Autumn Leaves

In response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Autumn – Metal. You may remember the fall photos I shared last February of my grandma’s lake – but that same day, I took a bunch of close-ups of leaves as well that I haven’t shared before.

This one is probably my favorite of these. I like how the fall colors pop against the reflection of the sky on the lake:

These scarlet leaves were so glossy that glare ruined many of my shots, but this one turned out:

I believe these are oak leaves:

And I think these are maple. I like how half is changing and the other half is green, like it couldn’t decide if it was ready to embrace autumn:

If you want to see more fall photos (and a poem), I posted this last November: Fall Magic

One Year Anniversary!

I can’t believe it has been a year! My, how time flies. Thank you all for reading, liking, commenting, and following. 💕

In the last year, I’ve met so many wonderful people on this platform. It has been such an incredible journey thus far, and I can’t wait to see what the second year has in store. 🙂

Have a great weekend, y’all! ❤

Birthday Blog Party! (a reblog)

Bernadine is having a Birthday Blogging Party! Click the link to join the fun. 🙂

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(Haha three posts in one day). Hi Guys!! I meant to start this earlier but it completely slipped my mind! I thought I should do a celebratory blog party for my birthday! Since I started out a little later than I would’ve liked, I’ll keep the party running until tommorow at 12:00 am EST. So sit back, relax, and get ready to meet some bloggers!

Here are the rules:

1. Choose any one of your favorite blog posts from your own blog, all kinds of posts are welcome. (Anything inappropriate will be removed). You can share up to three links each day, but it’s best to wait some time between each one.

2. Paste your link in the comment section of this post and tell a little bit about yourself and/or your blog.

3. Reblog this post to let everyone know!!

4. Now grab a fuzzy blanket and get ready to…

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Blue Skies

I’m not entirely sure what this is; however, I wrote part of a fan-fiction short story in this style a while back and I wanted to try it with a blog post, so here we go. I pretty much take the lyrics of a song (in italics) and then write what it means to me around it. (I don’t repeat the chorus.) Hang onto your hat (if you are wearing one)!

First, here is the song that inspired this:

I don’t think it was intended to be about Jesus, however, that is how I am taking it so there. 😄

I wake up every morning to another crazy day I have to face.

Even before I get out of bed, I need Him. I know that I can face anything with Him by my side! Even if the day isn’t pleasant, I know that He is there.

And when I’m losing my direction, You’re the one who points me in the right way.

“Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face.” (Psalm 5:8) I am grateful for the times You correct me when I stray and send me back on the right path instead of letting me wander in the darkness.

You always know when I’m about to fall, it’s like You’re standing there when I hit that wall.

You are the Omnipresent One and You know what will happen before I do. Thank You for catching me. Repeatedly.

Because of You my eyes are open, and instead of always hoping, I have faith today.

I want to see everything that has happened, is happening and will happen! But I can’t and I don’t. But You do. Thank You for opening my eyes, so that I may trust in You.

So thank You for Blue Skies. When my head is down, You remind me to look up.

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Your creation lifts me up. You never cease to amaze.

And thank You for all those times You believed when others couldn’t see. Oh, without You, where would I be?

You knew that You could use me for Your glory; however, I never would have thought You would use little ol’ me. But You have. And without You, I don’t know where I would be. I just know that I would be terribly lost or not here at all if it weren’t for You. You amaze me.

I should tell you in a letter, all the things I never said.

And look at me, doing that right now! (Or, a blog post anyway.)

‘Cause when You’re right in front of me, nothing ever comes out how I planned.

But it’s not my plans that matter, Lord. It’s Yours. Sometimes I try to make my own plans and then I fall on my face.

Like the heart in You goes on for miles, and when it passes through me I come alive…

I thank you for the Holy Spirit to guide me. I strive to be dead to sin and alive in You. My heart beats for You.

If I ever learn the lesson, it’s in the first and lasting impression of the way you got to me.

The way You brought me back to You was incredible. The lesson is that anything is possible when You want it to be possible. Thank You, Lord. ♥

A Prayer Request… Answered!

Pete posted this update on his other blog today: https://psalmistpetegardner.com/2017/02/23/truth-revealed/ God is so good! 🙂 ♥

Following Him Beside Still Waters

One of my blogger friends, Pete, is currently in the hospital with pneumonia. I have turned off the comments for this post because I would rather Pete have the comments on his here: https://petertgardner.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/a-few-days-off/

I’m praying for you, Pete. 🙂 ❤

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