A Beautiful Day

What is your idea of a beautiful day?

I recently had the opportunity to go on a myPhotoWalk photo shoot in Temecula, CA, the southwestern anchor of what is known as the Inland Empire of California. Vineyards and lakes and open spaces. I took my Nikon D810 and my Sony A6000 hoping to walk with the Lord out in the beauty of His landscape. I was rewarded. Soon I was visiting with the Lord enjoying His beauty all around me.

It did not take long before I stumbled upon this small lake with a windmill adjacent to an expansive vineyard. For me, this had the makings of a beautiful image. I just stood there on the edge of the lake, drinking in all the beauty. It was so serenely quiet and peaceful. There were ducks swimming in the water and dozens of sea birds swirling around the sky in geometric patterns.

I began talking with the Lord about all the beauty.

Lord, thank You for bringing me here to this place where I can walk and talk with you. Your creation is beautiful and speaks of how great and powerful You are. Help me to see more of Your grand design as I spend time with You here in this place.

I walked around the lake to capture an image with a view across the water, through the vineyards, and beyond to the mountains. I especially wanted to capture the reflections of the windmill, the trees, and the clouds. I love reflections. There is just something so pure and eternal about reflections.

So I spent more than an hour there in that quiet place with the Lord. James 4:8 tells us to “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” Out there by that lake, I found it to be so conducive to drawing near to God. And sometimes, a beautiful environment will help us draw near to God in ways that feed our soul. As I walked with the Lord there, my mind thought about some of the verses in the Bible that I have been reading lately.

I love the promise in Psalm 62:5-8 and it has encouraged me so much in recent days —

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62:5-8

God reminds me in these verses that He is the only answer for all my needs. As I stood in that amazing place out in God’s creation, I was reminded of how great and powerful He is and just how much He loves us.

As I walked back to the car, I felt refreshed and invigorated from myPhotoWalk and my conversation with my Lord.

And that, my friends, was a beautiful day!

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8

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  • Title: A Beautiful Day
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  • Description: A beautiful view of the vineyards and lake in Temecula, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 12/07/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 20mm, ISO 125, f/4, 1/60sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Temecula, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, RadLab Software, Nik Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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