Dense Rainforest

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The Mount Rainier National Park in March 2017 allows for multiple types of terrain to photograph.  The rocky river beds, the thick pines, several feet of snow along with drifts as well as these beautiful draped dense rainforest growth areas.

This is my first wordpress photo challenge so I hope it comes out linked correctly, but was fun to participate.

Changes!!

When this blog was started I was sharing mostly my photography and then along came instagram and more changes for me.  In 2014-2015 writing began to be a focus that I was sharing together with some photos but this blog wasn’t quite what I was shooting for.  So, it has just sat collecting dust.  I am so thankful for many of you that have liked and followed me and I wanted to share the new change with you…. new blog…..

http://www.unearthinghistreasures.wordpress.com

It is now where you will find me.  Hope to have you join me.

Sincerely,

J.K.Sanchez

P.S.  I will periodically – as I am inspired still post here but my focus will be “digging for treasure”!

This entry was posted on February 3, 2016. 2 Comments

We Are His Chosen Stones

As the sun begins to rise over the still surface of the lake, not a single ripple stirs. The quiet morning allows for the beckoning opportunity of skipping a stone across its glassy surface. The desire wins and the stones are carefully chosen.

As one stone after another is strategically thrown, a cascade of movement begins to shimmer. In ripples it begins its expansive advancement across the width of the lake. Each stone bounces several times before finding its final silent descent. The once still surface now coming alive with ripples in all directions reaching to the distant shore.

Watching the change that a few chosen stones can make draws my mind to contemplate our lives as those chosen stones – strategically cast upon His waters – our world, our country, our community, our family.

As chosen stones in our Lords hand we have been strategically released into the atmosphere that surrounds our daily lives.

As a stone resting in His hand we are ready to be released. We silently wait for the movement and ripple effect that our very presence will bring. That effect depends not on the stones presence but the pitchers determination and original intent. His desire is the catalyst.

Some skipping stones skip once, some twice and some multiple times – again determined only by the pitchers intent.

As our pitcher releases us – each in different directions the effect on the very atmosphere of our community will be as a ripple movement upon the lake. An expansive advancement will cascade outward pulling the broken, hurting and lost in its wake into the Kingdom of God.

Alone, one stone makes it’s own impact but as each stone connects to the ripples of others our impact will change a still unmoving community into one filled with shimmering life – the gift of eternal life in Christ.

As a child of the King – let’s allow our presence to bring a joyous ripple effect to those around us. For we are His chosen stones and are commissioned to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to those we encounter.

 

Ezekiel 20:41 – As a pleasing aroma I will accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered. And I will manifest my holiness among you in the sight of the nations.  

1 Peter 2:4-6 -As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Assurance of His Love & Entering into His Rest.

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I am so excited about this book…it is about an extravagant LOVE affair of a groom who is filled to overflowing with unfailing, unconditional, extravagant, favor-filled, passionate, poured out love for his bride.  Wow…That’s my Jesus!  He so loves YOU – His bride.  Its HIS assurance of a gift of love given at the cross.

My second book in the Majestic Reflection Devotional Study Series.

Both the book and the journal will be available on Amazon this week; as well as e-book edition the following week.

 

 

 

 

JournalBookCoverImage BookCoverImageFinding rest in our hectic world is difficult.  Sitting in His presence is the key.

Both Winters Rest and the companion journal are now available on Amazon.com and my link below.

http://www.createspace.com/5076177     (Book)

http://www.createspace.com/5158706    (Journal)

You can find me at: www. jksanchez.com

Winters Thaw – “Some People Are Worth Melting For”

For generations fairy tales have captured our hearts; the hero’s, princess’s, prince’s and villains but today a recent award-winning story is part of my contemplation. We can often find spiritual meaning in the natural as well as in our beloved fairy tales.

The thaw of winter begins deep within the frozen ground where seeds ready for germination rest and wait. The stirring within the seed begins and its purpose pulses – ready for eruption.

