I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mother. I will post family friendly articles... the subjects will include family, children, photos, tea, gardening, homeschooling, recipes, thought-provoking ideas, nature.... and more.
Early morning is a precious time of peace and quiet
The sun just rising to dispel the fog and chase the shadows
As the morning glories open their brilliance in the dawn
And the birds sing their songs to begin their day
The world is waking up at such a time, yet is quiet still
Like lingering in bed for just a few more minutes
Waking up but remaining hushed in the early morn
A perfect time for reflecting and for praising God
How I enjoy that brief time before the day’s busyness starts
A time to focus on the One who made me and all the earth
A time to thank Him and set my thoughts before the rush
Becomes a time for the peace of the morning to seep into my soul
As I stand on the deck and look at the garden and trees
The distant horizon in view through a bit of fog
And the sun beginning to stream through the trees
It’s rays dispersed in a magical way
The garden with drops of dew on the green plants
That will later feel the heat of the sun
Currently soaks up the moisture and continues to grow
In this time of early morning refreshment
I too feel renewed in those early morning minutes
Soon the sun will gain its full strength for the day
Those early moments of the morning only a fleeting memory
But a memory that will stay with me through the day
My time with God in that quiet place is precious and vital
Reflecting on His Word and praising Him
Fixing my heart on Him as I prepare to walk in the day
Glorifying Him in the day after my dose of early morning with Him
I hope you have a place to meet with God in the morning or sometime in the day. I couldn't get through the days if I didn't spend time with Him often. I hope you also find strength in your time with Him.
Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear from you.
The winter was painfully long and hard With snow, sleet, ice and treacherous roads Bitterly cold temperatures and much wind It seemed a winter that would never end
The ground saturated from snow and ice As well as lots of rain, usually the freezing variety Finally gave way to big spring rains And led to much flooding in the area
The river carried additional water from the north To add to our already soaked ground The river spread into devastating lakes The usually welcome spring rains turned threatening
Despite the still swollen river land Grass is turning green and flowers are popping up Spring is a time of new beginnings again this year Even as the floodwaters remain and slowly recede
Some have lost much to the floods, others have lost all Four states and many people with lots of devastation Plans forcibly changed and futures now uncertain Yet, life goes on and new plans need to emerge
Much of life is similar in its disappointments and losses What hidden pain and loss is each person carrying As we see their smiling face and confident smile? A deeper look and a kind smile may be necessary
We all need hope... and a kind smile can encourage Heavy burdens remain, but can feel just a little lighter We can be isolated and uncaring in our own little world Or we can spread thoughtful kindness and hope to those around us
So many have been affected by the floods this year and the flooding will continue yet for weeks or months. I watched a farmer sitting in his truck on the side of the road gazing out at a huge lake that developed from the flooding. We stopped to talk with him and with a sad expression, he told us he was looking at his farm.
Thank you for visiting Gentle Joy Photography today. I hope you haven't been affected by this year's flooding, but I hope you will pray for those who have. Also, if you have been affected by the flooding, I am praying for you. I look forward to your comments. "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9
Winter wonderland pictures are fun to see and take. Everyday scenery becomes special with a coating of white. What was once plain becomes a bit magical......
A small stream area through the woods gives the appearance of an inviting path to adventure....
A quiet lake on a very cold morning... and the surprising sight of a man paddling back and forth on the lake.
An old tower, now cordoned off for safety, yet still standing in the snowy trees.......
A bit of nostalgia comes with this picture....
Snowy picnic table by the lake.... a peaceful scene. I love the beauty God has created in our world... and something like snow can enhance that beauty. I have sure enjoyed taking many photos and I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of them. Thank you for visiting my blog. For other winter blogposts, click on these..... The Winter Garden... In Pictures Bobsled Run.... Off the Deck???
I enjoy the beauty God has made and I take a lot of photos to record it. Whether clouds, sunsets, animals, fog, ice, trees or more, I love to photograph nature and that's what this blog is about.
This post is specifically about those glorious rays of the sun that peek through clouds, trees or other things. It can change a regular scene into something special... something mysterious.... something glorious.
