Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sun Of My Soul

I walked into my bedroom the other day and was greeted with the lovely sight 
of sunshine streaming through the windows onto my roses.
It reminded me of warmth, happiness, and beauty.


Jesus taught us that we can learn much from the lilies of the field.
How do they grow?
By struggling and seeking to display their beauty?
No, they simply open themselves to the existing sun,
and in their sun-centeredness, they grow and become objects of beauty for all to enjoy.
The sun is one of the most important factors in nature's growth.


My friends, we also need sun for our souls - 
the warmth of God's love and presence in our lives.
We were created for this in order to be complete persons.

Thou has made us for Thyself, O God, 
and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.
- St. Augustine -


Sun of My Soul
written by John Keble

Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
it is not night if Thou be near;
O may no earth-born cloud arise 
to hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep 
my weary eyelids gently steep,
be my last thought;
how sweet to rest forever on my Saviour's breast!

Abide with me from morn till eve,
for without Thee I cannot live;
abide with me when night is nigh.
for without Thee I dare not die.

Be near to bless me when I wake,
ere thru the world my way I take;
abide with me till in Thy love
I lose myself in heaven above.



For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
- Psalm 84:11 - 12 -


Have a blessed and sun-filled Lord's Day, friends!

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50 comments:

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Beautiful scripture to go along with your beautiful rose pictures! Thank you for sharing something so sweet with us.

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing such words of wisdom this beautiful Sunday. May you have a blessed day reflecting on His goodness.

mamasmercantile said...

Heart warming along with some stunning pictures and beautiful scriptures. Have a beautiful day.

Sylvia Cannon said...

Encouraging words and verses,Stephanie, may you have a blessed SON filled day, my friend.

Denise said...

Thank You for this beautiful post. Your post's are so often truly devotions. It's a gift You been given and I'm blessed to be apart of the receiving.

Tori Leslie said...

What lovely roses! Thank you for such beautiful words!

Huckleberry stitches said...

And today on a dreary day with no sun my heart shines with the love and warmth of THE SON...it's all the light I need. Thank you for your lovely post.

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful post, just like you, my friend. Blessings

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I love the sun. The light and the sun are always positive in my life. A very nice and kind words. Keep in touch

Ashley~ said...

Love you friend
May the SON uplift you and keep you

Debbie Harris said...

Aww Stephanie, this was lovely.
Yes, sunshine is so needed in or lives, and God knew that. :-)
I'm thankful for the "Son" who lives within my heart every day of my life, even if the sun is not shinning brightly.
I trust your day has been beautiful for you?

Love to you, Mom

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So uplifting!

My Garden Diaries said...

So moving Stephanie! I love how you connected us to the rose! How simple it all really is if we just hand our faith over and get blooming!! Happy week ahead buddy! Nicole xoxo

Jeanna said...

Very beautiful Stephanie.

Have a blessed week.

Sola Scriptura said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. Such an encouragement to my heart :) Hugs to you.

Mehrll said...

Gorgeous roses, but the words to the song are just what I needed today. It is not night if He is near and He always is. Thank you for all your beautiful posts.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful, uplifting post ~ FlowerLady

Judy Goddard said...

I spent last year reading The Confessions of St. Augustine as part of my daily quiet time. How rich and wise he was! Such a gift he left us in his words!

Joyful said...

Lovely post and flowers. My take away line "They simply open themselves to the existing sun (son)." Have a wonderful Sunday evening. xx

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

So beautiful, dear Stephanie. And, before I forget to tell you, Judy Goddard (comment just above) has been my best friend for more than 25 years!
XO, m & jb

Sandi said...

Beautiful!

"the LORD will give grace and glory"

Fitting!


magnoliasntea said...

"Abide with me from morn till eve, for without Thee I cannot live;"
Those words sum it all up, don't they?
Beautiful post, Stephanie! Have a great week!

doodles n daydreams said...

A lovely and heartwarming post.

Diana

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday my friend. I have a few flower arrangements from family and friends, so now I will look at them in a whole new way.
May they remind me of the grace and beauty of God.
Blessings,
Ceil

My cozy ✄ little space said...

Lovely post stephanie , thanks for sharing...loves soraya

Dianna said...

