Thursday, April 26, 2012

beauty in the rain..

I woke up this morning 

with my heart as  heavy
as the clouds 
that were pouring their tears upon us.

 I see changes coming.

Coming as quickly as the weather  
that changes from 
bright and cheery
dark and dreary.

As any self-respecting, middle-aged ,mid-life crisis hormonal homeschooling mama would do,
I left my girl doing algebra 
 I went outside to play.

I sought to find beauty in the rain.

Out on the porch, down the road, and into the alfalfa field
I went.

And do you know what?

I found it.

I found the beauty.
I just had to look for it.

 Find rest, O my soul, 

in God alone; 

my hope comes from Him.  

He alone is my rock and my salvation; 

He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  

My salvation and my honor depend on God

He is my mighty rock, my refuge.  

Trust in Him at all times, 

people; pour out your hearts to Him,

for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62

Where are you looking for beauty today?


Grace said...

Thank you so much for this post Mrs. McKinney :)

FlowerLady said...

What a beautiful post, in pictures and heartfelt words.

Love and hugs ! FlowerLady

Anne said...

What a lovely post.I need to look around don't I?I am way up to my eye balls in life.Just life stuff.Cleaning,cooking,washing,taking my daughter here and there,and blogging.Lots of life stuff.But good news is I am treating myself to a manicure.Have not had one of those in ages :-)So my beauty is sitting down for a bit for some relaxation.

shannon i olson said...

lovely! I can get there, especially with the clouds. This is the first year of empty nest, which is going fine but I still have one little bird flying on a bit of a path I don't like. I worry about that. We begin planning a wedding...change on the way there and I find most of my closest friends not so close now that all our kids have grown and my homeschool days are over. hmmm sometimes I get sad, but all hope and all goodness is in God. Beauty is indeed all around and blessings abound, each day must be started with that in perspective or those clouds get mighty heavy! thanks dear

Amy Jo said...

Such Beautiful Pictures!

I hope the clouds have lifted.

Amy Jo

Adrienne said...

Thank you for this heart-touching post. I needed this today. I'm trying to slow down and see the beauty all around. And it is there!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Yes I could see beauty in the rain today too. It has been raining and hailing all day today and I am grateful that the flowers and trees are soaking in all the wonderful moisture they desperately need. Hot summer weather is coming so any moisture now is very welcome. I love your lilacs. They smell so heavenly. Hope the rain today gives you a beautiful rainbow.


podso said...

This reminds me of my post! Looking for beauty isn't hard if you open your eyes. Your photos are lovely! Good thoughts.


I am looking for beauty in people like youm have a wonderful day, hugs Mary

Deanne said...

I love those rainy photos, I love the barn photos, I want to take some time for myself one day and drive around the countryside and take photos of old sheds and barns.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Beauty is everywhere if we are just willing to look for it! Today, in the rain, you found it. Lovely post!

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Rene
I am happy you found some beauty today to cheer you up. When I need to look for beauty I come and read your posts and enjoy your beautiful photography.. Take care my friend..

Rebecca said...

Praying that you continue to find beauty amidst the changes that are on your horizon.

Your photos and observations are uplifting and hopeful.

Regenbogenwolke said...

Love it! The pictures are so levely and you wrote it so emotionally, just wonderful!

Fairfield House said...


A beautiful, well written truth. Your photographs are stunning. I can smell the lilacs in the damp air. I went out to 'play' last week and encountered the "jersey devil". Stop by and see.

Your Friend,

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Such a lovely post! Blessings to you today and every day!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Lovely post. Funnily enough my view out the window looks the same as yours but I love the rain and we need it so much. Not quite winter here and four layers on already....delightful. The time of year I can think best without the distraction of trying to keep cool.

My Shabby Roses said...

A BIG Hug to you Rene!
(beautiful pictures...wonderful verse)

Cindy~ Heart and Sew Inspirations said...

You went seeking and you found. That beauty you found was God Himself... waiting as He does, for us to seek Him.

Your beautiful post reminds me of a song that says,
"I will praise you in this storm, and I will lift my hands, for You are who You are, no matter where I am. And every tear I cried, you hold in your hands and though my heart is torn...I will praise you in this storm.
You sweet lady, have done just that! Thank you for sharing.

My Shabby Roses said...

A BIG Hug to you Rene!
(beautiful pictures...wonderful verse)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

A lovely post. We all need to take time to smell the roses, so to speak.

And those darn "hormonies"! (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) I know just what you mean.

blhitchcock901 said...

So thankful that we can find rest and hope in Him. Thank you for sharing your heart. May He draw you close to Himself daily! You are an inspiration!


margits bastelstube said...

this is a beautiful post, dear rene!
so emotional....

Cindy said...

I'm seeing brand new buds beginning to form on the tree limbs, such a nice bright green.
I see geese honking and cranking at the ducks.
I see a grey sky that releases no rain, it just remains leaden.
Beauty is everywhere when we look for it.
Hugs, Cindy

A Cottage Muse said...

How comforting Rene, thank you!
On a dark day here recently I found beauty in my son's words, love that boy!

Katie said...

Found you via pinterest! :-) I love this post...your words, your photos. Love you, Katie

Sandi said...

Ah changes...yes we must all experience them whether we want to or not. Praying your changes will make you stronger. Rest in Him dear one!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I find beauty everywhere. Your pictures are so pretty--you know, I adore your house and that wet lilac is gorgeous. TFS!

margits bastelstube said...

dear rene,
these are beautiful rainy-fotos!
many greatings

Anonymous said...

When viewed through the eyes of a child of the King, beauty is peaking around every corner.

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Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Praying you find the beauty in your journey. Thanks for sharing your lovely words and your gorgeous pictures.

Theresa said...

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. THIS.... thank you! t.xoxoox

kerrie of sea cottage said...

This is one of my favorite of your posts. I love the rain...and the way you describe it here is how I often experience it. Beholding His beauty(Ps 27:4) is part of my daily life. Change is not something I like very much but am having to learn to go with it...sigh

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

These photos are stunning! I love finding beauty in's easy to do. Glad you got outside and experienced the beauty around you..and so glad you shared it.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

arrielle_p said...

Love the design of the house on the third photo. Beautiful post and photos you have shared in here. :)

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