6.07.2013

Farm Life Friday: June Horses and Hay

It is no secret that rural living draws my soul up out of my being.
At the sight of farmland I melt into a puddle of sentiment and heavy emotion while at the same time I firm up and am made stronger by my inner workhorse.
Thankfully, the Lord knows the desires of our hearts.
I desire wide open spaces, unobstructed views of the sunset, hundreds of acres of pastures, and a need to see working farms in my everyday life.
The simplicity and beauty of this natural kind of world keep me grounded.
God has blessed us with these images, and He has done it more than once.
Even though we don't live on our own farm anymore, God gave us a great compromise.
Our equestrian subdivision is several hundred acres and only has 13 homes.
So, these views are what we are surrounded by.
I captured these images after an evening rain shower.
The smell of warm summer rain wafted through the air as a gentle breeze blew.
The whippoorwill was just getting tuned up and the crickets and frogs were already singing in their nightly choir. 
As the sun set behind a curtain of clouds, soft colors emanated and it looked like pink lemonade and cotton candy had been splashed across the sky.
The horses were calm and seemed as equally thankful for the gift of dusk as I was.
Moments like these are sacred.
No matter how hard I try to soak every detail up I find myself silently begging God not to fade the canvas of a summertime dusk into night.
In every instance my pleas are to no avail.
He knows I need sleep.
Some of my most distinctive spiritual moments happen at sunset.
I have captured images of dozens and dozens of sunsets, each one unique from the other.
I can remember more details about sunsets I've witnessed than many other topics that should be of importance in my life.
When I am surrounded by nothing but the very creation and work of God's hands I am humbled.
These experiences are essential to my sanity yet I am incredibly insane for Him in these instances.
These are the moments when I tell Him I will do anything He calls me to do.
These are the moments when I see Him more clearly than ever before.
I call these "God moments in God places."
No distractions, no interruptions, just me and Him.
These are our Father-Daughter dates.
They are the only Father-Daughter dates I have ever known.
I believe God wants us to find Him in the natural beauty and admire the work of His hands.
If you are like us and you live in rural America, I encourage you to embrace it and not take it for granted.
City life is hectic and fast-paced and there are fewer opportunities for these types of meetings, but I encourage you to find a way to get out of the concrete race and meet him in the natural world from time to time if that is the life you live.
God speaks the clearest when all material distractions are stripped away and our focus is attuned to His artistry.
In these moments comparison, worry, anger, irritation, bitterness and negativity seem to vanish as God reminds us that He is the Almighty.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
Genesis 1:1-5

16 comments:

  1. Your words are as eloquent as the images. Both paired nicely giving God glory. We share the same love of wide open spaces and the admiration of His creation. This may be the most beautiful post I have ever read. Love.

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    1. Kelly, you are so sweet! Thank you! I truly appreciate your encouragement and I want you to know that you have made my week! Blessings and Love to you! xoxo

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  2. The words that went with the pictures were just as beautiful. I especially love the hay barrel pics

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    1. Thank you so much, Aleshea! I hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  3. WOW! Makes me want to come sit on your porch with a cold glass of lemonade, just be quite and take it all in. Here in Mobile AL for the last couple of days the clouds have just been stunning. I have pulled off the side of the road to take pictures. I just say God thank you for that. I know I had some people looking at me like I was crazy standing on the side of the road with my phone pointed toward heaven. LOL

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    1. Mindy, I would love for you to join me on my front porch! Mobile is so beautiful and I can only imagine the colorful skies you've been having. I love it there! Good for you for pulling over to take some pictures! Don't worry about those people-hopefully they will get it someday! Love and hugs to you, sweet friend!! xoxo

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  4. Beautiful photos - God's work is just incredible, and I find myself catching my breath when I see his work, especially in the country. I thank God for His creations that are stunning.

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    1. Thank you so very much!! You are so right! Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  5. Beautiful images. Blessings on your weekend!

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  6. HI! I just came across your blog! LOVE IT! What a beautiful lady you are! Inside and out. I watched your video too...so cute! I'm a sucker for the country life. It's where I belong. It's where my heart is. Can't wait to read more! Happy Monday!


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    1. Hey Kristin!! Thank you SO much! I look forward to getting to know you! :) Thank you for commenting and introducing yourself! From one country girl to another...love and hugs!! :) xoxo

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  7. These pictures are just beautiful! I love living in the country and being able to appreciate the beauty of the land. God is such an artist!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole!! I'm so happy to know other young ladies love and appreciate God's country, too! :) Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  8. Beautiful scenery! Thanks for the motivational words! :)

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