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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

God’s Night

The devil does not have a claim on this day or any other

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Thought I would share some pictures from my trip home from the library today…The colors are disappearing fast, and I want to capture as much as I can.  The last four photos are of our yard and the road in front of the cottage.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:18-23

Planet earth may be getting old and full of evil and darkness, and the creation might be groaning, but the Light of the Creator still shines brightly for all to see, and it is still pretty awesome to behold on a golden autumn day!

And is it possible that while we are looking upon the beauty of God's creation, creation is looking back at us? At least we know that  other people are looking for some indication of the presence of Jesus within those of us who claim to be his followers.
Remember, we are His image do not forget to let your light shine!


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16


Anonymous said...

Lisa...we are image bearers and we can not forget this truth! What a beautiful display of Autumn's splendor my friend...thank you for sharing it with me today ~.~

Jane said...

Amen to that, Lisa! It really is a beautiful Autumn this year.

Crystal Mary said...

Amen to all of this!! Just love your autumn colours.. I remember my first winter in TN when all the leaves came off the trees and I thought they were dying. I couldn't stand to see them all grey and sad looking. We don't have that with all our trees in Australia so it was a shock to me. My hubby assured me they would be okay, and I was so happy when the leaves came back green. How amazing is creation!!

Sharon said...

I loved this. "The devil does not have a claim on this day..." He's been trying to attack me with a spirit of discouragement lately. Praying for God's strength to fight this battle. I was greatly encouraged by the Scripture you shared, and by your beautiful thoughts and photos. Thank you...


Deanna said...

It's a beautiful view. A nice reminder that indeed our light must shine bright, never forgetting that Christ's light never ceases to shine in times when darkness closes in. How great is our God!! Blessings & Peace, Deanna

Never Forsaken said...

You are welcome Maria. Hope you are well.
God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Jane,
Yes it is one of the best in terms of color...but probably the wettest!
We've had snow a couple times already too.
God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Crystal Mary,

What a sweet story...I guess someone unfamiliar with the season would think such a thing! Creation always amazes me...Every season has such dramatic changes.

God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Sharon,
I am praying for you my friend...and it is an honor to be able to do something to encourage a dear sister who is struggling...I know that every little bit helps.
Jesus is strong enough to carry you and your burdens.
It sure is hard though loosening our grip on things...A friend once told me that the word 'control' is written in smoke, as it is but an illusion that disappears as soon as we try to grasp it...She sure is right about that!
Discouragement is human...our only hope and joy is in the Lord...and He requires us to have patience in order to fully grasp that...but it is solid, a foothold and a promise...His presence is fullness of joy and the Holy Spirit indwells us...That is pretty close quarters to share with our Holy God! He is always there Sharon, always accessible. The devil is throwing stuff at us all the time in order to distract us from the peace and joy that God has given us with his presence.
The battlefield looks bad right now, but we are on the winning side...the only things lying dead on that field are all the false hopes and joys that we carry around in this world....That scripture says it all! Nothing can compare to the glory that awaits us!

God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Deanna,

The darker it gets all around us, the brighter that light of Christ becomes too.
In fact, the darker it gets, the more our focus is drawn to Him...and darkness must retreat from light...always.
~God bless~ Lisa

Brenda said...

Hi Lisa,
beautiful post and pics. That is right, when darkness and light come together there is only one that remains. I have always thought of the church like the moon, I think it is referred to as like the moon and the bridegroom like the sun in the scriptures. The lovely thing is that the moon has no light of it's own, it can only reflect on the darkened earth the light of the sun.
God bless you

Never Forsaken said...

Thanks Brenda.
I love that analogy, what a perfect picture of just how brightly the Son can reflect upon believers...The moon is the lesser light, but the sun is the light. Someday the sun will no longer be needed, such is the light of Christ...imagine how bright everything will be...imagine no darkness...not even a shadow. That will be a very vividly bright and colorful place!

Susie Swanson said...

Beautiful autumn you're having. our leaves are about gone. I love your pictures. Blessings.

child of God said...

Beautiful pictures!! Is that one of the coniferous trees that change colour?? We have a few around here but not many. I believe there are more in the higher elevation of where i live. They are so pretty.


Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures! God's love and light are definitely shining, and the beauty of fall is a good reminder of that. Lovely post!

Never Forsaken said...

Thank you, Sweetie...Yes, some of the pine species do turn color in the fall, but it is not always so vibrant...this year they are very eye-catching!
The second pic shows many in a distance...but they are all over the place this year. Most autumns they are a darker orange- gold...not as pretty.
I'm not sure if it is because of all the rain we've had this season, or because we've had more colder temps. It is the warm, sunny days and cold nights that make the leaves change...These particular pines look like white cedar...mine grow in a shady area, so they remain green...I should take a closer look at the yellow ones to see if they have tiny cones like mine do.
((hugs)) ~Lisa~

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Susie,
It goes by so fast, every day is different. November seems so dull and colorless after October...I guess it helps us to look forward to the snowy beauty to come!
I love the change of seasons.
~God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Connie,
Yes, His light shines on!
I love the scripture in John that says that Jesus, being the light, gives light to every man who enters the world...I guess it just depends upon what one chooses to do with that light, either deny it and allow darkness to fill them, or accept and display it proudly.
It is quite interesting how beautiful the transition from life to death (the shedding of leaves) is displayed just before the barren season for the trees...Maybe our lives can be that way too?
~God bless~ Lisa

Dixie@dcrelief said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for the scripture too.

Never Forsaken said...

You're welcome, Dixie.
That scripture is full of hope, isn't it?

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Yes it is Lisa, and I'd never thought about the 'adversary' having no claim on any day. Though you're absolutely right. Blessings friend.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

this is so positive. Made my day.

Dorothy Langlois said...

Such beauty you captured on your return home. I so enjoy the fall colors and try to go north in the fall to see them but it is often hard to judge the right time. We went to Oak Creek (near Sodona) a few weeks ago but it was too early.

I love the candle in your window. I have one in my front window that burns year round speaking welcome to those that arrive at my front door.

Have a blessed weekend and enjoy those beautiful leaves. God bless.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Sarah,
So happy you enjoyed this!
Have a great week :)
~God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Dorothy,
Our neighbor lives in Prescott AZ...but she also owns the cottage next to ours. She visited here for 3 weeks, and just left for home last week. She was blessed to have picked a good time to visit her Michigan cottage just in time for peak colors!
The leaves are all gone now, except for the golden pines, and our ash tree in the yard...time to await the white stuff now, lol.
~God bless~ Lisa

Anonymous said...

A beautiful post. And Oh, the Dogs!! So lovely.
Nature, the wondrous artwork of our Creator.... I'm sure it is sacred for this reason.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Alex,

Thank you!

I have always been awed and inspired by nature...Lately though I have wondered more and more about how much more glorious it will be when everything is made new (in heaven)...The most breath taking scenery here on earth will pale in comparison...We cannot even imagine it!
~God bless~

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