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"Spacious Skies"

Friday, April 7, 2023

Shores Waterfront Park - “Tree of Shame”

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:8

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

Matanzas River, Crescent Bridge - Good Friday


Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane.  He said to the disciples, “Stay here while I go and pray over there.”  When he took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, he began to feel sad and anxious.  Then he said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert with me.”  Then he went a short distance farther and fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it’s possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.”  He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay alert one hour with me?  Stay alert and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation. The spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak.”  A second time he went away and prayed, “My Father, if it’s not possible that this cup be taken away unless I drink it, then let it be what you want.”  Again he came and found them sleeping. Their eyes were heavy with sleep.  But he left them and again went and prayed the same words for the third time.  Then he came to his disciples and said to them, “Will you sleep and rest all night?   Look, the time has come for the Human One to be betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up. Let’s go. Look, here comes my betrayer.”

Matthew 26:36-46

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Jewel Lake Trail - “The LORD is Good, a Refuge in Times of Trouble”

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. 
The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. 
He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. 
The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. 
Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. 
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Nahum 1:2-7


Canopy Park - A Walk in the Woods - “Your Word, LORD, is Eternal”

Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 
Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 
Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
Psalm 119:89-91


Pellicer Creek Canoe Trail - “Seek the LORD”

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:3

Horseshoes Falls - “Love One Another”

Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
JOHN 13:34 (NIV)

Rocky Mountains - “The Son of Man came to Serve”


The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. 

Matthew 20:28

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Matanzas River Sunset - “By His Wounds We are Healed”


But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Monday, April 3, 2023

Garden of the Gods - “I am the Living One”


I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Revelations 1:18

Favor Dykes Park - “I Am the Alpha and the Omega”

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelations 1:8

Lake Irene, Rocky Mountains - “Behold, He is Coming with the Clouds”

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”  So shall it be! Amen.

Revelations 1:7

Kawuneeche Valley, Colorado River - “Who Is, and Who was, and Who is to Come”

 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne…

Revelations 1:4

Jekyll Island, Georgia - Choose to Rejoice

Though the fig tree doesn’t bloom, and there’s no produce on the vine; though the olive crop withers, and the fields don’t provide food . . . I will rejoice in the Lord. I will rejoice in the God of my deliverance.
HABAKKUK 3:17-18 (CEB)


Saturday, April 1, 2023

West Horseshoe Park - “Who Shall Separate Us from the Love of Christ?”

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Pellicer Creek - “God Knows Us”

 You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? 

You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. 
Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! 
How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us.”

Jeremiah 12:1-4

Princess Place Preserve - “Living Signs”


God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.”

Friday, March 31, 2023

Garden of Cliffs - “God Surprises”


Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Cummins Falls, Blackburn Fork River - “My Heart Trusts in Him”

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
PSALM 28:7 (NIV)

Colorado River Trailhead, Rocky Mountains - “Lost and Found”

If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?

Estes Park, Rocky Mountains - “ Marked with a Seal”

In order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:12-14


Hiwassee River, Cherokee County - “Perfect Peace”


You will keep in perfect peace

    those whose minds are steadfast,

    because they trust in you.

Trust in the LORD forever,

    for the LORD, the LORD himself, 

        is the Rock eternal.

                Isaiah 26:3-4

Garden of the Gods - “Who Are You?”

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
JOHN 1:23 (NIV)

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Pellicer Creek Paddle Trail - “Encourage One Another”

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

Historic Fort Matanzas - “I Stand at the Door and Knock”

 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.  Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:19-20 

Old Barn, Abingdon, Virginia - “Great is Your Faithfulness”

 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Faver Dykes Nature Trail - God is Listening

 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Middle Fork Holston River Abingdon, Virginia - “Do Not Be Anxious about Anything”

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina - “The LORD is My Strength”

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
PSALM 28:7 (NIV)

Old Fall River Road, Rocky Mountains - “The Son Of Man Came to Seek and to Save the Lost”


Luke 19:5-9

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Trail Bridge Road, Rocky Mountains - “Adoption as His Children”


[God] destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.

Moultrie Creek Fishing - Be a Servant to Others

Serve one another humbly in love.

Washington Oaks State Park - “Whoever Refreshes Others will Be Refreshed”


A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Castillo de San Marcos - “Be Not Forgetful to Entertain Strangers”


Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Fort Matanzas Beach - “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for his Soul?

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Mark 8:34-38

Lake Junaluska - I Confess with My Mouth “Jesus is LORD”


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13