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!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Time for Enjoying God's Gifts Around Us

While many in our country are bracing for a severe winter storm,  here in Florida we have been enjoying beautiful cool, sunny days with no humidity, no bugs, no snow, not even any rain...which we need by the way...(However, I hear there is rain and cold front on the way tomorrow night...so glad we had these moments before it comes!)

So yesterday hubby and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and took a bit of a walk in the woods.  We really didn't go far, but enough for us to see that we need to plan a little better and do this more often.

The pine trees think it is springtime and are putting out their pollen and new pine cones. Seems a bit early to me, but apparently the pine trees don't think so.  If you live near pine trees, you know when it is pollen time, as your cars, outdoor furniture, anything sitting outside, will soon be covered with a fine yellow dusting of pollen. For those with allergies, it is not a very pleasant experience!

This morning we took our usual walk before breakfast down our road, which is also rather dusty right now due to lack of rain.  But if we go early enough we don't get too choked by the dust as cars drive by. Most of our neighbors who live on this road are pretty considerate when they see us out walking and will slow down so that the dust doesn't get too overwhelming.

Here I am, sporting my new Christmas gifts...3 lb. weights to carry as I walk. Hubby says it should help me build upper body/arm strength, which I need, so today was the first day I remembered to take them along.  We shall see how I feel later...

Later today I was blessed to see one of God's most beautiful creatures, a male Cardinal, taking his bath!! Yes, I stayed right there and watched the whole thing!  He didn't seem to mind, although perhaps he didn't know I was peeking since I was just inside the house looking through my bedroom windows.

 These pictures of the cardinal taking his bath so peacefully in the birdbath outside our window remind me of some words of Christ, which I think serve as a very great reminder to me and possibly for you right now:

Matthew 6:25-34

25.  "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, 
what you will eat or what you will drink;
nor about your body,
what you will put on.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26.  Look at the birds of the air,
for they neither sow nor reap
nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?"
 27.  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28.  So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
 29.  And yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 30.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 31.  Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32.  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
 33.  "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.

34.  Therefore do not worry 
about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

You know, friends, I needed this lesson today. I love how God shows us His abundant love and care in such simple, yet profound ways. Don't you?

I am praying now for those of you who may be in the path of the wintry blast and possibly even other serious storms and/or tornadoes.  May you feel the Presence of the Lord watching over you and protecting you from danger and discomfort. God bless you, dear friend, and stay safe and warm.


  1. God’s word and His creation feels me awe of Him. And how desperately I want His care.

    1. His care is always there for you...Always. And yes, His creation is here to remind us that He is always here for us, so we need not worry or fret. He's got us covered. Thank you for visiting here with me today. (((hugs))) to you my dear friend.

  2. Love the fluffy red Cardinal! :)

    Pollen already?? I know it well. We get yellow powder everywhere.

    1. Yes, it is here...I'm hoping some rain will wash it away. Thank you for stopping by for a visit!!

  3. Thank you for this reminder of God's faithfulness. I love the pics of Mr. Cardinal splishing and splashing.

  4. Enjoyed your pictures and your post. You looked great with your pink weights...were you sore after your walk?

  5. Oh, the photos of the cardinal are priceless, Pamela! And the scripture, of course, goes perfectly with them. We all need to remember that God always provides in abundance.

  6. Pam: Thank you for this message about God's love for us and our need not to worry. Peace and blessings.

  7. Beautiful photography. Mr. Cardinal is beautiful! Wonderful scriptural applications to the photos!

  8. I’m loving your cardinal photos and of course the sunshine... we’ve just had a huge winter storm and are digging ourselves out of it ( Ha Ha)..but it’s pretty. Florida is always great for walks and your 3 lb weighst are a plus... They’ll do a great job of strengthening those arms ..Good luck...May God Bless.


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