From What I Am Not

by | Jun 23, 2012 | Saturday, Uncategorized


My prayers, my God, flow from what I am not;

I think thy answers make what I am.

Like weary waves thought follows upon


But the still depth beneath is all thine own,

And there thou mov’st in paths to us


Out of strange strife thy peace is strangely


If the lion in us pray – thou answerest the


~GEORGE MACDONALD (Scottish, 1824-1905)

Wherever your weekend wanderings take you, may you find a quiet spot to nestle into His goodness. wade into the deep end of His stillness, idle on the shore of peaceful understanding. 

Happy Saturday Friends! 


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  1. Amy

    Ever since I first visited Scotland 21 years ago, I have loved sheep! Thanks for combining them with the prayers.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Amy, its good to see you here in the comments. Its been awhile. Hope you are doing well. These photos were actually taken on our way to Scotland, in England.

  2. lolitavalle

    Meekly, my sister, I will always seek my Father….. and drink form His holy spring of goodness and mercy and still my heart.

    Happy Weekend.

    Thanks again for finding the beautiful poem for us.

  3. Diana Trautwein

    Beautiful, beautiful, Shelly. Thank you.

  4. kd sullivan

    These pictures are beautiful! Are they from your trip? I especially like the first one.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      They are from our trip. And the first one? I captured it after I fell off the curb onto the pavement of the highway and nearly broke my camera! What one will do for a photo. A scuffed up hand and almost hole in my new jeans to boot.:)

  5. Donna

    Thank you for sharing the sheep pictures. How precious.

  6. wynnegraceappears

    You inspire me to go back through my pictures from my trip to Scotland. Your photos and these words are a glorious combination. Happy Saturday wanderings to you as well. God Bless.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Oh, I think you must. Going through photos inspires new life in old memories. You never know what you may find.

  7. Sandra Heska King

    Every line of this prayer gives pause. Thank you!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I thought the same Sandra. I re-read every line at least twice, if not more.

  8. Sharon O

    Those pictures are amazing… I want to go there, some friends of ours live there right now and it would be a perfect time to go where someone knows the journey.

  9. dianewbailey

    I love “if the lion in us prays, thou answerest the lamb” Happy Weekend to you and yours. ~Di

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Beautiful isn’t it. I read that poem several times, it is so rich with meaning. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Joanne Norton

    Glorious photos… as usual. And very heavenly thoughts from the author. Heart touching.

  11. S. Etole

    What wonderful peace in your images. I especially like the last line of the prayer/poem.

  12. Jennifer Richardson

    “wading into the deep end of his stillness”
    with a deep sigh of thanks
    for the beauty you share here
    ….takes my breath away
    and then gives it back again full and glad and
    plump with peace.
    gorgeous share…..thank you.

  13. indiGo

    Peace, be still! Wow! That place offers a perfect tranquility. I would love to visit that place one day. 🙂

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I hope you get to visit there, it is truly beautiful.

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