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Friday, March 19, 2021

Joy Comes in the Morning


For His anger is but for a moment, 
His favor is for a lifetime; 
Weeping may last for the night, 
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psalms 30:5 NASV

The Work of Your Fingers


When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?  For You have made him a little lower than the angels And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalms 8:3-5 NKJV

A Tree Planted by the Rivers of Water

He shall be like a tree 
Planted by the rivers of water, 
That brings forth its fruit in its season, 
Whose leaf also shall not wither; 
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalms 1:3 NKJV

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Moon never Beams without bringing me Dreams


Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love--
I and my Annabel Lee--
With a love that the winged seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee,
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me, 
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me--
Yes!--that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we--
Of many far wiser than we--
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, i lie down by the side
Of my darling--my daring--my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea--
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

By Edgar Allan Poe

The Sun knows when to go down

He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.  You bring darkness, it becomes night , and all the beasts of the forest prowl.  The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.  The sun rises, and they steal away, they return and lie down in their dens.  How many are your works, Lord!  In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number--living things both large and small.

~Psalm 104:19-26 NIV

The Clouds are His Chariot


The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.  and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.  He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.  He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.  He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.

`Psalm 104:2-5

Stirring Up the Sea

 This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars, to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar--the Lord Almighty is his name.

~Jeremiah 31:35

Who will inherit the Wind?


Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

~Proverbs 11:29 ESV

A Mighty Rushing Wind


When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

~Acts 2:1-4 ESV

Peace! Be Still!


 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace!  Be Still!"  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

~Mark 4:39 ESV

The Wind Blows Where it Wishes


"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit."

~John 3:8 ESV

Saturday, March 13, 2021

See How Flowers of the Field Grow

 "And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith?"

Matthew 6:28-30 NIV

Awake, North Wind, and Come, South Wind!

Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!  Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere.  Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.
Song of Songs 6:2 NIV


Season of Singing has Come


See!  The Winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

~Song of Songs 2:11-12 NIV

How the Wild Flowers Grow


"Consider how the wild flowers grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

~Luke 12:27

The Crown of Life


But the rich should take pride in their humiliations - since they will pass away like a wild flower.  For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossoms falls and its beauty is destroyed.  In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.  Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:10-12

Grass Withers and Flowers Fall


A voice says, "Cry out."  And I said, "What shall I cry?"  "All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.  Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."  

~Isaiah 40:6-8 NIV

Seasons of Life

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Joy and Sadness of Itsy Bitsy Spider

The memories of my daughter as she was growing up dancing, singing, laughing, riding her bike, playing with her toys, watching Disney movies, drawing and coloring brings me so much joy and appreciation of her talents, personality, fun loving and adventurous nature. This journey of loss and grief is a long one but I also feel joy and grateful to God for giving me this precious daughter to share and love for a short time. When Crystal was in kindergarten I made a spider costume for her Kindergarten play.  She was the itsy bitty spider that crawled up the water spout.  Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.  Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, and the itsy bitsy spider went up the sprout again.  I also read to her the nursery rhyme of Little Miss Muffet.  I loved those rhymes when I was her age and it was a joy to share them with her and to sew her the costume.  I feel both joy of my own childhood memories, joy of the memories of her in her costume as well as sadness when I hear these nursery rhymes.  I can see beyond the pain with appreciation and joy of having her as my daughter.  The threads of Joy and Sadness are part of the tapestry woven together in my daily life.  As long as I breath my love for her is and always will be a part of me.

Little Miss Muffet

Little miss Muffet she sat on her tuffet, eating her curds eating and whey
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened miss Muffet away.

Healing Touch


These pictures are from Garden of the Gods, a silhouette of the canyons stretching across the horizon.  The healing touch of nature is what I seek when I need calmness and serenity in my life.  Jesus stretches out his hand to give a handling touch for those who seek him.  When our daughter died, I couldn't sleep or rest without tears falling.  I was in anguish, my heart was broken and the tears fell endlessly.  It was my husband holding me in his arms until I finally went to sleep each night that helped to calm and comfort me.  Through my husband actions, I experience God's presence in those moments of anguish and sorrow.

Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him.  ~Mark 1:41 NRSV

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Cascade Falls

A hike to Cascade Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Traces of Faith


Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
~Psalm 112:1 NIV
 Like a flowing river down a mountain slope leaving traces of fresh misty drops in the air, I hope this blog leaves traces of faith for those who enjoy my photography and read the Bible Verses I select for the nature scenes.  

What Now?

