Friday, December 7, 2018


Special post from Guideposts.org, Part 2

Many of you know that I was blessed to be chosen as one of eleven winners of the Guideposts Writing Contest in 2014. That blessing took me to Rye, New York for a week-long class to learn how to write for Guideposts Publications. We had lengthy, intense sessions with many of the New York Guideposts editors, and we became part of the Guideposts family during that precious week. It was truly a blessing and dream-come-true to learn how to write inspirational stories for a magazine that I've enjoyed for years.

I enjoyed sharing some of my nature pictures recently at https://www.guideposts.org. I'd like to share a couple of those shots and thoughts below, and I'll share more on another day. I would be honored if you check out the entire slideshow here

Please enjoy a couple of God's masterpieces below and thanks in advance for visiting the Guideposts website to see the others in my collection. 



Life Lessons Learned from Nature (Part 2)
by Julie Lavender



Painted Lady Butterfly

The painted lady butterfly has one of the longest known butterfly migrations, according to sciencenews.org. Found in many locations around the world, the painted lady butterflies that live in southern Europe migrate all the way to Africa in the fall, a distance of almost seven thousand, five hundred miles!
The painted lady butterfly reminds me that every journey begins with a flap of the wings, that first step. It may be a long journey, but with determination, I’ll get there.

Sunday, November 25, 2018


GUEST BLOGGER





My guest blogger today is Tracy Robbins. Tracy and I met online because we both have an interest in and passion for God's creative masterpieces. In fact, when I first asked her to guest on my site, she couldn't get back to me for a couple of days because she and her family were enjoying God's great outdoors during a mini-vacation! Tracy writes at HappyHealthyandProsperous.com. Read her words below and then connect with Tracy on her site. I know you're going to enjoy her words as much as I do! 



Connect With God Through Nature

By Tracy Robbins ©2016, Originally Published August 16, 2016 at HappyHealthyandProsperous.com. Used with permission.
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20 (NLT)

Friday, November 16, 2018




CONSIDER THE WHEEL BUG
by Julie Lavender



Perched atop a green leaf, the wheel bug sits in wait for an unsuspecting insect to wander across its path. I spotted it when I headed out on my morning wandering, but I made sure to keep a safe distance.





Sunday, November 11, 2018




CONSIDER THE GULF FRITILLARY
by Julie Lavender

  




As I headed out on my walk with God this morning, splashes of pumpkin-orange flitted about, lighting on yellow lantana flowers intermittently before drifting out of sight.






Friday, November 2, 2018


Special post from Guideposts.org, Part 1

Many of you know that I was blessed to be chosen as one of eleven winners of the Guideposts Writing Contest in 2014. That blessing took me to Rye, New York for a week-long class to learn how to write for Guideposts Publications. We had lengthy, intense sessions with many of the New York Guideposts editors, and we became part of the Guideposts family during that precious week. It was truly a blessing and dream-come-true to learn how to write inspirational stories for a magazine that I've enjoyed for years.

I enjoyed sharing some of my nature pictures recently at https://www.guideposts.org. I'd like to share a couple of those shots and thoughts below, and I'll share more on another day. I would be honored if you check out the entire slideshow here

Please enjoy a couple of God's masterpieces below and thanks in advance for visiting the Guideposts website to see the others in my collection. 



Life Lessons Learned from Nature (Part 1)
by Julie Lavender





Robberfly
Robberflies are fast-flying, beard-faced, six-legged predators that feed on other insects. Robberflies often successfully attack prey much larger than themselves. They pounce on insects resting or in flight, buzzing and tumbling to the ground with their prey. And their reward? A delicious meal of insect insides.
The robberfly reminds me that I am capable of facing giants and giant situations that are bigger than I am. I may tumble a time or two, but with persistence, I can succeed.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018


GUEST BLOGGER

My guest blogger today is the pastor of Severn Baptist Church, in Severn, North Carolina. Mark Corbett is married to Hope Corbett and their daughter, Joy, rounds out the family. Mark's post below follows the theme of my blog, as he, too, loves to write about seeing God in nature. 
Please read his words below and read more of his posts at http://parresiazomai.blogspot.com/.




Seeing God in Creation Gives Me Courage to Keep Serving Him (part 3 in the Why I Believe series)
by Mark Corbett



CONSIDER THE CORN
by Julie Lavender




I’ll admit that I didn’t enjoy garden work as a kid, but I certainly enjoyed the byproducts in the late summer and early fall.