Monthly Archives: May 2015

Get Up and Get Out

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I had two old friends spend the night on Friday.  We got up with a free day stretching before us that we could spend any way we wanted.  One friend, in from the city, wanted to visit a wildlife management are where we used to see elk.  Although we have seen no elk there in years, she wanted a bit of adventure in a familiar place.

Away we went, not knowing what we would find on our adventures or on the back roads.  As many times as we had been to the top of the mountain, we had never seen acres of yellow flowers (unknown to us) and daisies blooming and wild horses munching in the midst.  It was a beautiful, laughter filled, photo filled day.

None of it would have happened if we hadn’t gotten up and gotten out for the day.  Sometimes a perfect day begins with one step beyond the door.

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Animals Join in Praise

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I love photographing animals.  On many occasions, it seemed for all of the world as if an animal I was watching stopped to lift its head and Praise the Lord.  They never know I’m there, as with this wild horse, and they are not performing for an audience.  I can surmise no other answer than that animals do what comes natural to them, raise their heads and praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6 – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!”

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Death – the Final Door

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My aunt, Mae Hensley, was buried today.  She was a wonderful loving woman.  I couldn’t help thinking about death and how it is the door between this world and the next.  Many people fear death because they don’t know what lies beyond the door.

I read a story once about a doctor who explained it to a patient like this.  “I hear your dog scratching outside the door.  He’s never been in this office before, but still he wants to get through the door.  It is not because he knows what’s on the other side of the door but because he knows WHO is on this side of the door and he wants to be with you… his master.  It’s that simple.  We may not know what lies beyond the door of death, but we know WHO is waiting there for us if we’ve given our hearts to Jesus.  Our Master is on the other side of the door and we all want to go through that door and be with Him.  There is no fear because we know who is waiting for us on the other side.”

Aunt Mae went to sleep in her bed and woke up in heaven on the other side of the door with her master.

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I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles…

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Lawrence Welk had nothing on us!

From my childhood, my son’s childhood, and now my grandchildren – we have all loved blowing bubbles with soap and magic wand.  The few seconds a bubble lasts and its journey on the wind give an unreasonable amount of joy.

Taking time to share such simple things with a child and passing along that pleasure are well worth the effort.  My grandson used to say, “Let’s make magic, Gran!”  I always knew what he was talking about.

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God Has Enough Blessings for Everyone

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There are times in all of our lives where we feel like we are doing pretty well and sometimes we feel like the frog waiting to turn into the prince or princess we were meant to be.

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When we are having a particularly tough time it is easy to imagine that other people’s lives are easier than our own or maybe even feel like God loves them better than He loves us.

I once heard that someone said about me, “She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.”  I was flabbergasted.  I come from an average family, and my life has been riddled with difficulties to overcome.  Where was that person when I was working three part time jobs, taking college classes, and trying to take care of an infant son?

That was only one stage of my life.  I have also been incredibly blessed.  If I dwelt on what I don’t have, I would miss recognizing what I do have.  My life is still filled with challenges and difficulties, but it is a blessed life.

There was a season when I, like so many others, could not understand why some people seem to have so much while others of us seem to do without so many things.  However, I passionately embrace this truth.  “My God shall supply all of my NEEDS according to His riches in glory.”  God never runs out of enough blessings for everyone.

It doesn’t matter who gets to be prince or princess.  It doesn’t matter who gets to live out the greatest love story, or become rich and famous.  MY BLESSINGS from God are totally independent of every other person.  In God’s storehouse, there is enough for Him to bless all others and still have enough to bless me abundantly.

Let us never give in to jealousy. If our trust is in God, He is all we will ever need.  2 Corinthians 9:8 says, ”  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

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Spreading Our Wings to Fly

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IMG_2655Photo from Glendalough Monastic Settlement – Northern Ireland

This stone tower stretched upward before me.  The birds circling obviously had found a nesting place protected from view.  In thinking about what I wanted to say today, the stone tower was very significant, as well as the birds circling about.

There are so many things in life that keep us from spreading our wings and flying into the unknown.  Perhaps it is the family waiting in the nest, or the familiarity of the surroundings.  Maybe it is because it is just easier to keep doing what we are doing than to fly into new uncharted territory.

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There are people in our lives who don’t want us to fly because they feel better about where they roost of we do just what they do.  How far or how high we fly should never be dependent on the preconceived notions or expectations of other people.

As I checked my facebook messages  this morning, I saw a listing from my friend, Coty Sloan of Sloan Travel Co. making a vague reference to those who were jealous because of his job as a traveler and tour guide.  Without knowing Coty, it will be hard to imagine the sweet, wonderful, generous spirit this young man has and the passion he brings to sharing the world with travelers.  I wish I could afford to travel with him on all of his adventures, but the fact that I can’t would never keep me from celebrating his journeys.

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Jealousy is wasted effort when it applies to the lives of others.  No matter how much another person is blessed in their life or what amazing things they can afford or can experience, it in no way diminishes God’s ability to bless us or pour into our lives incredible things that are tailor made for us.

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God gave us spiritual wings, intellectual wings, and emotional wings so that we could reach new heights, soar in high places, and see His world from a higher place than keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground.  It takes courage.  Sometimes it is a leap of faith, but we are all meant to spread our wings and fly.

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Isaiah 40:31  “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up on wings as eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.”

(All of the eagle in flight photos were taken from free public domain photos from a web search.)

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Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ve been told.  To anyone who takes serious care of their lawn dandelions are not considered beautiful by any stretch of the imagination.  I have always seen them differently.

When I was a child, I often carried fist fulls of dandelions to my mother as a bouquet because no one minded if I picked them.  When the flower had turned to seed, we played a game of making a wish with the magic of a dandelion.  If a person could blow all the seeds away in one big breath, their wish would be granted.

This week-end I had the peculiar notion to watch a seeded dandelion head in the wind.  It was amazing.  The whole head is covered in individual seeds with downy fluff to carry them on the wind when it is finally time to let go and leave the mother flower.

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but they let go anyhow.  If only we had such simple faith in God’s plan to carry us, our lives would be filled with a great deal more adventure and joy!

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Where Will God Take You if You Let Him?

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Letting go of your own will is not an easy thing to do in life.  Most of us like to think we have some measure of control in every situation.  We wear ourselves out trying to fix things or make them turn out “right.”  We plan our futures as if every thing we want in life is actually going to happen eventually.  Few people, if any in the entire headcount of mankind, would dare say that they got everything they ever wanted just the way they wanted.

Over the years I have learned that my very best in life happens when I let go of my will and seek God’s will.  I’ve experienced some pretty amazing things in this life, but the best are when I let go and let God take me on the journey He has planned for me.  What a ride!

Proverbs 3:5-6King James Version (KJV) says,

5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

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