself to us in so many ways. We're hoping for good travel days to head over the Cascades to Northeastern Washington next week. Love the photos you shared.

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    1. I hope the weather cooperates for you! We are getting a lot of rain right now! And I hope you have a blessed time with your family :) Hugs to you today!

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  14. Beautiful post, Marilyn, I feel like this when I visit the beach...

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    1. Yes, the beach is so beautiful too, I agree!Something about the rhythm of the waves and the endless sand, so glorious indeed! Hugs to you today :)

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  15. Beautifully written, and your words shine forth from your tender heart, dear Marilyn.
    Your photos show the greatness of God in all their glorious splender and color. His glory totally surrounds us if we would but stop and look over the fast paced lives we live. Often times we miss out on God's glorious creation by allowing busyness to rob us.
    Your early morning walks must be so beautiful and peaceful as you worship with the Lord quietly alone with Him.

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. I love early morning walks with the Lord, such beautiful and special times! We are in a period of rain right now, so my time with the Lord is cozy inside, but still wonderful. Oh how I love Him! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  16. Oh, these photos! My favorite one is the one where the sun is shining from behind the tree. Oh, my, it just draws me right in. Oh, we so long for snow, but it is looking like we will have no more this year. The dear Lord knows best!! Each state and area has its own unique beauty, and we are most grateful. You will never know how much your sweet words on my blog encouraged me tonight...I cannot thank you enough. We cling tight to His hand and trust in what we do not see. We surely cannot afford to walk by sight, as we would be overcome with discouragement. God bless you, my dear friend, and ever hold you close to His heart. Sending you much love and many blessings!

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    1. I sure wish I could have sent you some snow, we sure enough have plenty! We are getting so much rain now that flooding is a concern around us, but we are okay here so far. I'm so thankful that the pictures and words were an encouragement to you - so many times your posts have encouraged my heart too! The Lord blesses us in so many ways! Hugs to you today my friend :)

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  17. Oh, how I loved opening up my email this morning and seeing this post from you awaiting my attention. The photos are breathtaking, Marilyn, and your reflections on God's love being manifest in His creation and within us are so inspiring. I do so love just sitting on our deck amidst the trees, hearing the songs of the birds, and rejoicing in God's amazing world. He seems so much closer to my heart when I see His handiwork in nature.
    Blessings, and thanks for the inspiration today!

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    1. There is something so powerful about just sitting outside in the Lord's creation, and soaking up the beauty around us, and worshiping the Lord! He is so near and dear to me in those moments! Thank you for your visit today, I'm thankful for our new-found friendship :)

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  18. Good morning Marilyn. Thanks for sharing your photos of God's beauty and creation. Your words and scripture honour and glorify our Father and show appreciation for Him and His creation. We are having another blizzard here today but not as windy as Monday's blizzard. It's another one of God's creations that we may not enjoy but it leaves a beautiful white world that will eventually melt and nourish the earth. Have a blessed day my friend. Pam

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    1. Yes, it is hard when snow brings so much trouble with it at times! I too love the snow so much, but not the work that comes with it - shoveling, plowing and driving in it are all not so much fun, lol! But spring is coming, the days are getting longer, and that gives me hope :) Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  19. Every day I thank Him for all that he has created - visible and invisible. The beauty is breathtaking whether on a snowy day as in your wonderful photos or what I am lucky enough to enjoy while on vacation in Florida.
    xx

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    1. Enjoy your vacation in Florida, a great time to get away to the warm weather for sure! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  20. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful post. Thank you for both! God's beauty surrounds us if we just take the time to see it!!

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    1. Yes Mary, we just need to stop and listen, and thankfulness will fill our hearts :) Hugs to you today!