I love being up in the early morning to be able to see the sun peek through the trees while the day just gets started. It is peaceful as well as beautiful. Since my family is large and I am kept very busy throughout each day, I love these quiet bits of time to enjoy the beauty of the earth that God has made.
The rays of light are beautiful, whether they go up, down or sideways. They are beautiful through fog, trees, smoke, between houses, around objects and they can transform an ordinary scene into something far more special. Do you enjoy the rays of sun? I hope you take time to enjoy the beauty God puts around us. I delight in living in the country now so that we can enjoy it more than ever, although we found LOTS of beauty to enjoy in the city also. We have lived in the country for almost a year now and the time has just flown by. You can read about it at this link: Living in the Country Thank you for visiting today. I'd love to hear from you in the comments. If you are interested, I also write another blog called Gentle Joy Homemaker
You may have read my post on Gentle Joy Homemaker, about living in the country. It has been a dream of ours for many years and finally it happened! You can read about it here if you are interested:
Living In the Country Anyway, on to the duck adventure..... Yes, we have ducks. Six of them, to be exact. Was it a dream of ours to have ducks someday? No.... never.....
So, why would we have ducks?
It started with a trip to the farm store for some forgotten reason. While there, we heard lots of peeps and chirps which led us to investigate and discover baby chicks and ducklings. They were so cute, of course... which is probably why they were close to the cash register area as a temptation. Yes, they were cute, and I thought that was that. My husband said the girls would LOVE to see those. I agreed and we went about our business. Later, another trip was made to the farm store to show the chicks and ducklings to the girls. I thought that was nice... they enjoyed it... but I was firm about saying we didn't need any ducks!
Our sons also had to go to the farm store for something and commented on the cute little ducklings. I agreed that they were cute and life went on. We had lots to do as we hadn't lived in our house in the country for very long and one son was graduating and another son got engaged. Life was busy, but it was so nice to live in the country. I was also very glad my husband had dropped the duckling idea. Whew. Then a few weeks later, one son came to us saying he wanted to buy 2 ducklings for the youngest sister for her birthday. I resisted ..... as the voice of reason..... too much work, it'll cost too much, what would we do with them as they got older, etc. By this time, son and husband were both very enthusiastic and countered all of my objections.
Now, don't get me wrong. I do NOT make the decisions for our family.... I just let my ideas be known because my husband had asked, "What do you think, Honey?" This went on for a while and excitement over the possible birthday surprise rose. I started feeling like I was holding up the party and figured that maybe I was being too inflexible, so I agreed she would love the ducks and since son and husband said they would take care of details, I hesitantly thought, "Ooookay... "
The day of her birthday was approaching, but ducklings were out of stock. What a disappointment... and a secret relief for me. Whew again!
Then the store had another unexpected duckling shipment arrive, so the surprise was still on. What a hard secret to keep!
Our Ducklings first pool was a small birdbath.
Our life began to revolve around ducks... they needed to be warm enough, but not too warm. They needed to eat... and then we also had to buy grit for them to be able to digest their food.... they liked the water, but couldn't stay in too long since they didn't have the ability to oil their feathers at such a young age, and more.
Our ducklings graduated to swimming in the wheelbarrow. They loved to have dandelions in the water for a snack.
A little pool gave the ducks more room to swim.
We learned, played with ducks, learned some more, cuddled ducks and kept learning.... and cleaning up after ducks. sigh.
Getting dried off and cuddled after swim time.... 2 very sleepy little ducks. So, that is how we ended up with 2 sweet little ducklings. I know, I know.... there are more than 2 ducks in the first picture in this post and you are right.... we do have more than 2 ducks now. How all of that came about is a story for another time.
The ducklings were fun and a lot of work also.... and our family thoroughly enjoyed them... and yes, I also learned to really like the ducks. All of the family loved to watch them and hold them. Join me again for more pictures and stories of these sweet little ducklings and our adventures with them. I would love to read your comments also... Thanks for visiting me here at Gentle Joy Photography. Find more posts on family, herbs, gardening, homeschooling, cooking, recipes, life and more by clicking on this link to my other blog: Gentle Joy Homemaker