Steadfast each and every day

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that he can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection.
‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink;
but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct,
will pursue his principles unto death.”

Thomas Paine

“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break;
but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.”

― Marcus Aurelius


(the wild blackberries are just beginning to turn / Julie Cook / 2017)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

11 comments on “Steadfast each and every day

  1. Lynda says:

    Thanks be to God that God’s mercies are new every morning! I’m overwhelmed when I think of the magnitude of God’s mercy – no matter what we do, God shows mercy and refreshes God’s mercy to us each and every day. I’m going to be on an Ignatian Silent Retreat this weekend and the topic is “The Name of God is Mercy” so your post is very appropriate for me today. Prayers for you when I’m on retreat. Blessings.

  2. Praise Him for His mercy and faithfulness. Julie, I love your photography. What camera do you use? A special place to buy? Blessings, Fran

    • Thank you Fran– it’s a Nikon Coolpix P900– I’ve had a couple of Sonys but prefer the Nikon– and I ordered it from Best Buy– I bought it 3 years ago for a trip to Ireland as it has a tremendous zoom–
      And despite having been an Art teacher forever, I’m far from a knowledgeable photographer- if I can focus, I can shoot a picture ☺️
      But I do love the attention to detail–
      Blessings and a hug Fran

      • Julie, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Any is more than I have. I will check out this one. I am attracted to the details of your pictures. Thank you for your blessings and hugs. We have plenty of blessings, but few hugs these days because of being stranded during Jerry’s healing. I really miss worship with God’s people. We are thirty minutes away from our church, so I don’t leave Jerry alone. Blessings and a return hug. Thank you again, with much love.

      • How is his healing going?
        I know it’s hard to be cut off as it were from that which provides such a tangible form of support—my aunt is pretty much in the same boat as her cancer treatment has left her weak and depressed so where she was very active with her church and dear friends there, she has sequestered herself these many weeks away from all of that…

        I find that in my picture taking, I too enjoy the details and closeups—I thought I wanted a camera a couple of years ago that had a special macro lens—but that was an expensive catastrophe as I could never quite figure it out…and was not pleased with what it produced—so that’s how I wound up with this current camera—which I greatly preferred—I’m pretty much a point and click person…I’d probably benefit from a class or two 🙂
        I’ll sent hugs your way any time Fran—
        🙂

      • Since yesterday, he is attached to a wound vac. The burden now is mostly on him for the next few weeks, with our returning to the surgeon twice a week for two weeks, then home care. We are still responsible for the daily cleaning and dressing the foot. I will continue to pray for your aunt.
        I look forward to checking into knowing more about this camera as soon as I have time.
        I can use all the hugs.
        Julie, you are a blessing.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    I hope you are doing well…

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