Jan 24, 2009

A Taste Of Heaven

God sends his blessings from above
Heavenly gifts filled with his love.
Treasures from glory, deeply profound
A taste of heaven, flowing down.

Filling us with his amazing grace
As we seek him face to face.
His presence felt deep inside
A taste of heaven he provides.

Our daily bread he supplies
Let all his creations testify.
Lifting our praises unto him
A taste of heavens offering.

We have tasted heavens glory
We magnify and lift his name.
We have tasted of his goodness
And we will never be the same.

Written By: Lorie A. Yocum © 2009




I think when the Lord created the islands of Hawaii, he was giving us just a tiny glimpse and "Taste of Heaven."
















74 comments:

Unknown said...

Happy BATW day !!!

Those photos are beautiful. Hawaii is a place I hope to visit someday. I did sort of visit once. I spent about 2 hours sitting in a transit lounge, when enroute from New Zealand to the US mainland.

Great tour!! You look so pretty decked in those flowers.

Becky said...

Wow! My parents have been to Hawaii many times... I have not. Everything looks beautiful, and so do you. :-)

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tour of Hawaii. I have been lucky enough to have been to Honolulu as well as Maui. Both places were breathtaking. I enjoyed the photo tour. Aloha

jhunnelle said...

wow the photos are awesome and you are so beautiful:)

I am praying and claiming that someday i can be able to visit Hawaii. I hope I can meet you then:)

Blessings

Nonnas News said...

Here from Texas! Congratulations on being featured today!! You have such a pretty blog!! I enjoyed your post and pictures about your beautiful island!

Caroline said...

I have never been to Hawaii, but it is definitely somewhere I'd like to visit before I leave this earth. It is just amazing the wealth of creativity that God used when he made the world. All the beauty in the mountains, water, flowers, people..its breathtaking. I hope you never take it for granted living there!

Happy BATW day!

Becky W said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of Hawaii!! It looks lovely and I hope to visit someday! Your blog is amazing. I may have to add you to my list so I can be blessed by your devotions more and more!!!

Unknown said...

I love what you've taught us about the meaning of aloha! I am a social studies teacher and I copied it to Word to use in my classrooom!

Jennifer C. Valerie said...

Hi Lori
I've been away too long again. How's everything. I would love to visit Hawaii one day, looks so beautiful and I love to eat(lol)!. Do you all ever get hurricanes? All is well with my family and I. Take care.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Thank you for the tour!
You do live in a beautiful portion of our world. My husband has been to Hawaii but I have not...maybe one day.

Melissa B. said...

Aloha! Isn't BATW great? I've made it from Canada, our stop yesterday, to Hawaii, with no jet lag at all! I really like your slideshow--thanks so much for sharing. And the tour was great--you're such a gracious hostess. Thanks!

HOPE said...

Loved this...I have to come back today! when I have more time!

My favorite nut is Macadamia! oooh would I love to win! There are a few other "nuts" I love too!

The photo of you is lovely, Lorie! and I did not know a lei meant "I LOVE YOU" now I know what I can add to some gift boxes. I suppose this will be another craft to try.
Do you have any information into making these?

I'll be back later!

Hugz "Sistah"
Hope

Joy said...

I'm so glad I looked at your blog early this morning. My day will be so much better because of it. I read down thru a few post. I'll be praying for you as you minister at the retreat. I know God is using you in a great way for such a time as this. Your poetry is beautiful. I loved the Isaiah scriptures. I'm studing Isaiah right now so I was excited to see it. Thank you Debbie (BATW) for flying us to Joyfulsister's home today.
Love Joy in Texas

Heather said...

Mahalo! I hope I spelled that right - I haven't ever been to Hawaii yet but it is my dream vacation spot, so someday, I will get there!

Thanks for the virtual tour - I could practically smell the gorgeous flowers!! :) And macadamia nuts instead of peanuts on the plane? WOO-HOO!!

Cheers from chilly, rainy upstate NY!

Debbie said...

Hi Lorie! Yay, it finally worked! Thanks for your kind words...I will make sure Darcy knows that you were giving her a shout out as well! The pictures are great...Waikiki looks the same...CROWDED! I was in Maui and Kauai in 1998...but haven't been back to Honolulu since I lived there in the 70's. Someday. Thanks again for hosting!

