the true test of any one's faith is this

when put to the test ... 
can it withstand
the storms of life ... 
can it uphold them in the very pit of tragedy ... 
is that faith growing or stagnant ...

faith is a very personal issue ...
... when life dishes out
pain, sorrow and in some cases death,
people clamor ... they scramble to hold onto
faith and seek comfort therein.

a life ring if you will

faith reminds me of
the strength and stability of 
a barn ...
a most beautiful site to behold

tall and graceful
built on rock solid foundations
they last for generation
upon generation

our family barn  and out buildings hail from the turn of the century

vintage machinery, 'put out to pasture'
a common sight here in the Midwest

historically preserved round barn

so, cling to your faith
ramp it up, 
grow it strong
set a course with that faith
a course that will withstand the storms
of life.

like the family barn,
pass it on 

stoic faith
tall and graceful
built on a rock solid foundation

upon generation



Connie said...

Beautiful post.

I live on the land where my father farmed in the fifties. We have an old barn which is at least one hundred years old so your pictures where especially meaningful to me and your words of faith beautiful.
Many thanks.

NanaDiana said...

What a post for me to find here. I have been downstairs all afternoon sorting through old pictures. I came across the barns of the farm where I grew up. Time and man has taken them away. When they were building the back of what we called the "old barn part" a horseman came through and told them that Lincoln had been shot. They stopped the stonework and went to tell relatives and friends that lived off the "main road" what had happened.

It made me kind of sad to see those pictures and know that it is gone-all gone.

Your barns are beautiful...maybe someday someone will rebuild on the old will be Barn Again, too. Blessings- xo Diana

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Amen! I am dreamy over Barns myself and have tested Faith often~Cheers Kim

Ruby and Arthur said...

Love this barn/faith post. I too love old barns and see them everywhere here in the midwest. I always feel peaceful when I see a barn because I know they have stood the test of time. Thanks for your post! Jean

michele said...

gorgeous words and images.


Tammy said...

Loved this post!!! VERY WELL SAID!

Diana Browning said...

Beautiful post.. I dearly love old barns- weathered with
age, but withstanding the pressures of day to day
life and just getting more & more beautiful to me
with each day.
Never thought of our faith relating to a barn- but
your completely right.. especially preserving and
passing it on.


pink*cherub*moon said...

Beautiful post and photos, Joy! Really speaks to the heart. Thank you! Hugs, Leena

Alice said...

Beautiful post, and beautiful photographs!!!

I love barns and have since I was a child. My family rolls their eyes when I want to stop and take a photo of one.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful, beautiful post...says it all!...Thank you!!

ImSoVintage said...

Beautiful post and photos :)


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What beautiful barns. I have a real "thing" for barns!!!! And what a great analogy! I pray Lord, keep my faith strong... like the strongest barn!
Thanks so much for this beautiful Sunday post!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Beautiful, beautiful post.
If you're ever in my neck of the woods, please come to our barn and see the magic this 200 year old historic beauty brings to's truly stunning.
We're still in clean up mode back here on the east coast. "Sandy" did a number on our towns and beaches. So sad to see so much of it gone.
Please say an extra prayer for those who lost everything in this terrible storm.
Hope you and your family are well... xo

SueAnn Lommler said...

Your barn pics are fabulous!!
Yes..prayers for them all ravished by the floods.

gme said...

This is your most beautiful post ever!

Theresa said...

Beautiful post dear friend! Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Theresa said...

beautiful, beautiful, and something I needed to see this day, this moment. Thank you. love, t.xoxox

cindy hattersley design said...

Beautiful post. There is nothing more beautiful than the all american barn!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I have seen barns and I have seen barns but none have I see as beautiful as these. The round barn is to die for and the church barn is truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to share this at our WIW linky party.


marina jason said...

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La Dolfina said...

So Beautiful Joy,

Thank you!!!

STORIES Photography said...

Wow! I keep having dreams about that family barn and out buildings from the turn of the century.

And the pic of the barn with the cross cut-out. Prophetic.


Burlap Luxe said...

Always wanted to convert a barn into a home, my brother is building a barn cabin in state of Oregon so he has a place to Vacation when he wants a break from Hawaii, Joy can you believe someone would need a vacation from Hawaii lol!
I am excited to give him the Ralph Lauren look he and his family want for there vacation barn cabin home.

Love this post, always inspiring and meaningful posts you share.

Have a beautiful week, looking forward to your holiday postings

cindy hattersley design said...

I am from the Midwest and miss the countryside with the beautiful barns! Thank you for the dose of nostalgia!