a Walk of Peace

I just wanted to share with you the beauty God has placed my family and I in…all I have to do is walk outside and look.

As I walked around my camera was clicking away. After about a half hour I stopped to sit under the willow tree on our bench.

I couldn’t help but be in awe. The breeze was blowing my hair everywhere and I noticed the sky. I couldn’t help myself — I found my eyes “looking up.”

I began walking again, but this time my gaze was up. Here I was, in the middle of such peaceful beauty while just beyond the trees lie a world in such turmoil: some fighting for their lives while others fear for their lives. And others in exhaustion yet freely giving of themselves with no regard of their life, while some display sheer selfishness. And more have entered into the gates of eternity.

It was such a contrast. There I stood, looking up into that vast blue sky powerless yet awefilled with thankfulness that God is infinitely powerful.

All I could do was pray.

So today, in the midst of whatever you are walking through — enjoy His handiwork.

From our backyard to yours.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Photographer: Colleen Woodruff

This Weekend’s Beauty

Stopping to smell the snow this weekend. With the barometer changing, this week has been difficult via migraines, but when I look outside, it reminds me of God. We have so much to be thankful for. His strength is perfect. His creation is perfect.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

It is Always a Good Day to Pick Flowers

“Mommy, can we pleeeeeeeeeeese go outside and check the flowers. I see some yellow!!! Please???” This is what I heard this morning. At first my answer was, “no” because of course there was much to do, school to get done…and….!!!!!

But, as a bit of time went by and I was asked once again, I could almost heard the Lord say, “Colleen, go smell the roses with your little one.” “The time, school, and stuff you are so concerned about will be okay.”

You know where we ended up…😉

There is something exciting about picking the first blooms of the season.

  • Thank you Lord for these little yellow blossoms that opened their beauty today.
  • Thank you for reminding us that Spring is coming and you are in control of seasons because you are the Creator.
  • Thank you for a little one that reminded me that it is always a good day to pick flowers, who is filled with excitement for God’s creation, bugs, bunnies, deer, dogs, and anything that has life because her eyes are open to see life and your beauty.

It is always a good day to pick flowers.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

it’s that simple

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It is really that simple. We can argue all we want. Debate. Strategize. Ignore. Complain. Scientifically seek answers. Survey. Seek to change government for or against. But in the scope of eternity, it changes nothing.

We are the creation. We have a Creator. It is impossible for what is fact to change no matter what anyone does or says.

God is God. He is the Creator. Everything is the created.

There is one response to this knowledge: REJECT or ACCEPT.

It is that simple.

Rejection: I choose me! Thus resulting in pretending to live this life as though I were in control and never seeing the fullness of life. Never!

Acceptance: I choose God! Thus resulting in placing this life I have been given back into the hands that created it to begin with. For the Creator knows his creations best.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Psalm 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

{and hundreds more verses we could post}

  • In Christ I am SHE {SAVED. HOPEFUL. EMPOWERED.}