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God’s Love Invading

Color invading the surroundings

Invading ~ the surroundings

God’s Love Invading

I look around
And see God’s love
Every aspect of my life
And that’s a good thing

It’s flame
Igniting every fiber of my soul

I look behind
And see God’s mercy
Every sin-stained part of me
And that’s a saving thing

It’s benefits
Blessing every step of my eternity

I look ahead
And see God’s faithfulness
Every one of His promises
And that’s a wondrous thing

It’s encouragement
Conquering every doubt in my being

I look above
And see God’s handiwork
Every crevice of my heart
And that’s a glorious thing

It’s majesty
  Rising up as praise in my spirit


“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.”
Psalm 40:16

I took the photo above, while on a trip with my husband to the Gulf earlier this year.  This was just one of the stunningly beautiful sunsets we saw.  It was as if the hues of orange and red invaded our surroundings, rendering permanent change to the landscape. 

God invaded the landscape of our world with love, when He sent us the Son. Through Jesus, the Father’s love drew near, and dwelt among us. However, God never intended that love simply to come near and just surround us. He longs for Christ’s sacrificial love to invade us, in a good way.

*If you let God, His love will invade your depravity, erase your past, and rearrange your destiny.  He will interrupt your plans and ignite your spirit with a song of praise.

Have you merely heard of God’s love?  Will you allow His love instead to invade your life, for good?

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Focused on a Sunset ~ Surprised by God’s Glory

Sunset reflections

Sunset reflections

Right after my husband and I arrived at our recent Gulf Shores beach destination, we witnessed the most beautiful sunset.  The scattered clouds turned rosy from the sun’s glow, and their reflection in the gentle ebb of the tide was mesmerizing. 

Sunset glow

Sunset glow ~ my favorite of these sunset shots

I could focus on nothing else.

Sunset end ~  I liked how this shot showed the tide receding

Sunset end ~ I liked how this shot showed the tide receding

The scene was so mesmerizing, in fact, that I was unaware of something else going on behind me.

Our helpful fisherman ~ taken with a high ISO, making it look like daylight

Our helpful fisherman ~ taken with a high ISO, making it look like daylight

Had it not been for a nearby fisherman’s suggestion that I turn around, I might have missed a wonderful surprise.

Moonrise first glimpse

Moonrise first glimpse

Turning, I discovered yet another display of God’s glory.

The sun was gone and darkness had settled, as I caught my first glimpse of a brilliant, full moon rising on the opposite horizon.  Although I do not have a strong enough zoom to do it justice, the size and color of the moon against the then dusky blue sky was amazing.

Sometimes we get so focused on one thing or one problem that we miss something marvelous God is doing in another area of our lives.  We forget that behind the scenes, He is working tediously on prayer needs for which we have prayed fervently.

Like the fisherman had to get me to turn around to see the gorgeous moon, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to direct our focus from our limited view to the grand picture; of the spectacular things He is doing, often right before our eyes.  To see past the temporal to the eternal.

We need to ask God to show us His glory.

Show me Your glory
Exodus 33:18

I will share more moon shots in my next post. 

© Sue Nash/2014


God’s Great Love ~ Snippets of Rain

Sunset 16 copyI am doing
Great things,
By My great power,
Because of My great love
For you.


We often pray,
Break my heart for what breaks Yours,’
But we forget that
God’s heart breaks for what breaks ours.

He loves us with great love.


“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…”
Ephesians 2:4

 Sue Nash/2014

For similar posts, see Snippets of Rain

Snippets of Rain

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

I caught this last glimpse of the sun just before it set ~ the plane is a crop duster.

I caught this last glimpse of the sun just before it set ~ the plane is a crop duster.

What’s the point in borrowing trouble by worrying about tomorrow?  From time to time, though, we are all guilty of doing so.

Worrying serves no purpose.  As Christ reminds,

“Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:34b

So, for all my fellow worry-ers, let’s purpose to live in the blessedness of the day God brings, and leave the cares of tomorrow where they belong ~ in the hands of the One who holds every tomorrow!

As sung by Alison Krauss

I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don’t borrow from its sunshine, For its skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry over the future, Fore I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden’s getting lighter, Every cloud is silver lined.
There the sun is always shining, There no tear will dim the eye,
At the ending of the rainbow. Where the mountains touch the sky,

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

I don’t know about tomorrow, It may bring me poverty;
But the one who feeds the sparrow Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me And I’m covered with His blood.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

 Written by Ira Stanphill

For similar posts, see Golden Oldie Hymns

Comments and photo by Sue Nash/2013

What Will the Clouds Look Like When Jesus Comes?

Clouds with blue skyWhat will the clouds look like, on the day when Jesus comes?
Will they be glistening bright
With fluffy billows white,
Glorious in the noonday sun?

