The Winter of Bob

The Winter of Bob

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The first day of Bob’s vacation it snowed. It snowed a lot! Fortunately, Bob loves the snow. Bob declared this would be the winter of Bob! Then Bob made a snow angel.

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Sprouting Seeds

Sprouting Seeds

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And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”  Mark 4:26-27

This is my pet avocado seed. Well, it used to be a seed. Now it’s a tree. Yes, a teeny tiny baby tree, but that’s still a tree. It’s one of 9 I have on my kitchen counter. Seeds, not trees. Each time I’ve made guacamole this year I’ve tried to get the seeds to grow. This is the third one that started to grow, but the first one to do more than start a root. I’m very proud of my tree. Three months of watching, watering, changing water, rinsing off mold that tries to grow on the shell. That’s some dedication! And yet. I have no idea why this one became a tree and the earlier attempts stayed seeds. Just like the Kingdom of God. Hmmm….

I find this an encouraging passage. It’s easy to be in a season of need, whether that be greater health, finances, relationships, whatever, and to begin to fret if I’ve done enough to make it happen. Have I prayed enough? Have I studied scripture enough? Have I reached out to enough people? Worked enough hours??? The reality is, it’s all about God. I can do everything within my power, but until God breathes life into the situation, it ain’t happenin’. So today I will relax and slow down the frantic, fearful thoughts. Today I will accept that I can only do what I can do, and I will trust God to make up the difference in His season. In His time.

Beauty

Beauty

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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.- Philippians 4:8

Beauty is fascinating.
It is everywhere, yet elusive.
In the midst of people behaving badly, where chaos presses in on every side, beauty can be hard to find.

This is part of what drives my artistic decisions.
The need to find peace.
The need for a happy place to dwell.

Today I’m grateful that beauty always exists.
That it is there, waiting. Waiting to be that reminder that God is still in charge and has an amazing plan. It drives me to my camera to find the still small place where beauty exists. Where the promises of God still shine. And in that place, as I encounter who He is, the Great Artist and Creator, I remember who I am.

Wings Like an Eagle

Wings Like an Eagle

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But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 

Eagles know how to git ‘er done. They migrate along specific mountain ridges because of thermals, air currents that rise due to warmer air at the base of the mountains. These natural air currents give the birds extra lift, allowing the birds to fly with less effort and making their long distance trips possible. I want to be like that. I want to allow myself the freedom to rest in the presence of the Lord (wait on Him) so that this race I am running is made easier. I want to be caught up in the flow that is God instead of fighting gravity on my own in the lowlands. It’s beautiful and amazing that He offers us this.