April Hope Whispers

God Promises

“For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Revelations 7:17

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death
or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.”

Revelations 21:4

Out of My Hands

“So, when it feels like all of this pain is never gonna end
Brought to my knees by all of these things
I don’t understand, don’t understand
I will let the weight of my fear fall like sand
Out of my hands and into Yours
Out of my hands and into Yours

Letting go of worries I can’t measure
Holding onto truth that’s healing me
Knowing I can trust You is a treasure
With eyes wide open now I finally see…”

Hope Quotes

Hope is the silver shaft of sun breaking through the storm-darkened sky, words of comfort in the intensive care unit, the first spring bird perched on a snow-covered twig, and the finish line in sight. It is a rainbow, a song, a loving touch. Hope is knowing God and resting in His love.” ~ NLT Life Application Study Bible: Zephaniah introduction

“Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victor.” ~ Fern Bernstein

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Nature Retreat

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity,
to the small things hardly noticeable,
those things can unexpectedly
become great and immeasurable.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

🙂 This month I’m sharing some of my own photos. 🙂

Arrowhead Park is named after a large, arrowhead shaped granite quarry that is now a lake. It’s one of my favorite nature hangouts, and I’m looking forward to visiting it again when it’s warmer. It’s a peaceful place where nature surprises abound.

I love to imagine where seeds will end up. And it renews my longing that in my words and actions I will scatter seeds of love and kindness always.

30 thoughts on “April Hope Whispers

  1. Your photos are beautiful, Trudy! And I loved the quotes you have shared regarding hope, my word for the year. I was especially drawn to the quote by C. S. Lewis as I’ve read it before. Yes, God will rebuild us and strengthen us in ways we cannot even imagine, but we have to let Him in to do so.
    Could I ask you a favor? Please pray for my mother; she will turn 93 in July, but seems to be fading in many ways. Danny and I will need to be visiting her much more often than we foresaw. Mom’s name is Nancy. Thank you and blessings!

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    • Thank you for your kind words and blessings, Martha. I’m so sorry your mom is fading. May Jesus hold her tenderly to His heart of love and compassion and give her strength for each moment. May He do the same for you and Danny. It’s hard to see moms fading, no matter how old they become. May we open our hearts wide for the Master Builder to do His work in each of us!

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  2. I love your pictures so much, Trudy!!!
    They really lifted my heart!
    It’s amazing how beautiful nature photography can lift us up!
    You captured it so well, and I love the clarity and brightness of your photos!
    Wow, they really touched me!!!

    Love,
    Shelley

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    • Awww, Shelley, thank you so much. I’m so glad they touched your heart. I often have the same response when viewing nature photography. I may never have told you this, but when I was growing up, there was a nature painting on our living room wall. I would imagine myself in it. It kind of felt like a safe place. I still today find myself doing that with nature photography. It calms my heart. 🙂 Love to you, too! May God’s creation continue to awe us and calm our hearts!

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  3. Dear Trudy,
    Thank you again for sharing such timely encouragement! I sent that C.S. Lewis quote to my daughter, as it fits so well with what is happening now in both of our lives. Your photos are so lovely–what a beautiful place to rest in God’s creation! I pray that we will continue to see new ways of turning our moments over to the hands of our Dear Savior. Blessings, love, and hugs to you dear sister. xo

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    • Thank you, Bettie. Yes, it is a beautiful, relaxing place. During the week, there usually aren’t as many people there, so it’s quiet like I like it. 🙂 I’m glad the quote encourages you, and I hope it does your daughter as well. Amen to “I pray that we will continue to see new ways of turning our moments over to the hands of our Dear Savior.” Blessings, love, and hugs to you, too! May we let all our burdens fall out of our hands into His powerful hands that can handle anything!

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  4. I’ve sung that Jeremy Camp song multiple times to myself the past year. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of Arrowhead park. It looks so peaceful! Blessings to you, Trudy!

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    • Thank you, Lisa. I actually just found that song, and I love it. Knowing we can trust God truly is such a treasure. Yes, that park is so peaceful. 🙂 Blessings to you, too! May all our cares slide out of our hands into His!

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    • Thank you, Lesley. Yes, nature certainly refreshes us. It reminds me of God’s beauty and who is in control in this world. I love that quote, too. May we come to more deeply know Him and rest in His love!

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    • I’m glad you found encouragement here, Linda. I have repeatedly gone back to that quote. It really is profound and so meaningful. May we make room in our hearts for the Master Builder to build and dwell in us!

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  5. Trudy, thank you for all the hope thoughts. One that really resonated is: ““Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victor.” ~ Fern Bernstein

    This is such a good perspective reminder. When I’m in the middle of a mess, God is working bigger things than I can conceptualize in the moment. Thanks for that, my friend.Your photos are beautiful. I’m so glad you shared them. Sending you love and hugs!

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    • I find that quote to be a good reminder, too. “When I’m in the middle of a mess, God is working bigger things than I can conceptualize in the moment.” So well said, Jeanne. It helps to remember that, doesn’t it? Love and hugs to you, too! May we be comforted by the truth that God is always working for us, never against us!

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  6. Arrowhead Park is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your thoughts, Trudy, “I love to imagine where seeds will end up. And it renews my longing that in my words and actions I will scatter seeds of love and kindness always.”

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Lisa. Yes, it’s a beautiful place where I see the hand of God in the smallest details. Nature can teach us so much if we open our hearts to our Creator’s message, right? May we all practice love and kindness always!

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  7. Trudy, such beautiful and touching poetry, I very much enjoyed reading this post! The quotes on hope lifted my day and I reveled in the photographs-I felt like I was right there observing each area, insect and flower myself! Thank you!

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    • Thank you, Donna. I’m so glad God lifted your heart. You would love this place. 🙂 There are walking trails in the midst of tall grasses and so many parts that aren’t in the photographs. And stone benches to sit on around the lake and just soak in all the sights and sounds and listen to God’s whispers of hope. 🙂 May we never lose our awe in our Creator and His creation!

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  8. Gosh, I love the CS Lewis quote you shared, Trudy. He is a master wordsmith of explaining God’s ways! And thank you for sharing your lovely photos! Your spaces actually look similar to mine, with the Canada Geese and the cottony seeds! It reminds me how connected we are through nature even when many kilometres lay between places. Have a wonderful weekend! (I’m a bit late getting here this week but glad my weekend has started with your beautiful post).

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    • You’re never late here, Lynn. 🙂 It warms my heart to be connected both in similar scenery and in our love for nature. 🙂 You have a wonderful weekend, too! May God continually open our hearts to see His beauty and glory in His creation!

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  9. Trudy, your pictures are beautiful … photography skills must run in your family! That park looks like a place I would love to visit. And I think you have shared one of my very favorite C.S. Lewis quotes … so powerful. I hope the month of May is off to a good start for you, my friend. Love and hugs!

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    • Thank you, Lois. So kind of you to say since I think they aren’t as professional-looking as my brother’s. 🙂 Yes, I found this quote so powerful, too. I hadn’t read it before, and it really moved me. I hope your May is off to a good start as well. Love and hugs to you, too! May we open our hearts and lives to our Master Builder’s plan even when it doesn’t make sense!

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