Blessings All Mine

I thought long and hard about the You Capture assignment this week: to photograph a favorite Christmas decoration. Should I choose my sweet nativity scene, a gift from my friend Kathleen when she returned from a trip to Mexico? Or perhaps a special tree ornament – the dilapidated paper chain made by Noah in kindergarten, or the play-foam angel with the photo of Rowan's head pasted on crookedly?

It wasn’t until I took a late afternoon walk, camera in hand, that I realized the most precious decorations weren’t in my house, but outside – the ones God offered every day. The ones I so often fail to see.





















Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

This post is part of a series entitled Advent: Giving Presence. Click here to read other posts in the series.



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Lyrics from Great is Thy Faithfulness.





Deidra  – (December 17, 2009 at 8:53 AM)  

Lucky you! You caught those frost-covered branches. I so wanted a photo of those, but I missed them. Your photos are great!

Blessings all mine, with 10,000 beside...I've always loved that thought!

Tracey  – (December 17, 2009 at 9:10 AM)  

Lovely pictures! You captured the essence of each item beautifully!

Dawn  – (December 17, 2009 at 9:17 AM)  

i love your snowy world... a cold winter's night... beautiful :)

Jamie @ Six Bricks High  – (December 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM)  

Beautiful! Your pictures capture God's beauty wonderfully well.

jaime  – (December 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM)  

I love the snow and the berries...great photos!

FireMom  – (December 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM)  

I love the sixth shot. Beautiful colors!

Suz  – (December 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM)  

What beautiful decorations by God. You are right, we often miss them while we are complaining about the cold and the ice and the snow.

The closeup of the berries with the ice on them is priceless.

Thank you for blessing my day with 10,000 beside!

busygirl  – (December 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM)  

oh my goodness, I LOVE the photo with the frosted berries, gorgeous!

Colleen  – (December 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM)  

These may be my favorite decorations yet! I love that last berry shot!

Jo@Mylestones  – (December 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM)  

Oh you captured it all right. Love those frosty branches. And you're gonna get me EVERY TIME when you close with Great is Thy Faithfulness. Sigh.

Bunch of Barrons  – (December 17, 2009 at 1:04 PM)  

GORGEOUS shots...love the colors! :)

Faye  – (December 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM)  

Have you ever considered framing your pictures and adding some text?

WackyMummy  – (December 18, 2009 at 8:19 AM)  

The berries and frost photos are perfect! So true. So beautiful. =)

Deidra  – (April 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM)  

Lucky you! You caught those frost-covered branches. I so wanted a photo of those, but I missed them. Your photos are great!

Blessings all mine, with 10,000 beside...I've always loved that thought!

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