Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Who AM I?

I just posted an "I AM" for the name of God on my Rock4Today blog, with a little description of Who He is.  There is absolutely no way I could cover all His "I AM's" in one post, but it got me thinking about who I am.

I guess most importantly, "I am" a Christ follower.

"I am" also a wife and help-mate to my sweet man, a mom, a nana (grandparent), an aunt, a writer, a registered nurse, a Sunday School teacher, a friend, a good cookie baker, a sister, ...and a person who loves to take excursions on the Buffalo National River.

To me the Buffalo National River is one of God's very special places of beauty.  With each twist and turn of the river, there are new views with matchless and unparalleled beauty.  I am so thankful to live close to this majestic river.

My granddaughter and I visited this spot on the Buffalo yesterday.

My two younger sisters and I visited this spot on the Buffalo last fall.

I introduced my grandson to this Buffalo River spot last spring.
When I need to de-stress, I often close my eyes and visualize this view of serenity.
I can literally drop my blood pressure twenty points when I do this!

Down stream from the last area that I have pictured, the river bed seems to change with every season.  It reminds me of an encouraging Bible verse from Proverbs 21:1 that says,  "The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD;  He guides it wherever He pleases." (The Living Bible)

The reason this verse is encouraging to me is because it reminds me of the sovereignty of God.  No problem and no person is too big or too powerful for Him to handle.  And no problem is too small for Him to care about.  In 1 Peter 5:7 He says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (The Living Bible)

Getting away to the river seems to help remove my cares...  the warm sun, the sand, the beautiful blue green waters, the lush vegetation, the song of the birds, and the gentle current of the river all help to soothe and renew my soul.  It is one of God's gifts to make me a better person - no matter which hat of the "I am's" I am wearing!

For more on the letter "I" try Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday,
or try some Inspiration from Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays!

To see the latest God Rock go to "I AM"

Thanks for your visit!  What's your favorite place to de-stress?


JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful special place! It is reason beautiful.

ellen b. said...

It's good to be defined by the Great I Am..

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I'm a follower of His too. Welcome to the world of blogging.

I'm your newest follower. Stop by and read my Sunday posts any time. I think you'll like them.

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful shots!!! What a special place!

Sue said...

Nature always brings me closer to God.

Wonderful photos.


Pamela said...

I believe God made the beautiful earth knowing we would need the peace it brings. "Your" river is beautiful. I can see how peaceful it is.


Alice said...

Nothing like a couple rows of tall palm trees like sentinels on each side of a street in a city otherwise so man-made! That was my "blood pressure" release when I was in Fresno. And since then I've found that Solomon had palm trees engraved on the doors and walls of the temple, too. He must have thought God liked them, too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, how beautiful!! And I love your verse with your blog header...so important for us all to remember!
P.S. I'm your newest follower

Crystal Mary said...
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Crystal Mary said...

Esther Joy, I didn't recognise you.. Sorry!! Lovely photos and glad to see you again.
Who am I, I wrote about this also not long ago, its a deep thought isn't it? I mean we know and yet there will be so much more to know when we get to heaven. Have you heard 'Casting Crowns' sing "WHO AM I"... so great. xxxx

Lisa notes... said...

Who am I? I am a worshiper.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and lovely pictures.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I thank the Lord for all of his beautiful creations. This is truly a beautiful spot and beautiful memories as well.
God Bless,

taylorsoutback said...

We live in such a beautiful world - your photos and words illustrate that.

Cheryl D. said...

The photos are breath-taking!

MTJ said...

Hi Esther Joy,

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of the Buffalo River, along with how God has used this river to bless and encourage you. For me, it is assuring to realize that my identity (who I am) emanates from who Christ is. Be it a river, lake, ocean, a place on land, or even in the air, God will use it as a quiet place of refuge where we can be in His presence to pray, meditate, and listen to The God who hears.

Blessings and peace.


Jenny said...

What a beautiful place of solace and calm.

This is just gorgeous. I can see why you go there in your mind when you need to find comfort.

Thanks for a lovely link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "I".


Vicki aka Jake said...

Aw yes, the Great I Am....

Misty said...

Beautiful pictures and a great reminder. Thank you for sharing.