Monday, June 24, 2019

Like a River Glorious ~

For thus saith the Lord, Behold,
I will extend peace to her like a river...
~ Isaiah 66:12 ~


The lyrics on each photo are from the hymn ~ Like a River Glorious,
written by Florence (Frances) Havergal.
While Florance met with some boys so as to witness the Gospel 
she ran into cold, wet weather and became chilled.
Her fever grew worse and at the age of 42 with her brother at her bedside,
he commended her soul into the Redeemer's hand.
So young, yet, she was ready to meet her Savior.
Then sings my soul ~ is a book on 150 Hymn stories that belonged 
to my beloved in-laws ~ Bill and Betty.
I came home with this precious book and I will read and cherish it
knowing that it belonged to my in-laws.
Our time away in Canada was a time for family
and the internment of my husbands dad.
It was also a time with my husband's siblings to go through
their parents estate bringing a little bit of a closure to both 
Bill and Betty's passing.
Praise the Lord, they are both together now in glory with their Savior.



After spending time with family my husband and I headed up North
to spend some time at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
We practically had the park to ourselves,
maybe it was due to all the rain. 😉
Even though we had plenty of rain, that didn't stop us from 
enjoying some of the sites, nature, hikes and God's amazing creation.


These photos were taken of the Sand River
while we enjoyed our 3 hour hike on a day that was 
a mixture of sun, clouds and rain, 
but oh what an amazing river with its many rushing water falls!
These photos are just a small glimpse of some incredible beauty.
The hiking trail was right alongside the river 
and those rushing waters were astounding.



We stayed in Agawa Bay, where again, we practically had the 
campground to ourselves.
Our site was right on Lake Superior where the beach was
nothing but granite stones ~ my husband's joy!
He loves looking for stones to polish
and the beach certainly kept us busy looking for those perfect stones.
My husband has a rock tumbler, so our collection of stones will be beautifully polished.
As we hike around the large granite rock, I can't help but think of
the many granite countertops in their various colors that 
grace many homes with their beauty.
God's marvelous and glorious creation that we are blessed to enjoy.



We crossed the Border into Michigan and drove along Lake Michigan 
enjoying yet again, the beauty of our God.
Unfortunately we were not able go get good scenic photos 
due to the rainfall.
We stayed at a beautiful State Park right on the lake,
but oh my...the puddles in the park were incredible!
Each site had it's very own private puddle pool. 😉
So much water, every water source we encountered was swollen.
As we drove through areas of farm land in a few of the States
it was disheartening to see the fields flooded.
We prayed for those farmers as they work hard to plow their fields
in between the rainfall, then having to wait for a dry spell.
We saw a sign attached to a fence that read ~
Did you eat today? Thank a farmer
Yes, thank you to those HARD WORKING farmers and their family's!
Seems as though we brought the rain and cold weather back with us,
as it has been cold and rainy since we arrived home.
In all things give thanks ~ I am very thankful for the moisture 
which has made everything just that much greener and lush.
We enjoyed our time away ~ but it's good to be home.



I'm praising the Lord for His love and watch care over us
while we were traveling.
Both going and coming home we had some pretty nasty storms,
and driving a 35 foot  motor home with our "toad" behind us
can make for a stressful ride.
God cares for His own.
While driving through Wisconsin, as big and bright as anything 
was a billboard that said,
JESUS CHRIST
It was breathtaking to say the least!
Through the many heavy rainstorms we drove through
 our hearts were blessed with the Name of our Savior, 
surely nothing less heavenly could have
reflected such a glorious site for our eyes to behold.



To God be the Glory!
Debbie

18 comments:

Elizabethd said...

An amazing trip, surrounded by God's beauty in the scenery. And to see that sign, isnt that wonderful!

Anne Payne said...

Sweet Debbie, I am so glad y'all had a safe and blessed trip to honor your husbands dad. Family time is the best! The photos are incredible. What a great way to travel!!! Much love to you...

Debby Ray said...