Elena said...

I LOVE Hawaii! My husband took me last year for our anniversary. I had never had any desire to go to Hawaii (not a huge water lover), but boy was I wrong. BEAUTIFUL place and addicting. I want to go back RIGHT NOW. Thank you for sharing. (Hi, from Idaho.)

Darcy @ m3b said...

Well, I for one am very sorry this trip is only virtual! I would love to come and really visit beautiful Hawaii.

We are studying volcanoes (specifically lands formed by volcanoes) and we've loved the beautiful lush pictures of Hawaii!

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for being a gracious tour guide!

Darcy

The Hultman's said...

Beautiful postcards! I wish I could say I have been to Hawaii but I cannot :(
Maybe someday I will make it to this little piece of Heaven!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

Greeting from BATW. Hawaii, what would it be like to wake in Paradise each and everyday? I loved the tour, thanks for sharing your neck of the woods with us today. Aloha

Kay Martin said...

Thank you for my virtual vacation to Hawaii. Never take for granted the beautiful place God has placed you. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Wow!!! Thank you for the fun tour and information on Hawaii!! I can't wait to visit there some day! I hope you have a wonderful day full of comment love!!!

Mrs. X said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour!
I loved the pictures, especially the one of you surrounded by flowers. You look beautiful :)

My sister was kind enough to send me two boxes of those chocolate covered macadamia nuts that she bought while visiting Hawaii. (I ate them...ALL)

Cant Hardly Wait said...

I've always wanted to travel to Hawaii for 2 reasons: I'm remarkably pale, and need a tan... and the culture there looks so inviting and just plain awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

I wanna come eat, sounds like a loving-lovely place to go. I loved the pictures, Look at you, you are stunning with all those flowers around your neck.
Thanks for sharing all that beauty!
Huggsss to you my sister :)
Sharon

Lynda said...

Greetings from BATW and Texas!

What a wonderful tour you have given us :-) Love the IZ music.

Breanne said...

Thanks for the tour. We went on our honeymoon there. I LOVED it.If I could pick anywhere to live it would be there.

oº˚ Homeschool Mom˚ºo said...

Coming from BATW -- How much fun it must be living in Hawaii! I would love to travel there one day but am scared of flying. If I can't drive there I don't go there. Crazy I know -- Thanks for sharing enjoyed all the pictures -- Much Love --

Brenda Jean Hyde said...

Happy BATW day to you:) Thank you for the wonderful flowers! I agree you are such a pretty hostess and I feel so welcome. I hear you have beautiful weather there too:)

Brian and Staci said...

Greetings from Ms. Oklahoma! Beautiful post! I actually did know that ohana means family :) Yea me! (Only because of Lilo and Stitch!) We got to visit Hawaii a couple of years ago and will hopefully be going back in 2010...hubby has a meeting scheduled there :) YAY! You are so beautiful and your blog is too :)

Cathy said...

I enjoyed the slide tour, Lorie. Hawaii does look very beautiful and so do you!

Denyse said...

What a treat! Hawaii is one of my favorite places. I've been once with my Grandma when I graduated college and twice more with my husband. (Its much more fun with him) You are so right about the Aloha spirit! I feel peaceful and relaxed while I'm there like no other place. I'm pretty sure Hawaii is God's "rough draft" of what Heaven will be :)

The Nice One said...

Congrats!
Beautiful photos and tour. My brother just finished a 3 year station in Honolulu. I am hoping the CG sends him back there again, so I can visit!

From the Heart said...

Loved your post and the tour of Hawaii with the post cards. My youngest daughter and her husband did a cruise that went to Hawaii and they throughly enjoyed it.

You are getting your blog back up. Just a suggestion - I lost my blog about the same way you did - just disappeared. I had saved it to My Documents on the hard drive the day before but did not save the older posts. This time I have saved both. It makes it so much easier to restart.
God bless my wonderful sistah!
AliceE.

Melissa Lester said...

This is one BATW visit that I wish didn't have to be through the computer! What a beautiful place to visit. I would love to make that trip with my family some day. Thanks for the tour!

Mandy said...

What a beautiful place to live. I wish our beaches here in Texas had that beautiful blue water. I will be content in all things though and won't be jealous. :)

Tracy P. said...

