Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Looming Wall

Pixabay photo, adapted from original for The Looming Wall

Pixabay photo, adapted from original for The Looming Wall

The Looming Wall

This wall looms.
It pops up out of nowhere,
It raises its ugly head.

A wall of dread ~
Of what might happen,
Of what life may bring.

A wall of uncertainty ~
Of not knowing for sure,
Of not seeing in full.

A wall of hurt ~
Of getting lost in the pain,
Of thinking others don’t care.

A wall of perplexity ~
Of overwhelming trouble,
Of impossible circumstances.

A wall of despair ~
Of losing hope,
Of seeing no way through.

This wall looms ~
Always wanting its way,
Always threatening to stay.

Until God’s path shines ~
It is always right on time,
It is faithful and true.

A path of peace ~
That He is in control,
That He will not leave.

A path of assurance ~
That He goes before,
That His ways are good.

A path of comfort ~
That He understands,
That He really cares.

A path of power ~
That He is greater,
That He can do anything.

A path of promise ~
That He will come through,
That He will make a way.

God’s path is sure.
Always forging through,
Always leaping over walls that loom.

By You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.
Psalm 18:29

The Looming Wall

Sue Nash/ 2013

Of Your Wonders ~ Facebook Page Annoucement

Of Your Wonders
I will speak of the glorious honour of Thy majesty, and of Thy wondrous works.

Psalm 145:5

My post today has a dual purpose.  I wanted to showcase a couple of recent photos and to announce my new Facebook page, Heavenly Raindrops.  It is my intention to use this site as a place to house my images.  Many of them will have links to blog posts which further expound. 

Because of sizing and positioning quirks inherent to Facebook Pages (which are driving me crazy ~ would appreciate any suggestions), I may also have alternate images on my blog.  For instance, the image above is the full view with the text overlaid in the way I preferred.  This is how I tweaked it for Facebook:

Of Your Wonders for FB

I have already posted this one on the News Feed, but it can still be accessed directly on my Facebook page.  My hope is that others will share these and participate in spreading God’s glory through social networking. 

As you may have noticed, I am not a professional photographer or designer.  I am self-taught, and a rookie, at best.  However, all God asks is my willingness to use the abilities He has given me, and to create what He inspires.  I am living proof that He uses clay!

I would love to have my blog followers Like my new site!  You can follow this link, or click the Like button on my home page.  

Now, back to the photo part of this post! 

My wild azaleas bloomed recently.  Though less spectacular than hybrids, they have a loveliness all their own.  Plus, they are maintenance free!  I just cannot get over the wonder of God’s majesty in them and all of His creation!

Close up and beautiful!

Close up and beautiful!

Blessings on your day, and always!
Sue

Friday Feature

Feature Friday

My Friday Feature post did not happen last week.  My husband and I were traveling in California, so I decided to take a break from blogging.  Even though we were on vacation, though, it was hard not to get absorbed into the Boston Marathon terror suspect drama from last week.  Along with the rest of the nation, I celebrate the capture of the remaining suspect, and my prayers continue for those grieving over this terrible tragedy. 

As with other recent attacks, innocent lives were lost, and countless others injured or traumatized.  I dare say that any of those involved ever dreamed of such horror occurring at such a benign event.  Those participating had likely trained for months in preparation for this annual event.  Their sideline cheering squads had likely sacrificed, too, by spending time apart as their loved ones trained.  Unconscionable attacks of this sort are always shocking and sad, particularly when done in mass and for no apparent reason.  For those runners and their supporters, there will be no forgetting Boston, 2013.

Since I used to dabble in jogging (I never got to the point where I could call it running), I marvel at those individuals who can run a marathon.  The Boston Marathon, for instance, boasts that participants must run 26 miles of winding roads!  The first part of the 2-6 would have been enough for me, even at my peak of jogging.

Interestingly, the author I chose to feature today is a runner.  It is evident, from his frequent references to his athletic interests and pursuits, that he is also a swimmer, cyclist and triathlon enthusiast!  As with all of his posts, this author gleans from his athletic expertise, his daily life experiences and his phenomenal grasp of Scripture as an avenue of encouraging all who read to dig deeper into the Word of God.  Today, I feature:

A Devoted Life
Author JD Bloom

Since I am still a newbie to blogging, news of JD’s fabulous website is likely not new for others.  Due to the pristine quality, the phenomenal depth and the amazing insights of his writing, JD likely has no trouble generating devoted followers.

It does not take one long reading JD’s posts to realize that this is no ordinary blog.  Typically, Christian blogs are springs of inspirational insights; JD’s posts are overflowing wells of Truth.  When discovered, A Devoted Life is the kind of website to bookmark, because JD’s crystal clear writing leaves readers longing for more.

On his blog, JD has mentioned that he is an engineer by trade.  Since I come from a family with engineers, I was not at all surprised as to his profession.  Engineers are by nature brainy.  JD fits the profile.  His posts ooze his comprehensive knowledge and vast understanding of his topics.  For most, the mere volume of information alone would take hours of research to compile, much less to then collaborate them with Scripture and finalize them by offering practical application and prayer.  Yet, day by day, JD amazes more as he faithfully brings readers those penetrating insights of our world from a Christian perspective.

