beauty, wonder, and gratitude

Take a good look at God’s wonders—
    they’ll take your breath away. Psalm 66:5

1-DSC_0278Today my theme is still the emergence of spring color here in the woods around our home in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

I am still putting my new camera through its paces, and I’m excited about the clarity of the images. Photography is another way to see, just a different approach to appreciating the remarkable beauty of this world. So it doesn’t matter if I am writing or if I am looking through a lens, the result is wonder and gratitude.

My prayer today is that everyone who reads this post will take pause and simply thank God for life, for the beauty of creation, and for the privilege of following Jesus.

That’s all. Peace and more – DEREK




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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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