Thursday, July 31, 2014

Garden Perspectives - Perspective on Red Bee Balm

"Perspective on Red Bee Balm"
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I love experimenting with Garden Photography in my gardens and at local parks. The beauty of digital photography is it allows taking several images and deleting the ones you don't like.

 I photographed this Red Bee Balm as the sun was setting on the flower.  It gave off such a brilliance that I wanted to capture it.   As I was going through the images, I almost deleted this one - until closer look revealed the brilliance of the flowers.

If you like to attract bees in your garden, this is another flower which will do the job.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Words

"The Blue Hydrangeas"
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"If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not,
how shall ye believe,

if I tell you of heavenly things?"

- John 3:12

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Garden Perspectives - Arizona Blanket Flower

"Arizona Blanket Flower"
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Another one of my favorite flowers that I will plant in my garden every year and photograph one hundred times over.

Though it's labeled as a perennial, I haven't had much success in the flower returning every year, maybe because I use it in a container, but the color and beauty gets my attention.  Each year, I seek it out at a local garden center and plant a few.  Sometimes, it's different varieties- just depends on what I find.  

The "Bumble Bees" tend to love this flower too.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday's Thought

You hear a lot of people quoting Scripture that says we are not to judge. But I've been thinking and studying on this piece of Scripture and whether or not people are using "Judge not lest ye be judged" correctly.

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This piece of Scripture comes from Matthew 7:1. And it's there. It's in the Bible. So it's clear that we're not to judge. Or is it?

What about 1 Corinthians 5:12-13? Here, Paul tells the Corinthian church that we're not to judge unbelievers. And yet he tells us to judge and expel those who are continuing to sin within the body of believers.

Or in James 2:12-13 where James talks about having mercy alongside judgment.

I'm often torn on the judge not lest ye be judged argument. Normally, we see people using this in defense of actions they know do not line up with Biblical teachings. Almost as if they're using this as a scapegoat for their wrong actions.

All the while these same people are ignoring the fact that we've been called to hold other believers accountable for their actions. The Scripture from 1 Corinthians clearly states this.

How are we to reconcile this seeming contradiction?

Honestly, I'm not sure how or what we're supposed to do. I know we're supposed to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We're also to follow Biblical mandates, which tell us to hold others accountable if they're in the church.

This is the strange dichotomy of the Scripture. It seems like we're told to do one thing here and then to not do it over there.

I want to ask your opinion on the subject. Should we judge others? If so, how should we judge others? If not, how do we reconcile 1 Corinthians 5:12-13?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Words

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"For the Scripture saith, 
Whosoever believeth on 
him shall not be ashamed."
- Romans 10:11

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday's Thought

Used by permission of Christian Quotes

As you walk through the valley of the unknown, 
you will find the footprints of Jesus both
 in front of you and beside you.

- Charles Stanley

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Foto: Name the Plant?

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While photographing on vacation, I came across this unique plant.  Unique to me, I should say, as I don't remember seeing one like it before.   Reminds of a "Lily of the Valley" my mother gave me many years ago.

Any ideas as to the name of this plant?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday's Words

"Colour Splashes"
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"But if we hope for that we see,
then do we with patience
wait for it."

- Romans 8:25

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Thought

"Judson Anne Shumaker, 1937-2014"
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Going Home

I woke up this morning and I didn’t know where I was.

It was one of those perfect weather days, the sky was Carolina blue, with white puffy marshmallow clouds. The sun was warm on my face and I could hear the wind rustling through the leaves on the trees and the air was light and crisp.

For a few moments I closed my eyes and let myself drink in this perfect day.

Then all of a sudden I realized; I had no pain. The pain I had been feeling and dealing with for months was gone.

“Hallelujah, Praise the Lord,” were the first words I said. I sat there in awe and utter joy, laughing, crying and praising my God.

I began to look around. Nothing really looked familiar and yet I felt as if I were at home.

I began hearing voices in the distance. They were talking, laughing and I could tell they were coming closer.

Oh my goodness, were these old eyes deceiving me, for right at the very front of the crowd I saw the sweetest face, of the dearest person in my life. The person who led me to the Lord.

As the crowd continued to draw closer, I started seeing familiar faces, family members who had passed away many years before, then friends, neighbors, and others that I knew. All smiling, laughing, and with a look of peace, love and sweet joy on their faces.

When they finally got close to me, someone said, “we’re so glad you’re here, we’ve been waiting for you.”

I said, “where am I?”

They said, “you’re home.”

And then I smiled and remembered, the last words I heard from my child were…”it’s ok, go on home.”

(C) Kim Kirby, July 2014, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rescue[d] Dog Photography and Rescue[d] Cat Photography

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As an artist, photographer and a human, I believe in giving back to my community.  One of the ways I do this is with my involvement in the CBC Photography Team at my church where I am learning "Event Photography" with the help of others on the team.

Another way, is by my "Rescue[d] Dog Photography and Rescue[d] Cat Photography" work.  I got hooked into assisting dogs and cats find human companions and "Forever Homes" while working with Noah's rescue.  Also, I write a column "Friday's Friend" at "From the Dogs Paw" which features a dog or cat from several rescue organizations.

Dog or cat rescue organizations located in Northern Virginia are welcome to contact me through my website about photography or blogging.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday's Foto- Name the Plant!

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I came across this older photo taken when I started experimenting with photography.  It fits my style with the Garden Perspectives work I love to do, but don't know the name of the flower. I believe it is an annual as I've not seen it in my garden over the last few years.

Do you know the name of this flower?  If so, please post it in the comments-

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday's Thought

My life has been challenging lately- more so than normal.  Been having one family emergency after another, things that require time and attention while I make a living for my family.  This isn't a complaint, just stating facts that are happening these days.

As I go my way through life, a continuing theme comes to mind- when life gets tough or seemingly too much to handle, just say Jesus. Whenever I forget about it, and go on to something else in my thinking, I hear a song on WGTS 91.9 FM that reminds me "Just Say Jesus"- here are the words to the song-

Just Say Jesus

from the album Just Say Jesus
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Life gets tough, and times get hard
It's hard to find the truth in all the lies

If you're tired of wondering why
Your heart isn't healing
And nothing feels like home
Cause you're lost and alone just screaming at the sky

When you don't know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won't come
Cause you're to afraid to pray
Just say Jesus

Whisper it now, or shout it out
However it comes out, He hears your cry
Out of nowhere He will come, you got to believe it
He will rescue you
Just call out to the Way, The Truth, The Light

When you don't know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won't come
Cause you're to afraid to pray
There is just one name
Strong enough to save
There is just one name
There is just one name

When you don't know what to say
Just say Jesus
There's still power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words wont come
Cause you're to afraid to pray
If the words wont come
And you don't know what to say
Just say Jesus

Publishing: (c) 2013 Moms Like us Too/Love Journey Music(SESAC)/Moms Like Us Too/Aevinesaintmusic(SESAC)/Wordspring Music, LLC/Early Service Music(SESAC)

Writer(s): Mikey Howard, Cliff Williams, Ian Eskelin

I found these words on KLOVE and a YouTube video at Just Say Jesus.

When times get stressful, I am reminded to simply call on the name of Jesus!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Celebrating the birth of our country, the work of many people who fought and worked for our freedom.