Have you ever felt like you just didn’t have anything left? I was feeling like this lately when I heard this song. It spoke to me in so many different ways! I realized I’d been putting other things ahead of time with God and what he might be teaching me. I was also just worn out from some daily struggles and feeling depressed. This song encouraged me and reminded me to give my worries and sadness to God. In our own strength, we’re not able. But Got is able. I hope in difficult times you remember to draw near to Him. You are not alone.
Light is kind of the theme of my blog, so this is a great challenge for me!
As a follower of Christ, Jesus is the light of my life. He is the source of light that breaks through the darkness of the world. The words below from Jesus tell how we, as Christians, should act to demonstrate this light to others.
14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Well, better late than never, right? I hope so anyway! Here’s my entry:
These photos were taken from just off the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park, Canada, in the fall of 2009. I liked the flowers and was just playing around with the focus, as you can see. Then a bee happened to land on one of the flowers and I thought it made for a good photo!
This is Joseph in Egypt talking to his brothers after their father died. His brothers were afraid Joseph would try to get revenge on them for selling him into slavery many years before. You can read the story of Joseph beginning in Genesis 37 and continuing in chapter 39 to the end in chapter 50.
This is one of my favorite Bible stories because it has given me hope that God can take difficult circumstances and turn them around and use them for good!
Video of Naghmeh Abedini speaking about the imprisonment of her husband Saeed Abedini at the UN Human Rights Council. Saeed Abedini is an American pastor who is imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. Even at this difficult time, she gives a beautiful summary of the gospel.
She says Iran has kept Saeed imprisioned “because Saeed believes in forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ and that whoever accepts this forgiveness of sin can be reconciled to the God of peace and love. This is the God of peace we are all searching for.”
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 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.
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.