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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Inspired by. . . bees

It's always fun when you captured something other than your intended subject. I saw the bee, of course, but it wasn't until I was editing the images for this post that I noticed my little black friend there, in the shadow of one of the petals.





I enjoy photographing bees. They are less fickle than butterflies, who always seem to be flitting away looking for the next flower. And since I don't suffer from apiphobia, the fear of bees, there is no issue on my part.

My lack of fear is not because I've never been stung. I distinctly remember being stung on the stomach as a young girl. It hurt like the dickens! Definitely not an experience I would like to repeat. I think it's safe to say that most of the people I know are afraid of bees or, at the very least, dislike being around them.

Like many fears, I think false evidence has a lot to do with why people are afraid of bees.** Most bees are very docile. They won't sting unless provoked or threatened. It has been my experience that people who panic, flail their arms, and swat at bees are much more likely to get stung.



Klassen Texture


"No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear,

because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in

fear doesn't have perfect love." 1Jn 4:18


Having a healthy fear about some things in life is important. Fire, for instance. My {healthy} fear of fire causes me to be cautious in the kitchen, around an open flame, etc. This is a good thing.

But sometimes, I think, our fears can stop us from experiencing all that God has for us.

I think we are often afraid for two reasons (1) we fear things we don't understand, (2) we fear things based on false evidence (lies). The second reason often plays a role in the first.

Fear can be described as: False Evidence Appearing Real

Is there something in your life that you're struggling with? a fear that is holding you back?

Is it possible that your understanding about what you're facing could be false? misguided? or simply wrong?

Have you asked God for wisdom, discernment, and understanding? Have you applied the Truths of scripture to what you're facing?



Textured with Kim's shine


"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God and it will be

given to you, for God is a generous Giver who neither

grudges nor reproaches anyone." James 1:5



Don't let fear stop you from doing something, or being the someone God wants you to be.

He doesn't ask or expect you to do it alone.

He promises to be right there with you. . . guiding and providing. . . all the way.





**Some people, for example those who are allergic to bee stings, have reasons to be concerned. This post is not intended to suggest otherwise.



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  1. love everything about this post!

  2. Beautiful fluffy bumble bee!
    FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real, love it! :D

  3. Love how you've edited each of the pictures. Think I'm picking the last one as my favorite. Also, love the reminder about Fear and what each letter may stand for. Praises and Amen. ~hugs~ and Happy Tuesday & Wednesday since I visited late. :)

    Peabea visiting from Tuesday Muse.

  4. I so miss my purple coneflowers! Yours are lovely and you are so right about the bees. They are quite docile and happy to be left alone to do their important work. xo

  5. I love all the bees you have managed to captured...very nicely done.

  6. whoops I didn't spell my own name right...LOL

  7. Great post and I agree about bees. So many people get afraid and their movements will attract the bees more that anything else.

  8. Beautiful! I love cone flowers.

  9. nice capture of the bee on the coneflower!

  10. Love the photo and the texture work!


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