Saturday, April 13, 2019


CONSIDER THE SKIPPER
by Julie Lavender



With hints of springtime headed our way – and even a few days warm enough to qualify as an early southern summer – I’m beginning to spot a few butterflies and skippers during the daylight hours and moths in the late evenings.

For some of the beautiful winged creatures, I ponder their identity. 

I can usually recognize the difference between the common butterflies and moths, but the skippers give me trouble.

Sunday, April 7, 2019


CONSIDER THE SILVERFISH
by Julie Lavender





My husband is an avid reader and book collector. As an entomologist by profession, he would most likely say he hadn’t met many insects he disliked.

But, I met one before heading out on my walk with God today – the dreaded silverfish. It’s my husband’s nemesis! And it was crawling on the bathroom wall!

The small wingless insect gets its name from the silvery body color and the fact that it moves in an almost fish-like motion using the antennae to wiggle along with the help of its short legs.



Thursday, March 28, 2019


CONSIDER THE POLLEN
by Julie Lavender




Some of my friends up north are walking in the snow, but down here in the deep south, I’m crunching through the pollen on my walk with God.







Sunday, March 24, 2019




GUEST BLOGGER

Today, my online writing friend, Joanna Eccles, joins my website, and I know you'll enjoy her words as much as I do. I've enjoyed the posts on her website, Words from the Honeycomb
for quite some time now, and I'm glad she's allowed me to share some of her work here. Please enjoy the writing below, and make sure to visit her website for more inspirational and thought-provoking work from her. You'll be so glad you did! 




Photo by Marc Szeglat on Unsplash.


Glory Beyond the Ashes

To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes … that He may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

God can change even the worst things into beauty.

Sunday, March 17, 2019


CONSIDER THE LICHEN
by Julie Lavender





I’m likin’ my walk with God today because I came across some lichen.



Yeah, I know – corny, huh?



Saturday, March 2, 2019



GUEST BLOGGER:




My guest today is my friend, Jeannie Waters. Jeannie and I met at a writers conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, only to find out that we live just a couple of hours apart! 

We keep saying we're going to meet in the middle and visit....but that hasn't happened yet! But - I do get to see her very soon, in another state, at another writer's conference! 

I'm thankful for our friendship. Jeannie is one of the most encouraging cheerleaders for fellow writers that I know! And we love to support one another, online mostly, with our writing adventures. 

Jeannie and her husband are the parents of two and grandparents of four. She is published in four compilations and writes regularly for Refresh Magazine. Please visit her blog - she writes beautifully - and enjoy more of her words at www.jeanniewaters.com


Seeking and Finding




Thursday, February 28, 2019


CONSIDER THE MUSHROOM
by Julie Lavender






With all the recent rain here in the southeast, I’ve encountered a host of mushrooms on various walks with God in the last few days.





Monday, February 25, 2019




CONSIDER THE MOUNTAIN CREEK
by Julie Lavender







My husband, David, and I visited our son in North Georgia recently and walked a short pathway in Dawson Forest that hugged a mountain creek. 




Saturday, February 9, 2019



GUEST BLOGGER






My guest today was an online friend first, and then I had the pleasure of meeting Marilyn Nutter at the wonderful Enrich Conference in the fall of 2018 in the Atlanta area. The conference and Marilyn and all my other new friends I met that weekend were such a delight! The conference happens again this fall with a date being finalized soon. 


Marilyn's writing is rich with simplicity yet ripe with depth and understanding of God's goodness and faithfulness in the ordinary, as well as the not-so-ordinary. Read her words below, that make a wonderful addition today to my nature blog, and then check out her other posts at www.marilynnutter.com. You'll be so glad you did! 





A Bird’s Nest and the Rest

by Marilyn Nutter


I stepped onto my front porch greeted by several strands of pine straw on my steps. I assumed wind had blown the mess to my property from my neighbor’s yard. I was mistaken. Walking up my driveway after getting the mail, I noticed a bird nest on the ledge above the front door. The mystery of the pine straw was solved.




Sunday, February 3, 2019


CONSIDER THE RED MAPLE
by Julie Lavender






My walk with God today was chilly by south-Georgia standards, but nothing compared to what some of my friends have experienced in other parts of the country. The bitter, arctic cold of Winter Storm Jaden devastated much of the country with plunging temperatures and record-setting lows.



I’ve never lived with brutal winter conditions, though we did get eleven inches of snow one winter when we lived in Poulsbo, Washington. Its stay was brief, however.

Friday, January 25, 2019



GUEST BLOGGER


My guest blogger is my online friend, Patty Schell. Patty blesses my site today with a post about her walk with God....and her dog Skipper. Please read her words below and then jump over to her website, "A Full Life." You'll love her words, and she sprinkles some delicious recipes in her writings. A most recent one sounds quite fitting for a cold, winter's evening: Corn and Cauliflower Chowder. 




Walking Lessons from Skipper: Sometimes You Just Want to Be Carried
Just a short walk before dinner we said when we pulled into the campground. We had been in the car all day and a little stroll before dinner would do us good. We leashed the dog and set out. Two hours and almost four miles later we finally made it back to our camp spot . . . exhausted.

Monday, January 21, 2019



Special post from Guideposts.org, Part 4

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 4)
by Julie Lavender




Golden Orb Weaver
The golden orb weaver crafts a web with shimmering yellow silk that glistens in the sun, attracting insects, large and small. The snare that ends the life of many an insect is constructed with beautiful gold threads.
The lesson I glean from the golden orb weaver is that not everything that glitters is good for me. Sometimes, the pretty things in life can be a trap to ensnare me.

Monday, January 14, 2019






My guest blogger today is K.A.Wypych. She's another friend I only know through social media, but I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog posts and I know you will, also! Read below about her hike with God and the lessons she learned while hiking. Then visit her website for more of her insightful and inspirational posts. 











Soul hike: Am I on the right path?
By K.A. Wypych

Ever traipse in a circle wondering, “Am I on the right path?”

Sunday, January 6, 2019


CONSIDER THE WALKING STICK
by Julie Lavender





My walk today was later than usual and it was an unusually warm afternoon, even by south-Georgia standards, for a January day.


The bright sunshine was a welcome change from the rainy days we’d recently had and my mind drifted away from prayer time with God and dabbled with thoughts of New Year’s plans and goals.