Showing posts with label #bluebonnets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #bluebonnets. Show all posts

Saturday, April 23, 2016

God Loves Diversity. God Loves Me

     My husband and I love to travel, often taking our travel trailer to sites of beauty. I would rather see God’s creation than all the shows or nightlife available. It’s not that the other is wrong, but nature is my preference. My travels demonstrate insights into God's personality.



Utah's crazy colored rock formations
1.     God loves color in all things.

 

A couple of years ago, we drove through Canyonlands and Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Even the rocks here come in red, green, and purple. A writer’s mind asks the question what if. If aliens did come from other planets, would they be chartreuse or turquoise?

 

2.     God loves different elevations.
 

Grand Tetons
 
from my back yard

 







On that same trip, the Grand Tetons wowed us with their stark climb to heaven, while in my hometown of Wichita Falls, the North Texas plain stretches for miles without much up and down. That makes for God’s use of color in sunsets to be enjoyed.

 








3.     God loves multiple flowers and trees.


Willow Loop between Johnson City and Fredericksburg
 

Earlier this month, our RV headed to the hill country of Central Texas, known for bluebonnets in the spring. My heart rejoiced at the beauty of many varieties of wildflowers. How God must love them! Central Texas abounds with more trees than we have at home, but it was on the coast at Goose Island State Park that God used a tree to impress me with the shortness of our lives. The Big Tree is a live oak known to be over a thousand years old. Wow! 

The 1000 year old big tree

4.     God loves water.



To me, watching water brings peace and tranquility unlike anything else on earth. Rivers, lakes, and creeks ripple along with continued precision despite my troubles or anxiety. My recent trip to Corpus Christi, Texas reminded me of God’s love of water. Never-ending ocean waves demonstrated God’s power and majesty. My heart pounded with the need for worship.
 
  5. God loves me.

 
Have you ever people-watched? Sit at a mall or on a beach and notice the different shapes, features, and colors. God created Adam and Eve much like any human on earth. We have two legs that stand upright, two arms, a mouth, and two eyes and ears, but isn’t it amazing how that basic outline can look so different? God loves diversity. He loved me at two hundred fifty pounds. He loves me now at one hundred forty-seven and seventy-three years old with more wrinkles than curls. Blessed is the name of the Lord.

 
 

For God so loved the world (people) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                        John 3:16

 

God gave His only Son to die on the cross for whosoever (anyone). That means me! How tiny a speck I am among the vast creations of the Lord. What amazing grace and love does He show me every day.

 
God love me, and God loves you.

Let that thought wander through your mind this weekend. Let it settle in your heart and stabilize your life.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Are You Blooming?

The last couple days, I've been struggling with low self esteem, again. During my days of binge-eating and compulsive emotional outbursts, my self-hate videos ran non-stop. After God healed me emotionally, I gradually lost ninety-five pounds, and my self confidence bounded into a new creature.

 
Blooming in the Cacti Patch


How discouraging at times when, after years since that healing, I slip back into a negative pattern. It begins with thoughts like, "How stupid can I be," and "Me and my big mouth messed up again, or "I can't do anything right."

Jesus is our example. He counteracted temptation with God's Word, so yesterday, I began quoting such things as:

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works.    Psalm 139:14 NKJV


 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here. 
                            2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Blooming in the Valley

My hubby and I and good friends took our travel trailers to the Texas hill country this month. The bluebonnets were prettier than I'd seen them in many years. Because of this, I was reminded today of a quote I heard somewhere.


"Bloom wherever you're planted."

Blooming by the Roadside



Where are you planted at this moment?

By the roadside?
In the cacti patch?
In the valley?







A sweet online friend, Gail Kittleson, uses a tagline for her writing that I love.



               Dare to Bloom


Just as God planted these bluebonnets in unlikely places along a lonely road, God in us makes something beautiful.


Are you blooming where God has placed you right now? I'm working on it.