Tuesday, October 30, 2012

thankful in simplicity.

As the hurricanes roar on the east coast, I feel extremely blessed to be sitting in my dry home with nothing to complain of but the steady rain. Oregon is so incredibly mild weather-wise; it is hard to believe from here that floods and fires and snowstorms are happening. My heart goes out to those who have been in the path of Hurricane Sandy--you are in my prayers. 

The thought of fellow citizens going through so much loss and devastation brings me back to how important the little mundane, simplistic details of life really are. I get up, I read my Bible, I get dressed, I feed the chickens, etc., etc.--it can begin to seem monotonous, but what if I lost it all? What if I had no Bible to read? What if I could not get up; had not the strength walk the path to the chicken coop, or carry the feed? It puts life in a different light.

So many times we think, "If only I were somewhere bigger, better--I could do so much!" We are often discontent with where God has placed us, right now, thinking we are justified in silently wishing for more. Yet isn't it the small things that prepare us for the larger? 

...And quite frankly, I would rather be feeding my own little red hens as the sun rises in my own little part of Oregon than making it big in New York City right now.


Remember those who are in New York City and across the East Coast today, though, and also remember that you are a part of God's plan, wherever you are at this moment. 

"If you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in the larger ones. But if you are dishonest in the little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities."
(Luke 16:10)


  1. This is beautiful. I love the pictures, Oh, and the words. Such a great reminder. :)


  2. You take the MOST earthy, raw, gorgeous shots Lucia! I applaud you. LOVE LOVE these! (:

    1. I come back and look at your blog, because your photography is PERFECT.

  3. These are good thoughts; it puts things into a whole new perspective when you think about it this way. And beautiful pictures, Lucia! xoxo

  4. Your pictures are soooo gorgeous, Lucia... they always seem to have a cozy glow about them. :) And your words are so true, and inspiring. I was thinking the *exact* same thing last night--how blessed we are to be sitting in our warm, fire-lit house, reading stories while so many others are loosing their homes, and some even their lives. Thank you for reminding us, girl.

    You are such a blessing, encouragement and inspiration to me.

    xx, mikailah


  5. thank you for this. this is beautiful. I live in NC and it has been just a little gloomy and windy, but I really feel for all those in NYC and in that area!
    love the chicken pictures, we used to have some and I loved them:)
    thank you for this post today, such an inspiration.!

  6. Thanks for the encouragement, Luci! That is SO true. We need to be content RIGHT where God has placed us - good reminder.

    Love your pictures, Luci! I like the one of the chicken and the eggs. Cute! Also, I love the beautiful "wreathy" thing that ya'll have! It looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Thinkin' of you!

  7. wow. this does put it all in a different light.
    love, love love this post. <3

    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze


  8. Thank you so much for this post! I've been struggling lately with my mundane, daily life. Wishing I could be anywhere else but here, doing something more "important." Life would be so much more exciting if I could be exploring the world, helping people, taking pictures... I've been pretty discontent with my life here at home. God has been teaching me, but I've been resisting it. :P Your encouraging words, and especially that verse, is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you. :)

  9. beautiful, dear! and let me tell you--sandy has made driving to school one crazy ride. ;p

  10. yes! and lovelovelove the coloring of your photos.. always! lovely. xx.

  11. Love that verse! We are all a part of God's plan wherever are. Thanks for that reminder, dear. :)

    I can't tell you how amazing your pictures are. The fall hues and richness of your photos are absolutely lovely.



  12. A beautiful post, Lucia. The Eastern Coast of US is in my prayers... but this post was lovely, and the photos too. God bless you!

  13. Wise words, deary! And lovely photos to go with it=)

  14. Lucia, your pictures are amazing and your words are so beautiful. My family and I live on the East coast and we are very, very blessed to have had no damage from Sandy except a few fallen branches. I am thankful to God for keeping us safe in His arms. :)

  15. I love your photos way too much haha.


  16. Beautiful words! I'm so thankful for where God has me,even when I don't act it sometimes. I also praise God for keeping this NYC gal and family safe. Nothing but some stong winds and broken limbs and trees around us, but many of my church members in Far Rockaway queens are without electricity. This is the first major storm to hit NYC. I'm thankful for Gods unending mercies.


  17. Wow! Just what I needed to hear! Thank you, Lucia! :)

  18. I love the picture of your kitty sniffing your hot chocolate. So cute! That's just like a kitty, curious as all get out. :)

    Thank you for your prayers. This east coast girl is safe and sound. It was very windy and we lost power for 45 minutes one time and about 1 1/2 hours another time but we were very fortunate. The town next to ours had some flooding in the downtown area since it's right on a river but fortunately it's a business district and not too many homes were near there.

  19. You are so sweet.
    And we are so blessed.
    We live right in the path of where the hurricane was supposed to go, but the worst of it missed us. The electricity flicked off and on once, we got lots of rain, wind strong enough to sound like thunder, and we haven't seen the sun for a week, but that is a "bad" as it got here! Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Luci! When will you post wedding pictures? We are so looking forward to seeing the great shots that we're sure you got!!!

  21. First of all I LOVE your new photo at the top of your blog - it's perfect in every way. Second, your words are so true! Hurricane Sandy passed right over my house but amazingly the worst that happened was our trampoline was ruined. We didn't even end up loosing power. But it's crazy because when I watch the news and see footage and see pictures online of the beaches in NJ and NYC it's devastating. I've been there, I've walked on the beaches, and stayed in houses that are now destroyed. Just this past June I was in Manhattan on the subways and now they're all underwater. It's completely crazy. One of my friends has a ton of relatives in New Jersey and she was saying that all the schools have become shelters and that the schools are hoping to be able to start school again mid-December but it may have to be pushed until after Christmas. And there was this huge fire in NYC that burned over a hundred houses to the ground because the wind whipped the fire from house to house and the firefighters couldn't get there right away because of the flooding.
    Anyway this is a really long comment but yeah. All we can do is pray for everyone who lost so much.
    ~Mary Kate

  22. My gosh, these photos are spectacular. The common red theme tie everything together so well...and I'm especially loving the chicken ones.


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