Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thank You For the World So Sweet

One of the things I knew I would miss, once we moved, was our walk. My feet had traveled that little country road for years. When I began, it was a simple dirt road. On the rare occasion when a car or truck drove by, I was lost in a cloud of dust.

Eventually, when the Christian School took up residence not far from us, it was paved. I had to learn the best times to walk, as another school and then a small subdivision were added. It was a bit treacherous when the school buses and parents delivering children to the schools were out and about. Still I walked - sometimes alone, then with a friend, then with my husband.

It was when the stores joined the ever growing community, I knew the days of walking along this stretch of country road I had come to love were numbered.

We have found a new place to walk near our apartment. It is much more urban than I would like. I felt the loss for a while, but then I began to notice the gifts the Father had scattered along the way. Truly, He is always there sending love and grace - if we only have eyes to see.

There is something so calming about water - and water that dances and bubbles over is sheer delight.

Even in this man-made pond the little ducks find a home.

A beautiful "bouquet:"
Texas Sage

a lovely "etching" right in front of my feet!

acorns - in spite of the drought - containers filled with the potential for new life

the wind making the grasses dance

a field of sun flowers

tiny beauties

a "portrait" painted against an impossibly blue background

a splash of color

And this! I couldn't believe he would sit so quietly as I carefully approached. Amazing!

And these two elegant ladies

"Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything."

(Mrs. E. Rutter)

Linking to Ann's and the Gratitude Community


P.S. Our daughter is here for a visit from Paris. I will be spending as much time as I can with her. Please excuse me if I don't get to visit as much for the next couple of weeks.


  1. nice to go on your walk with you.

  2. I love the new things you found to love on your walk. Just beautiful, Linda!

  3. I love the peaceful to be around! Love all of your pictures.

    joy & blessings,

    I found you over at Ann's blog. I am counting too.

  4. He's everywhere our steps take us, isn't He?!

    I hope your time spent with your daughter is full of peace and blessing.

  5. That little prayer was used all the time by my little girls!

    I'm very happy for you and the upcoming visit with your daughter. God bless your time together.

  6. I love the way you have found new beauty in your new surroundings. Sometimes I have to drive to a place that is more appealing than my block (o:

  7. Oh the beauty is truly all around, isn't it Linda? I love seeing your eye for gifts in this beauty. Such pretty photos! I am so happy you have found this new place! :)

  8. What a shame that everything had to change from when you first started walking that area but you seem to have found a delightful new place to take walks.

    Enjoy your daughter's visit to the fullest:-) xoxo

  9. Wow, a visit from France! How fun. I'll miss you, but you'll have so much to write about! Glad I'm going to Maine soon so I'll have some new blogging fodder. I feel so empty of words once again!

  10. Sort of like the stages of life we pass through. We can either look at the what it used to be or open our eyes to the delight of today. Hugs and thank you for child sight.

  11. Oh, how I hate letting go of the old and comfortable things. But, he proves again and again, that he is in the new. Thank you for taking me on a walk with you! Hugs.

  12. wow, Linda, that is a lot of beauty right where you are.

    ( enjoy the visit with your daughter )

  13. I'm so glad you've found a new place to walk. And look at the beauty you have spied! That's just like you, Linda. Always seeing with God-eyes.

  14. Enjoy your daughter!

    Love the pics....

    A little sad about the move.... but what beautiful gifts await you!

    Grace & love,

  15. Thank you for sharing how you found the hand of God in the everyday. What a blessing to be able to see Him at work all around you!

  16. It's the little things that count. It is the reminder of God's presence amid our wanderings thinking that we have lost the beauty of the former times, when in the former times, we noticed the tiny bits of beauty all around us just the same.