Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Sun's Path ~ Living in the Moment

Here in my little woods, despite a week of freezing temperatures, a few signs of autumn remain. On a recent drive through the neighborhood, I looked up and saw this—a handful of leaves still hanging on, still offering beauty, even in their final days. Oh, to do the same while on our earthly journey.

As you can see, after a string of overcast days, the sun pressed its way through the gray and presented skies of blue. As a sky enthusiast, I am easily captivated, even mesmerized by such heavenly displays. 

There’s something about the sun that beckons the human spirit to follow, to stand in its path on a sidewalk, head held high, eyes closed, soaking up its rays and warmth. Oh, to do the same on our spiritual journey, to follow the Son, wherever He may lead us.

At certain times of the day, the sun's light enters my home, and in the few minutes that it lingers—here awhile, there awhile—I am completely spellbound, fairly unable to move.





With winter solstice behind us, the sun has now shifted gears. Its midday point no longer slips toward the southern horizon, but inches higher and higher in the sky, lengthening the days as it heads northward. 


Those who are most affected by the cold, dreary days of winter find hope in this change of directions, knowing spring will arrive, as God ordered from the beginning, and nothing can stop it. 

You're looking at the gorgeous Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island (photo taken from Facebook). What a stark difference the seasons make. When The Man and I were here during our 30 year anniversary tour in 2010, we were surrounded by blue skies, sunshine, and glorious flowers. 

Until next time, dear friends, thanks for keeping me company. May the rays of the sun find you and warm you, through and through.


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Sharing with:
 Beth for Three Word Wednesday
Jenifer for Woman to Woman
Jann for Share Your Cup
Lyli for Thought Provoking Thursday
Cindy for Show and Tell




40 comments:

  1. Every now and then one stumbles on a blog that reaches out and grabs you. Perhaps something that is said that you can relate to..whatever the case, this happened to me this morning when I found you on Lavendar Dreams.
    I think mostly it was the part about the sunshine flowing into your home that left you spellbound..leaving you fairly unable to move. This very thing happens to me in the early morning hour when the sun first comes up and floods my living room. It's..something that defies description. You caught a picture of it and it's beautiful but from seeing it in my own home, I don't think any photo can ever capture what makes us catch our breath..and be swept with pure joy at being alive. I loved this post. I shall return.
    Love,
    Mona

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    1. Thank you, Mona, for stopping by and leaving such a generous comment. I look forward to visiting your blog and getting to know you. Hope to see you here often.

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  2. Well, first of all, I think you know I totally agree with Mona's first staement above :) I am also a sky watcher and we also have several trees that have not lost all of their leaves...kinda makes one wonder "how come?". The shots of the sun streaming in are breathtaking. I just did a post on dried roses and I see yours too...love them so much :)

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    1. You're a sweetheart, Debby. I'll head over to see your dried roses soon. I adore roses, fresh or dried.

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  3. I got a chill just looking at your pictures! I just talked to a friend in Michigan today and he was talking about all of the snow and cold you have had. What a gorgeous picture of the grand hotel!! I can't wait until the days are longer!

    Carol

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    1. Thankfully, Carol, I don't live in Michigan but in the great Southeast Texas. I could not handle the winter conditions in the northern parts.

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  4. The Grand hotel is a gorgeous building, especially surrounded by the snow. Your first photo looks like one I took at the park this week. Isn't that neat? Enjoy your week my friend! Stay warm!

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    1. I noticed your walk in the park pics earlier. I think we may have similar climates here in my neck of the woods, although yours is probably even milder.

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  5. What a wonderful post. I am equally entranced by sunlight in my home. When we bought this home it was partially because it was flooded iwth light for much of the day. It makes me happy.

    If you ever go to Mackinac again try to go during Lilac time- it is like no place on Earth. When we first got married you could stay at the Grand Hotel for $100. a night and everyone thought that was the most outrageous price. I think it starts at around $500 a night now. xo Diana

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    1. I dream of one day owning a home that is flooded with natural light. How wonderful that must be.

      Lilac time sounds divine. We went in August and it was breathtaking around every turn. I know what you mean about the prices. We stayed two nights (it was, after all, a very special occasion ... hehe). I don't remember what price we paid but the prices aren't all the same, just as the rooms aren't all the same. I know it wasn't $500/night, but it may have been around $300. You should know that also includes two meals a day in the dining room, which was amazing. Needless to say, probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for us, staying at that hotel.

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  6. This is such a beautiful post - it felt like poetry. Love your photo of sun on the dining room table -- a natural spotlight.

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  7. Reading your post was perfect timing for me this morning after checking the weather forecast for the day which said "SUNNY and cold; high 32 degrees" which at this point to me is PERFECT weather! :) No major snowfalls and no dreary pouring down rain.

