Be Still …

Today I need to be still …be still  with God …enjoy being with Him …soak up some time together …take a walk with Him ...listen to Him  sing songs to my soul …quiet my spirit in the middle of the chaos all around me.

I just wondered if you might be sensing the same thing …the need to stop and breathe deeply from the Giver of Life while resting in His arms of Love.

Nature seems to take me to another realm that refreshes and brings peace so I’m sharing some beautiful pictures with you today from Tasmania — pictures my brother, Phil,  recently took  and  graciously shared with me.

As you sit and soak in God’s presence, enjoy these scenes from His  artwork  in Tasmania.  Allow  the water of the Spirit to  pour over you and the Light of Jesus Christ to shine into your heart and the Rock of Ages to  be that sure and steady foundation — a refuge and strength —  for your day.

Put some music on and enjoy the stillness while  Phil  guides you  through the pictures and places below …

After an hour’s walk through lush rain forest and following the creek, we came to Russell Falls. The picture really doesn’t do justice to the 3 or 4 layers of the falls. We needed this large dose of God’s handiwork.
I climbed this dune which rose up in the middle of this stretch of land on Bruny Island. Meters behind me is the inland bay. The day (and the Southern Ocean!) was too cool for swimming, but that didn’t take away from the amazing scenery. I love looking as far as my eye can see.

This is at the tip of Bruny Island and taken from the hill where the light house stands. The views were well worth the road trip to get there. Although you can’t see them, there are colonies of Australian fur seals on the rocks.
This lighthouse is at the southern tip of Bruny Island. I love the practical purpose of the lighthouse but always think of the symbolism of the lighthouse too. One of the keepers of this lighthouse had 12 kids. You can only imagine how isolated this would have been for them in the 1800’s. All of the children survived the sea and the extreme weather except for one who died from diarrhea.

(Special thanks to  my brother, Phil Waters, from Melbourne, Australia, who took all these amazing photos and described them for us !)

Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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  1. Carrye

    Hey! I love the post…but for some reason I can’t see the pictures. Do you know why that might be?

  2. Marilou

    I can’t see the pictures either!

  3. Joy Waters Martin

    hmmm…not sure …they show up when I look at it?? I’ll do some research and try to resolve it . Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Joy Waters Martin

    The original pictures were on powerpoint slides. I uploaded them individually so hopefully that resolved the issue. If not, let me know. Thanks !!

  5. Carrye

    Thanks, Mama! I can see them now, how gorgeous!

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      hmmm…this might spark another blog post about “when our faith is seen as sight” huh ?? 🙂 Glad it worked Carrye !

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