Gorgeous! My husband and I got to spend a week on Kauai several years ago--breathtaking!

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, and conveying the spirit of Hawaii.

Unknown said...

I so wanna MOVE now! I had such a great time in Hawaii-i dont ever wanna leave

Anonymous said...

Fantastic slide show and wonderful Hawaiian welcome. Enjoy your BATW day. Hawaii is definitely on our list of places to visit and kindly Air New Zealand make it easy to do, just need to pack my bags eh?

Amy Kay said...

Hello from Georgia via BATW. Congratulations on the spolight today. I hope we have a LONG layover, I need some vacation! I LOVE LOVE the Hawiian music. I am a singer, and would love to learn to sing songs like that. The opening cong is absolutely beautiful, is the music available? Also, the pictures are beautiful. You live in an amazing place, a glimpse of heaven looks about right. I hope to visit someday also. Hugs from Georgia, Amy ;)

Betty said...

I love the pictures. They are beautiful. I have been to Hawaii once, and I really enjoyed it in all it's beauty.

I would love to be entered for the drawing of the box of chocolates. My birthday is October 7th, so that would be a nice birthday gift. Maybe I'll get lucky.

~Janet~ said...

Yeah! Hawaii! I love it, been to Maui twice, but never Oahu! We are going as a family in June :) Thanks for the mini BATW visit.

Joyfulsister said...

Wow!! I guess I have to make more food for all my guests lol.I just wanted to thank all of you for coming to visit me here in the islands, and I will be sure to come and visit all of you as well. BATW is a wonderful way to meet new friends and I'm glad Debbie followed her heart to make it all possible for us all.

Hugz Lorie

lynn said...

Happy BATW day!
I would love to visit Hawaii someday. It looks so beautiful! Thanks for having us today!

Debra said...

What a lovely, lovely place. The language is beautiful too.
Maybe some day I'll visit!
Love, Debra

Lady Dorothy said...

Hello from California!

I've been wanting to visit Hawaii and now you've made the yearning even stronger! I love the whole philosophy of Aloha. Thanks for teaching us!

Tiffany said...

What a great tour you gave & what a truly lovely blog you are hosting. WOW! Thank you so much for the beautiful poems & scriptures.

God Bless,

Tiff

God Chaser said...

thanks for shsring your home. how very lovely.

Rilda said...

Blessings Lorie, You look as pretty as those pictures of the island. You just eat and breath in a different way. Hehe!
I enjoyed your post and see why you love living there. It is awesome! Thanks for sharing and caring. Love to you, rilda *U*

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Hey there lady!
Thanks for the beautiful tour. You are so beautiful.

Shell said...

Happy BATW day. Your blog is so pretty and I love the music. My gram and I went to Honolulu when I was eight.I have fond memories of my trip. Thanks for being a wonderful hostess.

Casey (@ Chaos and Cardboard) said...

Love your blog! We are stationed in Germany now, but hope to be in Hawaii next. It looks so beautiful!

Heathahlee said...

I had no idea I was so behind on my trip with BATW! But I'm so glad your turn has finally come! The pictures are just gorgeous! I have never been to Hawaii, but my sister has been several times, and adores it. I would like to visit one of these days...

You always leave such sweet comments on other's blogs and I'm happy to return the favor! Thank you for your hospitality!

Jen said...

Yes, a piece of heaven. Out of all the trips I plan to make in my life time, Hawaii will surely be the most peaceful. Thanks for sharing the love and inviting us into your paradise. Aloha.

cinnamongirl93 said...

I loved the tour! Hawaii is beautiful. Someday I will be there enjoying it's beaty and it's people!

A said...

Congratulations on your BATW spotlight! The pictures are gorgeous...and so is your blog. Thank you for such an inspiring site.

taratoons said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today! Isn't BATW so much fun? Somehow I missed the trip to Hawaii, so I'm here, but a few days late! I love those macadamia nuts! Yummm!!

Anonymous said...

I love this Hawaii tour. And I love chocolate. : )

I so want to come for a visit now!!

<3, Kristen

Renna said...

Your post and the pictures took me back in time nearly 35 years ago, Lorie. My folks took me to Hawaii after my high school graduation. My dad's sister and brother-in-law lived there at the time, in a condo right across the street from Waikiki beach.

