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November 2, 2016

A Time to Be Thankful


Over the years I've shared a lot of photos of beautiful Oklahoma skies. I've usually concentrated on the sunsets, beautiful displays of color and light. As the sun drops behind the ridge, often with storm clouds or sometimes smoke in the air, the sky can be breathtaking. The sun sets as I do the evening chores, and a dramatic sunset is often one of the last things I see as I finish up and go back inside.


But in the past couple of years I've rediscovered sunrises. Sometimes the sky is bland, blue and cloudless, but other mornings the light is amazing and ever-changing as the sun climbs. On those mornings I'm often standing on the porch, barefoot and shivering in the morning chill, taking photos of the new day before the perfect light disappears. Timing is everything; in the time it would take to find shoes and a jacket, the moment would be gone.


I take a lot of sunrise photos. Some people might say that every morning is the same, but each one is individual and special, and my photos prove that. Mornings are new beginnings, chances to start over, opportunities to grow, to learn, and to serve others. Each morning is something to be thankful for.


Mornings when there are clouds in the sky often turn out to be the most dramatic.


I love watching the changing sky as the sun reaches toward the horizon. Minute by minute the color changes.


Sometimes sunbeams spread from the horizon to the heavens.


Often, like yesterday morning, the clouds remind me of pink cotton candy.


Some, when I look at the photos later, reveal hidden surprises, like the tiny white crescent moon in this one above. Can't see it? Click on the photo to enlarge it, then look on the right side, just under the edge of the pink cloud.


A blue and gold morning.


Some sunrises are so dramatic that one photo can't show the whole of it.


So are the days of our lives. Looking at them in a row, like thumbnails on a computer screen, they might look the same, a sea of ordinary. But day by day, some are dramatic, others are subtle, some have hidden surprises that we don't notice unless we look closely. Some dawn quietly, others loudly with thunder and lightning. Some are full of molten gold reflections.


Each day has something to be thankful for, whether it's a small delight like a tiny sliver of moon, the first rosebud of spring, lunch with a friend... or something big like news of cancer in remission or the birth of a grandchild. No day should be taken for granted.


This month I hope you'll join me in being thankful to the Lord for something each and every day. I'll be posting my "thankfuls" on Facebook and Instagram if you'd like to follow along. I hope you'll share your thankfuls too.


Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in You.
Psalm 143:8 NIV



This post has been shared at some of my favorite blog hops
including Skywatch Friday.

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26 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! If you've been by my blog, you know how much I love sky photos...sunsets and sunrises are my favorites. We do have so much to be thankful for!

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    1. We do have so much to be thankful for. I think sunrise and sunset are God's canvas. Thank you, Deborah!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful sunrises. Mornings are a special time, and beginning the day by enjoying the natural beauty around is truly a gift.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. We As a society have stayed so far from nature; so many don't even notice what is around them.

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  3. I love the sky, too. It's so challenging to take good enough pictures to capture its beauty, though, so I commend you for that! I view it as God's canvas, an ever-changing painting.

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    1. "God's canvas" - I just said that too. Thank you for the compliment. I can't seem to delete a single sunrise photo, even if I take 20 in one morning, each one is different and I can't choose just one. Keep photographing, the challenge of trying to catch what we see is worthwhile.

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  4. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Candy

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  5. A gorgeous series of captures Kathi. We do indeed have much to be thankful for - sight for starters, that we may absorb the Master's creation and be filled with joy as a result. May God bless your endeavours.

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    1. Amen, Valerie! Thank you for visiting.

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  6. They are all so lovely, such delicate colours.

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    1. Thank you, Dancin Fool. I'm glad you stopped by.

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  7. Wow - beautiful skies!

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  8. I love the Sunrise. So glad our house looks east from our windows and deck. I am awake each morning to welcome the sun---whether dramatic or not.
    MB

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    1. I'm glad you are able to watch the sun rise from your home, MB. I love it too!

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  9. Such an inspiring way to begin a day.

    Tammy
    www.simplypreparing.com

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    1. Morning is the foundation of our day, Tammy!

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  10. Thank you for these beautiful photos. Love seeing the sky looking like that. There is something so peaceful in them. And thank you for your visit to my site also.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim.

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  11. These are beautiful photographs, Kathi. I appreciated how you brought your thoughts down to our everyday lives and how it's like looking at the thumbnails of photos and not seeing the details that the Lord puts in our lives. Thanks for the reminder to look for those things and to appreciate the different days as God gives them to us.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Mary. I think you put it better than I did!

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  12. What a beautiful post, Kathi, and gorgeous photographs too. Every day does indeed hold something to be thankful for! Thank you for being a part of our Hearth and Soul community. Shared on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page.

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    1. Indeed it does, April. Thank you for sharing!

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