Tag Archives: Denominations

Little White Church

16 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve taken pictures of this country church several times before. It is very picturesque, and captures my love of simple beauty.

While looking at this church I think of all the people that have worshiped there. How many people have sang hymns to the Heavenly Father in this holy place? How many prayers were uttered to The One who always hears? How many marriages were celebrated? How many tears shed for the ones that have gone on?

I think a lot about history. I wonder about these things through the eye of my camera.

Oh, the stories to tell…..

 

 

Monday Moments

31 Oct

This weekend I was able to capture some of God’s creativity.

The corn, dry and brown, beautiful in its own way.

There are certain moments when I long to freeze time…

A perfect sunset is one of those times.

One last glorious display of beauty before slipping beneath the horizon.

A beautiful scene from my front porch. A reminder…

That God always keeps His promises.

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Giving thanks for all that God has given.

*family

*laughter

*good books

*the smell of yummy things baking

*food on the table

*sunsets that melt into the horizon

*rainbows to help me remember

*crisp Autumn evenings

*warm sweaters

*emails from friends

*time spent together

*knowing smiles

Learn To Find Him There

17 Oct

“Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds, and learn to find Him there.”  A.W. Tozer

In the minutes of the day to day…that is where we live.

It is in our daily walk that we face both struggles and victories.

Most of our achievements are not going to recognized by the masses. For the majority of us, our names will never be well known except to our circle of family and friends. Our successes or failures will rarely make the news.

It is the small moments of each day that add up to a lifetime.

Meet God there…

spend time with Him,

in the moment.


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*beautiful sunshine, reflecting in the gold of the trees

*llamas grazing

*children doing school work

*books that make me think

*a dental appointment (Yes, I am thankful for this!)

*Autumn sky

*people that love me

*people I love

*music that soothes

*a warm bed

*Fall festivals

*sweet memories

*cards with signatures, from long ago

*laughter

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He Makes All Things New

12 Sep
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“Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.” –Sixteenth century poet

What beautiful words. And aren’t we all a work in progress?

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I thank God, when I come to the end of my road…it’s not really the end of me.

Jesus is new beginnings.

I thank God He didn’t allow my poor choices of the past…to define my future.

God is sovereign.

I thank God that my mistakes are only part of me… they are not ALL of me.

God is all knowing.

I thank God that His forgiveness, although undeserved, is abundant.

Jesus is love.

I thank God that He is holy and just… yet full of mercy.

God is compassionate.

I thank God that when I chose to turn away from Him… He never turned His back on me.

Jesus is patient.

I thank God that during my times of anger or indifference… He stood firm.

God is the Rock.

I thank God for second chances…and third chances…and fourth chances…

Jesus is the One that makes all things new.

I thank God, when I understood it was Him that I needed…

He is the One that said, “Come to me“.

I thank God that He is worthy of all my praise…

God is the One that hears me when I pray.

I thank God that He can and does make beauty where none existed. That He brings back to life, that which was dead.

God is a miracle worker.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37 NIV

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What are you thankful for?

Whitespace

7 Jul
Cloudy sky

Image via Wikipedia

Today, for the Faith Barista Jam, we are talking about whitespace…. that place where we meet with God.

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This is a subject I’m not sure how to write about…. I seriously considered not writing anything today. I have been very restless lately and I don’t know how to make it any better.

Three separate opportunities. Three separate times God has closed the door on those opportunities.

Now what?

I’ve tried different things, looking for my niche’, and just can’t put my finger on it…..except to say that it just isn’t there.

And I don’t know why.

I am most definitely in a limbo state now. I find myself asking God what His plan is? Surely, there is a plan for me.

I am impatient.

I read about trust and perspective… How God is sovereign and He has everything under control.

I know that. I believe that.

And yet….

My struggle is in the waiting, which brings me back to trust.

Trust. A five letter word. A relatively small word, yet carries such a huge meaning.

And so, during my “whitespace” I draw close to God. Yes, I question. Yes, I get frustrated.

But, He hears me.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13  NIV

So I wait…and trust…and for now that is enough.

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Why?

29 Jun
Why on car

I’ve spent a lot of my life asking questions. Not always out loud. I want to know the “why” behind things. What is the reasoning? What is the point?

How come? Why not? Are you sure? Does this make sense? Is this right? What do you think?

I still wrestle with the “why” questions of  life.

This past year, in the Grief Share group that I facilitate with my husband, one lady (that speaks on the DVD) talked about the fact that she is directionally challenged, can’t program her own VCR, and doesn’t know how to change the oil in her car… and yet she expects to understand the why of her husband’s death? She went on to say that if she, who had difficulty with day to day chores, could understand God and how He thinks, wouldn’t that make God small? Wouldn’t that be putting the God of the universe in a neat, little, understandable box?  We as humans with finite minds will never be able to completely understand an infinite God.

To hear her speak was humbling…

because, so many times that is me.

I was reminded… once again…

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55: 8-9 NIV

Yes, Lord.

And I am humbled.

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