A Beautiful Place

Sometimes you just need to be in a beautiful place.

You need to be able to take a deep breath, step away from the things that are weighing on your heart, and simply be still and know that He is God.

I experienced such a need a number of months ago. And my husband and I stepped away and went to a very beautiful place — The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California.

The Getty Villa, inspired and built according to the design of an ancient seaside villa at Herculaneum in Italy, is filled with many of the Greek and Roman antiquities acquired by J. Paul Getty throughout his life. The lush gardens and fountains make this a tranquil place of beauty. It’s an ideal place for a myPhotoWalk photo shoot. During out time there, I reached the edge of a grand stone balcony and I scanned the ocean horizon from the Getty Villa, drinking in the peace and quiet of God’s creation. The view of the Pacific Ocean and the gathering clouds struck me as simply breathtaking. I stopped for a moment and just whispered a quiet prayer, “Thank You Lord, for this moment of beauty.”

My life verse, Psalm 27:4, then came to my mind —

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

God reminded me what my life is all about — knowing Him and beholding His beauty every day of my life. This beautiful place reminded me of a much greater beauty — the beauty of the Lord.

So, dear friend, the next time you are weighed down by worries or stressed by the difficulties of life, you might just need to get away for a day to a beautiful place, slow down, be still, and know that God is God.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: A Beautiful Place
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  • Description: Gazing out from one of the balconies at The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/11/15
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 86mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/2500sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot at The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, OnOne Software, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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