Winter Note Cards

It’s time for Vee’s January Note Card Party.

I’m going back to 2009 and our walks on the beach at Emma Wood in Ventura. While Dear and I were living in Camarillo, California we would get up very early on Saturday mornings to head north to Ventura for a walk at the beach. These shots are all from January 10, 2009. I’m adding a poem by Ralph Spaulding Cushman from his Hilltop Verses and Prayers.

The Secret

I met God in the morning
When my day was at its best,
And His Presence came like sunrise,
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long the Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we sailed in perfect calmness
O’er a very troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered,
Other ships were sore distressed,
But the winds that seemed to drive them
Brought to us a peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind,
When I too had loosed the moorings,
With the Presence left behind.

So I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way:
You must seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day!

A prayer of the fisher folk:

Help me, O God, for my boat is so small and Thy ocean is so wide! Amen

We are so happy to be back in Washington State but I do miss our early Saturday beach walks. Thank you Vee for hosting the monthly Note Card Party.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

29 thoughts on “Winter Note Cards

  1. Hmmm, the power of the waves. No matter what buffets us if we are established in Him we can find our peace so much faster in those moments. Love the pictures.

  2. Hi Ellen,

    Such drama in those splashing waves on the pier! The poem is delightful and a perfect complement to your invigorating images.

    Poppy (via Vee’s)

  3. Ellen such a beautiful post, both the poem and the photos. Using boat as a euphemism for life, the fisherman prayer at the end is perfect for me! Visiting from dear Vee’s party. xo

  4. Absolutely beautiful photography, notecards and poem. It reminds me of what I’ve always heard, “morning, when the sun is at its best.” You caught the sun at such a great angle!

  5. Well done, Ellen !! Your photos remind me of Long Beach that I love … There is something about the ocean and the crashing waves that stir such deep feeling of worship!

  6. Love those waves crashing over the walkway! Beautiful words to go with them. How I would love to be able to walk on the beach in the morning, or anytime of day.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your nice comment.

  7. Oh my goodness, Ellen…what breathtakingly beautiful shots and a perfect poem to go along with them. I feel closest to God on the beach…my note cards are about the beach too…Carolina Beach. Thank you for the blessing!

  8. What a beautiful post! You’ve given us all the things we love…beautiful photos and an every more beautiful poem. I always feel in awe when I see the ocean. Your cards would be my favorite! Sweet hugs!

  9. Wonderful captures of the power of the waves that complement the poem you shared so well.

    Thanks for the heads up about the link on Vee’s note card party site. I appreciate it!

  10. I have seen some wonderful samplings at the notecard party today, but I can’t help but dub this one my favorite one of all so far. The photos with that wonderful poem are a perfect match. I really and truly love this post.

  11. Ellen – these are just beautiful – and so appropriate just now as I consider the stormy waves pummeling my dear friend and her husband. She’s only 34 and had such a health scare over the weekend where they think she might have had a mini-stroke and are even now testing her for Lupus. This, on the heels of her praying for patience and for the Lord to draw her husband closer to Him. Well – nothing like stormy seas to make us cry out to God for rescue. These images and the verses you have so perfectly placed with them will inspire my prayers for her this week. Blessings!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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