Turn off alarm at 4:00 AM, check! Head out to the boxing gym at 4:30 AM, check! 5:00 AM workout, check! Protein shake at 6:00 AM, check! Grab the Fuji X-T30 at 6:08 AM and park adjacent to the corn field, check! Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and snap some shots at 6-something AM, check! Nook-morning to you! Have a wonderful day!
no sun today and that's ok i won't tell the clouds to go away they can stay it's a cloudrise day
dear cloudrise help me feel the sad in me and to be real and just be free to be sad pensive gray apprehensive stay here with me
there is beauty in the shadow longing in the sky questions in my soul sometimes all i know is i don't know why it's overcast and colorless and with a sigh the teacher said everything is meaningless so i just breathe just breathe
so help me wait in this pale dawn help me to see that i belong to You though the light is dim i still see Him and i will remain still quiet hopeful one day no tears one day no fear one day all will be right all will be Light until then my tears will help me welcome this cloudrise
starved rock fall
Starved Rock Sate Park, in Utica, IL, is always fun to visit, but in the Fall it can be just breathtaking. Situated along the Illinois River, it is a welcome contrast to the soybean fields and corn fields that dominate the landscape in this part of the midwest.
still as the tree
all the color will soon fall and the barren trees will sing cold and wind snow and ice will paint the boughs with chilled beauty as leaves are tossed and lost are the dried and cracked memories of hues and tones that proudly shouted i am here let's welcome winter when it enters our souls sometimes what we think is gold needs to fade be swept away in the wind of the Spirit may we bend and break let proud color and hues fall in surrender self must fade and give way to the dark long nights He will hold us tight through the cold and the questions and the monochrome feelings we must stand still as the tree and wait for life to start again in His time His way His truth His life will spring for we wait and in the waiting He is present we wait He is comfort He is love we wait in His love
dear Lord when i am restless let the tranquility of your Spirit the comfort of your word the light of your love be my peace and still my stirring
when i am anxious let the power of your grace the assurance of your sovereignty the goodness of your will warm the frozen fear i feel inside release the heart shackles and settle my thoughts in the river of your presence
when i am triggered angry let your mercy help me remember how much is broken in me let your justice be the end of my longing let my heart be open to you and this world send me as your loving healing presence as i receive your love and your healing
when i am lost bring me home when i am so sad that light seems a memory and hope a forgotten song reorient my mind reset my spirit
help me see that the suffering is but a moment that all i long for awaits in your house no more tears no need of light or sun no darkness
thank you my dear Lord thank you
let us be still
it’s the beauty and simplicity that we often miss the radiance and light that we just don’t see the comfort and the healing that we lay aside oh let us rest let us be still for the greatest of these is love the greatest of these is love it’s the glory and presence that we often ignore a sunrise a bird song a baby’s laughter the colors of all the leaves as they fall grace is always in season oh let us rest let us be still for the greatest of these is love the greatest of these is love it’s the bitterness and anger and rage that can lead us to waste our pain we pursue justice at the expense of our souls and become that which we loath oh let us rest let us be still for the greatest of these is love the greatest of these is love God our world is in trouble but greater still is my troubled soul my anxious thoughts God i need you to settle this restless heart help me to see beauty simplicity your presence your glory right here to laugh like a child and to sing your praise and your renown with the colors and the seasons oh let us rest let us be still for the greatest of these is love the greatest of these is love
lift up your eyes
lift up your eyes oh weary one and let His love clothe the lies mend the wounds and sing over you lift up your eyes oh sacred soul you matter more than anyone knows let His grace lift your head you bear His image be at peace be at peace lift up your eyes oh shame filled one and let His presence surround the sorrow all the monochrome guilt and shame will be restored in the color of His deliverance in the brilliance of His countenance in the suffering of His love lift up your eyes be at peace and rest be at peace and rest
A beautiful Fall morning in my little hometown. Hope you have a great day and a wonderful week!
glimpses of fall part 2
Enjoyed time with my colleagues during our annual retreat in Baraboo, Wisconsin. These images were taken at Devil’s Lake State Park. Thanks for stopping by.
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