Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Inspiration from Daily Visitors

Our home is nestled in the middle of  the woods.  When we first made this our home, we named the woods and our home Still Woods.  The inspiration came from Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know I am God". A meandering creek borders our property to the east.  A spry, red fox lives in the woods to the west.  Every now and then, we see his sleek body racing across the road and disappearing into the thick forests. Lately, a pair of deer have visited our home.  It is amazing to look up from our breakfast or dinner and see these beautiful creatures in the clearing near our home.
I imagine they enjoy sipping cool water from the creek and resting in the shade of Still Woods. Our two labs, Lucky and Lucy, have decided to accept these graceful visitors.  The deer stand quietly in the woods and watch our two dogs as they lay on the front porch.  Ever wary, the deer appear to be ready to bolt. We knew that deer were in this area, but they have never emerged from the trails so close to our home.  Seeing them is a gift.  They quietly munch on the grass while we watch in awe.  When they are finished, they turn and walk gracefully back through the sunlit trail.
I am reminded of the verse from Psalm 42:1, "As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God".  A beautiful worship song written by Martin J. Nystrom begins to play in my head.

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

I love you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you.


contemplate my own relationship with the Lord. Am I more consumed with desire for my next project than I am for spending time with my heavenly Father?  He is my heart's desire...my strength and shield, but do I always show that to the Lord by my daily relationship with Him?  

I am amazed how the Lord uses the gentle creatures of the forest, whether it be the sparrow or deer, to draw us nearer to Him! Will you join me today and reflect on your own relationship with the Lord?

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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10 comments:

  1. A beautiful post and you have me singing...

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    1. Hi Ellen,
      Glad I have you singing! It's a beautiful song. I had to have a crown prep yesterday and sang this in my head while my dentist was drilling. Very calming! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Wonderful and beautiful post to read this morning. I'm like Ellen....you have me singing now! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. It does get stuck in your head, doesn't it?! But is a wonderful song to be singing!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. Beautiful thoughts, Lynda and a few of my favorite verses. Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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    1. I am glad you liked this post. We saw a glimpse of our friends yesterday. They had me humming this song again!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you Carol! Out little maltipoo, Luke Bailey, took out after one of our deer friends yesterday. He is fearless! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Thank you for stopping by!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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