Friday, September 19, 2008

By the Seaside...

With a day like yesterday (cooler temps and delightful breezes),
the thought of going to the open shore encompassed my mind.
We packed a lunch, along with a tablecloth,
a few beach toys, a good book, and a journal
and set off for a relaxing time out-of-doors...

The younger ones were very eager
to dip their toes in the water...

... and welcome the crashing of waves...

They, also, enjoyed playing in the sand...

Ally and I, mostly, kept to the shore
and enjoyed watching the children...

as well as reading a good book...

And, of course, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smell
of God's beautiful creation...

We LOVE sea oats...
especially listening to them!

We, also, delighted in watching the shorebirds
as they searched for food...

(I couldn't help but think both were shrimping)

The children, too, enjoyed their lunch
on the beach (with a feathered friend)...

We had a lovely time.
It was a blessing, for me, to sit on the shore,
watching my precious ones, observing His creation,
closing my eyes to listen to His creation singing their praise,
taking in the wonderful smells the salt air brings,
praying in my heart, pouring it out on paper,
collecting my thoughts,
and listening to the still small voice of God.

May we take time to listen and hear that still small voice...

"And he said, Go forth, and stand
upon the mount before the LORD.
And, behold, the LORD passed by,
and a great and strong wind rent the mountains,
brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD;
but the LORD was not in the wind:
and after the wind an earthquake;
but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire;
but the LORD was not in the fire:
and after the fire a still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it..."
~ 1 Kings 19:11-13

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
~ Matthew 11::15

"But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear."
~ Matthew 13:16


Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

These pictures are beautiful! What a wonderful time.

I am enjoying the cooler weather during the day and the colder weather at night ;).

Hope you have a great weekend.

Kristy... said...

I wish we had a spot like this to go to more frequently! HOW BEAUTIFUL..
ALl your photos always look like they belong on a hallmark card or something :P
Doesnt hurt that you got such CUTE kids :D

Deborah said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like you enjoyed a lovely day.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a wonderful day you guys had! Just delightful.

debhmom3 said...

Those pictures are stunning! That water is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the beauty around you with the rest of us.

Jennifer said...

What beautiful pictures!! It makes me want to be sitting by the seashore:)

Alesha said...

These pics are just gorgeous!

I am so glad you have a lovely relaxed day at the beach. You brought tears to my eyes, because I could almost hear your "sigh" as you relaxed there.

Thanks for sharing,

That Good Part said...

There is just something about the shore, isn't it?

What a lovely spot you all have to frolic!

Enjoyed the verses you included!♥

Anonymous said...

Oh how nice to be able to wet your toes in the ocean.

Anonymous said...

hi Christina,
what beautiful photos. such a wonderful day and the children all looked like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Hope you got my emails thanking you recently??
I am loving the tea so much!
hugs Sandra nz

Sharon said...

Looks like a wonderful day. Wish we could have been there with you.

Lisa said...

Oh I wish the girl's and I lived closer to the ocean. I love the sun, it gives me so muh energy. These pictures are just wonderful!
Blessings to you and yours.


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