I Will Lift My Eyes

My employer Vivian, who I am also blessed to call a dear friend, needed to retreat to the the beauty of the Maine outdoors last weekend to unwind, be rejuvenated and renewed. She finds great strength in being out in nature. She took this gorgeous picture in Baxter State Park and agreed to let me share it.

Baxter State Park, Maine

It is so beautiful and peaceful and brings to mind Psalm 123:1, “I will lift my eyes to you, you whose throne is in heaven.”

It also makes me think of this song by Bebo Norman that the Lord has used to comfort me many times. As you listen and look upon God’s magnificent creation in Vivian’s photo, may you find His peace and comfort as you face the mountains you can’t climb.

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs you now
God be near, calm my fear
And take my doubt

Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

Running of the Goats in Maine

Once again the world just can’t seem to get enough of the cute goats that are raised in Maine. A new video from Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland has gone viral with over 1 1/2 million hits.  Who can resist their adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats?  I know I can’t!

It still hasn’t quite caught up to the video of Buttermilk from Took A Leap Farm in Houlton. This video has been watched over 12 1/2 million times!

Maine — the way life should be.

A is for…

As I’ve been struggling a bit to post regularly, when I read of the A-Z Blogging Challenge for April, I thought it would a fun exercise for me to try.  I am going to incorporate it into counting my one thousand gifts.

Joy Dare: continuing to count 1000 gifts
gift 105

One cannot live in Maine and not be thankful for Acadia National Park. Many, many people plan their vacations around it and I live only 40 miles from this wondrous place!

Acadia National Park

A bit of concern this year is that the park is going to open a month later (May 17) due to government mandated sequester cuts. While some services are reduced, Acadia is open and if you’re there to use the park, rather than simply see the park, these cuts won’t have too big an effect on your visit—you’ll be able to hike the trails and bike the Carriage Roads.

Now, if you’re a cyclist, these extra weeks of having parts of the Park Loop and the Cadillac Mountain road to yourself is a huge benefit. You won’t have to worry about drivers looking at sights rather than cyclists or feel threatened as a huge tour bus rumbles by too close for comfort.

Yes, there is an influx of tourists during the summer months which makes everything a bit crazy over there, but I try to visit several times. I’ve even ventured over in the fall by myself and sat at the very spot pictured above, journaling, taking in the breath-taking beauty, listening to what God can say to me that He can say no other place but out in His handiwork.

If you’re in Maine this summer, you simply must visit Acadia!  (If you need more info, please feel free to email me.)

From the top of its granite mountains to its salty ocean shores, 
this national treasure on the craggy Atlantic seaboard 
showcases Maine’s natural riches.