Adding my tears at Cherokee: “Unto These Hills”

- The Trail of Tears I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 - in Bryson City This time last week I found myself genuinely surprised at my emotional response when Rebekah and I attended the Unto These Hills historical drama at …

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Mountain photos.3 -Filling in the Details – 28 miscellaneous images

The Lord is a sun and shield;    God is favor and glory.The Lord gives—doesn’t withhold good things    to those who walk with integrity.Psalm 84:11 I am going to have to post this next set of photographs today, because there is so much more coming our way, and it's all interesting. I don't want to run consistently behind. As much as possible …

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Mountains: the peace and the glory

- the view from the deck at Wild Bird The mountains quake before him    and the hills melt away.The earth trembles at his presence,    the world and all who live in it.Nahum 1:5 - Mountains!!!! If you typed "mountains" into my search field the list of results would probably cover several pages. Everything from epic ascents such as Sinai …

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Waterfalls as art: stunning new photographs from the mountains

- image by Gayle Akerman Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns." - Revelation 19:6“Drip down, O heavens, from above,And let the clouds pour down …

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Full Military Honors – and respect for one another

- Captain Paul McMahan (U.S. Navy, retired) carried to his final resting place For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. - 2 Corinthians 5:1 - respect This is not a eulogy for Paul McMahan (my brother-in-law …

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Sunday my heart was torn – but also filled with peace

- last view from Wild Bird I was not nearly ready to leave the mountains Sunday morning. But Rebekah and I needed to make our way to Washington for a family funeral, and we did enjoy beautiful scenery all along the way. We left our peaceful retreat at Wild Bird fairly early, making our way …

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Parkway vistas and Mingo Falls

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain... when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” "Psalm 11:1,3 Saturday morning’s mountain expedition was the stunning Mingo Falls in the Qualla Boundary, near Cherokee. First, up 162 steps to the trail, …

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Tall stories, gem mining, mud, and fun

She is more precious than jewels;And nothing you desire compares with her. - Proverbs 3:15 Question: What do you get when you add a remote location, a flume, a bucket-load of clay, a lot of water, tall stories, a sieve, a bunch of fun, and wildly imaginative optimism together? Answer: More mud, more fun, buckets …

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Chasing waterfalls in Western North Carolina

- Dry Falls, North Carolina I will leave the in-depth travel posts (and the more serious photographs from my Nikon) for next week when we return to Wake Forest. But I am partially documenting our adventures on my phone, so here are a few more shots from August 5. - Whitewater Falls, NC For me …

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A deep breath in the North Carolina mountains

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;    I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress.Psalm 46:10-11 Big deep breath. Here we go. Take it in. Let it out. And another. Yes. I can almost taste the sweetness. Mountain air is so …

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