To Everything There Is A Season

At Faith Barista*Today’s Thursday 1/30/14 Writing prompt: 
Photo Journal Your Heart. How has God been touching your heart this month? Share what you see.

It has been a bitterly cold and snowy January, here in Ohio. Some people dislike the winter months, saying that everything  looks dead. They don’t like the cold and snow and can’t wait for the warmth of Spring. I am not one of those people, I embrace Winter.  Winter is a time to rest, rejuvenate, and prepare for the months ahead. To everything there is a season.

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My morning view

My morning view

A cold January with beautiful sunrises

A cold January with beautiful sunrises

Even the stark branches are beautiful

Even the stark branches are beautiful

The quiet stillness that snow brings

The quiet stillness that snow brings

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

Trekking to church on challenging winter roads.

Trekking to church on challenging winter roads.

I love watching winter sunrises, the colors are incredible!

I love watching winter sunrises, the colors are incredible!

A snowy month

A snowy month

An Awe Inspiring View

I was the one standing outside in the freezing cold. The temperatures this week have dipped well below zero more than once. Even though the night blew cold and the wind attempted to claw the scarf from my neck, I stayed. I pulled my hat down over my ears, clenched my mittened hands and stared. The view laid out before me took my breath away, like no cold and bitter wind ever could. IMG_0183

Velvet black, deep and vast, sprinkled with twinkling lights. A clear, crisp winter night birthed an awe inspiring view of the universe. Moonlight filtered through the vast darkness, leaving a magical aura of night.

Living in the country, away from the lights of town, allows for wonderful night time panoramas of God’s glory. As I stood outside, chin tilted skyward, up toward the heavens, I was reminded of just how BIG my God actually is. His very words spoke this scene into existence.

Over billions of miles, the heavenly bodies cry out to glorify their Creator. I am humbled that I had the opportunity to gaze on the wonders of His creations.

Worshiping God doesn’t only happen in church. Sometimes it happens out in the front yard on a freezing cold winter night, eyes gazing heavenward.

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1 In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.    John 1 NIV