FC: REFLECTIONS OF A HEART AT PEACE | SEA STROLL ...
2: Even though I grew up very near the beach we seldom spent time enjoying it. There were far too few reflective walks there. My aunt, uncle and cousins lived on Tybee Island but most of our visits were centered around holidays or family gatherings. It was not until Dennis and I began to spend parts of our summer with Super Wow at Jekyll and later at Ft. Walton Beach that I more fully realized the healing power of a walk on the beach. The early morning quiet, the seashells, the clean air all seem to bring me a great deal of comfort. Some of my very best times with the Lord have been out by the ocean enjoying his beautiful world and listening to him speak through the sound of the waves rolling in or the gentle call of a gull joining me on my morning adventure.
4: Whether you come to look, to catch a crab or a fish, or just to play in the water, the beach is for everyone
6: Whatever floats your boat ...
7: just be safe!
8: THE BUBBLE ROOM ~~ CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA
9: One of the treats of going to the beach, or on any trip really, is getting to enjoy different types of food. Since seafood is very high on my favorites list, I especially enjoy going to this wonderful place in Destin, Florida. It truly is, as the word "lagniappe" means, "a little something extra" (SPECIAL)!
10: New Hampshire commissioned this amazing monument in memory of its many servicemen who lost their lives at sea in the defense our country. The soft blue sky made her even more beautiful and we had a hard time saying good-bye to this lovely area.
12: DRIFTWOOD BEACH | JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA
14: Shelby walked slowly along the beach, sniffing at the waves and wandering from shell to crab to a small piece of driftwood in her path. It wasn't until I began to talk with her owners that I discovered Shelby is blind! Seeing does not always come with one's eyes but often with one's heart ... just ask Shelby!
16: Seaside Village is a lovely planned community near Panama City, Florida. Other than memories of a terrible movie called "Truman" which was filmed there, it is one of my very favorites places in the area. The chapel was not open the day we visited on this trip, but even through the window I felt a sense of peace and of God's calming presence.
17: There is a quote which says something to this effect: "If you are lucky enough to have a house by the sea, you are lucky enough". If I could paraphrase that quote I would say it this way: "If you are BLESSED enough to worship in God's house by the sea, be it a literal building or just in the beautiful outdoors which surround you, then you are indeed BLESSED more than enough!"
18: Dinner at the South Beach Grill near St. Augustine was just simple beach fare. The setting was nice and our walk down to the beach brought some striking shots of a threatening sky. As ferocious as the clouds seemed, there never was a strong storm. On the way back to our room we stopped and took pictures of the beautiful St. Augustine light. Unfortunately Dennis did not get to see the ghost hunters Joy and I had seen several years ago on our annual mother/daughter trip.
20: NUBBLE LIGHT, MAINE
21: "Let your light shine in the night- time, let it shine all day through. Let it shine, shine for Jesus ..." Dallas Holm
22: A JEKYLL ISLAND MORNING
23: SEA TURLE CRAWL | ST. SIMONS LIGHTHOUSE
24: BEACH COLORS
25: NEW HAMPSHIRE COAST
26: "One never knows what chance treasures these easy unconscious rollers may toss up, on the smooth white sand of the conscious mind, what perfectly rounded stone, what rare shell from the ocean floor. Perhaps a channelled whelk, a moon shell, or even an argonaut. But it must not be sought for or -- heaven forbid! -- dug for. No, no dredging of the sea bottom here. That would defeat one's purpose. The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -- waiting for a gift from the sea." Anne Morrow Lindbergh "Gift from the Sea"
28: LISTEN ...
29: There is a special stillness that takes you by the hand as you stroll down a beach late in the evening which gives you a peaceful heart, rarely found in the never-slowing space age. It guides you playfully through the coolness of wet sand gushing through your toes, then pauses only long enough to let you see a tiny snail burrow into the sand for a night's rest. The breeze can stir thoughts within you like none you have ever felt before and caught up in its motion, nothing else seems to matter. Even more than the beauty, an awesome feeling of the vast size of the world and the ocean overpowers your being. As an individual, you seem much less important perhaps than even a grain of sand or a lone starfish. As you turn to walk away, though, the waves roll up and whisper with white froth -- "You are important!" | Written for my College English class at Effingham County High School on September 26, 1969. I was taught by Mrs. Jenny Tyler who had also been my sixth grade teacher at Rincon Elementary School.
30: SUNSET IN SEPIA