520. Some places speak distinctly. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Have you ever looked at a map of the world?
Look at Texas with me just for a second.
That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast,
and the Red River and the Rio Grande. . .
As soon as anyone anywhere in the world
looks at it, they know what it is.
It’s Texas.
~Author Unknown

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But knowing that I’m living in God’s world everywhere in Creation is equally as obvious because of the undeniable iconic images of His reality. For example when I encounter people, be they Texans or anyone else, I recognize God’s face because we are all made in His image. In the vitality that shines forth in human faces, I see God’s strength. In the laughter of those I love here or elsewhere I become aware of His grace. In my deepest yearnings, I feel His presence and sense His divine design. In my brokenness and suffering His mercy shines through. In the great lights of the sky, I glimpse the shining of His everlasting faithfulness. In the quiet of the night, the stars and the moon that He flung into space speak His name and tell of His power all around the globe. In the insights of wise ones far and near, I hear His voice and grasp His truths. In my soul searching, His nearness is felt, and in fears that come in the darkness of the night, I encounter His angels. In colors that fill the sky and flowery faces, I see His beauty. In relationships with others, His love is made known. When my flesh is wounded and my body bleeds, the face of His Son who, in a land far, far away, shed His blood for my redemption is revealed. In unforeseen moments of wonder, awe, and passion I feel stirrings of His mighty spirit. And the touch of His hands can be felt in the warmth of the sun, and in the changing seasons of the north, south, east, and west His rhythm of life becomes clear. And today on my birthday, I know that I have been blessed wherever I’ve been and gone all the days of my life.

“O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? . . .” ~Deuteronomy 3:24   ✝

16 thoughts on “520. Some places speak distinctly. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. You’re a true God-girl (like a cowgirl, but with God).
    Your birthday? YOUR BIRTHDAY? Happy “Earthday” my sweet friend – the world was blessed the day you brought into it. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope it was filled with love, joy, warmth, laughter and dreams. xoxoxoxoxox


  2. Well well, you should have told me and I could have started yesterday on Birthday eve ( I’ll explain the joy and significance later) and then I would have started early this morning— WWWOOOOHHHHOOOO!!!
    Happy Birthday Natalie and what a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving and joy on this your most unique day!!!!
    Much love and happiness on this evening of your special day@!!
    a big hug!!!—Julie


    • Thank you, my sweet Georgia Peach. It has been a very good day for me, the first in a long, long time. So I am very grateful tonight and you just made it even better. Huge, huge hugs and lots and lots of love, N 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. Many,many Happy Returns my sweet Natallie ❤ ❤ ❤ !!!
    Hope all the coming years are filled with health and happiness for you !!!
    BTW, I so much like your collage work with all the Texian symbols,but most of all I loved your beautiful prose which conveys strong messages about equality and praises His mighty Spirit that affectionately embraces us all !!!
    Hugs and kisses my sweet friend 🙂 and Warm Birthday Wishes ❤


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