Friday, September 24, 2010

Purpose





God takes us places to rekindle our spirit and renew our sense of who we are in HIM. For several years, my husband has taken me, time and time again to the gorgeous Virginia mountains. Each time, we pass this home on route 33. My eyes and heart have always been captivated by it. On our last trip, Doug slowed the SUV and I quickly took a picture.

This old home remains virtually the same, but the wash is different each time we pass. I have thought many times of the person or persons who may live in this home. What their lives may be like and what each day unfolds for them. They are beautifully nestled in the base of the mountains. There home has withstood many years of storms. It's strength evident in this picture!

The beauty found within each worn plank captivates my eye. Living life, working hard, and filling each day with purpose shows on the vessel. This vessels serves a great purpose, to protect its people! Our vessels serve a great purpose, too!

Praying each of us are found faithful as we live out our lives no matter how battered or torn our vessels may be.

Seeking HIM,

Andrea

40 comments:

The French Bear said...

Andrea, that image captures so many things, all of the words that you said and even more....I love to see photos like this.....I love to image the people that live inside and what is happening in their lives....
A glimpse of something....a piece of their heart...
Thank you for your wisdom and kind words, they always touch my heart and lift my spirits.
Bless you,
Margaret B

Diane said...

Praying you feel like God's princess today! :O)

Deborah said...

WOW, I often wonder too who lives in some homes that I pass. This was a beautiful post Andrea!
Have a wonderful weekend.
xxoo
Deborah

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
I love the picture. Your words are so deep. I sense a strong loyalty lies in the members of the family. The home is strong and has weathered a lot of storms.I also think of fidelity.
Thank you for sharing this.

Finally Free said...

Good Morning,
Stopping by to say "Hi". I loved the picture. I live in Florida. It is so flat and citylike. It is nice to see the country.
Blessings,
Tammy

Debbie said...

Oh I loved this picture and post. It just soo true isn't it. Our "dwellings" may be worn and aging, but we must press on to the finish.

I too am drawn to old houses and thoughts who might live there and their lives etc. Sooo many possibilities.

Have a wonderful week-end.
Hugs, Debbie

Mumsy said...

Great post. I love the picture, it reminded me of my early years. Sometimes I think it would be nice to still live like that. Have a blessed day! Hugs

Loren said...

I love how you see Beauty in everything! Your heart is so full of love and it shows in all you do!! This post just reveals the depths of who you are and your loving heart! I love you Andrea!

He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful picture and great post.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love it that you care about the folks in this house, and that you can find a God lesson in everything around you.

Loving you,
Jen

Jennifer Haas said...

It looks so beautiful there. What a great place to visit.

Nezzy said...

What a wonderful analogy sweetie. Yep, my vessel has been pretty battle and shaken all summer but deep within' my faith is like a strong tower. I know whatever happens my God will pull me through.

God bless ya and have a terrific weekend!!! :o)

NanaNor's said...

Blessings to you Andrea, Love this home nestled in the trees. I feel like each old homestead has such history and so many stories for us. Don't you just wish you knew what tales it holds. Just like our lives, so many stories. Have a delightful weekend dear friend.
Noreen

Toyin O. said...

Amen;May find God's purpose in every situation we find ourselves.
Great post.

http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com/

David C Brown said...

The beauty of the hills is very consoling.

Grace be with you all.

Renee said...

This picture really does speak of the lives inside...amazing photo. I needed to hear this analogy today. My own vessel feels pretty ragged. Blessings to you.

RCUBEs said...

Powerful reminder here sister Andrea! Praying all is well and God bless and protect you always.

Saleslady371 said...

As a vessel who has been around a while, I have to say, "God is faithful!" This is a good reminder for us, Andrea. Bless you!

Together We Save said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post!!

Proverbs 27:19 said...

Hi Andrea! Great post. Full of precious thoughts.

smooches,
Larie

Angela said...

Praying each of us are found faithful as we live out our lives no matter how battered or torn our vessels may be.


SIGH...amen amen amen.oh how I loved this!

Mari said...

I love that house and the laundry hanging out in front. Great post!

Diana said...

Hi Andrea,
That was a beautiful prayer. And I can see why you are so intrigued by that house. I wouldn't mind living there. Love Di ♥

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Have a blessed weekend.

Kristin said...

Andrea, I love that photo. Enjoy your weekend.
Kristin

Cathy said...

That is so sweet. I know the people who live there would love what you posted. Thank God we are His vessels, and He cares for us. Blessings ~

Just Be Real said...

That picture is now my desktop. Blessings to you Andrea.

Denise said...

Really liked this post.

Aine Willis said...

Andrea, I haven't visited blogs in a while ... I'm glad I stopped here this morning. This picture is beautiful. And, the way you connected this home to our vessel ... I loved it. :)

Ozjane said...

I think bits of me are starting to lean a little like that veranda...lol

Willow said...

I just found your blog. That house reminds me so much of My Grandparents in Boone County WV. Their's was a one story, but it looks so much like it. That was over 40 years ago.

Willow

Heart2Heart said...

Andrea,

I love homes like this one you have captured. It's so nice to know it's not abandoned and neglected but cared for and loved by the many stories that it's four walls have held.

Thanks so much for your friendship and love each day from you in visiting me.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Toyin O. said...

Just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and your gracious comment.

Wanda said...

Beautifully written Andrea.

Connie Arnold said...

Great post and picture, Andrea. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

Sonja said...

I feel like you do... I always wonder who lives in some of the homes we pass, and what stories their lives cold tell. I love this picture!

Hugs!

koralee said...

Sending you blessings and love my friend. xoxo

Being Me said...

I firmly believe my life has a purpose and it's been driven home to me over the past 3 years and gets clearer each day and stronger along with faith.

Crown of Beauty said...

This is indeed a lovely home, with many stories to tell. It has withstood many storms and seen many victories no doubt.

Just like you and me.

I appreciated dropping by your place today and reading some of your posts!

Love
Lidj

Goose Hill Farm said...

I pass by this house so often and have always wondered about the people inside and what their story is. I have yet to photograph this house, but do know it is one of the most photographed homes in this area!

Blessings~
Laura