Thursday, May 10, 2012

Where My Heart Is Drawn


I have always been drawn to the beach and the ocean.  As a child, my family had a beach home and we spent much time there.  I remember getting up early in the mornings before everyone else and riding my bike down to the inlet.  I would sit there, alone, on the rocks and read.  Watching the waves splash up all around my feet was so soothing.

I visited my daughter in Florida last week and the first thing we did, was go to the beach.  It was a hazy day and there weren't many people there.  As I lay on the sand next to her, with my eyes closed, I felt the presence of God all around me.  He was in the waves I could hear crashing to shore.  He was in the soulful cry of the seagulls.  He was in the warm gentle breeze that lightly skimmed my body.  

I said to my daughter, "Honey, God is in this."  She asked what I meant.  I told her to close her eyes and feel and listen.  Everything that we could feel and hear, was untouched by man, exactly as it was created by God to be.  It was powerful, it was palatable.  I took so many pictures of waves and seagulls and piers.  When I got home and uploaded all of the photos, I couldn't bring myself to delete a single one of them...because He was in them.  Each one was a different creation of God that I had captured for all of eternity.

I know my heart will always be drawn to the ocean. It's the place where I have happy childhood memories. It's where I know I'll feel God's presence and it's where I feel the most peace and joy.  Where do you go where you feel God all around you, sacred and untouched?  What special place brings you closer to Him?  Tell me about the place your heart is drawn towards!  

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to post some of my pics for you to enjoy.  I hope you like them.  It's not the same as being there to hear the waves crashing and the seagulls yelling, or to smell the salt air, and feel the warm breeze caress your skin.  But I hope you enjoy them!

From His Lap!



                                                                   


        

              

                     

                                     











34 comments:

  1. Beautiful post Erin... your heart is all over it... so is HE. Loved this... "Everything that we could feel and hear, was untouched by man, exactly as it was created by God to be." That gave me chills as I read it. Just beautiful. Blessings!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for your kind words, Heidi! It truly is my most favorite place to be. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  2. Great post Erin! I wish I could think so "deep" it's beautiful to look beyond what is on the surface. Truly an inspiration, and I want to go to the beach and just lay on the sand with my eyes closed.

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    1. Michelle, I promise, you will love it. You will feel His presence too! Let me know when you go. I want to hear what you felt!!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  3. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to go and experience God in this way!

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    1. Me too, Brandee. It was a wonderful trip and I already want to go back! Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Erin

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  4. WOW...the music, the pictures are a testament to God's beautiful creations!

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    1. Aw, thanks! It was beautiful. If I close my eyes, I can go right back there and enjoy the moment! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
      ~Erin

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  5. Very beautiful pics. Beaches are always fun and refreshing. Aren't they?

    Stopping from VB

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    1. Yes!!! We had a great time. It was so nice to have some one on one time with my daughter!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  6. gorgeous photos, erin...thank you so much for sharing them.
    i feel the same as you...so often when surrounded by nature, i feel so close to God. when i go to a nearby park and walk the trail, when i'm with my friend's children, even while driving...some of those times are my most treasured.
    have you ever heard of the song "that's God" by jo dee messina?
    i cry everytime i listen to it.
    here is a link...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ayt_Mzgs8

    wishing you a wonderful night, my friend <3
    much love
    xoxox
    maria

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  7. Thank you, Maria! I love that song! Thanks for reminding me! "Have you ever heard a song that reached inside your soul that says what you can't say." I love that!!!
    Love you, sister!
    ~Erin

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  8. Thanks Erin- I always feel closest to God by the sea- and I absolutely love it. Your pics blessed me today- thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mary, I'm so honored that you stopped by! God and the sea...yes, I'm the closest there too! I'm so glad my post blessed you today!
      ~Erin

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  9. Hi Erin - such beautiful pics. I especially love the one with the slops (sandals). Don't know why, just drawn to that one. God bless and have an awesome weekend
    Tracy

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    1. Tracy, you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for your kind words about the photos!
      You bless me!
      ~Erin

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  10. What beautiful pictures of God's creation...I too love the beach and when there am always reminded of His power and incredible creative hand......Sounds like you had a very special time with your daughter.....