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  21. Such a beautiful post...in word and in image. How can it be possible for anyone not to be believe in our God, the Creator of all of this beauty? Every day of every season has so much beauty to offer us! Thank you for this wonderful reminder! Hugs!♥♥♥

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    1. I wonder too, how you could look at the magnificence of his creation and not believe? I find my greatest hope in the Lord is when I can look up at His handiwork around me! We are so blessed, aren't we! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  22. Your blog is one of my favorites; I think, because you and I are seeing the same things. I so love to be outside and be near to God...especially through the sky. Throughout the years on my blog, there are just so many photos of times I felt His presence and had to share. The last couple of years changed in my life, but I am slowly healing and plan to have more of my "original" blog posts, much like yours. Thank you for sharing these. It speaks to me when I can't get out there myself much.

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    1. Life brings its difficulties, plenty of them, but so thankful that the Lord is healing your heart and your body, and I am so thankful that we both share a common love of the Lord together, and share it on our blogs. Appreciate you dear friend, hugs to you today!

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  23. Your photos have captured the wonders of God and nature.... I will always be happy to take some early morning walks with you. I used to live where there were woods and forest.. now I live where it is dry and brown.. but there is always some beauty to be found int he glorious skies and mountains! You reminded me again how we can always find beauty in nature and the work of God's hand, if we will just look for it. How peaceful this walk must have been! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. I would love to take an early morning walk with you Marilyn! Wouldn't we have a time together :) Yes, finding that beauty is harder with concrete and brick surrounding you, but still, it can be found if one looks! Hugs to you dear friend, so thankful for our paths crossing in blog-land :)

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  24. Beautiful words and photos. There is something about a snow covered landscape that screams peace.

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    1. Yes, it certainly does, indeed! We are blessed to find much to give the Lord thanks for :) Hugs to you today!

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  25. Marilyn, your words sing to my soul. I am taken back by all the beauty that God has created in nature. And just think ~ this is only a glimpse of what heaven will be!

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    1. Isn't that a great though... we are just experiencing a foretaste! Oh joy and wonder of wonders! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  26. Hi Marilyn, your post is beautiful. So well written from the heart. It's such a blessing to know how Great Thou Art and that God's love will always be with us. Knowing HE holds our hand and walks with us along our journey. What great comfort and peace comes from HIS love.
    Thank you for sharing your heart and your beautiful photos. Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Blessings xo

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    1. It is an amazing thing to not only know what the Lord did, but to feel it in your heart, and then see it written in His creation, oh yes, joy and wonder it brings to my heart! Thankful for our paths to have crossed in blogland, and praying the blessings of the Lord are special in your life today!

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  27. My sweet and lovely friend, what a beautiful and God-honoring post! I was so blessed by the words and Scriptures you shared....thank you! Oh, the precious love of our Lord - what a gift!

    And your photos are truly breathtaking!

    Thinking of you, dearest friend. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you dear friend, such a joy to have you stop by for a "virtual" visit, appreciate your friendship and love for the Lord, and pray the Lord blesses you in a special way today :)

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  28. How beautiful is His creation and love for us. I enjoyed every photo! Love the verses you chose to remind us of His love and promises! Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you Mary, how blessed we are! Appreciate your visit so much :) Hugs to you today!

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  29. Hello,
    This is a lovely post. Thank You!!
    As I drove my Meals on Wheels route this past week, I had to turn off the radio, too much news. I put in a bible study regarding Noah.
    Thank you for this post.
    Carla

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    1. Yes, sometimes we just have to shut the outside off, and let the Lord speak to our hearts in quietness and peace! Appreciate you dear friend! Have a blessed day :)

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  30. There are times when I am completely overwhelmed by the beauty that God has created all around us. Oh how He love us!

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  31. God's love for us is the greatest love story ever written isn't it. Another thought provoking, heart warming and gorgeous post, Marilyn, both in poetic words and glorious photos of God's majestic vignettes. It is truly one of life's blessings to stroll through the countryside in which we live and drink in all the splendor of God's beauty before us.

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  32. Oh my goodness, more fabulous photos! I especially love, love, love the sunrise one out in the woods, Marilyn. What wonderful words of scripture you've shared on God's love.
    Speaking of love.... your sewing creations are just beautiful!

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