Isaiah asks, "Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth."  (Isaiah 40:28 NIV)  
As time passed, after my daughter's death and during the pandemic lockdowns, all church programs and activities were shutdown so isolation, loneliness and illness became a way of life for many.  I ask God, What now?  I ask the Lord to lead me to a new ministry.  Something I could do that would help me with my grief, keep my daughter's art alive, and to serve God the same time.  I started a card ministry to use my daughter's artwork and my photography to spread uplifting messages and encouragement to the lonely, elderly, orphans and foster children.  My card ministry is called Crystal Expressions.  It has expanded to Spiritual Cards, handcrafted cards as well as photography mounted cards and now I have started painting watercolor cards.  For SIFAT, an international Christian organization, I custom printed Spanish Bible Verse Cards for them to send to their students and alumni in South and Central America,  I was informed this week that they are traveling to Costa Rico and plan to distribute my cards to their Spanish students living there.  God has opened the door for me to spread his Word through this card ministry and the opportunities keep flowing in.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Weight of Guilt


Sometimes it is the last stone to be lifted from the grieving heart--the inability to accept forgiveness.  It's a mountain for me to climb.  Not being there during my daughter's last weeks and days of her short live.  She was in Anguilla far from home.  I ask myself a thousands times why didn't I do this or that to persuade her to come home.  I know if she knew how serious her health had deteriorated, she would have seek help.  None of us knew but I allow weeks to go by without talking to her.  Pancreatic encephalopathy is associated with symptoms like confusion, hallucinations, agitation and apathy.  She had all those symptoms.  She was volatile so our relationship was strained.  I didn't know how to help her and she was very angry.  Her pancreas had stopped functioning properly and her blood sugar was out of control.  Her body was starving and she was not taking her medication for depression.  How could things get so out of control?  I pray for God to help me with this  mountain of guilt.  I miss my girl so much.   There were people in her life who took serious advantage of her addictions.  Addiction is an illness and those who supply drugs and alcohol are destroying so many young people's lives.  I have not been able to forgive those individuals.   Forgiving myself is hard enough but to forgive those who harmed her is even more difficult.  I need to unload this weight of guilt and to forgive.  Pray for me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Renew my Strength


Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

~Isaiah 40:31 NRSV

I can find renewed strength as I wait for the Lord.

Ancient Paths

The Lord proclaims:  Stop at the crossroads and look around; ask for the ancient paths.  Where is the good way?  Then walk in it and find a resting place for yourselves.

~Jeremiah 6:16 CEB
  Though God's paths are ancient, they are also timeless.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Mine is the Sunlight

" Morning Has Broken"

(3rd Stanza)

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light
Eden saw play,
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
God's re-creation
Of the new day!

Sweet the Rain's New Fall


"Morning Has Broken"

(1st and 2nd Stanza)

Morning has broken
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing
Fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall
Sunlit from Heaven,
Like the first dewfall
On the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where his feet pass.


Bunessan is a Gaelic tune that was first published in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger."  The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

Child in the Manger
Author: Mary Macdonald (1789-1872)
Translator:  L. Macbean (1888)

Child in the manger,
Infant of Mary;
Outcast and stranger,
Lord of all;
Child who inherits
All our transgressions,
All our demerits
On Him fall.

Once the most holy
Child of Salvation
Gently and lowly
Lived below'
Now as our glorious
Mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious
O'er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him
Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him
On His throne;
Worthy our Savior
Of all our praises;
Happy forever
Are His own.

Morning has Broken


"Morning has broken" is the title of a Christian hymn first published in 1931.  It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and was inspired by the village of Alfriston in East Sussex, then set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune, "Bunessan".  It was recorded by English pop musician and folk singer Cat Stevens in 1971.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light

is the bird
that feels the light
And sings
when the dawn
is still dark.

~Rabindranath Tagore

God Whispers to Us


"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

~C.S. Lewis

I Believe


"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

~C.S. Lewis

Courage, Dear Heart

 "Courage, Dear Heart."

~C.S. Lewis from The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Peace in the Storm


Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrent's and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock.

~Matthew 7:24-25

My Hope is in You


Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior; and my hope is in you.

~Psalm 25:5 NIV

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Blessing of Tears


The psalmist said, 

"You number my wanderings; 
Put my tears into Your bottle; 
Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You, 
Then my enemies will turn back; 
This I know, because God is for me.
In God (I will praise His word),
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?"

~Psalm 56:8-9-11

"When we have walked through pain and grief, we may be the only ones able to see clearly another person walking the same path -- and there our tears can meet.  Truly, tears can be God's blessing for this life."  ~Eleanor Cowles (Upper Room)

"Remain in My Love"


Jesus said, "As the Father loved me, I too have loved you.  Remain in my love."
~John 15:9 CEB