What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us VACATION.
Glaciers at Jökulsárlón
First, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting or even giving much attention to this blog lately. Everything is going fine, but I just haven’t felt led or been inspired to post. That changed this weekend, though, when we got back from our trip to Iceland. I’m inspired by some of the photos we took and will be working on a couple of future posts. But when I saw this Daily Prompt it seemed like perfect timing!
Although it is the title of the Daily Prompt, Iceland is definitely not a tourist trap. It was a beautiful and great place for vacation! I really admire and respect the Icelanders because it looks like a difficult place to live. Everyone was kind and we had a very enjoyable visit and saw some amazing places. I’ve always been intrigued by Iceland, and also have always dreamed of seeing glaciers up close in person, the kind with that beautiful blue color floating in the water. I don’t have a ‘bucket list’ per se, but if I did, seeing glaciers like that would have been on it. And now that would be checked off as even better than I thought.
The day we went there it was cold, windy and raining. Now you’re probably thinking, helloooo… it’s Iceland, of course it was cold! True… but I was afraid they wouldn’t be giving tours out on the lake because of the weather. But, thankfully, that wasn’t a problem. Our guide soon explained that even though it was raining and we couldn’t see as far in the distance, the rain actually made the glaciers more colorful than on a dry day. What I feared would hinder us actually made them actually more beautiful.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes what seems like an obstacle ends up being a blessing? My challenge is to remember that, even when I can’t see what lies ahead on the path.
I went to a local botanical garden this week, and found some beautiful flowers with lot’s of color. Yeah spring!
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145:18 ESV
I haven’t posted in quite a while! Hope all is well with you. I took a picture of this cross I sent to a friend as a gift, and when I saw the topic of the Photo Challenge this week was color, this idea for a post came to mind.
It’s a reminder that no matter how alone we seem, God is always near to those who seek Him.
This week’s Writing Challenge is about Starting Over. You can read about the challenge here.
The Importance of Prayer
When I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it. I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.
At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer. I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer! I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well. And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.
Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate. Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff. What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.
So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.
When I saw this Weekly Photo Challenge about Illumination, I really wanted to participate because Light is one of the themes of my blog. But finding what I wanted to show turned out to be a big challenge. There’s a part of a Monty Python movie where they show the credits (at the beginning of course?) and it says that the credits have been completed with much expense at the last minute. Or something like that! So that’s how I feel about this post…
This is a picture of the Arc de Triomphe from a visit to Paris last year. The visit was in many ways a personal triumph for me. I give God all the credit for making it happen. The light on the arch kind of highlights the idea trimuph…here we were looking at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees at night….very beautiful. And a personal victory for me.
So, what triumphs in your life have you celebrated lately? How did you see God making it happen?
Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube video with me. Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too. Hope you find it encouraging today. Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.
Thanks for watching.
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Courage is not a lack of fear. It is doing something even though you are afraid. Sometimes we think those who are brave don’t feel fear. More often, being brave means doing something in spite of the fear.
In other words, do it anyway!
Prayer for today: Lord, please give us discernment to know those things that are in Your will for us to do. Please calm our anxious thoughts and give us the courage to do those things You’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.