Spiritually and Emotionally Connected

Zip Featured

Zip

So my sister-in-law is quite the avid walker and has quite a zip to her step. We started out walking together, but many times I got left behind, especially when stopping to take in the beauty of my surroundings.

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Rouge Valley Waterfront

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Evergreen

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Avid Featured

Avid

Yesterday was a day for those filled with avid pleasures to be out an about. As we walked along the trails, we saw avid joggers, avid walkers, avid bike riders, and avid photographers, all out enjoying the beautiful spring day.

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Swallow

The Swallows are back and I have finally been able to get a shot of them getting ready to fly. I find it most difficult to get a shot of a Swallow in flight, but as an avid photographer, I will not give up.

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Discovering Spikes Featured

Spike

This past winter, I am happy to say I discovered spikes.

As you know getting fresh air and being out in nature is very important to our Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health, with spikes on the bottom of your boots, you will be ready to tackle the great outdoors even on the icy of days.

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Fry = Bad Featured

Fry

So today I could speak on Fry in relation to the spiritual, but I have chosen the physical instead.

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Usually I will blog on Spiritual Health and Mental Health, but our Physical health is also very important.

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When I eat foods that are fried they may be tastier, but it is what happens to my body afterwards.

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With a digestive system that can easily go on the blink, I try to eliminate fried foods. I have come to associate these foods with heart burn, upper back pain, and whether real or not, I choose to stay away from them as much as I can.

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I have come to learn from personal experience that roasted foods are better for me than fried foods and the more pain I can eliminate from my body the better.

This is one of the ways to ease some pain and function more comfortably.

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Tuesdays of Texture Week 16 of 2017 Tree Trunks Featured

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Whether it is spring summer or fall, I love to see what nature has to offer.

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Tree trunk decorated by nature

It was pleasant  while walking through the woods (Cool Hollow) to come upon this tree, and see many mushrooms growing out of its trunk.

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Mushrooms on the tree

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Fungus on fallen tree

Jolted Featured

Jolt

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We are heading towards a big Spiritual and Emotional shake up. We will be thoroughly jolted, only then will the true followers of Christ stand up and follow, the others will fall by the way.

The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. Isaiah 24:19

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6

 

Upward Climbing Featured

Climbing

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Climbing a mountain can be very strenuous. I imaging it would be painful, exhausting, exhilarating, yet at the same time depleting you of your energy supply. Some even die along the way while trying to make it to the top of a mountain.

Our Christian walk is one of faith and it could be liken to climbing a mountain. It will also be difficult at times, painful and exhausting, but if we take a firm grip of the hand of Jesus A Tenacious Hold On His Garment He will see us through. There may be blood shed along the way, sweat and tears also, but God will see us through. He will take us to the top of the mountain. So my pray for all Christians is, that we may keep climbing and that we may one day reach our reward.

A Measure Of Enjoyment Featured

Measure

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Victoria BC

He lived his life with a measure of enjoyment, and that enjoyment was to visit this area on a regular basis, while playing the piano overlooking the ocean.

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Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Isaiah 40 : 12

Dandelion Surprise Featured

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I too love doing macro photography, even though I have what is considered to be the poor man’s lens. It can be frustrating at times trying to focus properly, but I love the results most times any way.

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I took these photos when the flower was going to seed, and I was surprised by its beauty.

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This photo of the dandelion is edited, but it reminded me so much of fireworks going off.

Now I have a new appreciation for this bothersome yet beautiful stage of the dandelion.

Photo Challenge: Broken Sea Glass Featured

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

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Broken Sea Glass

 

BROKEN SEA GLASS

Washed up on the sea shore pure and clean,

Pushed back again by turbulent waves.

God chastens whom He loves,

The Master aims to save.

Sharp glass now easy to handle,

The turbulence of the ocean has softened

Instead of running from the Refiner’s Fire,

We should learn to seek it often.

The smooth glass in many colours,

Is now a beauty to behold.

God seeks to take our tarnish crowns,

And replace them with ones of gold.

Broken and discarded, tossed away,

Nothing of worth to which one would rave.

The Father saw our brokenness,

And so He sent His only Son to save.

