By My Side
I walk this path of life in peace
each step upon this trail I take
keeping to worn ways of Truth
I follow Him whom all has made
For when I look about the trail
and see some others no longer there
my heart may start to ponder this
but I recall the One who cares
As long as He is by my side
and I abide within His will
I move along this way unmarred
His love within bids me be still
For He is love in all He does
and leaving’s not his way with me
Once He’s led me into his Light
I belong to him eternally.
People come and go in our lives; yet, stability is often what we crave.
Our Creator God has a love for us unmatched by any other lover.
He is stability to the utmost.
He is the Lover of my soul and my eternal Hope.
Whom then shall I fear?
I am sharing with you the hike my husband and I took at Paradise Meadows in July.
We’ve been here several times before…
yet each time I see new treasures.
Believe it or not – I am only showing you a small portion of all that I photographed…
Next week I will do a shorter post featuring the wildflowers I enjoyed at this alpine park.
This tree knows how to grow a mossy beard…
I couldn’t get over how enormous this rock was that I was standing on; it overlooked the lake we had lunch beside.
There is no shortage of water up in this meadow.
So serene and green…
It was not hot on our hike; however, this fungus seems to think otherwise.
Feathered spectators don’t make me nervous.
Our island is the cougar capital of the world.
I have only seen two in my 25 years here; that’s enough for me!
Grow where you are planted?
Just four more pictures to go for those of you still scrolling this post…
This is a much easier hike than the previous one I posted.
Calm and cool.
Still and silent simplicity.
Water of Life Blessings ~ Wendy
*Did you find a picture here that especially spoke to you? *
As I did some last minute editing of this post, I was kept company by my little dog who is usually beside me on the den sofa. I am more appreciative than usual for his company as he was away for two days at the animal hospital. He was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. It’s been a rough week for him and our family. You don’t realize just how much you really care about someone until you almost lose them. His recovery is slow. I cried with joy yesterday when he walked to the water dish on his own to get a big drink. The only more stressful thing I can imagine is if it were one of my kids that were this sick… or my handsome hubby. Give your loved ones an extra hug!
61 thoughts on “By My Side”
Lovely poem Wendy, and those are beautiful photos from your hike. Sending warm and loving prayers and thoughts that your sweet pup continues to improve… ♥
Thank you so much, Julie! He has youth on his side too (just 5 yrs old).
Those little doggie eyes definitely speak a thousand words. Will be thinking about him.
Thanks, Steve! He is a gentle little guy.
His eye is on the sparrow…and your little dog…Thank you for sharing God’s creation and inspiration through your words and pictures. God bless! Laura
Thank you, Laura, for such comforting words!
Thank you, Geraldine!
Beautiful pictures-little slice of paradise. David
Thank you, David! It is aptly named.
Your photos, as usual, are breathtaking, you’re poem comforting and your hat is adorable. Love it. I’m very sorry about your little companion. I hope he has a rapid recovery. Hugs, Elizabeth
Thank you, Elizabeth! He is making progress each day. I celebrate each milestone he reaches.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Hope your sweet, furry one is doing better soon.
Thank you, Jennifer! He’s just had his meds and is snoring beside me right now… 🙂
What a lot of great photo’s
Thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much for viewing and liking my photo post today! You shoot some terrific scenics!
Thank you, Rob! 🙂 I like your photography work.
I am sad your baby is not feeling well. It is a very good thing she is up and moving. Blessings to you and her. This is one spectacular post! A glorious place you live. Very different than my home. 🙂
Linda, I love where you live too! My little pooch is slowly regaining strength. He actually greeted my husband at the door for the first time in over a week. It was sweet…
I so love to come here, Wendy! I always leave with more peace … One can sense the Creator in your pictures … and your heart reflects your deep love for Him and the things He put in your life! … on my way to hug my sweetheart now 🙂
Thank you, Heidi! Enjoy your weekend with your family.The more hugs the merrier!
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WHAT COULD BE MORE CALMING OR EXCITING THAN GOD’S CREATION???? 🙂
Thank you, Jonathan!
