Posts in the ‘Photography’ Category

3 July 2010

Cloud-Filled Skies

There are some places that leave me in awe. Some places that reflect beauty in ways that I could not have imagined on my own. Some places that just make me smile at the creativity of our Creator. And some places that I’ll never forget.

If you were to replace “places” with “people” in the above sentences, it would all still be true.

We are continually surrounded by things that impact our lives: people, births, deaths, landscapes, walls, etc. And the things we do ourselves impact those around us: sowing, smiling, reaping, building, encouraging, weeping, creating, sharing, understanding, etc.

There is a ripple effect that we have on the people and the things surrounding us.

Just like the beautiful scene above had an impact on me, you have an impact on those around you – whether you realize it or not.

When we do something, it not only changes our lives, but it also shapes the lives of others, and sometimes it does so without us ever even realizing it. We are being watched by younger siblings, parents, peers, strangers, etc.

What do they see you doing that will have an impact on their lives?

27 May 2010

Blossoms on a Tree

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Joy: Blossoms on a Tree

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” —Philippians 4:4-8

18 May 2010

Day of a Little Girl: Tea Party

It included a tea party made perfect with leaves and flowers from the garden . . .

Day of a Little Girl: Tent-Making

. . . building a tent . . .

Day of a Little Girl: Princess Crowns

. . . and plenty of smiles.

Day of a Little Girl: Smiles

2 May 2010

Blue Skies

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

—Psalm 8:1

9 April 2010

On Friday evening during the Father & Daughter Retreat the warm sun was shining while fathers and daughters ate a picnic dinner (of hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, etc.) atop blankets spread out on the grand lawn.

9 April 2010

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10 March 2010

The sun was shining and the day looked promising. A little girl was gladdened to find that the weather had warmed. The earth seemed refreshed to see the sun’s shining face again, in hopes that new life would begin springing from it’s soil.

A bright and cheery day it was, and so out the little girl went in search of something very, very special.

It was a bit like an adventure, searching here and there for the treasure. A treasure that when found, would bring a bright smile to her face. A treasure that gave hope for a lovelier tomorrow.

Exploring she went, looking high and low. But she could not find what she so eagerly sought.

Just as she began to think that she just might have to wait another day before finding what she sought, out of the corner of her eye she spotted a tiny patch of green.

She hurried over to where the long-searched for treasure was. That little patch of green brought a bright and beautiful smile to her face.

The happy beam of sunshine that shone through those little green stubs made her think about the flowers that would one day bloom, giving her happiness in knowing that Spring was truly on its way.

Nothing said Spring quite as well as the little green knobs which peaked up from the leaf-covered soil.

Finding that little bit of new life was worth the searching and worth the wait . . .
. . . and because of all the waiting and searching, the finding was all the more sweet.

9 February 2010

In the same way that God designed all of creation in its undeniable perfection and beauty, He handcrafted each girl’s situation with exquisite precision. He chose the exact parents, position, and opportunities that would best fulfill His purposes for her life and bring Him glory. . . continue reading.”

Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin at Visionary Daughters

I don’t think that any woman could prepare long enough to perfectly execute this list [in Titus 2:3-5]. But it is my duty to aim to follow this standard that God has set. . . . And what better way to practice being a keeper at home than to learn the ins and outs from my mother, who has wells of wisdom on the subject! And who could think of a better way to prepare to submit to a husband, whether he’s right or wrong, than to practice in a daughters relationship to her father? . . . continue reading.”

Stephanie at In His Time

It is when we create things for God’s sake that our work most clearly promotes His glory, rather than threatening to compete with it. Thus the true purpose of art is the same as the true purpose of anything: it is not for ourselves or for our own self-expression, but for the service of others and the glory of God.”

Philip Graham Ryken in Art for God’s Sake