A Tenacious Hold On His Garment Featured

Tenacious

 

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Yesterday I said Spiritual Healing Is Of Value  , and today I would like to speak a little bit more on how it can be obtained. I speak only from personal experience.

What I have found out for myself, is that God wants our full attention and when we give Him our full attention there are many blessings to be had. At first, I attended church only occasionally, then I attended on a weekly basis, I soon found it was not giving me the satisfaction I was looking for.

I like the bible story of the woman with the issue of blood, and I like the way she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus garment, so I like to picture myself that way…. clinging to Jesus, seeking His help, seeking His healing. So, I’ve made it a habit to “try” and tenaciously cling to the hem of Jesus’ garment. I do this by focusing my attention on God, through reading His Word, through prayer, through crying out to Him. Ever time I slip and I let go, I try to find my way back as soon as possible, because life is more comfortable, more peaceful, with God in the picture.

I may never win a marathon in this life, I may never be a mountain climber, I may never be a sky diver, but I’m sure these things take a lot of tenacity. This same courage and determination is needed if we want to see positive changes in our lives.

Metaphorically speaking, we need to dig in and not give up. We need to wrestle with God and stay wrestling with Him until he blesses us, and even then, He is always blessing us in many ways that go unnoticed. For me, I will keep reaching for His outstretched Hand, because I know where I will find my strength.

Spiritual Healing Is Of Value Featured

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When I was diagnosed with Lupus and later Vasculitis I experienced much fatigue and excruciating pain, this would consume my thinking. I couldn’t find anything to help and no medication seemed to soothe. Finally, prednisone would bring some relief, but by this time I had also been worn down emotionally.

Some time passed, I had started back to church as a suggestion from a family member, looking for physical healing (a bit selfish on my part,) but nothing was forth coming and I became very disappointed and even more depressed. So, this is when I started reading the bible in earnest, putting God to the test. I simply decided I would follow His commands, and see if what I was reading was true.

I turned my focus off myself and on to God, and even though things didn’t change right away, He gave me enough strength to look at my situation differently.

One thing I have found, is that if we want to be physically and emotionally healed, we first must work on our Spiritual Healing. We must surrender to God, giving Him all our negative emotions, confessing to Him and asking for His forgiveness. These things alone are enough to free our minds and lift our spirits as God is so gracious and willing to forgive us.

As I continue to stay under God’s protection, I am learning when to go forward and when to slow down. Our bodies are also the House of God’s Holy Temple, so I now try to treat my body as such, by the foods I choose to take in.

So, I continue to seek total healing, especially in the physical, as I stay under God’s protection looking to be Spiritually connected to Him and trying to maintain my relationship with Him.

 

So Long Hooty Featured

So Hooty was the Barred Owl that frequented one of our trails this past winter. He, or She was given that name by a walking group that would see him just about every Monday morning.

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One morning my friend and I went out to see if Hooty was anywhere around, but I took one look at the trail and I would not have gone any further, however another photographer that was there, seeing my dilemma, ran to his truck, got me a pair of ice grippers so I could but on the bottom of my boots. Then I was able to walk on the icy trails, and get a close look at this beautiful Barred Owl.

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It is so amazing the length of time that Hooty would stay close to us. What’s also amazing was the focus of the photographers. Every one was silent, then at times there might be a low chatter, but if Hooty made the slightest move, the focus and quietness was back on again, in hopes of getting a flight shot. After thinking that Hooty may never move, he stretched a little.IMG_5713 Barred Owl copy

One Sunday evening, Hooty flew close to the side of the road and sat on a post close by.

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The below picture is Hooty enjoying a snowy day.

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This last photo is the closest I’ve come to getting a flight shot….maybe next year!!

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Outlier In Thoughts Featured

Outlier

 

I’ll make this very brief, so that I don’t go into rambling, but after looking up the meaning of the word “Outlier,” I think that I can certainly be considered Outlier in my thinking. At least I’m sure those close to me think so.

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If you’ve read any of my earlier blogs I speak on depression and mental Illness. I know that it is a complex issue, one that I may never fully understand, I make sure to tell everyone to seek medical help, take their medications, but in doing all this, do not discount getting under the protection of God. I may be out there in my thinking because as we do everything else to help ourselves, sometimes we exclude the very One that could help us.