Lovely photos. I enjoyed each and every one. I do wish your little puppy get well wishes;)
Thank you for your kind words! 🙂
You are so welcome
“grow where you’re planted.” There’s a Columbine growing in the sidewalk out by the street, a long ways from where the rest of them are growing at the side of the house. I’ve thought of taking a picture of it with the title you used for your picture. You beat me to it! 🙂 Beautiful photos, as usual.
Thank you, Clarence. I think your idea is great! Columbines are so lovely too. 🙂
Paradise Meadows indeed! What a gorgeous place…
Melody, it’s so fresh and clean too!
A true gem. A place to recharge when life grinds our gears, that’s for sure. We had a family fire tonight, and are pleasantly sticky from marshmallows. That recharges my batteries, I can tell you!
Beautiful images and words.
Thank you, Don! 🙂
I’m at awe Dear! Your photography and praising poetry are matchless ! I keep walking your trail and feel the sacredness of your spirit ! Glorious !
Debbie, I love this park… thank you for enjoying it with me and thank you for your comment. Blessings!
I took a long time savoring this lovely hike you’ve shared. I especially love your capture of the water in the last post, though there were many that caught my eye. All the best to your dear little dog and to your family.
Thank you, Sheri! My husband suggested I take that water shot. My little dog is definitely making progress in his recovery. 🙂
Glad to hear it! Best–sjk
A wonderful sequence of photos, dear Wendy. I felt as though I was there with you. Poor little doggie!! I will say a prayer for him. My animals are part of my family too. Love to you both. ♥
Thank you, so much, Isabella Rose! He can walk up stairs again. 🙂 He’s making progress.
Great pictures Wendy, I’m glad he’s walking again, much love to you my friend!
Thank you, Seyi! Today he actually ran for a bit when he was coming back into the house. 🙂 xo
Wow! That’s great news Wendy!
Awesome! Thank you for the incredible virtual hike, Wendy. Spectacular!
Thank you, and you are most welcome, Bill. 🙂
What a beautiful place! Love your pictures. I feel as if I was there. In fact I wish I was there now! hehe. Sorry I’ve been gone so long, it’s been a busy summer.
Thank you! A busy summer sounds like a fun summer… and I hope it was for you. It flew by. 🙂
lovely pics..dear….very glad to see those ones..:)
Thank you! Our island has a wonderful variety of landscapes to photograph.
Hmm..:-)…I would surely like to visit there…
Thoroughly enjoyed all of your photos! My husband and I truly love scenes as you have posted, all of God’s creation. Looking forward to your next set of pictures : )
Thank you for your awesome encouragement, Teresa! Our family loves the outdoors.
Stunning work! Glad your pup is on the mend.
Thank you! Each day he progresses toward his old (young) self. 🙂
Always a blessing to embrace the words that fall from such a wonderful and genuine heart! I love your poems Wendy and the way you deliver them with such awesome photos! Lifts my spirit always.
I am greatly honored by your encouragement, Wendell. Thank you! Blessings dear poet friend. 🙂
a beautiful poem ..and photos to go with..or is it the other way round…:-)..whatever ..a beautiful post.
thank you for sharing
Thank you, Sriram! The pictures inspire me to write the poem. 😉
Still catching up in the blog world…praise God for His creation! What a beautiful world! I’ve told you before that your pictures remind me of my childhood in New England, hiking in green forests with mountains and rocks and streams…stunning in equal but different ways from the scenery I enjoy now in south Florida. I pray for your sweet dog. Our cat is 14, doing well, but I know he’s an old fellow…it means a lot to me when he snuggles and plays!
After thinking about the pictures, I especially liked the “grow where you are planted” one. Having just moved, and having so much *new* in our family’s lives, it is a reminder to be faithful and obedient and ready, wherever God calls us! Blessings–Alison
Thank you for your prayers, Alison! Our dog is almost back to normal and is so happy to be at home. He keeps his eyes on me as he does not want to be deserted at the vet again. The ladies at the clinic adored him, since he is so cuddly. 🙂