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Sea of Blessings

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Yesterday morning while walking in a almost imperceptible but steady mist, I noticed this pampas grass holding on to every bit of the goodness it could, not wanting to let go, swallowing every last drop available to dry parched skin. It has been a long, hot, summer--now for the seasons of refreshing.



Don't we all love these times when we savor the moments of God's goodness and stand in awe at His showers of blessings? What can seem almost imperceptible if we are not actively looking becomes a sea of wonderment when we take a step back and look at them collectively?



How many of these droplets do you suppose are on each individual stem? Care to count? How many of these do you think the ocean could contain?

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

Not a hard question for…

post processing 3--a little tweak

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This is really not a bad picture BUT it is just not memorable--



but with a little boost of color, a little sharpening, a few shadows lightened, and a change to sepia, suddenly it does become memorable at least for me AND for my neighbor whose yard I took it in. She couldn't believe this was her tree and frankly I couldn't either.



And here we are again--same tree--a few moments later--nothing special--



and I really only changed it to sepia and boosted the color slightly--and memorable! These changes were made in IPhoto but Microsoft Digital Imaging Suite, Picasa, and a host of other editing programs will do the same thing.

It just takes a little time--but really not much. I figure you guys are worth it!

I like to think that just a little boost from God's Word each day and a little sharpening from Christian friends can transform me from the mundane to the memorable--not for my sake, for HIS!

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into …

The Last Bouquet of Summer

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Elizabeth, over at Just Following Jesus, recently wrote a post entitled, Come Winter, and I must say it really touched my heart on so many levels. Elizabeth's daughter and family are moving cross-country in preparation for mission work. She writes about it so eloquently in this post, Letting Go, looking ahead.

It reminded me of a book by Chuck Swindoll my husband blessed me with many years ago, Come Before Winter. I highly recommend it and although I haven't read all of Swindoll's works, his writings have helped me grow.

Come Before Winter is basically a book helping us prepare for the leaner times, the colder times, the times of deep trial and tribulation that we are bound to have, sooner or later, in this walk we call life.



It seems that some we know endure deeper and more trying times than others but I think when we get below the surface, we find that most people have endured hard times.

Swindoll likens our Christian walk to the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, winte…

weekend worship at covenant presbyterian

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O Lord, our Lord,

How majestic is Your Name in all the earth!




You have set your glory above the heavens.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,





What is man that You are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?





You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honor.





I will praise you, O Lord.

I will tell of all your wonders.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;

I will sing praise to your Name, O Most High.





O Lord, our Lord,

How majestic is Your Name in all the earth!

portions of Psalm 8 & 9



Her Spotlight

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THE PLACE

The place, a secret spot not yet destroyed by city concrete. She loves to go there, especially in the Fall.
Just one step inside the trees and you can understand beauty and what it's really all about.
When she's there she lets her emotions take over and she dances.
There's no need for music. The wind, the water, and the rustling of the leaves create their own symphony.
Rays of sun break through the chill and become her spotlights.


Earthy browns and greens, vibrant reds and oranges of the changing leaves are her background.
All of this is her stage, This place, in the middle of a concrete world, where she can express the joy in the beauty around her.

by Audrey
This beautiful poem was written by Audrey, one of my students several years ago. She wrote this while in my 7th grade language arts class. I contacted her at a college in Oklahoma to get permission to print it. The writings my students did never ceased to amaze me.



2010-The Year of Longings
He longs to dance with us to the music of His own …

flashback friday

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Found You

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When I taught creative writing, there was one assignment I would give my students that brought some hilarious, touching, tender, amusing, "you name it" results. It was called

"I opened _______________, and found ______________."

The student had to fill in each blank and the word in the second blank was taken to the next line and OPENED.

So here is my "I Opened, I Found" poem for you.

I opened Windows and found a new "thang" called Blogger. (a few years ago)

I opened Blogger and found a new language.

I opened a new language and found posting.

I opened posting and settings.

I opened settings and found design.

I opened design and found HTML.

I opened HTML and found a foreign language.

I opened a foreign language and found people from around the world.

I opened people from around the world and found true friendship.

I opened true friendship and found YOU!

I opened you and found love.


Just a little thank you to all my lovely blogging friends. I love you!


Once w…

post-processing 2

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One thing I should have told you yesterday is this: I almost always shoot in AV mode. The flash doesn't engage and I think the natural light enhances the photo. If I need more exposure I do that in the post-processing. Some p & s cameras may not have AV mode so if you are in the market for a new camera, be sure and check on the dial to see if it displays AV.

Those pictures that you took yesterday or earlier today???? You might want to go back and retake the same setup in the AV mode and see what you think. Try the different settings on your camera and compare the pictures in your editing mode.

It is rare that I shoot in Auto mode (usually is marked with a green rectangle on the dial). Even on my new little p & s, there is an AV mode.

So on to post-processing. I have an Apple computer and use MacIntosh's built-in program (IPhoto) for editing. It does most things I want to do and if it does not, or I want a little more sophisticated editing, I use Photoshop Element…

post-processing is everything (pun intended)

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UPDATE: If you received word that I just published the second installment of the post processing, please forgive. While working on it, I accidentally pressed "publish." Sorry, it will be up late tonight or tomorrow.





A couple of you have commented about my photography lately--indicating that you wish I was close by so I could give you photography lessons. Well, that totally humbles and honors me since I am NOT a real photographer. However, I would love to share with you what little I know. It won't take long. smile

So let's start with equipment--

Cameras are so awesome these days--I think you can start with a simple point and shoot (p & s--when I first saw this term used in other blogs, I had to look it up on Google to see what it stood for) digital camera and capture some great shots. If you can afford a digital SLR, then that is awesome--both Nikon and Canon make some great ones--find people on the web whose pictures you love and try to find out what they u…

Day planner

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Gayle's story of God bringing someone into her path from 30 years ago

Weekend Worship at St. Luke's

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I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.







I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High.







The Lord reigns forever; He has established His throne for judgment.







He will judge the world in righteousness; He will govern the peoples with justice.







The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed; a stronghold in times of trouble.







Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.







The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.





2010-The Year of Longings

He longs for us to seek Him.



I long to learn what it really means to seek Him with my whole heart.



I am linking to Spiritual Sundays, an inspirational place to visit.

vivid

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Read a post the other day that said "Wonder if the invisible is so vivid it falls of the spectrum of what our earthly eyes can see.

Around the Corner

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Covered bridges are rare in Arkansas and almost nonexistent in central Arkansas, so you can imagine our surprise and utter delight one night last week when we rounded a corner in a country road and saw this.







Have you had any surprises lately? I think we all have times when just the daily walking of this life's journey holds surprises that we would rather not experience. However, in my quest to know God better, to search the treasure of His Word daily, and to seek His presence through prayer and meditation, He continually surprises me with little things about Himself that totally blow me away. I arise each day just wondering what He is up to and how He will make His glory known to me and mine.



This little jaunt out into the country was totally unplanned. One of my sons and his wife just happened to drop by and we had a quick unplanned dinner. Jeff wanted to go for a ride. He disappeared from the kitchen, got in the car, started the motor and waited on us til we got up from the t…