I have suffered depression, I have had anxious moments, maybe not as severe as some, but in doing all to help myself, I have also learned to wrestle with God and wait for Him to strengthen me.

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Another place where I may be considered “Outlier,” is when I’m out in nature. Not too many of those who know me, like to accompany me on the trails. I must find like-minded people for that.

When we get on the trails, I like to speak in hushed tones, I like to be still, I like to be quiet, this is for the wildlife that may be around, but I find it also does something for my whole well-being. It’s exciting, it’s invigorating, and of course I’m always hoping to get a good shot.

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These are the two main things that could make me appear outlier to others.

 

Blessed Featured

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Blessed is he whose faith is not offended,

When all around his way

The power of God is working out deliverance for others day by day;

Blessed are you, O child of God, who does suffer,

And cannot understand

The reason for your pain, yet will gladly leave

Your life in His blessed hand.

Yes, blessed are you whose faith is “not offended”

By trials unexplained,

By mysteries unsolved, past understanding,

Until the goal is gained.

Excerpts from a poem by Freda Hanbury Allen

Denial Featured

Denial

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Search, searching, physically wounded

I need to find a cure.

Racing, racing, thoughts racing,

Mentally wounded,

Of ever thing I’m so unsure.

Some say try this, try that,

But then it only works for a little while.

Yet we keep living in denial,

Of the very One (Jesus) who holds the cure.

Peace of mind He will give to us,

Strength to face another day;

All it takes is a little faith,

No need to any longer feel insecure.

In Good Company Featured

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Begin the day with God!

He is your Sun and Day!

He is the radiance of your dawn;

To Him address your day.

Take your first walk with God!

Let Him go forth with thee;

By storm, or sea, or mountain path,

Seek still His company.

Horatius Bonar

Streams In The Desert

Unfamiliar Paths Featured

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“God leads us on by paths we did not know;

Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,

Though oft we faint and falter on the way,

Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;

Yet when the clouds are gone,

We know He leads us on.”

Nicholaus Ludwig Zinzendorf

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Photo Challenge: Security Featured

Security

These are a few of the books that I read the first thing in the morning and last thing before going to sleep at night. They make for a better rest.

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After trying many tangible things, I have learned to put my full trust and security in a God that I cannot see. The funny thing is, that the more I do this, the more He helps me to see clearly.

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When I’m in pain I cry out to Him. The times when I have been feeling anxious or depress, I try to picture myself as the woman with the issue of blood, reaching out and touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, and in these times His Holy Spirit is a comfort to me. I would love for others to experience this security, but it comes by taking a leap of faith, which I’ve found that many are not willing to take.

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Don’t get me wrong, while I may live in a house and have a security alarm, my security in Jesus is of much greater worth, because I know that if I live or if I die, or if I lose everything around me, I still want to remain secure in Him.

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On The Cusp Of A New Era Featured

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Nations are rising against nation

Famines and earthquakes are killing many

This is the plight of the enemy.

Christians will be hated

Jesus will be rejected by those who once followed,

Chaos, confusion, and terrorism will increase (Lawlessness)

Love is replaced by hate,

All these things are on the cusp of earth ending.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Hold fast, stay strong and endure,

We are nearing the cusp of a most beautiful beginning.

Where the darkness will end and Light will reign forever.

Based on Matthew 24 AMP

Proverbs Speaks Of The Prudent Featured

Prudent

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A prudent and far-sighted person sees the evil [of sin] and hides himself [from it], But the naive continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin]. Proverbs 22 : 3

The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel. Proverbs 12 : 15

The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense], But a prudent man ignores an insult. Proverbs 12 : 16

Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge, But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see]. Proverbs 13 : 16

The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going. Proverbs 14 : 15

The mind of the prudent [always] acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise [always] seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18 : 15

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A prudent man sees evil and hides himself and avoids it, But the naive [who are easily misled] continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin]. Proverbs 27 : 12

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The Bridegroom Came Later Featured

Later

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If you are a Christian you know the story of the Ten Virgins, of whom five were wise, and five foolish. If you are not a Christian, and not familiar with the story you can find the story in Matthew 25 of the bible.