    Very lovely post...inspiring as well :)

    I too like to watch the way the light changes...though it is hard to capture on camera in the home..but I know it always captivates me in September as it begins to change, or after a summer thunderstorm suddenly the house may fill with an eerie orange light and that is the time to run outside as there may be a rainbow forming somewhere.....or shadows playing against the wall or outside of the house...

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I'm always pleased to learn that so many others enjoy watching the sun's light as much as I do. I think autumn's sun, when it has that certain angle, is my favorite.

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  8. I am a kindred soul who is mesmerized by the play of the sun. It is one of the most common ways that God catches my attention. When I see a ray of sunshine shining in an otherwise "flat" place, my heart skips a beat. It's the same with those spiritual rays that He throws in my direction. They have the ability to turn my head, just as they are intended.

    Your photos are gorgeous to me, BTW. The centerpiece one is my favorite of all, but I love that window one as a very close second.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. We are truly kindred spirits, in a number of ways.

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  9. Dayle, I'm so glad that we're neighbors at Lyli's Thought Provoking Thursday. What a treasure your writing and images are. I love your thoughts on winter and the seasons, themes that are constantly spinning around in my head. These words, "Those who are most affected by the cold, dreary days of winter find hope in this change of directions, knowing spring will arrive, as God ordered from the beginning, and nothing can stop it," are especially encouraging. I live in the north where there is plenty of snow and cold, so I know their truth. Thanks for your encouraging words to me, as well.

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  10. Oh my, I love that saying, 'sky enthusiast'. I too adore looking at the sky. Just never quite knew what to call it. No wonder you are such a gifted writer! Now I can proudly say that I am a 'sky enthusiast'. lol! I too love the sun streaming in my windows. Warms the soul indeed! That hotel certainly is grand. I'm certain that it is just as picturesque in the Spring, Summer, and Fall! Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. I loved your post and found you from Simply Beth. Glad to connect and will be back to read more later. You can find me at http://angiekaywebb.com.
    My blog is being redesigned and my site is brand new. Thanks and God Bless

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  12. Dayle, it's lovely to "meet you" through Thought-Provoking Thursday. I have a close friend that is going home to glory soon, so these words in your first paragraph grabbed me: "still offering beauty, even in their final days." I'll be keeping my eyes open for the beauty this week. You've helped reframe my thinking a bit, and I am thankful.

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    1. Thank you, Lyli, for your visit and for hosting a great link-up. I'm sorry to hear about your close friend. Your words reminded me of a writing colleague who passed away much too early. Christy was full of beauty, even in her last days. May you be comforted by the memories you share.

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  13. I can feel the warmth of the sun in your post.

    Yes, those days when it shines through really light up our life.

    Jen

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  14. Hi Dayle...I love how you related nature, sun and leaves to the human and spiritual. It amazes me how those leaves hang on in spite of frigid temps and it amazes me how some people hang on in spite of 'frigid' lives. Love the pic of sun on the table. Happy Friday.

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  15. Blessings, Dayle! Delightful to catch up with you this January. Your tender and observing heart always blesses me as you take your life adventures and find ways to point to the Lord in all things. Especially loved your recap of 2013 and the grand and glorious news of your Dad putting up the lights! God id sooo good! Looking forward to growing in his PEACE in 2014.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  16. There is a sense of forever in those endless skies . . . .

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    1. I so agree. I love lying on the ground and looking into the heavens. Makes you feel so small.

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  17. Wonderful thoughts! I am so glad that you snapped the shots for us. I noticed all the little oak trees at the shopping mall still are clinging to their leaves. It will take the new leaves to push them off. I'd rather that they'd let go.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Vee. We still have a lot of leaves hanging on here, too.

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  18. i love how you describe yourself as a "As a sky enthusiast".
    Me too! I'm always looking up.

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    1. I think there are lots of people who fit into the "sky enthusiast" club. I love finding kindred spirits like yourself, Christine.

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  19. Your pictures and reflections are so beautiful. I have dreams of getting to the Grand Hotel one day. Thank you so much for sharing with Three Word Wednesday. Thank you to for letting me know th GFC follow option wasn't working. It sill doesn't appear to be working but we've added a Google+ follow option now too. I'm still figuring that all out. I'm not good with the technical side of blogging. :)
    Many blessings,
    Beth

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  20. i have that brief bit of fairy sunlight just around 4pm... and that light is so joyful! and i am finding that here in sw florida we are having fall! i have seen the prettiest leaves!

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    1. Isn't it amazing how the seasons make the rounds? We've had glorious fall colors.

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