Morning Mist

This is one of my favorite photos from a mountain retreat my middle child and I took the fall of 2014. It was a rather stressful time for both of us, but since we were homeschooling and had the freedom for a spur-of-the-moment excursion, we jumped in the minivan and drove three hours to a KOA cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Skyline Drive. It was a very relaxing time for both of us. We did some things together, and other things on our own, and we took turns choosing our together-activities. I won’t say we are inseparably close today, but there was some bonding formed as a result of our long-weekend getaway.

To capture this photo, I had to rise before dawn and drive for about an hour. Needless to say, this was one of my solo activities, as my son is not fond of rising before the sun, unless it’s to go hunting. To be honest, neither am I. Perhaps that’s why I like the photo so much—because it’s a rare one for me, and it required a certain degree of effort to obtain.

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Flee As a Bird ~ Psalm 11

Flee as a bird

In the LORD put I my trust.
How say ye to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?  

Psalm 11:1

This verse is particularly applicable to my marriage and the counsel I’ve received lately on that subject. One counselor in particular has schooled me in all the reasons I have to leave my husband (i.e. flee to my mountain). Are the reasons legitimate? Yes, but I refuse to listen, for I have put my trust in the Lord, not in my husband.

My husband has failed me, and he will fail me again. I too have failed him and will do so yet again. We don’t fail because we want to; we fail because we are flawed human beings. But God is not like us. He is perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, faithful, and true. He cares about our marriage because He created it. I can trust Him with every part of my life, including my marriage, for He is working all things together for my good and His glory. If you were to read the pages of my journal, you would see me coming back to this same truth over and over again. Perhaps I sound like a broken record, but I need to hear it repeatedly because I tend to forget.

Dear reader, if you are married, chances are you have also felt like quitting on your marriage, or you do now, or you will eventually. Maintaining a strong and fulfilling marriage takes hard work. I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me, I had no earthly idea what I was getting into when I got married. But the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. Conflict creates interest, as long as it doesn’t become the focus.

If you are unhappy in your marriage, perhaps it’s because you expect your spouse to make you happy. That is an unfair and selfish demand. Only Christ can fully, deeply, richly satisfy. I pray it does not take you as long to learn that as it did me.

I was going to keep this one to myself, but the Holy Spirit urged me to share, for He knows what needs are out there. I am not a marriage counselor, just someone who wants to encourage others to keep pressing on in the things that matter.

Written July 1, 2017
Photo taken on Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014

 

Mountains Majesty

Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. —1 Chronicles 29:11-13

mountains-virginiaStand and gaze
Mountain haze
Maker praise
For His ways
All our days

Glory be
Trinity
Unto Thee
Majesty
Bow the knee

 

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July 14, 2017 — Mini Monoverse
2 stanzas of 5 3-syllable lines in a,a,a,a,a / b,b,b,b,b
It should tell a story, but that is not imperative.
If doubled, the rhyme scheme of the two additional stanzas is c,c,c,c,c / d,d,d,d,d.

Mountain Photo Challenge

I saw Nancy Merrill Photography‘s post in my Reader list this morning, and decided to play along, since I absolutely love the mountains!

Here are some of my favorites….

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Lovers waiting for the sunset, Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014

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Rainbow Falls in Sapphire Valley, NC, 2012

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A monument to our fallen heroes, near Newmarket, Virginia, 2014

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Stone Mountain, North Carolina, 2012

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Narrows Falls, Sapphire Valley, 2012

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Acrylic painting of Narrows Falls, 2013

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Evening view from a mountain near Luray, Virginia, 2012

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Triptych acrylic painting of Virginia mountain sunset, 2013

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Virginia countryside outside Culpeper, 2013

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Panoramic view of the mountains on Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014