For those of you who are familiar with the show Survivor, they always say : “Your burning torch represents life, when that light is snuffed out, you are finished, you are out of the game.”

The Ten Virgins all thought they were ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.) This could be likened to ten people who say they are Christians and love Jesus.

When the Bridegroom (Jesus) did not come at the set time, they all feel asleep. This could be like ten Christians weary of waiting for Jesus to return, and because He doesn’t seem to be coming in our timing, we all stray, some more than others, back to bad unchristian habits.

The Bridegroom finally appears and the five foolish virgins are found without oil for their lamps, for it had burned out while they were asleep, and they had to leave to go find oil. This could be likened to five Christians who had gotten tired and strayed so far from God, that they could not find their way back to Him, when He final arrived. Not being filled with God’s word and Spirit, they had to spend time going to search His word out, as they did not carry it in their hearts.

On the other hand, the five wise virgins on hearing the Bridegroom was coming, got the extra oil that they had brought with them and put it in their lamps and they were ready to meet Him. This would be the Christians who also strayed a little, as we all do as human beings from time to time, but they knew enough to call out on God, asked for forgiveness, repented of their wrong, and was ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.)

The Five Virgins who left later returned.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25: 11

Passport To Eternity Featured

Passport

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How do I obtain my passport?

How do I obtain my pass to that heavenly place?

I must acknowledge Jesus, if I wish to see His face to face.

How do I get that travel permit, what things must I do?

I must acknowledge all Gods commands, and not just a few.

I must have faith, agree that Jesus walked this earth and died but rose again,

He did all this, that one day I might live in eternity, without any pain.

How do I obtain that ticket, to spend a life walking the Streets of Gold?

I must believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Let my life reflect Jesus’ love, the ending will soon unfold.

 

Earthly Fortune Featured

Fortune

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Spiritual Wealth is much more fulfilling, than an earthly fortune. While I’ve never had an earthly fortune, I’ve seen or heard of many, who had everything that money could buy, yet they still feel or felt empty or broken. Some lost their way and end up committing suicide, or they become bold, living without any sense of compassion, believing everything they have came from their own hands.

On the other hand, I have no fortune and probably never will have one on this earth. When we as Christians truly connect to Christ, we can be rewarded with great Spiritual Wealth. It’s something that no one could ever steal from us.

[ Treasures in Heaven ] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 16 : 19 – 20

Photo Challenge: Dense Featured

Dense

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Swans feeling secure as they fly low over the marsh. They have the denseness of the marsh shrubs to one side of them, and the compactness from the water lilies below them.

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While it’s the end of March, still no signs of spring here. This photo is very heavy on the color brown, not only from the deer, but also from the closeness of the meadow.

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This photo is filled with denseness all around from the color of the deer, to the thickness of the meadow, to the heavy piece of tree stump in the bottom right corner.

All Territories Destroyed Featured

Territory

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Right from the beginning of time nations have been fighting nations and in many instances taking what is not theirs. A time is coming soon when all territories, or in other words, everything on this earth will be destroyed. There will be much violence and the earth will be robbed of its money and its goods.

All the territories that make up the earth will dry up and fade away. The earth becomes extremely polluted by man who broke laws and now because of this, within all the territories of this earth, most will suffer and die.

Judgement of the Earth

Behold, the Lord [a]lays waste to the earth, devastates it, twists and distorts its face and scatters its inhabitants. 2 And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor [as God’s impartial judgment of sin comes on all]. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and utterly pillaged, for the Lord has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up and crumbles away, the world dries out and crumbles away, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. 5 The earth also is polluted [b]by its inhabitants, because they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live on it suffer the punishment of their guilt. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned [under the curse of God’s wrath], and few people are left. Isaiah 26: 1 – 6

Elixir Of Life Featured

Elixir

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I have found my Elixir of life, and for me it is nothing magical, but it is rather sweet.  My Elixir, while still developing, started when I sought a relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I find that when I follow the commands found in the scriptures, there is an inner filling of peace and contentment. It has to be experienced more than explained. God wants for us all to live long and healthy lives and this is more possible when we follow His Guiding Hand.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth. Ephesians 6: 1 – 3 AMP

The Color Purple Featured

Purple

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Purple is a color that you will find in the Old Testament of the bible. When the Lord told Moses what He wanted in the way of His earthly sanctuary the color purple was mentioned, so we know it must be a very important color and also a very symbolic one.

