Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

Candle light in the dark

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

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.

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

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!

Photo of Yellow and Red Flowers

Photo of Yellow and Red Flowers

Photo of Daisy

Photo of Daisy out of focus

Photo of Daisy with Bee

Iceland Midnight Sun

Yeah, my first blog request!  Thanks to Bubu for asking about photos of the midnight sun in Iceland in the comments to his post about Iceland.  I’m not honestly sure how midnight sun is defined, so I hope this qualifies!  When we were there at the end of May, the sun set about 11:30 pm and rose at about 3:30 am.  However, it never really got dark as you can kind of see from the last photo. Pretty cool, but remember the opposite is true in the winter!

Photo of sun in Reykjavik

This photo was taken in Reykjavik about 9:35 pm.

Waterfall Photo

This photo of Skógafoss Waterfall was taken at 10:20 pm.

Photo of Iceland

This photo was taken a few km north of Reykjavik at 12:40 am. So although you can’t actually see the sun, it’s still light out.

I was really happy to get this request for a post topic.  Let me know in a comment if you have any requests for future posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Here are some cool signs I found in Iceland.  I think they’re cool because of the Icelandic language.  Icelandic is a Scandinavian language, related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.  Icelandic has preserved some features no longer found in those languages.   I honestly have no idea what these signs mean…I will try to find out!  If you know, please let me know with a comment :-)

This first one was on a hiking trail near the guesthouse where we stayed.

Sign on a post

My husband took these, I think just because he liked the long words in Icelandic :-)

Kringlumýrarbraut

Bókhlöðustígur

Takk fyrir (Thank you very much) for visiting!

Daily Prompt: Tourist Trap Iceland is beautiful and definitely not a tourist trap!

Jukolsarlon Glacier

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

Jukolsarlon Glacier

Jukolsarlon

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Cross with flowers

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.

Writing Challenge: Starting Over

This week’s Writing Challenge is about Starting Over.   You can read about the challenge here.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/writing-challenge-starting-over/

The Importance of Prayer

Praying Hands PlaqueWhen 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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Arc de Triomphe at night

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?