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Monday, July 25, 2011

Feeling like a poseur


I must confess…I don’t think I have a natural creative bone in my body….so with that premise, I just dismissed anything “creative”…..I saw in black and white….not much color….maybe an occasional  gray….which was was color to me……But as I took this journey into the very heart of God…..to live fully alive….to wake up to all His goodness around me….I am starting to see in more color.
Slowing down life… to stop….. to take in each moment and choose….will I  count it all  joy…to see the Beauty around  me.
So I continue to take baby steps….I wobble….this new way feels at times very awkward …still  a little unnatural.  But when Love calls….I must follow…..He is patient, kind and will to teach me a new way…even if it takes a life time.
Awkwardly, I took up my camera….and  I tenitivly  started taking at least picture a day…1000 pictures….capturing one gift  I am thankful for…allowing the lens to be a tool to help transform me from a poseur ….to a person on a dig….finding the Beauty of God… and the beauty and creativity that may be buried under these bonesJ 

These are some of the first pictures I took for my 1000 gift pictorial journal….a point a shoot to start with….that is another story in itself….








~ rising early
~ hosting mom/daughter Bible study 
~ flowers perking up from the rain
~ a good hard run
~ a quiet house
~ God’s clear voice
~ breakfast with my husband
~ deep heart connection
~ easy fix for AC
~ crossing things off my mental to do list
~ seeing God’s hand in transitions of life

              1384~1394  gifts



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rejoicing with a heart laid low....

Over the years I have learned that rejoicing.... having a heart full of thanks... over time can bleed into pride... leading to an arrogant heart. When God gives a gift… thanksgiving fills my heart...then it happens...I start to grab hold of the gift...look at it...admire it...while all the time still giving thanks. Then the gift gets lifted up....above others....other’s gifts...I raise a new standard....a standard for others to aspire to. My heart slowly but surely darkens with arrogance...I am the pharisee....so thankful for what God has given....but so thankful I am better than others. An arrogant heart does not happen over night....it is like a slow, dark vapor that slowly envelops a heart over time.

So God in His Love and Mercy brought me to a place that laid me low.... tore open my heart. What came oozing out.... was sickening.... oh how I did not see that I took a love gift from God and made an idol.... and I worshiped the gift instead of the giver.... how did I not see this happen....

Today...I feel God lavishing upon me and my family His Love and Mercy...pressed down, shaken together, running over... pouring into my lap. But this time, by His Grace... my thankful heart will be different.... I am learning to rejoice with my heart laid low...


Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!
And learn humility from the Publican's tears!
Let us cry to our Savior,
Have mercy on us
Only merciful One!
John Bunyan




Monday, July 18, 2011

Sneaking out into the blog world for the first time.....this has been a journey getting here. I am taking baby steps....I am not a risk taker.  But I always want to follow where He leads me.  Maybe soon  I will share more of this journey...but for today I am posting on Ann's One Thousand Gifts community.  Ann's words are some much a part of what has brought me to this place in Christ.  So baby step #1.

#1351 wonderful weekend
#1352 sweet time with husband
#1353 friend you can breath easy with
#1354 husband's starting new job today
#1355 a new chapter in our book of life
#1356 son's pictures from Arizona
#1357 thankful to be here

Blessings