The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering………..3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;…………9 “Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you” Says the Lord. Exodus 25 : 2 – 9

We see purple being used again in the New Testament before Jesus is placed on the cross. Even though they mocked Him and poked fun at Him, they still placed Jesus in this rich color,  that is used throughout the making of the earthly sanctuary.

They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.

Mark 15 : 17

Meaningless Featured

Meaningless

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When we remove ourselves from under Gods protection, we will lose our hope. Solomon, the wisest man in the bible, had so much. God bless Solomon with a great abundance of wisdom, wealth, He made him king, and so much more.

Everything was fine while Solomon remained obedient to God, but once He stepped out from under Gods protection, he became very depressed, he lost his hope, and everything under the sun appeared to him as being meaningless. Once he found his way back to God he regained his hope and confidence again.

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1 : 14 

 

A Gripping Case Of Interrupted Symbiosis Featured

Symbiosis

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Last night I got the opportunity to go with a group of friends to see the play “How Black Mothers Say I Love You,” by Trey Anthony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYpohFr7xvQ  At first, I was a bit hesitant to go, (because as a black person, I felt like I already knew,) but went any way. This play brought up a lot of Societal Issues. It talked about Inter Racial Marriages, Adoption, Teen Age Pregnancy, Abortion, Cancer, Death, Church, Same Sex Relationships, but most of all it spoke on the many interrupted cases of Symbiosis experienced between child and mother within the West Indian Family.

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As infants, we depend on our parents for everything, but in many cases, the symbiosis between mother and child in the West Indian Community was broken. The mother in most  cases, left the child with a Grandparent to go to another country, example: England, United States or Canada, to seek a better way of life for the family. However, six or ten-years of separation can seem like a life time to a child, and in many cases family relationships were damaged, as that critical time for bonding was lost.

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Engagement Photo of Mother & Father

This play was funny and it was also sad. It also brought me to a realization as to how many of us share similar stories. Even though it was a play about black mothers, in the audience could be seen many Caucasians and Asians. We all stand to learn from each other, if we would take the time to listen and try to understand and have compassion for one another.

Ordinary Can Become Extraordinary Featured

Ordinary

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Instead of travelling on these busy, noisy, polluted familiar streets

One day, I expect to walk on Streets of Gold.

Instead of waking to dull cloudy routine days,

One day, I will bathe in Jesus’ Light.

This body that is now racked with aches and pains will heal.

 For one day, in a twinkling of an eye, we will be changed to perfected bodies.

Instead of neglect, abuse, sadness and shedding of tears,

One day, smiles and joy will show on every face

Instead of longing to dine with earthly Kings,

 One day we will be invited to sit and dine with our Heavenly King.

All those who believe in Christ, who may seem ordinary or just plain weak,

One day soon, those same Christians will rise to live Extra Ordinary lives.

Revelation 21: 21 ……And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent crystal. AMP

 

Sleep Easy Featured

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While there will always be some unbelief, life is much easier, regardless of our situations, when we keep our focus on God.

God Comforts, God Heals, God Teaches, God Guides, God gives Peace of Mind and sleep comes easy when we put our trust in Him.

Strength Labeled As Weakness Featured

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Many since the beginning of time has labeled Jesus as a mere man, one without the strength or power to save Himself from the cross. They say; “How could a man be born of a virgin.” It’s just a fairy tale, and that is how the Gospel is label by many.

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Jesus came as a Man before, but all signs are pointing to His soon return as a Mighty King.

As we seek to do all we can to sustain this earth, the bible tells us that when Jesus is about to come in all His Glory, there will be many famines, massive earthquakes, the wealthy people and the military and the kings of the earth will seek to hide themselves before the mountain and island starts rattling and shaking.

