What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Pursue Peace ~ Friday Foto Friends

"Pursue peace with all people,
and holiness, 
without which no one will see the Lord:
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
and by this many become defiled."
Hebrews 12:14-15

A couple of days after the election and it feels like the Civil War is about to be reignited.  It's not about slavery and state's rights...but about how people feel about the presidential election results. Families and friends are being pitted against one another as those who are disappointed in the presidential choice are spouting out their anger and hatred with such vehemence and bitterness, even to the point of some people rioting and injuring innocent bystanders. 

My Facebook page was filled with so much unbelievable,vitriolic rhetoric that I had to literally get up and leave the house before I was tempted to say things that I shouldn't.  No election or national event should ever be allowed to come between loved ones and friends.  Surely we have learned that lesson from history, haven't we?

So, I grabbed my camera and my husband and said, "Let's go find someplace to walk and take some pictures of something peaceful before I get myself into trouble here."  We ended up at a couple of my favorite ponds out in the woods...and here are some pictures to hopefully help you find a place of peace in your world today:

This peaceful setting is where I'd love to build a little cabin someday...but that is just a dream as this is on National Forest land, and therefore not for sale.  But one can dream, can't they?

I will close with this picture...do you notice anything unique about this lovely old live oak tree? If you look just beyond the kind of blotchy white and gray tree trunk in the foreground, can you see the heart in the oak tree?  This wasn't apparent by looking at the tree from where I stood...it was only when I looked at the picture that I could see the heart....and I knew that was God's special message to us for today...

"But above all these things put on love
which is the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to which also you were called in one body;
and be thankful."
Colossians 3:14-15

Ah, yes!  Put on LOVE...and let the PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS...and BE THANKFUL!  Sounds like good advice to me...what about you?

Okay, maybe ONE more picture!  After our walk around the ponds we decided to go to our favorite local restaurant for an early lunch.  As I got out of the car, I couldn't help but notice this beautiful pink rose blooming beside the building. So I went back and got my camera, and just as I was focusing on the rose, this bumblebee buzzed right in front of me and landed on the rose as I snapped the picture.  I guess you could call him  the "Photo Bomber Bee".   Thought you could use a little smile today.

Have a blessed day, my friends...and Pursue Peace with ALL people...even those who may disagree with you! Amen?

I am linking up with Deb and friends for Friday Foto Friends today.  Please hop on over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and join the fun.  

Oh, and by the way, Happy Veteran's Day to all of our amazing veterans.  We thank God for you and all you have sacrificed to make our country safe and free.  God bless you, and God bless America!!


  1. What a beautiful post, sweet Lady. I cannot believe the hatred I've witnessed. There's been animosity in our own family, as our children are livid with us because of who we voted for. They voted third party. I had my opinion about that but didn't voice it. You chose the right action and God blessed you with pointing out the heart....and the photo bomber! 😄 Thanks for linking up and hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Love all your photo's Pamela, and yes I've had to control my tongue this also!
    Have a peaceful day!

  3. I love your photos. What a restful place those ponds are. A place to regenerate. A place to take our minds off of what is going on in our world. Even if only temporarily.

  4. Oh my. What a beautiful way to get out of the muck on Facebook and spend your day capturing the beauty of nature. All your photos are very good, but I love the little photo bomber.

  5. Your photos truly soothed my soul today, Pamela. I've made it a point to stay off of Facebook for the most part this entire week. That's been good for my soul, too!
    Blessings, and thanks for the positive, peaceful message.

  6. My heart is heavy over the state of our country. So much ugliness, violence, and just pure evil. I think the best candidate won and my prayers are with him. My prayers are also for our country, please Lord Jesus, send us unity and peace. AND, speaking of peace...your pictures are so peaceful. I enjoyed the peace they brought to my heart! Happy Friday

  7. Such gorgeous photos you have shared. I especially love the butterfly.
    Wishing you a very nice weekend.

  8. That was a real blessing that you and your husband could go for a walk and experience God's peace. Thank you for what you shared. Those are really pretty photos. May God give us His love and compassion. What better time for His children to shine.

  9. Lovely, lovely photos and thoughts! Thank you! I love that the bee photo-bombed your rose! Too cute!! Have a blessed weekend!

  10. Lovely photos and good words.
    You got my Friday off to a good start :)

  11. What wonderful photos and post dear Pamela. I totally agree regarding Facebook. It pains my heart to see and hear so much hatred. God bless all our veterans and military for their service. Have a weekend of blessings my friend.

  12. What a beautiful photo interlude to all the negativity on Face Book. I'm just about done with social media! Have a blessed weekend.


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