Thursday, May 14, 2015

Along the Iowa River

Last weekend my sister, mother, and I went thrifting in Iowa Falls, and enjoyed some time walking by the Iowa River.  The day was beautiful, and the trees were full of singing birds.  So, without further ado, I present the beautiful view.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  
He restoreth my soul:  he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."  --Psalm 23:3


"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him."  --Jim Elliot


"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."  --St. Augustine


"Don't be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."  --Corrie ten Boom


"Faith makes all things possible...love makes all things easy."  --D.L. Moody


"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, 
so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times."  --Martin Luther


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  --Hebrews 11:1

"By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."  --Ephesians 2:8
"Death may be the king of terrors, but Jesus is the King of kings."  --D.L. Moody


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79 comments:

  1. Beth, this post is just so beautiful! Love all the photograph! I am so glad you had such a lovely stroll with your mum and sister. Bless you all! Liuba x

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  2. those are fantastic! thanks for sharing all the beauty of nature!

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  3. Beautiful post Bethany! Thank you for taking us with you on your walk.

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  4. Bethany, this is so beautiful! You captured it all so well!

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  5. That scenery is gorgeous! :)

    xoxo Morning

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  6. Beautiful image with beautiful scripture. A favored verse for me.
    Great post.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Psalm 23 is one of the portions of the Bible I keep memorized--it's so comforting.

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  7. What a glorious post, Bethany! The words were refreshing to my heart and soul and your images were a feast for my eyes.

    Thank you so much for sharing such beauty. Hugs to you!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Stephanie!

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  8. Great photos Bethany! The park looks so peaceful and that frog is amazing! Beautiful!
    Blessings, Aimee

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    1. Forgot to say I really, really love that quote by St. Augustine! I had never heard that one before. Aimee

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    2. It's a wonderful thought--reminds me of the verse from "It is Well With My Soul": And Lord haste the day when the faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend. Even so, it is well with my soul... What a happy day that will be!

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  9. Hello Bethany, awesome nature scenes. I love the beautiful flowers, Butterfly and the birds. Wonderful quotes. Have a happy weekend!

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  10. Hi Bethany,
    Beautiful nature pictures of the park.
    I love the flowers and butterflies.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma! I am so happy to be able to stalk summer-time birds again...and to have flowers to photograph! Spring and summer are delightful times of year.

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  11. Hi Bethany - Excellent post! Putting a verse or quote with the photos really makes it neat. Nice work ... thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend!

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  12. lovely nature similar to Polish one

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    1. The Polish countryside must be beautiful then.

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  13. The little yellow bird tucked away is so beautiful. Your focus is very clear in these photos. :)

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    1. Thanks Christine! Besides the goldfinch and nuthatch I have pictured, I saw a goose and her goslings, orioles, cardinals, and more...but not all of the birds were cooperative in letting me take their pictures!

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  14. Lovely nature post, Bethany! I love bird watching and always enjoy photos of them. Yours are gorgeous photos. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I enjoyed stalking the birds...though my neck did get a little tired from looking up into the trees to find them. Some had the audacity to fly away every time I zoomed in and got into focus! I was happy these two were more kind.

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  15. Wow. Your photographs left me speechless at the incredible beauty you captured with such craft and care. Lovely post. I thoroughly enjoyed the eloquent words, as well. What a beautiful place this is!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Bethany!!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Jazzmin

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    1. Our Creator is a wonderful artist. I love the Iowa River area.

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  16. Bethany, these images are outstanding! What a lovely post. And what a beautiful area you live in.

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    1. It's an awesome place this time of year!

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  17. A beautiful group of pictures and a great group of quotes and Bible Verses to go with!

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  18. Beautiful photos Bethany! :D You did some good work that day. :) Also, thanks for sharing the encouraging quotes and scriptures!

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  19. So beautiful Bethany!! I love all the scripture & quotes to go along with all the breathtaking photos. Look how green and blooming everything is there - just gorgeous!! xoxo

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    1. I almost wish it could stay more-or-less this way all year round!

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  20. really awesome captures bethany!!! i had a few favorites, mr. goldfinch is just beautiful and the butterfly. i have only seen one this year!!!!

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    1. The shore (of the Iowa River) in that one spot was peppered with butterflies sunning themselves and exercising their wings!

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  21. Beautiful journey on your way to do thrifting!

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    1. It was definitely pleasant way to spend a Saturday--walking, taking pictures, and thrift shopping!

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  22. What gorgeous photos, Bethany, and I love all the Scripture verses and quotes as well.

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  23. Such a lovely day out with family! And great photos! It's so pretty and green there right now. I loved the Bible verses and quotes so much. God's best is always the most beautiful, the most wonderful, the greatest in all ways!

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    1. Amen, so true! As the Bible says, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the good things God has prepared for those who love Him!

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  24. These were just delightful. You had a beautiful walk.

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  25. Gorgeous views and photos around the Iowa River. Love the St. Augustine quote. Looks like a GREAT day to spend outdoors.

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    1. It would be hard to ask for a nicer day than that Saturday! Lately it's been a bit chilly for this time of year, so I'm hoping it warms up again soon.

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  26. Beautiful pictures, Bethany! Looks like you're having nice weather! :D

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  27. Bethany, these pictures are beautiful! I was blown away by how vibrant the green color is in the first post! Wow! The quotes and verses are all wonderful too!

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    1. Thanks Jill! Isn't this a wonderful time of year?

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  28. These are such beautiful images, Bethany. I love all of them. Nature is such a wonderful gift and it never disappoints.

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  29. Those were great pictures, Bethany. I enjoyed the verses and quotes about faith, too. Have a lovely day... :)

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  30. Fabulous images Bethany. great that you had such a beautiful day for a stroll along the river.

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    1. Yes! It would have been hard to ask for a nicer day.

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  31. Beautiful! You got some great pictures! I love the bird and butterfly ones especially!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Glad to meet you here in the blogosphere!

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  32. Great spring time images! I don't think I could deal with more than one cat - I don't know where I would get the time to mess about with both of them!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Ahh, too bad! I have a feeling that any cat in your home will live a good life. We do still have a few weeks till we have to find homes for our kittens though. A couple years ago I ended up yodeling in the park trying to give away kittens...hopefully it will be a little easier this time.

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  33. Your pictures are really awesome and combined with great sentences.

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  34. Wonderful photos all of them! I love the butterflies and the cute little frog.

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  35. "Don't be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."  --Corrie ten Boom
    Awesome quote! Great blog post, Bethany!

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  36. By the way, Bethany...I always enjoy your comments on my blog so much, especially my Friday Fives! :-) Good luck with your new ham radio! Love that we share heavy British ancestry. I will have some good hummer photos soon....my photo queue is getting a little long! :-)

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    1. I just saw our first hummer of the year not too long ago! I don't think it stayed here though, since I only saw it once. I've been enjoying reading your answers in the Friday Fives!

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  37. Spring is such a beautiful time of year. I would enjoy it so much more if my allergies weren't horrendous! Great pictures and captions!

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    1. Ah! Allergies are no fun! Thanks Julie.

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  38. The first Psalm is one of my top favorites :) you took such beautiful photos, the place is just amazing, I can imagine the peace and wonder you all must have felt.

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    1. Psalm 23 is filled with comforting and reassuring words! I enjoy reciting it to myself--and occasionally even singing it!

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  39. Great photos of flora and fauna, Bethany!
    I particularly enjoyed the photo of the frog - brilliant colors!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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