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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 24:52

"Don't pray for patience!" Our Pastor jokingly admonished us a few weeks ago. Anyone who has ever received an answer to that prayer knows why . . . You learn patience by learning to trust God in all circumstances. The circumstances that teach us best are ones that are clearly outside of our control.

Be careful what you pray for.

Some lessons in patience are more enjoyable than others. I prefer to learn patience from the hummingbirds.

The hummers in my yard tend to be a little camera shy.

Add that to the speed in which they fly and getting just the right shot can be a challenge.

It took me about a week to get these three images. I hope you enjoy!

Have a wonder-filled week, friends!

PS This post is for you, Floyd!
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 22:52

Lord, I need the clear shinings of
Your love, the beams of Your grace,
the light of Your countenance - these
are as summer suns to me.
C.H. Spurgeon

Mournful Duskywing

I love you, June but you came too soon!

Winter dug in its heels, then Summer rudely pushed its sister, Spring to the side; taking center stage with sunny face, steaming breath and orb of light.

The corn is popping in the deer feeders and the fields are quickly turning to shades of brown. Still, I'm a child of summer. Unashamed, and unafraid.

This year, I'm choosing to focus on the Light.

Cotton Candy Lantana and daddy long-leg spider
The sun is in command, forcing me to squint even behind my sunglasses. Rising in the east, her thick rays cloak the earth, painting each blade of grass with a yellow stroke. 

Our limestone rich roads reflect the light back as an offering and we are caught from above and below in a web of white.

Cotton Candy Lantana and bee
Summer is the season of light, so it seems fitting that it was likely this time of year that the true Light came to dwell among us.

Pow-pow coneflower
The true Light Who enlightens all humankind. By His creating power, He enlightens every person with the light of reason; that life which is the light of men is from Him; all the discoveries and directions of reason, all the comfort it gives us, and all the beauty it puts upon us, are from Christ.

Mournful Duskywing on pow-pow coneflower
My garden is one of those beauties that is constantly enlightening me to His presence. Everything from the smallest aphid to the fox squirrel that comes to drink from the fountain speaks of His intelligent design.

The light of His presence, the warmth of His grace, these are as summer suns to me. [click to tweet]

What beauty are you seeing through your lens this week?

Have a wonder-filled week, friends!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

"Come, people of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord." (Isaiah 2:5)
During the summer months, it is difficult to avoid the light. It is the season of the sun and she dominates the sky. With over 70 references to light in the NT and over 130 in the OT, scripture talks a lot about light and darkness. 

Through His Word, the Lord speaks plainly to us. When the Spirit dwells within us, He will guide us into understanding. (John 14:26) With Jesus proclaiming Himself as the Light of the world in John 8:12, the mention of light in scripture is something to which we should pay close attention.

So what does it mean to walk in the light of the Lord? The verses before Isaiah 2:5 give us some guidance. I see three key things here:
  • a teachable spirit; accept His instruction (vs 3)
  • a peaceful spirit; lay down your need for power and control (v. 4)
  • a humble spirit; give Him Lordship over your life (vs 2)
"If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, then we share a common life, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin."  (1 John 1:7)
The light Isaiah talks about is the illumination that will be present in the days to come when the Messiah appears. John speaks of the same Light, now come, and how our Christian walk (actions) should manifest the things of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22)

Therefore, let us walk as children of the Light. 


Further reading: Eph_5:8; 1Th_5:8; Rom_13:12

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