Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday's Foto: Really?

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I photographed this puppy for Operation Paws for Homes as part of my Rescue[d] Dog Photography.  In 2010, I became involved photographing for a dog rescue and fell in love with the work.  It's all volunteer but the fun and expressions of the dogs are priceless.  Of course, the humans are great to work with too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Garden Perspectives - Name this Flower?

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I photographed this flower about 6 years ago at a Garden in North Carolina. I forgot to note the name of this flower.  Any ideas?  If so, please post in comments below.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday's Words

"Blooming Clematis"
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"Stand therefore,
having your loins girt 
about with truth,
and having the breastplate
of righteousness."

- Ephesians 6:14

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Salute!

Thank you- United States Military Service Men and Women for your dedication and giving your lives to
protect our freedom!

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday's Thought

I really love superhero movies. I don't know about you, but the epic stories told within move me to the core.

Then I get to thinking "Why? Why do movies of people with great power and great responsibility move me so?"
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The more I think about the reason, the more I begin to realize it's because the stories reflect so much of what happened in the Bible and how God desires us to be.

The Fantastic Four has a strong man, very much like Samson.

Spider-Man is given great responsibility and great power. Didn't God give us great power and great responsibility?

The X-Men are a group of people who are all different. They each have something that makes them unique. Sound familiar? Each and every person was made to be unique.

I believe superheroes and comic books go to a deeper level than we realize. The artists and storytellers are trying to retell a story. One they may not even know.

In the end, I think superheroes and comic books tell the story of who we're really meant to be.

We were created in the image of an awesome, powerful God. We were created to do good. We were created to be strong and mighty.

Could comic books and superheroes be mimicking the Bible and we just don't realize it? Could these stories be being told because they're what we're meant to be?

That's what I've been thinking about lately. What about you?

Question: Do you think superheroes and comic books could be telling us something we haven't realized? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday's Thought

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"One often sees a call only in retrospect. 
This too is God’s design. 
God often reinforces our faith
after we trust him, not before."

- Ravi Zacharias

Monday, May 12, 2014

Garden Perspectives - Bearded Iris

"Bearded Iris"
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A favorite flower of my mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.  Either my mother or my mother-in-law planted several in one of the raised beds around our house when we moved in about 10 years ago.  Each year, I look forward to their blooming.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday's Thought - "Happy Mother's Day"

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women who do a very tough job raising their children day after day.  A special thank you to the mother's who are able to stay home and home school their children.

Being a mother isn't an easy task- obviously, I do not know from first hand experience but I remember the many things my brother and I got into- I was the child who got into everything- exploring, adventurous and curious- I did it.  My father often wished he owned stock in the local hospital.  Somehow, my mother endured all the things I got into, including the baby snake I brought inside for me, and lived to tell.

My mother passed away a few years ago- each year the day is difficult to get through as I miss her and wish she was still here being her vibrant and funny self.  However, that's not what was meant to be for her or me, so I reflect on the happy memories we've had over the years.

 I was always amazed at how well she managed to transition, for the most part, from the parent-child relationship to parent-adult relationship.  As I went off to college, graduated and married she became a great friend willing to help and advise whenever I needed.

We had many laughs over the years.  And, shared a few tears of pain and loss.  Each year, especially at this time, I think of her as I work in my gardens cleaning up winters mess, planting and growing flowers- it was her passion too.

Be sure to take the time today to celebrate with your mother.  Remember she will not be around forever.

If your mother has already passed away, remember to celebrate her life with reflecting on those good moments you shared.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday's Words

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"Whatever happens, we must, each one, extol the Lord!
Whether the world grows atheistic or devout, 
our duty and our joy are one and the same- 
we are still to magnify the Lord our God."

- C.H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dog Photography - You Know I'm the Cutest!

"You Know I'm The Cutest!"
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Dog Photography is one of my passions.  I love finding the unique expressions the dog makes that often shows their personality.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday's Thought

A few weeks ago, I was reading a devotion about a Christian man talking to another man about God.  He was hoping to convert him to Christianity.

The man wasn't interested saying he didn't believe their was a God or a Heaven.  Parting ways, the man thought to himself, "I would rather die and discover there was no God, than to die and discover there is one."

I took one of those tests at work as part of a workshop that is supposed to tell you more about yourself -stuff you don't know or realize.  Being the curious, adventurous, explorer type I am (and sometimes wondering why I don't mature) I took the test- and because I had to as  a work requirement.

One of my strong points is "Thinker"-no surprise to me.  More or less, it explains why I don't accept many things in life at face value.  I have to analyze everything that comes my way before I will believe it or purchase a product.  When I need to buy something, I compare and "think" about it until I'm satisfied I've done it justice and am getting what I need.

Discovering the strength of "Thinker" has helped me immensely in understanding the periods of doubt and questioning that I go through on a continual, and sometimes really annoying, basis about my faith. What I learned is, instead of analyzing everything or anything about my faith in God and His Word, I need to just have faith, trust and believe.  That's it.  Simple as that.