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This morning I knew exactly what I wanted to write about today. Then, God confirmed it as the preacher (Pastor Brian Stowe) practically took the words right out of my mouth. I guess it was God’s way of confirming the thought.

When we were recently vacationing in Canada we decided to waive the chaotic crowds of touring the glaciers (which I hear were amazing!), and decided to take a more private tour via helicopter. The decision was the right one for us. Private, amazing view of God’s creation, landed on a little island in a river, ate by the riverside, drank from the cool water streaming down from the small waterfall, and partook in a small hike. Are you ready to go? Put it on your bucket list.

My camera was clicking away around every turn (bumpiness and all). Within a fifteen-minute time span, I had taken over 150 photos from the sky.DSCN5133

While flying, and being amazed at the views close to you, you can get so enthralled with what is directly in front of you. The pilot said, “Don’t forget to look up and enjoy the scenery off in the distance too. Most people forget about looking up and only see what is in front of them.”

My eyes glanced in the distance. The scenery took my breath away. A smile came across my face in in my heart as I was captivated by not only the landscape, yet the words from the pilot.

How often do we do the same in our everyday lives? We usually get caught up in the busyness of the day or task at hand or problem or ________ and overlook the fact that we need to change our perspective and simply breathe in and look up to God for awe inspiringness. (I think I created a new word here).

I lift up my eyes to the mountains; where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:14

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Look up. Get a godly perspective. Don’t miss out on the glory He has for you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie.

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DSCN4792How appropriate! Last week, we were on the road from Banff to the Calgary International, to return home from a stunningly beautiful Canada vacation, and the song “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave came on the radio.

The lyrics include phrases like:

  • I see the work of Your hands…all that you are is so overwhelming.
  • I delight myself in You. Captivated by Your beauty. I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You.
  • You are beautiful!
  • You are wonderful!
  • You are glorious!
  • There is no one more beautiful. God you are the most beautiful!

Amen and Amen!

As I was gazing out of the car window at the magnificent mountains, brilliant aqua rivers, and blue skies above, I said out loud, “How appropriate this song is!”

While on that weeklong trip, I captured over 600 photographs. Around every bend, it was as if God was saying, “Wait…there’s more.” “Hang on, get ready for the next scene around the curve.” “PANORAMA!” “God (oh that’s Me), I’m good!”

“For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

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I just love and appreciate God’s handiwork.

At one point during the week, I reminded my kids that all the surroundings are spectacular and a beautiful reflection of God’s creations. Yet, above all the animals, mountains, streams, and waterfalls, He thinks WE are more beautiful. We are His masterpiece!

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

Back home.

Back home.

When we returned home, God reminded me that His beauty isn’t just in Canada…He says, “Look up…put on your God Goggles…take a glance at the sunrise I’m giving you today.”

I’d like to encourage you to not just appreciate the beauty “in other places OR people”, just simply look up and smile at the beauty God provides us each day. Look up, look out, look in the mirror, look for the good in others, and as always…look to Jesus.

“We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete.” Hebrews 12:2a

Have a wonderful day soaking up The Son wherever you are. Love to you and yours, Stephanie

I‘m Overwhelmed:

I see the work of Your Hands Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God All that You are is so overwhelming

I hear the sound of Your Voice All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God All that You are is so overwhelming

I delight myself in You Captivated by Your beauty I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

God, I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

I know the power of Your Cross Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God And all that You’ve done is so overwhelming

I delight myself in You In the Glory of Your Presence I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

And God I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful

You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful

You are Glorious, You are Glorious Oh God, there is no one more Glorious You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious

I delight myself in You In the Glory of Your Presence I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

And God I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You There is no one more Beautiful You are the most Beautiful

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The pines in Canada (from our helicopter tour).

The pines in Canada (from our helicopter tour).

Pine tree in FL.

Pine tree in FL.