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Lord, you have been our dwelling place

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throughout all generations.

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Before the mountains were born

 or You brought forth the whole world,

from everlasting to everlasting 

You are God!

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Psalm 90:1,2

Wondrous in White

The colorful autumn leaves are now gone so it’s time to go up to where the evergreen trees are.

As the skyride brought us up to the peak of the mountain, we were greeted with a wondrous choir of evergreen trees, dressed in snowy white!

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What a delightful sight!

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I have often heard others ask how people can think there is no God when we are surrounded by the beauty he created in nature. 

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At times, this sounds very judgy. 

It is true — some people just cannot comprehend the vastness of God,

especially if they haven’t heard about or do not know the God of the Bible.  

Take me, for example:

Before I came across the Bible or knew about God,

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I really didn’t know who created the world, for I thought it exists by itself. 

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I learned from school textbooks that the sun rises from the east and sets in the west,

that spring is the season when many different kinds of flowers bloom,

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and that there are deciduous and coniferous trees in different geographical locations.

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All I understood was that science said this is how nature works.

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I didn’t know there was a God who created the universe then.

And every time I encountered beauty around me,

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oh I could exclaim was “wow”, “unbelievable” “gorgeous”!

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But when I was invited to explore the Bible and I began to have a personal relationship with the living God,

my perspective of my surroundings slowly changed. 

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

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My spirit and my eyes were opened to see that there is a loving hand behind all this wonderful creation that I learned from textbooks. 

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I naturally started to declare, “Wow, amazing, thank you God for the marvellous creation for us to enjoy”.

The sun, the moon, the stars, the sky, the clouds, the rain and the snow are created by the “God of wonder beyond our galaxy”, pointing us to the only One who is worthy of our worship and trust.

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Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Psalm 148:1
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By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,  so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  (Hebrews 11:3 (NIV))

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Finally, after 10 years of prattling ’bout life like this, the era of blogging for Janiecross has come to an end; Thanks to all the wonderful support I have received from my readers for the past decade!

Release

The tall trees by the roadside look majestic and golden.

The Japanese maple leaves on another street are radiantly red!

I love the trees color of red and yellow,

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giving out such cheerful vibes!

And Fall season is coming to an end,

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and it’s time to bid the autumn leaves goodbye.

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Release…

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

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Cheakamus Lake Trail

One of the most enjoyable trails we explored in Whistler is the Cheakamus Lake trail. The path to the lake is flat and an easy stroll.

We went during the autumn season, and were able to immerse ourselves in the bright and beautiful green and orange leaves dangling on the trees.

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We also serendipitously stumbled upon many fungi such as colorful mushrooms, beautiful lichens, bracket fungus attached to tree trunks, and artist conks growing on the stumps of the dead trees in the cool and damp forest.

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Artist Conks where colorful drawings can be decorated on the white surface 🙂
Bracket Fungi

What made the walk so picture-perfect was the alluring powder-blue creek along the trail which led us to Cheakamus Lake.

The surroundings are so serene and peaceful that I could just sit there and meditate.

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Bountiful Thanksgiving

During the Thanksgiving week, I received numerous thanksgiving welcome which is reflective;

I am constantly astonished at the inventiveness and generosity of individuals in creating such delightful design for people to contemplate and to be grateful to God of the heaven who bless all so bountifully.

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Autumn Walk

Never take the beautiful clear blue sky for granted!

After a couple weeks of bad air quality from the wildfires, the sun and blue sky is finally visible!

It was such a great relief to breathe clean and fresh air again!

It’s officially Autumn today, and the forest is bursting with vivid leaves, so appealing!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus.

A walk in a park and stepping onto the crunchy fallen leaves, is one of my favorite things to do in the Fall season.

That’s exactly what Crystal Falls is jubilantly showcasing… with trails, trees, and thunderous water singing for joy unto the Lord!

It was such a gorgeous and golden day with autumn sun blazing the trail. It was an unspeakable experience! And tis the season for salmon run as well so I got to see lots of salmons swimming upstream.

I’ve always wanted to experience camping on the mountain and to enjoy wildflowers flourishing on the alpine meadow.  Wish was granted when a couple of friends planned a backpacking adventure to the beautiful Watersprite Lake– this alpine lake used to be known as one of the secret jewels in the Squamish region. 

Hiking up a mountain with an overnight backpacking is labor intensive but the semi rugged trail with breathtaking scenery of rolling green valley, towering majestic mountains, and pink flowers popping out by the roadside made the hike a delight to plod along. 

The reflection of the rocky mountain range mirrored on the glassy surface of Watersprite Lake was enchanting. 

Putting down our weighty backpacking from the weary hike, we hastily set up our “mansions” on the mountain, and speedily plunged ourselves into the chilly glacier lake; soaking in the ice water to loosen our sore muscles was reviving.    

After dozing through the moonlight and the starlight, and snuggling in the cozy sleeping bed under the blustery chilled mountain air, the heavenly sunrise woke us up to yet another captivating landscape.

The placid lake alighted by the morning sun and the wildflowers flourishing along the mountain creek were dazzling.

After drinking in all the tantalizing scent, sight and sound from the mountain sanctuary, it was time to pack and bid this lovely wilderness goodbye.

I was overjoyed to have experienced this grind and glory backpacking excursion; and to witness God’s grandeur creation on this alluring Watersprite Lake! 

Lord, You have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or You brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting You are God. (Psalm 90:1-2)

August Adventure

The month of August has been an impromptu and exciting outside adventures.

On the way to the eatery, we came across a tree and the gardener blessed us with an endless supply of succulent and sweet ripe figs fresh from his tree; and we had them as appetizer.

The fish & chip supper was scrumptious under the sturgeon moon.

Later that night we had a stay outdoors at a friend’s patio, and woken up the following day to a sizzling gourmet brunch and dinner.

With every one of that food intake, one needed to wander out to consume calories, and encountering “Forest Bathing”. This is the new term I learned this summer — a discipline to douse underneath the covering of trees and taking in all the natural air and light. And that’s exactly what I accomplished for August Adventure while practicing social distancing.

Cypress Falls

Butzen Lake

Crystal Fall

Minnekhada Park

Jug Island

Admiralty Point

And surely my outdoor adventure cannot not include the Grouse Grind!

August 31 Sunset; Bye August 2020

So Long, Farewell

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During the past few days, I had so much fun biking with my “Giant” bike to enjoy the beautiful blooming cheery blossom around town.

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But today I am so so sad because my precious “Giant” went missing; and I am grieving.

Having heard that my beloved bike was gone, a friend penned the following poem to console me.

She wrote: I borrowed a couple of poems on line and revised them in order to make it appropriate for your current calamitous circumstances.

POEM OF CONSOLATION FOR THE LOSS OF GIANT

I will lend to you for awhile

A riding companion –

a foldable bike, God said,

For you to love her while she’s with you

and to mourn for her when she is gone.

Maybe for five or ten years,

or maybe for two or three.

But will you, till I call her back

take care of her for me?

She will bring her charms to gladden you

She will accompany you

To see beautiful places,

And should her stay be brief

you’ll always have her memories

as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise that she will stay,

since all from earth return.

Memories of your riding companion

Will take you back to happy sunlit days

These precious moments

Will be with you always.

These fond recollections

Will be treasured in your heart.

“When tomorrow starts without me

Don’t think we are far apart

For every time you think of me

I’m right here inside your heart.”

So long, farewell, Giant!

Abundance

Abundance is richness, fullness and plentiful…

Another great day to enjoy the abundance of snow that God has sprinkled onto the mountains!

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