People will cry out for the rocks to fall on them and kill them. No bunker will be able to save them, they won’t be able to escape to other planets, as the earth will be shaken up and the planets will be falling.

There are always some who have been faithful, the ones who are preparing their hearts right now and building a relationship with Jesus, they will be the ones to stand before Jesus and embrace His Brightness, they will be the ones who know His strength and did not label Him as weak, and just a mere man.

We can see by the urgency and need to do something to sustain this earth, that the hour of Jesus’ Appearing is drawing near. Based on Revelation 6

Daily Word Prompt: Nuances Featured

Nuance

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Many of us say that we believe in God, however, the nuances that we exhibit may show other wise. We say we have faith, but though slight; colorful and mean-spirited words are still heard coming from our lips, so while we may know the scriptures, we are only giving lip service, as no reflection of God is seen in us.

It’s the ones who show subtle nuances, by a hint of warmth in their smile, the ones with outstretched arms, the ones with kind words…..these are the ones that have embraced Gods Grace, they not only know the scriptures, but they are trying to live the scriptures, then their character will surely reflect God’s character, and when the slightest darken shade leads them off the path of light; right away, they know they need to make a Course Correction.

Anxious Featured

Nervous

We all get anxious at one time or another in our lives for many different reasons, but we are not to let fear and nervousness dominate our lives as they could lead to greater problems. HELPFUL TIPS FOR OVERCOMING DEPRESSION

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Many of the bible characters suffered from anxiety or other emotional problems. Elijah suffered depression and David suffered much anxiety…. In Psalm 139 : 3 David says: “Search me oh God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts .”

In Philippians 4:6 we are told……“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”

So while me may become anxious and try to find every earthly way to help us, we should not discount also turning to God for help.

 

Fabricated Featured

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One Word Photo Challenge: Fabricated

Fabricated stories are more appealing to the ears and it seems they are much easier to handle. Unfortunately this is nothing new.

The first made up story happened back in the Garden of Eden….these days some even believe it’s nothing more that a Fairy Tale. The hard fact is; that Jesus is Alive, and we are called to make many sacrifices if we are to truly follow him…..This truth is obviously too difficult for many to handle, so they continue to believe Fabricated Stories of the Truth.

The picture above is also “Fabricated.” This is what I would like to see when I look out my back yard in the winter; however, this is not what I really see….but it’s more appealing to the eyes.

Swarming Starlings Featured

Swarm

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Springtime is almost here and with it will come the Swarming Starlings. For about a few years now I have been attracting birds to my backyard.

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However after last year’s dilemma, I’m trying to decide whether to play hostess to the starlings again, for not only do they swarm….they screech, squabble and when all the food is finished they will stalk you  from a nearby tree, waiting for more to be replenish.

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This young babe takes on an adult Grackle. They seem to be born fighters ready to fight any of the other birds, and also their own.IMG_7499a copy.jpg

At this young age they try to eat anything, including my Zinnias, while waiting to get food from a parent.

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Photo Challenge: Earth

Earth

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There are so many photos that speak to the beauty of this earth. I love taking sunrise and sunset photos, and to see the differences in each one.

On this particular day, I must have gotten out late to the marsh to be leaving at this late hour.

I may have missed the sky ablaze like this, if not for the squawking geese. When I heard the noise, I turned to the west, and this is what I was greeted with. Even though the sun is not visible, the western sky was flaming red.

Nature’s Chuckles

Chuckle

These are some of the things that make me chuckle in nature. They remind me of the David Goliath story, only that they are taking place in nature.

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The Blue Jay in the photo above annoys a Hawk repeatedly. It must have a nest close by to take such chances. His young ones are in need of his protection.

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Young Starling & Grackle

It makes me chuckle to see this young starling; only a few days old, fighting an adult Grackle at the bird feeder. He doesn’t want to be denied his next meal.

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Adult Grackle & Young Starling

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This Crow chases away a juvenile Bald Eagle, he also possibly is nesting have close by. It’s amazing what these little ones will do when they feel threatened.

We too also need to stand up to the Goliath’s in our lives.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

 

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