Just as the frozen winter ground accepts the suns caressing rays of warmth in order to begin that thaw; often we find ourselves frozen inside, waiting and needing someway to begin the thawing of our hearts.

We find ourselves frozen by fear. Who we are is trapped inside with no escape from the storms that rage continually within. Fear has become our only companion; causing anger, bitterness and condemnation to reign and our hearts become frozen and hard. We tell ourselves to “conceal, don’t feel, don’t show, don’t let them in, don’t let them see”. We fear that who we are just isn’t good enough.

The reality is that just as Olaf said “some people are worth melting for” and Anna sacrificed herself with an act of true love to unfreeze her sisters heart; we have a true sacrifice of love given for us at the cross of Christ. If we “let it go” and accept one ray of His love we can say good-bye to our past.

Jesus provided one act of sacrificial love that will thaw your frozen heart and the “first time in forever” you will walk through an open door filled with love and acceptance for who you are. The past will not haunt you ever again, as you draw into the warmth of Christ. In the presence of His loving warmth the fear, condemnation, anger and bitterness will melt.

Spring will break forth over you. Who you are and all that you are capable of becoming will begin to erupt just as the warming seeds begin to germinate into the beauty that is encapsulated within them.

Step into His warmth, “let it go” and allow His love to melt the frozen parts of your heart.

 

I John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…..(ESV)

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Pause From the Hustle & Bustle – Step into a Winters Rest

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BookCoverImageWinters Rest – Majestic Reflection Devotional Study Series – Book 1

Over the 2014 year I have begun a “blogging” journey of many comparative thoughts between nature and the spiritual. In September I was inspired to create a devotional quarterly study series from some of these writings along with scripture and questions to journal your own journey into a life lived at the feet of Jesus. Learning to walk daily in a place of rest in His presence.

My first book in a 4 book series has been published and is available on Amazon.com as well as the above link.
There is also an additional journal available if interested, you can find it at http://www.createspace.com/5158706

The Fog Veil Was Torn

In nature we find veils of fog in many places but two bring me to contemplate a comparison of nature versus spiritual.

 

A misty veil of fog slowly materializes on the earth causing a nearly silent enclosure. This can be life threatening if you happen to be the captain of a ship at sea. A veil of fog also slowly materializes over our eyes as we age, causing cataracts that though not life threatening can destroy clarity of vision and disrupt life.

 

Just as that veil of fog settles over the land and a cloudy cataract enshrouds our eye, so can a clouding slip over our heart.

 

In the natural we have designed fog horns to loudly cut through the fog and signal those at sea the proximity of danger; thus giving them hope and safety.

 

A cataract is now removed during a swift surgery that cracks the offensive cloudy lens and places a new clear one thus allowing a previously veiled eye to see with new clarity the world that was veiled.

 

Often we are living a life unaware of a fog that has drifted over our heart. We live a life filled with daily survival.

 

When we see Jesus for the 1st time, we hear the foghorns signal; hope and forgiveness rush in and safety is found. However, there is so much more. Distractions seem to catch us all unaware, just as the fog on the road or the cataract in our eye.

 

Jesus sacrifice tore the veil – the fog – between heaven and earth, pouring forth the very breath of God that is available to us. This breath is much more then forgiveness, it’s a new life filled with ALL His promises and favor. He bought you a brand new life. He replaced the foggy lenses of your eyes with crystal clear ones that can see with new-found clarity. This brightness of vision is filled with the destiny that was given to you at your birth.

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Due to distractions of life we find that fog has quietly taken over our once joy filled walk with Jesus, our vision has faded, and we are firmly embedded in this drifting fog bank. Much of our clarity and promise of destiny have been swallowed up. Just as the removal of a cataract is a swift procedure so is the restoration of all that was given to us. His favor is always available and the removal of that fog can dissipate in an instant by looking up to the Son.

 

Remember the veil was torn for you! Allow new birth and revelation of His love to erupt over your heart – bringing renewal to what has been covered and an awakened stirring of new sight and direction that can only be accomplished through you for His Kingdom.