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I had every intention of posting more along our journey to the West Coast (which ended yesterday)…but our trek took us into treacherous and remote places along the way daily, with internet service ranging from spotty-at-best to nonexistent.

But I’m glad to have waited, particularly seeing this week’s challenge topic, since there are now many “on the horizon” shots to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites:

Fog rolling into San Francisco Bay, two nights ago

Crescent City, California

Central Oregon Coast near Newport

Columbia River Gorge, looking towards Washington state

Orchards near Mount Adams

Mt. Hood eclipsing the sun

Between cloud banks on the flight home yesterday

Thank You, God, for the privilege of travel, for affording us new world views, for reuniting with old friends and for rekindling family ties. Your artwork is amazing, Lord, the way You paint each horizon with unique beauty and passion.

Most of all, thank You for the many blessings which continually abound on each new horizon of our lives.

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Looking up, I see an afternoon of “digit-al” clouds…


…and looking down, I see a sunrise reflected in “rooty” patterns:


Texture makes us feel something more, causes things to stand out like a visual brain teaser and gives us perspective.

Texture allows the visually impaired to read and brings life and added meaning to an otherwise one-dimensional perception.

It makes us think harder and brings pleasure.

For more textures, please visit this week’s Photo Challenge .

Hey, God, thank You for all the textured beauty You bless us with, everywhere we go.

Thanks for perspective, for opportunities to feel – really feel – and for making things seem a little more interesting and real.

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What mighty fortresses we build,

Around our hearts and souls;

But only those on Solid Rock,

Can ever meet their goals.


The Rock is moved by neither wind

Nor flood, nor rising tide;

But steadfast He is ever there,

When no longer can we hide.


“Cling to Me!” He beckons,

To any who will hear;

“For sand is always shifting,

But forever I am here!”


His love is unconditional,

And promise to unknown;

What beauty, what a precious gift!

He’ll never be alone.


To run is pure fool-heartedness,

To cling is much more wise –

For when sand fortresses come down,

His Rock of love shall rise.


You’ll never have to worry –

Cast all your doubts to sea!

Build your castle on His steadfastness

Forever safe you’ll be.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

~~Matthew 7:24-27:

Hey, God – Thank You for being unmoving, for being our Rock, our foundation for everything.

Help us to cling to You unconditionally in good times and times of challenge, that we might know You and take comfort in Your good will, in Your mercy, in Your grace; whether sun or rain, peace or storm.

Thank You for promising to love us unconditionally. Thank You for those who have not seen and yet have believed.

And thank You for being our Rock – of salvation, of refuge, of safety – and especially on red flag days, when the sea roils and churns and brings all manner of chaos.

Thanks for everlasting security – yesterday, now, and forever.

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A womb with a view:

Womb with a view

Click here for more concepts of “room.”

Hey, God – from the very first room we occupy at conception through the last breath we take and beyond, You provide us with everything we could possibly need to grow, thrive and live life to the fullest extent of Your law.

We may not always recognize it as forward movement or freedom, because sometimes we may feel stuck, suffocated or trapped.

But from our limited perspective, we must trust that You have the bigger picture, God – that You are in complete control of the end result, the final plan. We must trust this, one challenge at a time, one day at a time. Yes, even one hour at a time.

We trust…and rest easy that You will bring everything about exactly as You intended, and that You will make it the best it can be so long as we are faithful and do our best.

You always provide the perfect room in which we need to grow, in every circumstance.

Thank You for that, Lord, and may we use that room wisely to grow to our fullest potential – our birthright – which You intended for us from the very beginning.

John 14:2 (NIV) – My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

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