I Lift Up My Eyes

A sea of green unfolded in front of me earlier this week
at our County Extension Gardens.
After a leisurely stroll, cane in hand, to see the gardens
for the first time this spring of 2014,
I sat on a bench while my husband set off at a brisker pace
for his cardiac exercise.
I practiced "looking up",
With a stump of an old tree behind me,
I absorbed the sight of the gloriously broad and flourishing one ahead of me...
...a silent witness to and example of the potential of health and wellness
lying ahead for me.
"I lift up my eyes...."  Psalm 121:1 
I find that I need to practice looking up with more intentionality lately.
It helps to sit with my back to the "stump" and my face toward the beauty.
I look forward to many days at the Extension Gardens
to watch the colors unfold.


  1. Beautiful post! Delighted to see you out and about again. Psalm 121 is one of my favorites! And the pictures of the trees (oh, how I love trees!) reminded me of Psalm 1:2-3:

    "Her" delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law "she" meditates day and night. "She" is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever "she" does prospers.

    Lovely word to start the morning on this beautiful Friday! Praying for continued healing and wholeness for you. Abundant blessings of great joy. You are a beautiful blessing in my life.

  2. I continue to see and hear such peace in your writings, Rebecca. You and Gary are coming out of these ordeals with much grace and more strength daily. I enjoyed this beautiful word today. You all continue to be in my prayers.
    Much love~

    1. Thank you, Sandy. I KNOW that your prayers and words of encouragement have been instrumental in my (our) peace and healing. Keep it up. I'm not 100% yet :)

  3. I love your sentence, "I find that I need to practice looking up with more intentionality lately." And don't we all? Oh Rebecca, you and Gary have been through a testing of late. A purging, I would suppose, when looked upon as a fire of refining.

    1. Yes. "Purging" is a good word. Not sure I'm quite finished with my process yet!

  4. Your journey has encouraged me. I pray health and healing in Jesus name and thanks for sharing...I am looking up

    1. Oh, Janette! I'm blessed to know you're encouraged by our journey! It makes it worth it. Really, it does.

  5. Hello Rebecca,
    What a lovely post and what a lovely place to visit, and that is a gorgeous tree for sure........
    Makes me think of that scripture in Isaiah 61:3

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

    You are a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor, and you have weathered this storm
    well and brought glory to his name.............still praying for you and know it want be long till you
    will be fully recovered and back to normal, but only a better normal.................

    Blessings Sweet Friend, Nellie

    Glad to hear your hubby is getting his exercise, wise man!!

    1. Thanks for you conTINual encouragement and prayers, Nellie. We are so thankful for medical science, the prayers of our friends, and the miracles of healing we are in the middle of! :)

  6. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful lady....outside, but most importantly, inside. HOPE this finds you improving and your hubby, too.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)