January Hope Breathers

God’s Wings of Faithful Love

“Like a bird protecting its young,
God will cover you with His feathers,
will protect you under His great wings;
His faithfulness will form a shield around you,
a rock-solid wall to protect you.”

Psalm 91:4 VOICE

Jesus Longs For Us to Find Refuge Under His Wings of Love
Blog Post Excerpt and Prayer from 2019

“Though a bird will give its life for its young, there are times when it has no power against much stronger enemies. That will never happen with God. He is invincible. There is no enemy too strong for Him. We can always find refuge under His Almighty wings of safety in the storms of life. 

And there will be storms, because we are part of this sinful, fallen world. As long as we are on this earth, physical, mental, and emotional losses in various forms will continue to cause heart-rending grief, anxiety, and fear.

We all need a Shelter, a Refuge, a Safe Savior in these storms.”

Lord, thank You for loving us so much and longing for us to take shelter in You. Please help us to trust You with all our hearts. Take away all the roadblocks that keep us from fleeing to find refuge in You. Take away all the trust issues we may have in our hearts. Take away all our self-sufficiency. Please help us to snuggle underneath Your wings of loving care with all our restlessness, anxiety, and fear. Help us to picture Your protective wings around us whenever we step forward into places or situations that make us feel so afraid and untrusting but yet will help us on the road to healing the brokenness within us. Help us to be dependent on You and Your all-sufficient grace in whatever struggles we go through in this life. Thank You that Your wings of love and safety are invincible.

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Learning To Tell God the Truth

“…We are crafted for communion with our Creator, built to share both the marvels and the mess of this life with the One who knows the beginning and the end.

Lament isn’t merely complaining about God. It’s being honest enough to bring our complaints to God. It’s not raging behind God’s back. It’s turning back to the One who is able to handle our anger and our questions, our discouragement and our despair.

Lament is processing grief in the presence of Love…”

Alicia Bruxvoort in It’s Ok to Be Messy: Learning to Tell God the Truth 

We Have True Value in God

“The devil has convinced so many people that they are worthless. Each of us needs to stop and remember the cross – at the cross we will discover our true value – for it is here that we discover the price God was willing to pay for us, the depth of His love, and how much we are worth to Him.” ~ Roy Lessin

“Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else – You are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here in this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.” ~ Roy Lessin

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” ~ Brennan Manning

Nature Retreat

There is not one blade of grass,
there is no color in this world
that is not intended to make us rejoice.
~ John Calvin

My brother got up early one morning and took this spectacular slice of beauty!
From their home in Arizona, he zoomed in the distant mountains. More beauty!
Another slice of beauty from one of our sons when their family visited Maui.
Also from Maui
Our daughter caught this amazing two-sided view of a sun dog, caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere.

26 thoughts on “January Hope Breathers

  1. Dear Trudy, thank you for these uplifting photos and words gathered here today. I love your title of “gathered under His faithful wings of love.” He is so faithful to gather us in, isn’t He? Oh may I rest there, and not resist His care! Blessings of hope and peace to you on this snowy, cold day dear sister!

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    1. Yes, He is so faithful to gather us in. And so patient with our resistance! I’m praying with you, Bettie – “Oh may I rest there, and not resist His care!” Blessings of hope and peace to you, too, my friend. And of warmth and safety!

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  2. Thanks Trudy for this lovely post in word and picture! Those photos are amazing. Your prayer comforted me and is beautiful. I love the image of being under the shadow of His wing and Him being our refuge. Thank you for lifting my heart today!

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    1. I’m so glad God lifted your heart today, Susie! Truly that is a comforting image of being snuggled under His wings of love and safety. May we flee to Him and rest in the warmth of His love and rely on His all-sufficient grace!


  3. I memorized Psalm 91 during the first few months of covid in 2020, so when I see one of the verses from it now, I thank God for the comfort he brought me through this chapter. Thanks for the beautiful words and photos you share in your space, Trudy. They always minister to me. Blessings to you, friend!

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    1. Psalm 91 surely comforts a weary heart, Lisa. I’m so glad God comforted you with it in that time and still uses it to minister to you. Blessings to you, too! May we snuggle beneath God’s wings of love and safety, trusting He is our Refuge and Strength!

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  4. Thank you for sharing His loving words of encouragement! And His beauty captured by your gifted brother and your daughter. May we pay attention to all the hope and beauty He brings to us each moment. You’ve encouraged me greatly today!

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    1. “May we pay attention to all the hope and beauty He brings to us each moment.” Amen! We really need to do that, don’t we? Thank you, Lynn, for joining me in this journey of seeking God’s hope and beauty! I’m glad you were encouraged. As we pay attention to all the hope and beauty He brings to us, may we pause and reflect upon His faithful love and abiding presence in whatever we face in this life!


  5. I love your monthly encouragement. Such wonderful quotes, scripture, and photos. The sun dog is amazing.

    This quote is so good —> Lament is processing grief in the presence of Love…” There are so many reasons to lament these days. It is a good reminder to remember to do it in the presence of love.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I love Alicia’s quote, too, and that entire post. Yes, it is such a good reminder these days. Processing our grief in the presence of Jesus’ love is the best place to be. May we bring all our laments to Him!


  6. Trudy, there is so much beauty and beautiful truth in this post. And each of those photos? WOWOW. Breathtaking. The quotes by Roy Lessin really resonated with me. I copied them so I can re-read and share with others.

    And this quote: “Lament is processing grief in the presence of Love…” Really got me thinking.

    I so appreciate your beautiful heart, my friend. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jeanne. Those quotes by Roy Lessin really resonated with me, too. Love and blessings to you, too! May we keep encouraging each other to rest in our true value in Christ!


  7. I love the quote by John Calvin, Trudy. And those pictures! So many talented photographers in your family. 🙂 And this is powerful: “Lament is processing grief in the presence of Love…” Wow. I hope February is off to a good start for you, dear friend.

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    1. I love John Calvin’s quote, too, Lois. I do need to put it in practice more. 🙂 And yes, that quote about processing grief in the presence of Love is powerful and is really something to ponder seriously. Can you believe it is February already? I hope it’s off to a good start for you, too. Now we can say next month is Spring! 🙂 May we freely lament in the presence of Jesus’ unfailing love and faithfulness!


  8. Dear Trudy, thanks for the gentle reminder to live in gratitude, to count our blessings, to be alive and aware of what God is doing. It’s too easy to go in the other direction.

    Bless your weekend friend. May joy abound.

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  9. These photos are amazing, Trudy! I especially love the first one. And Psalm 91 is one of my favourites. I memorised it several years ago and it is one I keep coming back to. I love that image of God sheltering us under his wings. Love and blessings to you!

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