This picture is from Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains. I went to college at Maryville College in Maryville, TN where the Smokies can be seen from the campus. While a student, I was in the college choir, and we did an arrangement of Psalm 121 – “I Will Lift up Mine Eyes” by Isadore Freed. These words came to life for me in this setting and became my “go to” Scripture when I became discouraged. Ron and I went to the Smokies for our honeymoon and shared this spot, where he took this picture.  When Ashley was born, we selected Psalm 121 as her life verse. We shared the Smokies with our children as they got older.

Ashley chose to attend Maryville College as well and found that Psalm 121 took on even more meaning to her while she was there. She would often look out her window to the mountains and read this verse before starting her day or when she needed reassurance, a calming presence, or inspiration. Now we hope to share these verses as well as the peace, hope, and joy that we as a family have experienced from knowing it.”

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1-3)