Finding it difficult to write.   It’s much more comfortable to remain the wallflower. Hidden.  Silent.   Thankful for friends who prompt the call to be faithful.  All are on a journey.  Faith.  Reminded, too, that in thinking outside the box one catches the light from a different angle.  It gives one so much more to be thankful for.

(a smattering of gifts from my thousand gift list now reaching #275)

crimson clouds at break of dawn

knowing and being known

answered prayer from the Giver of Life

grandson born on Christmas Eve

life from struggle

prayer warriors

phone calls from husband

men who miss

ability to see the gifts

son-in-law who expresses blessing

Colorado mountains

being able to bless and bring life

carpet of clouds


life words


outside the box perspective

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”(Deut. 6:4-5)

Jesus was once asked, ” Teacher, What is the great commandment in the Torah?” (Matthew 22:36)  Being the good Jewish Rabbi that he was he gave his opinion in answer to this question.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your hear, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Leviticus 19:18) On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Deuteronomy 6:4, known as the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the LORD they God, the LORD is  one,” is packed with meaning.  It is a prayer that the Jewish people pray twice a day and is also known as “taking on the yoke of the Kingdom of God.”  To hear, is not just to physically hear with ones ears only, but to listen with the intent to obey.  Just knowing the meaning of this first word alone sheds light on the rest of the verse and so many things that Jesus said.  We must obey loving the LORD our God with all our being and loving our neighbor.  It is something we do not something we feel or think.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15

For His Name’s Sake.

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Beki at The Rusted Chain has a Friday meme called The Fingerprints of God in which she asks bloggers to share their interpretations of the following song:

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

How can I not add these pictures this week?

My first grandson, Benjamin Daniel born December 24, 2010.

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Decided to take up a photo challenge.  Not sure how long it will last.  Think I have already failed.  The challenge for this week included the idea of salt from Mark 9:50.  Salt preserves and we, as believers in the Messiah Jesus, are to be as salt preserving our culture from moral decay.  The challenge was also to use a picture of your own to portray Scripture.  I chose the above picture.  If we follow the Lord’s commands we keep ourselves from moral decay and have an effect on the world around us.

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Seems I have been taking pictures forever.   The passion began in jr. high and has grown with me through the years.  You would think that my skill would be finely honed by now.  Alas, this is not the case. There is always something new to learn, always a way to improve. Thankfully, my husband has been very supportive and my daughter, a photographer herself, often gives tips on how to improve in the technical area of shooting.  I would consider myself a newbie.  But, I am farther along on the journey than others.

Last summer, my dear husband gave me a Canon 40D for my birthday.  When I was away  in Colorado for three weeks he and my daughter surprised me with a new 50mm f/1.8 II lens.  I love this portrait lens, but it is taking me awhile to get used to.  The lens is a little slower and has a different focal length than the 28-135mm that I already had.  Having the ability to open the aperture to f/1.8 is wonderful.  This makes for some clean, crisp pictures and some nice bokeh, when I can find the focal length.

I’m adding this post to a series that Brooke has begun called “Journals of a Photography Newbie”.  Why not join us as we share, smile, and learn from each other.

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Yes, the view you see in my blog header is not your typical Wisconsin winter scene.  I have just spent three weeks in Colorado with my daughter and her husband as they welcomed their firstborn son into their home.  It was a time filled with God’s grace for all.  I will be adding to my 1000 gifts list at some point today and will add another post on that topic.  For now, becoming a grandmother.

This summer I turned 50.  Just the anticipation of the event was…..well let’s just say that I wasn’t looking forward to it.  Then my daughter told me that I was going to be a grandmother.  A double whammy.  Yet, I remembered back when I began to get gray hair.  All of my peers were coloring their gray at the time and I wondered if I should choose that option also.

“A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31

Being a grandmother is a badge of honor.  Though the world glorifies youth, God calls us to honor and respect the elderly. Though the world sees my life as ending, I can use the experiences I have had to lead others and point them toward Him.

“And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.” Psalm 71:18

My friend, Gentle Strength, prays like the apostle Paul did in Phil. 1:26, “so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”  I pray that this is my hope also.  May I not sorrow and become depressed about getting older, but may I seek to bring joy to others in all I do and say.

For His Name’s Sake.

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“What is redemption?”

The question came so innocently and unexpectedly from the youngest of those who can speak in our congregation that it startled.  His mother knew what to say.

“It means to be paid for, to be bought back.”

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption,
No riches of earth could have saved my poor soul;
The blood of the cross is my only foundation,
The death of my Saviour now maketh me whole.

I am redeemed, but not with silver;
I am bought, but not with gold;
Bought with a price, the blood of Jesus,
Precious price of love untold.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5)

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,  ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.'” (John 8:12)

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” (Eph. 5:8)

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:8)

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