Thursday, September 13, 2012

Peace That Passes All Understanding

I know these are troubled times…my goodness, that may be the understatement of the year!  Some days I feel like everything is going to unravel at any moment then other days like right now when I think there’d be plenty or reason to feel pretty upset I feel a peace I can’t describe.  9/11 I spent the day talking to my kids about that day and watching some videos…it was hard, then the attacks on the embassy followed by further unrest in the Middle East and here I am with a peace I can’t understand.  It’s not that I’m unaffected…it’s a thing with my heart deep down beyond my thoughts.  I know something big is going to happen, it’s just a matter of time but for now I’ll enjoy the peace which I don’t feel all that often these days and keep my eyes open both naturally and spiritually.

Our salamander thinks it’s just another day…note he’s pulled out the latest in Tiger Salamander fashion.  He often digs under his water dish now and just shows his face(when he’s hungry) and his tail when he’d rather not be disturbed.  Wish I could do that sometimes!  Today I went out a bit earlier than usual to try and find some pictures for the blog.  Sometimes it feels like nothing in all the world could ever change.  What I see as a solid and somehow comforting view the cows view as highly unusual.  They think I’m pretty weird…I think the looks they give me are priceless.  The lingering sounds of summer are so comforting…there’s the steady chirp of crickets and chirps of various birds…especially near the pond.  I figured since it was such a wonderful morning why not go for some different angles and see what I could see?  The thistles are thriving and getting near them requires some discomfort but I felt it was worth it.  I enjoyed moving out a little further near the irrigation ditch to indulge in the wonderful view that was offered!  The swirling eddies of the ditch brought me to a whole new level of peace today.  Sometimes the best way to find a good shot is just to turn around and see what’s been behind you the whole time.  Moving up a little I thought this dead tree provided for an opportunity for some nice framing.  I was beginning to get covered with fuzz from the various weeds spreading themselves everywhere at this point.  It’s time to head back though I do miss it when I have to go.  Let not your hearts be troubled my friends.  God bless and keep you.

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  1. Thank you for your last two sentences Joe. I really needed to hear that right now.

    Thank you for the pictures too; they are beautiful!

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    1. I needed those words myself my friend, thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate it.

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  2. these are indeed troubled times and i too feel this is not the end of it, rather the start of something far worse to come,,,the pictures are so pretty and show the beauty of this country that we should all be fighting to protect !

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    1. No, it has only begun my friend, if this one doesn't lead to a world war I'll be surprised. There's a line to a song I've been thinking about lately that says: "...you don't always know where you stand until you know you won't run away." I think we are nearing this point. My comfort is that we are not alone in this decision...God is surely with us.

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  3. I too have found peace during a time of utter troubles. To me it was God who blocked out all emotion and gave me inner peace that all will be alright. Wonderful post and incredible photos.

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    1. I'm with you Toodie, so glad to see you stopped by today!

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  4. Great post Joe. Loved looking at your pictures, and that pond looks so inviting ,and so Peaceful. Definitely my kind of place.

    It is so wonderful when we experienced the Peace that Passes all understanding. God is watching over His Children and all that goes on in this world. Nothing catches Him by surprise for He is in control of all things. That can be so reassuring. Our God is an "Awesome" God.
    Take care and God Bless you Joe.
    Dianne :)

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  5. Hey thank you Dianne, it is an inviting place behind our house though I don't often go very far back there. Bless you too my friend.

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    1. It sure does John, or a ditch to be exact.

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  7. Hello Joe,

    Enjoyed looking at your pictures. Your words gave me food for thought, perhaps things I don't want to think about too deeply at present. However, somehow it does put into perspective all the personal things that trouble me at this time and like you through all that is going on world wise, also personal, although I wobble, like last night, I wobbled, that Perfect Peace is there.

    Peace continue to be with you and yours - Nita

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Nita, things are worse today then it's been yet so peaces is certainly needed. I have been working to be aware of world events...others are more in need then we are and it is a time when prayer is really needed. Bless you my friend.

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  8. Loved your blog once again Joe . How real and rich the world is in all Nature of things places and people. Let us all keep praying for Peace everywhere.
    Have the most beautiful weekend.

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    1. So glad you liked it Lisa, it seems more needful than ever before to have some peace. I can't make it happen outside me sometimes but that inner peace...well, I thank God for it! Have a great weekend too my friend.

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  9. Yes Joe the world is a very troubled place right now. I too feel something is going to happen soon. My faith in God and his plan gives me comfort. I love now you tried some new angles at viewing the same area. It really can make a difference in the photo. Wonderful series.. Have a bless week. Hugs Carrie

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    1. Angles make a huge difference don't they? I love that scene back there but know it doesn't hurt to try something a little different with that and see where it goes. God is our strong tower...in tough times and easy. Blessings my friend.

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  10. Lovely photos. Even with all that is happening, I'm not worried because I know God is in control.

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    1. Thank you my friend. I believe God is in control too however I know that dark times are ahead and I pray for grace through it all. Have a blessed weekend.

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  11. Oh Joe. What perfect words here and what beautiful pictures. I feel deeply about both and I say this with the fullness of my heart.

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  12. I'm glad to hear it Carole. The times that we live in more than ever make me appreciate peace and see that it's worth fighting for you know? Over the last couple of days I have been really holding fast to what I know to be true in my heart. I refuse to be moved by a false peace or bury my head in the sand rather I want to face this life eyes wide open and still have that peace in spite of it all. Bless you my friend.

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