brushstrokes and blessing….

there is blessing stretching out to brush you,  friend,
for fresh firm grace
to relax
into the time enough,
to stretch out spacious,

to rest into the plenty enough
to cover and fill
every place of need,

to breathe into  space enough
for all your thoughts
to settle gentle,

to lean into healthy connection enough
for living waters
to refresh your spirit strong,

for face pressed into  comfort enough
to see the brilliance flickering
in the dark.

to journey on wrapped in love enough
to weather whatever,
peaceful and grateful
for another day
to do joy,
joy that is enough.

Can you feel the brushstrokes?

“Trust is the fruit of a relationship
in which you know you are loved.”
W. Paul Young
(The Shack)

Several have mentioned how Spring-like these photos.  These beauties are actually an Autumn specialty
where I live…..wild and unruly,  they spill down embankments like rogue waves
on all the backroads I travel.  It’s hard to stay in the car.
Sometimes I want to just park and walk for miles alongside
this sea of smiling faces.

linking up with Sandra to get still, go slow,  and savor.

(I can’t get badges to work right now for some reason.  It’s on the list…’s on the list.)


  1. Judy Hartman on October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, Jennifer, and your photos are magnificent!

  2. rachel awes on October 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    this is good news indeed, my friend.
    + please thank the flowers for delivering it.

  3. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on October 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    A breath of sunshine is your post for me today, thank you sweet Jennifer for bringing Summer back here. I am so glad to read your words. Hugs to you and thank you for your kindness xo

  4. Bren on October 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Both your thoughts so beautifully expressed and your photos lift my spirits. Such brilliance, both!

  5. Pat Petersen on October 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Of course your words are eloquent as usual, but I especially like seeing the beauty of the photos. We are expecting possible snow flurries already on Tuesday. Love the change of seasons living high on a mountain.

  6. Kathy on October 21, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful. I feel comfort in the “enough”. Thank you. I hope you feel comfort, too. Kath

  7. Lindsay on October 21, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Oh I can feel the beauty of these words,
    Digging deep into my heart. It’s so nice to see the change of seasons in your pictures, somehow they remind me of spring.. I feel so refreshed just by reading your blogpost.

    I hope things are going much better with you (and your family) these days.

    Hugs 🙂

  8. Louise G on October 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

    There is snow on the ground this morning
    northern climes have given way to winter’s first breath
    calling leaves to fall and flowers to deadhead their way back to sleep
    until spring can seep in and warm their roots
    in the meantime…

    I shall settle awhile into the beauty of your flowers
    dipping my toe into the warming embrace of your words
    calling me to step beyond the cool harsh breath of winter
    tingling on my neck
    into that place where no matter the weather
    I know
    I am enough
    and life is beautiful no matter the seasons falling all around me.

    Hugs beautiful Jennifer.
    Thanks for the warm reminder of summer’s bounty.

  9. Pam on October 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    LOVE your “sea of smiling faces! And love the idea of “brush strokes” too… from the Artist of Artists! Your post refreshes and blesses!

  10. Ashley Haupt on October 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    i just want to camp out here and drink in the beauty of these photos. I know what you mean about wanting to leave the car, just bathe in the beauty, as if somehow, to bring it into ourselves. 🙂

  11. Sheila Seiler Lagrand on October 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Talk about a sweet inspire . . . Wow!

  12. Behind The Smile on October 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful pictures, such colour…Beautiful healing words you bless us with Jennifer. I felt God was talking to me through you today, thank you. God bless.

  13. HisFireFly on October 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    How your flowers cheered my heart! Colour bursts of beauty!

  14. Connie Smiley on October 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks, Jennifer, for this beauty, for getting out of the car to pass on all these smiling faces. Blessings.

  15. jeanie on October 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    And blessings to you, as well. What stunning flowers and how they make my heart sing! What beauty.

  16. ro elliott on October 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    beautiful…beautiful pictures and words…I love the quote…amen to this truth. blessings~

  17. Barbara on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I feel the brushstrokes of blessing through your beautiful post, Jennifer! Thank you!

  18. lynn on October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    wow, beautiful.

  19. JBR on October 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Jen, simply beautiful. I hope the colors here are as brilliant or even more in Heaven! Blessings my dear.

  20. S. Etole on October 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What an explosion of glory spilling over here.

  21. Lynn on October 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I feel them! I feel them! Thanks for brushing me happy. What a great way to start a day.

  22. leslie on October 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

    smiling at the glory of abundance offered here. it soothes my weary heart. (i loved that book)

  23. kathryn on October 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    yes I can!!!

    I need to live where you are!! Gorgeous flowers like that in October…something to be grateful for!!

  24. suz on October 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    ah…joy…….yes stick your nose in it
    walk as far as you can in it

  25. Suzanne McRae on October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I never would have guessed that these flowers were fall beauties. Such a splash of colour. Loved reading The Shack… thanks for sharing.

  26. Dulcy Stewart on October 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

    All that luscious yellow and gold with the beautiful words. Perfect start to my Sunday morning sweet Jennifer!


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