Welcome back, dear Debbie! When I saw the title of your post and began reading those wonderful lyrics, my mind immediately went back to when I sang in the choir at my church..."Like a River Glorious" was a hymn that we sang a really great arrangement to....I can close my eyes and still hear it! Your trip sounded absolutely fabulous...and those photos of that rushing water are so powerful! So glad to see this post from you today...it's always so nice to get back home, isn't it? Happy Monday HUGS!!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Thank you for sharing with us Debbie! Beautiful photo's and uplifting scripture & sentiment~ I am glad you were able to have this experience, though not without its sadness, and able to take care of things and be with family. I am actually heading to Michigan soon! Don't get there very often at all - but it is my birthplace and still holds lots of family.
In MT we have been very cool and rainy; almost like no Summer at all! But I hope not~ Hope she arrives soon~
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful work ahead! Hugs, karen o

Creations By Cindy said...

Beautiful and breath taking pictures sweet friend. So glad you both had a grand time even though there was sadness in the midst. Joy and sadness. That is life isn't it dear friend. Yes I am thankful for the farmers. With our lack of rain it has brought to my attention recently the farmer's struggle. As a child we farmed for a living so I know all about what it means to be a farmer. Our little garden has struggled so much. We have gotten very little rain and I have only managed to save a few veggies. I praise the Lord that we do our little garden for our on satisfaction and not to make a living but my prayers has sure been with the farmers recently. Those with too much rain and those without. God is in control and being at the beach recently reminded me as I looked out across that vast of an ocean...never ending....that His love for us is the same. It never ends. His mercies are new each morning. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anajá Schmitz said...

Lindas imagens e as mensagens são belíssimas.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Good to hear from you again. Glad you had a meaningful time in Canada and a good time of enjoying nature as well.

Tanza Erlambang said...

look amazing...and peace

Granny Marigold said...

Beautiful photos with the words from that lovely old hymn gracing them.
Sorry about all the rain that you met with on the way home. Poor farmers are either suffering from drought or too much rain!
Have a wonderful week.

Regina said...

Welcome back Debbie! Your pictures are very pretty especially with the hymn lyrics. Thank you for sharing 😊

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah loved the reflection on this one of my many favourite hymns dear Debbie, stayed upon Jehovah hearts are fully blessed. Finding as He promised perfect peace and rest!
How VERY rich we are in Jesus...
... and where else but in America would you find the beautiful name of the Jesus Christ so boldly proclaimed! Oh, may it draw people to think upon the Name above all names so commonly used as swear word, rather than held in reverence.
In Him we trust.
Love and prayer hugs Shaz in Oz.x

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
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hobbyloes said...

Nice trip with your husband, dear friend.
Nature is breathtaking in its beauty. Thank you for taking us to enjoy God's nature with your beautiful photos.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Welcome back to your Home Sweet Home, Debbie! I know it must've been bittersweet to go through your in-laws belongings, but I know you will enjoy the keepsakes. Your photos are just magnificent, and I'm happy to know that you loved your trip. Yes, we do need to give thanks to our farmers. I loved the Jesus Christ sign that you saw on your trip. Enjoy those beautiful granite rocks. Love and hugs are sent to you....

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Such a lovely post to read! I had never heard of this hymn, now I want to find it online and listen to the words! How lovely to hike along the Sand River and to be so close to the amazing waterfalls as you hiked! Thankful that the time with your husband's family went well, although surely it is a tough thing to do, to go through their things. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip down through the Great Lakes, but the rain is crazy! So much rain! So thankful for the Lord's care through the storms and for your safe arrival back home! Sweet blessings of the Lord and hugs :)

natalia20041989 said...

What a lovely trip, those pictures of nature are stunning! I also love the words form Isaiah, I read Isaiah this month with my toddler, he enjoys listening to my voice reading it. Have a lovely day:)

The Liberty Belle said...

Your photographs from the hike are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. Also, thank you for the reminder to be thankful for farmers.

Lea said...

What an awesome trip and I so enjoyed reading about it. I love watching the show, "R Ving" and all the many, many types of motorhomes, travel trailers, etc. So amazing to me. Just like homes on wheels. So good to catch up with you Debbie.

Cheryl said...

Such beautiful pictures of your wonderful trip! I loved seeing all the scenery. So thankful you had a great time and are back home safe, sweet friend. So nice to visit with you today.

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