They took us to see so many beautiful sights, and I remember how friendly and accepting the islanders were, everywhere we went. And the food we ate! It was all just as you described it. I hope to return some day with my husband.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

Coming at ya from BATW! I'm sorry I'm a day late...I've been known to run late. I know many of the BATW girls have long since moved on to their next destination...

This was a beautiful post and I enjoyed the background music! Hope you had a GREAT BATW day!

Jenkins said...

From BATW, a little late, my flight was delayed but happy I finally came.
I love the chocolate nuts. My parents travel to Hawaii frequently and always bring them back with some good Kona coffee.
Hawaii is one of the most amazing places on earth, God created such beauty in those islands.
Thank you for sharing it.

Christine said...

How beautiful! One of my long term goals is to get to Hawaii. It looks just perfect. Thank you for the tour!

Nancie said...

The postcards are so lovely! Hawaii is so beautiful. Thank you for your lovely comment on my post. Your feedback is very precious and encouraging! Thanks for all your encouragements. It is a joy to meet you through blogging and you are a very great encourager! Take care and God bless!

sailorcross said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!! I've never been (physically) to Hawaii, but I feel like I've just taken a trip there in my mind!!

Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of this state!!

I have a friend who lived in Hawaii for almost 9 years--she and her husband and 3 other couples owned a carnation plantation. They loved it there, but had to come back to PA to care for aging parents and never returned.

Beth

Nancie said...

Thank you for signing my guest book, sis! You were the second and I feel very honored. Thank you for all your encouragements. Take care and may God bless you with a very blessed week!

Kim said...

My friend--it's been awhile since I posted----Hope things are going well for you. I am so glad that you and I have become bloggy friends. Your pix are fantabulous.
You are truly a breath of fresh air.
Kim

Pam Mattick Art and Stuff said...

Thank you for leaving the sweet comments on my blog. I hope you get to visit my other blog too, http://faithfolk.blogspot.com
I feature Christian artists and offer free tutorials with a bit of devotional included :)
I'm SOOOOO happy that you found me so that I could in turn find your beautiful site.
I will pray for your health, so many times it is what God uses, (our good health or lack of it) to keep our eyes focused tightly on Him. My husband was a Firefighter who contracted a rare lung disease. In Nov. it will be his 3rd year as a person who received a right lung transplant. He's had 4 rejection episodes...Have you read Streams in the Desert? I keep that and my Bible with me. I'd like to leave this verse with you, Joshua 1:9. I hold on to it, memorize it, keep it written everywhere... for when I am afraid.
Blessings and Aloha to you dear friend,
Pam

Jeannie Phillips said...

What a wonderfully inspiring poem... and blog...thank you for entering my card give a way...and for sending me a winners comment... I am so glad that you loved your card!!
hugs
Jeannie

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Edie said...

Hi Lorie! Those are beautiful photos! Oh that rainbow is spectacular. It reminds me of the one God gave me that I recently posted about.

You look beautiful too my friend. Inside and out! ((Hugs)) to you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful . . . you heart, your words, God's creation . . .

Rachel

Toia said...

Beautiful pictures. Besides the ocean view, I really love the rainbow picture. May be one day I will have the opportunity to go to Hawaii.

Thanks for sharing the terminology for Aloha. I always look at it as "Hello" and "Goodbye." Now I see "Aloha" from a different perspective.

Great Post!!

sailorcross said...

A beautiful poem and beautiful pictures, particularly the rainbow!! I looked closely and I think I see a faint second rainbow in the background!!

Thanks for sharing a bit of Heaven and a bit of your world!!

Beth

Leaon Mary said...

Hey Lorie,
WHAT a beautiful post, and the pictures are incredible. You are such a beautiful sistah INSIDE and out.
Holykisses,
lea

Charlotte said...

Hi again. I made a comment on another post, but came back because I forgot to comment on your comments about our trip to Hawaii. Wow it must be great to live there. The slide pictures are great. We have lots of pictures from there. This was our second trip. We went in 1987. We went on a luau the first time we went. Of course we went to the Arizona Memorial again. Would love to go back, but we don't have any plans to do so. I have a feeling we may never get back there. Unless -- maybe our kids will take us there for our 75th anniversary. haha.
Charlotte