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    1. Yes, Nancy!! God is definitely at the beach!! I had a wonderful time with my daughter. It was so good for my soul!
      I love when you stop by!!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  11. Erin, this is so beautiful. I, too, feel like the ocean is sort of my way to escape with God. There's such beauty and peace when I'm sitting there listening to the waves crash against the shore. It's something I deeply miss about not living in California anymore. Now in PA, God escapes with me into nature in other forms. There's so much beauty here that I've never been able to experience before. I guess you can say, the Master is molding me into a more well rounded person. Lol! :) Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

    Love you,
    ~Rosann

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    1. Rosann, as you know, I'm from Pgh! PA is such a beautiful state and I know that you can experience His presence there!
      I had a wonderful Mother's Day and I hope you did too!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  12. Wishing you a beautiful and happy Mother's Day, Erin!
    Hope your day has been blessed!
    Xoxoxo
    Maria

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    1. Maria, I can't wait for your first Mother's Day next year!!!! I'm so excited for you. Thank you for being so faithful to visit my blog and leave encouraging nuggets!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  13. I want you to know how much your posts mean to me. Life has been busy lately and I got about a month behind on my normal online reading. Sitting in the hospital with my wife after two surgeries in five days, listening to her cry in pain most of the evening and night, I read this and looked at your pictures of this truly peaceful place.

    This tough "nothing affects me" man can"t stop crying now.

    My wife spent her early years on the gulf coast and we went to Padre Island for our honeymoon. She is expected to make a full recovery and as soon as possible we will be making a trip to find our own quiet spot on the beach.

    Thank you

    Chuck Boyle
    Oklahoma City

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  14. Chuck, first let me say that I'm so glad that your wife will make a full recovery! What a blessing. Secondly, I'm glad that you will get to spend time away together just being in touch with each other and with the Lord. Lastly, I'm so honored by your kind words about my blog. I'm grateful that you visit here!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin
    PS You just cry all that you need to. Those are healing tears!

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  15. I feel like that too Erin. I love this post and I really enjoy the beach when its not beach season. To go there an walk on it without all the "summer fuss" makes me feel close to God too. I've always lived in coastal places and I can't imagine what it would be like to see the beach for the first time because I am still always awestruck at its awesome massive beauty. I feel that way about flying too. I don't "love" flying on airplanes. I always pray before I get one but when flying low and seeing the earth below I get the same feeling of how awesome God is.

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    1. Kenya, isn't it amazing to contemplate God's presence in our world? We take so much for granted, but when we take the time to look, listen, touch and smell the world around us, we can see Him in so many things!
      Thank you for stopping by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  16. What a great talent you have, I just love these pictures and I'm glad you decided to share them!

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    1. Rosey, thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos! Thanks for visiting here!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  17. Ah yes, one of the many reasons I love living here in Florida! There is something so magical and God-like in the ocean; any time I need a "reminder" or a chance to reconnect with the Source, I head to the beach :-)

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    1. Jenn, I'm jealous that you can go to the beach anytime! It never ceases to fill me with awe at the mighty works of His creation!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  18. I miss being able to get up and go to the beach. I used to live ON the beach and, in the wee hours, standing on the sand looking at an approaching storm, it never ceased to amaze me that this is the creation of a miraculous God.

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    1. You lived ON the beach...that must have been almost heaven! It is miraculous, isn't it?!
      Thanks for stopping by, Jacqueline!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  19. Beautiful! We are headed to the beach (Lake Erie) in just a couple weeks. My favorite thing is standing on the beach watching the sunset. Oh - the artwork of God.

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  20. Audra, I used to go to Lake Erie as a child. I loved it there. I hope you get to take in a lot of sunsets while you are there and enjoy His artwork.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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