Clouds with sunset What will greet His presence, if the sun is setting low?
Will the clouds be basking in bliss,
With rosy shades of fire,
Wondrous in the evening glow?

Clouds with moon What will the night bring forth, if it’s dark when He appears?
Will the clouds be shadowy mist,
With soft wisps dancing round,
Serene in the moonlit atmosphere?

clouds with reedWhat will your heart look like, the moment of the trumpet cry?
Will you be ready for Him,
With your sins purified,
Saved, caught up in the clouds with Christ?

I often think about the rapture.  Since nobody knows the day or hour of His return, we should expect that Christ could come at any moment.  It could be morning, night or noon. 

The one thing we do know is that if we are alive when Jesus comes, true Believers will meet Him in the clouds.  No matter how they look on the day He returns, the most important thing is the condition of one’s heart. 

If Jesus comes today, are you ready to meet Him in the clouds?

Below are two images I designed as companions to this post.  I used the same image of Christ on each, but different background pictures.
The full size photos are at Heavenly Raindrops ~ Images.

Feel free to use any of my designs on your websites!

Photos and poem by Sue Nash/2013
*Image of Jesus – from – biblecliparts.blogspot.com

Follow Righteousness and Mercy

Taken one evening at the Rez

Taken one evening at the Rez

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor.
Proverbs 21:21

For following Christ, we get so much in return!

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As with any of my images, feel free to share or use without my permission.  Just don’t use for resale or commercial purposes. 

Blessings on your day.

Avoiding Disappointment With Love That Never Fails

Sue Nash/2013

One of my cloud reflections photos ~ Sue Nash/2013

I have much yet to learn.
I lose heart too quickly.
I allow assumptions to wreck my emotions too rapidly. 
I let disappointment sink my hope too easily.

I keep my disappointment cup too full.  Then, it only takes one extra drop to cause the hurt to spill out all over again.

I purpose in my heart to believe in God’s promises and His power to fulfill them.
To remember all He has done and has yet to do.
To run to Him when disappointment pounds at my heart’s door.
To cling to the Lord and let love teach me to believe.

To let God replace the hurt inside my disappointment cup with love.

Avoiding Disappointment With Love That Never Fails

Endure gracefully
Assume rarely
Hope unwaveringly
Conclude cautiously

Embrace willingly
Engage softly
Forgive quickly
Trust wholeheartedly
Pray fervently
Love always


Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:7,8


Have you ever thought you were staying strong in believing for something only to find your hopes dashed to the ground in disappointment?  Allow God to empty your cup of disappointment and replace the lies of the enemy with His love.

Father, please forgive me for all too easily allowing my circumstances or false assumptions deceive me into losing hope.  Help me to learn to run into Your arms of mercy and love whenever disappointment tries to overtake.  Teach me to let love be my guide, as I quietly wait for You to intervene.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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I Will Never Get Over the Cross

Sunset with cross

Sunset with cross ~ was hard getting a crisp silhouette of the cross with the trees in the background, but I think it still turned out nice with the colorful clouds

I Will Never Get Over the Cross

The Jesus we love is no longer on the cross.
The Christ we follow arose.

But I don’t ever want to get over the cross.

The Savior we serve is at the right hand of the Father. 
We can now approach boldly to His throne.

But I don’t ever want to get over the cross.

The cross is where Jesus paid the penalty for my sins.
The cross is what brought me to my knees.

I don’t ever want to get over the cross.

Hallelujah forever for the cross.
Because of the rugged cross I am free!

I will never get over the cross.

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14

Sue Nash/2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways ~ Sunset Reflections

Colorful sunset reflections

Colorful sunset reflections

I took these photos while on a sunset stroll around a lake near my home.  My focus that evening was on the colorful clouds and their reflections on the lake.  Of the two views, I liked the way the clouds looked in the horizontal one better, but the reflections in the vertical view gave them a more dramatic look.

Reflections on water, no matter how still the conditions, always seem to have some distortion.  The image is never completely mirror perfect. 

It reminds me of how our understanding of things, compared to what we will know one day in heaven, is dim and imperfect.  Answers we seek for life’s puzzling circumstances elude us now, but will in heaven become crystal clear. 

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
I Corinthians 13:12  NLT

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Sue Nash/2013

Cascades of God’s Glory

A photo I took of the sun behind the clouds while we were in Colorado. Taken through the window as my husband was driving but still turned out pretty.

A photo I took while we were in Colorado.  Taken through the window as my husband was driving, so it is a little blurry, but I think it still turned out pretty. 

Cascades of God’s Glory

Give me some meaning,
Let it make sense.
Don’t hide behind cunning words
What is only nonsense.
Give me cascades of God’s glory,
Progressive glimpses of His grace.
Give me something that very clearly
Exemplifies the wondrous majesty
Of His ways.

Sue Nash/2013