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)

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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

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!

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.

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?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

This was a great idea for a challenge.  I had been thinking of writing a post about thankfulness since we just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US.  Last Thursday after Thanksgiving dinner with friends, we were sitting around the table with their kids and one of the kids actually suggested we each write down what we were thankful for.  Pretty impressive coming from an 8-year-old don’t you think?  I realized I have so many things to be thankful for.

Above all, I’m thankful for Jesus and for the cross.  If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t be here!  I wanted to take a picture of a big cross somewhere…but that will have to wait.   However, I like this photo because it brings to mind other things I’m thankful for; God’s word, the freedom we have to own a Bible and speak freely (including blogging of course:-)) and this amazing time in which we live, when we can read the Bible online, in many different versions and languages.

I’m thankful for my wonderful and patient husband, growing up in a loving family, good friends, a comfortable home.  Clean fresh water, food and medicine, the opportunity to interact with people from many places and cultures, the city in which we live.  My husband’s work which allows us the opportunity to travel more than we otherwise could.  I could go on and on…

This photo was taken near my home.  The trees don’t always change colors so well here, but this year has been beautiful.   I love the change of seasons and am always thankful when summer is over in Texas and the cooler weather has arrived, so this photo seems to sum that up!

Photo of trees along street

Now it’s your turn to write your list.  What are you thankful for?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

This week’s photo challenge made me first think of Hawaii, and I found many photos with many shades of green.  Ok, so I got a little carried away!  I also found some green photos right here where I live in Texas.  Hope you find it refreshing!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Photo of Butterfly on Crab Apple Tree Blossoms

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (ESV)

Seeing the topic for this week’s photo challenge immediately made me think of a previous post called “New Life”.   The picture and scripture above was from the previous post. If you’re interested, you can read it here.

These photos were taken in March a couple of years ago, and we just happened to visit the Japanese Garden when the Crab Apple trees were in bloom.  Spring can be a beautiful time of renewal.  The tree blossoms and butterfly remind me of the renewal that comes with the change in seasons, but also the renewal we experience with our new life in Christ.   Sometimes we find unexpected beauty in that new life!

Photo of yellow butterfly on tree branch

…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Colossians 3:10 (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV)

Photo of sun shining through the trees

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 John 3:3 (ESV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10  (ESV)