For some, all this talk of knowledge and brains may be a deterrent to following A Devoted Life.  I imagine JD would not boast openly of his intellectual gifting.  He certainly never comes across as arrogant in his posts.  In fact, in his own words, he describes himself as a rather practical person who takes a rather practical approach to implementing my Bible reading into my daily life.  Humble words from a hugely talented individual.  However, this personal disclosure precisely matches his daily writing.  JD, although uniquely gifted, provides a refreshing alternative to the typical blog.  Once you read a few of his posts, you will daily await more.

Follow the link above to his site, or the one below to one of my favorites recently in which he shares his testimony:

The Story of JD

Also, for any on Facebook, be sure to Like his Daily Devotional site where he posts other short devotions and insightful quotes:

Daily Devotionals

Written with permission from JD Bloom.

Sunsets on Parade

Psalm 113:3

Psalm 113:3

Just a few of the lovely sunsets we witnessed while in California. I have much to learn about photographing them, but enjoyed them immensely. I am so in awe of His majesty!

The palms made lovely silhouettes

The palms made lovely silhouettes

San Clemente

San Clemente, CA

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You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to set.
Psalm 104:19

Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad, CA

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Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him all you stars of light!
Psalm 148:3

Sue Nash/2013

Brenda’s Irises

Always a special color since my son picked these out when young.

Always a special color since my son picked these out when young.

My name, Sue, has several meanings, one being flowered one.  That meaning describes me best.  Some people like flowers; I need them.  Some can visit gardening stores and walk away with a plant or two; I leave with a trunk exploding with blossoming color.  My name precisely matches my fondness of flowers.

Last fall, I dug up my iris bed to divide them.  Since they had performed poorly the previous spring, and were thickly overcrowded, I figured thinning them might jump-start more blooms next time around.  After separating the tubers, I had plenty left to share with a few of my neighbors.  That way we could all enjoy their floral beauty.

As spring began warming their roots, my anticipation of an elaborate display gained momentum, as daily the iris leaves broadened and their grassy green shoots rose.  With certain expectation, I anxiously awaited the thickening bulges at the base of each leafy cluster, telltale signs of pending blooms.  I waited, yet nothing happened.  At least not in my iris bed. 

Although I had thinned them, fertilized them and shared them, my anticipated showcase of irises never arrived.  My iris bed was instead only clumps of greenery.  For one particular neighbor, Brenda, one of those with whom I had shared, her iris bed was lovelier than I had ever seen in my own.  It was if my flowering showcase had packed up and moved next door.

Brenda's Iris 2

At first, I was a little miffed.  Jealous and pouting, I wondered why hers had bloomed so prolifically their first time out.  I reasoned that I deserved beautiful blossoms this year, too, especially since I had shared.  Sadly, my pity party revealed a heart as lacking in genuine concern for others as my flowers were in blooms.

With a gentle prick at my heart, the kind every rose gardener recognizes as a prompt for caution around thorns, God reminded me of the hardships this neighbor was enduring. Suffering from a variety of physical ailments, some which have lasted years and for which there is no cure, this sister in Christ has few times in life when she is not sick.  Currently, she is not able to drive and rarely ventures out.  With much deserved reprimand, God gently scolded me for my selfishness and revealed to me the reason her irises were so magnificent.  I may have needed them, but she needed them more.

Not long after my scolding, I saw my neighbor out front with her husband.  By then, I had repented of my wrong attitude, and had instead been enjoying the beauty of her flowers as I drove by them each day.  I had also begun praying for her more earnestly.  Thus, by the time I met with her, God had straightened out my priorities and I was genuinely able to applaud her splendid spring flowers.  As I saw the gleam in her expressions, and her delight when discussing her enjoyment of the irises, I was so thankful that God had changed my heart.  My little trip to the woodshed with God had replaced pathetic selfishness with abundant joy in giving.

Perhaps the greater lesson I learned is that those flowers I keep referring to as my own, even by one named flowered one, are not really mine at all.  They all belong to God.  One day, I will have all the flowers I could ever need and more.  Until then, and to help me remember my lesson, I have decided to name my irises after my neighbor.  Now, instead of mine, they are all Brenda’s Irises.  

From His Heart for blog

FEAR NOT ~ I AM

Taken on a lovely Spring day. I love how God is always with us, watching over us.

Taken on a lovely Spring day. I love how God is always with us, watching over us.


I am working
I am moving

I am breathing
I am alive.

I am hurting
I am needing
I am sinking
I can’t survive.

I am seeing
I am hearing
I am weeping
I can sympathize.

I am cringing
I am fretting
I am doubting
I want to hide.

I am watching
I am holding
I am keeping
I’m right by your side.

I am waiting
I am hoping
I am longing
I must abide.

I am drawing
I am saving
I am preparing
I will soon arrive!

I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly.
Psalm 38:6       

Fear not: I am with you.
Isaiah 41:10