This is a picture I found of the overly fast-paced Los Angeles, California. In the distance is a beautiful snow-capped mountain called Mount Baldy. This is a mountain that I heard recently about, and I now have hopes of exploring it. I have heard that it is a breathtaking area!
Have any of my readers climbed Baldy before? What are some of your favorite places to explore?
As I was sitting in church last night, the pastor said something that I deeply relate to: “The place you go to best hear God’s Word is in the wilderness.” To me, there is nothing but truth behind this statement.
When I used to live in the mountains, I would go explore the wilderness that surrounded my house. If I was upset about something, I would whistle for my dog and have him follow me as I walked right into the woods – there was nothing like having a happy companion by my side. We would venture out; he would joyfully pick up sticks and chase squirrels as I would spill my heart out to the LORD. And as I sat and prayed deep in the pine trees and mountains, my yellow lab would look up at me and cock his head in a confused manner. He would sit at my feet and wait for my prayer to finish. Then he would confidently stand up and lead us deeper into the woods. I would walk and pray, and God would answer and calm my heated spirit. And no matter what, He would always keep my yellow lab, my companion, right there by my side.
We would turn around and hike back home together. The anger I housed on the way in would always be converted into happiness and appreciation on the way out. I was always astounded by the beauty of the wilderness that surrounded us. Nothing could bring me any closer to God than my experiences in the dirt, mud, snow, and trees. The wilderness is deep, and God’s love for us is even deeper. We must always take a look at the natural beauty He places around us, and we should always enjoy the love and friendship we have with our companions. NOTHING can trump His works.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
I felt the need to share this photo for those of you who have never lived in a snowy environment. After a harsh storm, the clouds will break and reveal the most pure blue sky. When the white power just starts to ice over, it gains somewhat of a reflective property which makes the whole environment scream blueish-white.
Is this something that man can manufacture? Absolutely not.
When I used to live in the mountains, my brothers and I greatly looked forward to the first snow of the season. One cold winter, our mountain was pelted and drowned in a fluffy layer of white. The cold powder engulfed the green landscape and muffled all sounds – there was nothing but peace. The world stood still, and we were given a chance to take in the beautiful silence and serenity of mountain. We loaded up some gear and wandered out on an old service road that led straight into a white wilderness. Here is a picture from the start of our adventure.
“O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).
All of us in the United States of America are free people due to the dedication, honor, and power of our military. Each branch deserves a shout-out and a prayer, and each one does an amazing job at protecting this nation.
The Lord grants the military with courage and wilfulness through the hardest of times. I am ever so thankful for their selfless acts in defending our country. Always remember to pray for our Soldiers, Coastguardsmen, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines: they are doing you the greatest favor possible.
“This We’ll Defend.” “Semper Paratus” (Always Prepared). “Non Sibi Sed Patriae” (Not Self, but Country). “Aim High…Fly-Fight-Win.” “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful).
Happy Veteran’s Day Weekend! Make sure you thank as many vets as possible.
A few years ago I was hunting with my brother and father. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty that we wandered through. After reaching high ground, I saw a shimmer in the distance: water. We came closer and found a small, crystal-clear lake that was almost hypnotizing. The cold air dusted the top of the glassy lake as we approached it. This private lake was a blessing-we found water! I hope you enjoy this photo.
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” John 4:14.
I recently moved from a small mountain town to a large, suburban area. Even though I am loving this blessing of a new chapter in my life, I need my own personal time to be able to escape from the busy lifestyle of the city. This is a picture of a recent bike climb I did. I started out far in the distance and reached a dirt trail. I had no idea where I was going, but I decided to peddle further and further. I was only able to do this because of the strength that was given to me by God.
We must always remember to put our lives in God’s hands. Sometimes we become too wrapped up in our busy lives; we leave no time for what is most important. We are all far from perfect, but we should always try to put our strength in the LORD.
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Psalm 118:14).