I caught the light showing itself beautiful in the kitchen the other day and snapped a picture or two, as well, Stephanie. Your roses are beautiful...I love Psalm 84:11-12. Thank you for a beautiful post, my friend.

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Dearest Stephanie...this was so beautiful and just what I needed today! Thank you for sharing ~ I will ponder on what you have written here all day...thank you! Blessings to you! Love, Kelly-Anne

Julia said...


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Christine said...

A blessing to my soul to read what you shared! I must learn the words of that hymn. It is precious.
Thanks so much!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling friend, I had to make a very tough decision yesterday, that left me in tears all day long. I could not function. It tears my heart apart to have to leave posting blogs, but I will be visiting others from time to time. SEVEN YEARS.....I thought I'd make it to at least 10. God is good however, and there are other things to follow now. Blessings to you, Anita

Deserae said...

Beautiful roses!!!!
Have a great week....
~Des

Conniecrafter said...

Such beautiful pictures he supplied you with that sun shining through. I am a sun person that is for sure, always lifts me up. Just as God's son always does :) Have a great week!

Anne Payne said...

Dear Stephanie, Once again you have managed to post something that blessed my heart! As I was reading that first line --
Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, it is not night if Thou be near; --I thought YES, the Lord Jesus shines brightly, guiding me through the darkest hours/days/weeks/years of grief. Thank you for such an encouraging post for all who travel a 'dark' road. {{hugs}}

Sara D.B. said...

Thank you for the wonderful post, Stephanie!

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie,
Gorgeous roses, and what a stunning color. This is funny because Nel just sent me some rose pictures she took when the sunlight was coming through. It makes the flowers look different when there's so much sunlight. And do tell me what filter you used for the edges. It is soft and lovely. We do need sunlight, don't we? And I get plenty of it living in California. Sun of my Soul.......I like that.

Have a blessed week, dear.

love, ~Sheri

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie ..This is such a beautiful posting... Only last week I was saying to a friend, that sometimes we have to make our own sunshine... Your's is certainly shining through the roses...Thank you for sharing the sunshine !!! Hugs

Debby Ray said...

What a lovely post, Stephanie. I just love it when the sunlight does that...it's like a little present from God...saying "look here...look at me...see how beautiful I am!"

Gert said...

Oh what gorgeous photos of your roses! Your writings are beautiful also! Lovely post!

Blessings,
Gert

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful message and beautiful quote from St. Augustine, Stephanie! Thank you for the encouraging words.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, what a beautiful post filled with special words to inspire. Love your rose pics. Blessings to you for a special week ahead.
Hugs

Carol Z said...

What a beautiful post. Have a bright and sunny week! Will be back tomorrow.

Libby said...

So beautiful, Stephanie.

Mascha said...

A wonderful lovely post with amazing photos.
I have your blog now in my lovely-blogs-list.
Greetings from Germany

Birgitta said...

What a lovely post Stephanie. beautiful photos and beautiful words. Hugs to you.

SarahGeorge said...

Wonderful thoughts and such pretty roses. Always a pleasure to visit your sweet blog Stephanie. :)

Kira Anastasia said...

Beautiful!

Dee said...

I loved this post, Stephanie and I love your new profile picture, too... :)

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Beautiful photos and sentiments! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and leaving such a lovely comment! :))

Jazzmin said...

What a refreshing post, sweet friend! As all of your posts are ♥ The photos in your post are breathtaking and so resplendent; those roses you captures so beautifully soaking up the sun streaming through the window made me feel as if I were basking in the light as a rose. How similarly warm and joyous a feeling it is to bask in the light of our great Savior. It is so wonderful to read the encouragement you shared- I always find myself so peacefully uplifted in faith and all things after reading your words, as well as here the writings of John Keble.
I am thankful for the blessed reminder at the end of the Psalm you shared, as well... "blessed is the man that trusteth in me." How deep that prayer is in my heart, to trust Him always and more than I ever have with each day.

Love and hugs to you, dear friend!
Have a wonderful evening♥

JES said...

This is beautiful Stephanie! As the plants need the sun, we humans need the Son :) Thanks for sharing you lovelies on the Art of Home-Making Mondays too!

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