April 2019 In Photos

Welcome to my April In Photos post! I know, I’m so behind in this series. But I look forward to catching up and sharing with you! Also, look for An April Day At Grandma’s, coming next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

I really like these clovers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Purple is my favorite color.

The purple on the edges of the leaves is a nice touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you see it? No metal detector needed for this find, haha! It wasn’t an old coin, but I was still happy to find it. The rain washed it up.

It left an impression in the dirt. XD

Right after finding the one cent, I spotted this cool looking bug.

The grapes were coming on! I’m not sure what happened, but all the grapes tasted sour and bitter, even when I was sure they should be ripe (they were falling off the vine).

A little friend helped me water my plants. ๐Ÿ™‚ The spout of this mop bucket I use to carry water for my plants is all chewed up from when I had dogs. It still works, just looks ugly. I never had the heart to replace it, haha.

I’m curious what kind of butterfly this spiky caterpillar turned into.

Flowers and berries we passed when in town. ๐Ÿ˜€

Azaleas. These are one of my favorites of my grandma’s bushes. She had several, all different shades of pink. These are such a deep color. If you want to see the other shades, I featured them in these older posts: This one features a more magenta shade and this one features a very light pink shade.

When taking Mamaw (not the same Mamaw as the one who had the azeleas, haha) to town, we drove on this winding road. We had so much rain at the time – the lake was almost touching the pavement!

They say all roads lead to Rome. Apparently, all roads also lead to an exit.ย  XD

This building had a star on top – and still does. It must not be Christmas decorations. It’s a nice decoration for any time of the year.

I planted potatoes to see if I could get potatoes. it’s been so long, I’ve already harvested them, haha. The biggest I grew was almost as big as my fist. ๐Ÿ™‚

And lastly, the April Pink Moon! Which is not actually pink. Haha. They just call the full moon of April a pink moon for some reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

With Every Step (Dream Collab)

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Mom and I were driving on the interstate, and we thought we saw the courthouse in the distance, in the fog. The closer we got, the more the large building resembled a huge mansion that had a castle look to it. And it kept growing bigger and bigger and bigger…

When we drove up onto a hill, our view of this large place was unobstructed and we could see it clearly, but the size didnโ€™t match up to what it should have. It was huge, almost like a castle. And the courthouse didnโ€™t look like that.

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It was surrounded not by fog, but by clouds. Clouds descending onto the Earth. Clouds, morphing into a stairway…

Then, I saw the large figure stepping out of the clouds. I couldn’t see His face, but… my soul knew.

And I had all these feelings. Mostly guilt. The closer He came, the more the world faded away. All man-made buildings, roads, cars, everything faded away and was replaced by trees, grass, and nature, like He was rejuvenating the Earth with every step.

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And with His last step, the car my mom was in disappeared and I was no longer moving. The clouds descended and covered the Earth, and obstructed the view of my surroundings.

In horror, I understood – I was alone, awaiting judgment.

All I could think was every time I promised to spend time with Him and I didn’t. Every time I intended to pray and talk with Him, study with Him, and instead played some mystery game, chasing clues and discovering secrets, or played some matching game to kill time.

And now time was gone. I wished I could resurrect the time I had killed.

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The guilt was so much, I wanted mountains to fall on me to hide me from Him. I could not bear to see His face. It was too much! But He would still see me if mountains could fall on me. Even darkness is light to Him.

I broke down and prayed harder than ever before. I wasnโ€™t able to cry because I was no longer in this body, but I still could feel the grief and despair. But no outlet. It just built up inside, knowing He was coming and I was out of chances, out of time…

I was so scared. I had this overwhelming feeling that when my turn came, He would say, “I never knew you.”

I wanted Him to know me. I wanted to know Him.

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Father, please give me a chance to fix this. Give me a chance to live for You. I know I blew it. Iโ€™m so sorry that I didnโ€™t give You time and spent it on things that matter far less. Iโ€™m sorry I didnโ€™t make time for You. I want to know You. I want You to know me. I’m sorry.

My soul was in a state of pure anguish.

Here, my prayer was answered, and I woke up.


I had this dream last summer. I wrote out the draft on July 18th, and Google Docs said I edited from 9:40PM until 9:56PM. 16 minutes. It was chock full of typos, which Iโ€™ve corrected. ๐Ÿ˜†

It hit me hard. I talked about it to a friend (Refreshing Spirit) who gave much-appreciated input – to read Isaiah 44:22, which was such a reassurance. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also told my dad about it. Also noticed that the reaction I had was similar to Revelation 6:15-17. Beyond that, I didnโ€™t explore it much further, though it still was at the forefront of my mind. Iโ€™m not the type of person who thought that I could get a warning out of a dream. I know some people do, I just didnโ€™t think I was one of them.

This was one of the rare times I felt as if the dream wasnโ€™t just a โ€œnormalโ€ dream. Or a crazy dream from eating weird food before bed. It was too surreal. I know some dreams feel that real, but in this case, when I woke up, reality didn’t feel real. Thatโ€™s how real this dream was.

Not even two days later, TR from Inside Cup (<– click to see one of her dreams! ๐Ÿ˜‰), my close sister with whom I’m collabing with, messaged me on Pinterest out of the blue to see how I was. I was still processing this. And dreams are her thing… ๐Ÿ˜‚ (She encouraged me to share this today. Thanks, TR!) We bonded over this and she gave me her thoughts. And that led to our friendship. ๐Ÿ˜Š Itโ€™s like this dream did double duty. It was a warning but also helped bring another sister in Christ into my life. โค๏ธ What a blessing!

So, in the end, I took away quite a bit from this dream. For one thing, I needed to spend more time with Him. I want to know Him. I want Him to know me.ย  (I’ll have a post next Monday and Tuesday going more in depth with this – mostly Tuesday’s. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

For another thing, worldly things don’t matter. The worldly things were disappearing before His presence. The closer I get to Him, the more things of the world will fade. โค๏ธ

O God, quicken to life every power within me, that I may lay hold on eternal things. Open my eyes that I may see; give me acute spiritual perception; enable me to taste Thee and know that Thou art good. Make heaven more real to me than any earthly thing has ever been. Amen.

Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson). The Pursuit of God (p. 40). Kindle Edition.

Winding Roads

I love winding roads. Not driving them – I can’t drive yet and I’d probably end up in the ditch – but taking photos of them. Here are a few shots I took while my mom and I brought my grandma to a doctor’s appointment:

“Road unsafe when under water.” Uh. Yeah, no kidding. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I think this one is my favorite; I love the S shape the road makes.

Looking Up Into The Sky

Even though I am too late to participate in the photo challenge, I still want to share these shots with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love getting sky shots:

I took this at my grandma’s this spring.

Then I took a stroll around my grandma’s small lake and captured this. I love those puffy clouds.

This was taken in our driveway. The sun hid behind this cloud, lighting it up! So pretty.

While walking in our driveway at a different time, I looked up and saw this beautiful sight. I call this image, “Cloudy with a Chance of Airplane Trails.” XD

 

And here are a few images that have been posted before that would have fit in with the challenge:

If this looks familiar, you may remember this one from the previous post, Mission Completed. This is a view from the back of our property toward the property behind us who, sadly, cleared out the majority of their trees. I love how the sun lit up that one cloud like that, right before a thunderstorm hit. ๐Ÿ™‚

grandmas-road-in-summer

This was taken when I was visiting my grandma last summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ You may remember the image from Feel No Shame, but this is the original, unedited version.

You might remember this one from Special Remedy. This one was taken this year. This is actually the road I live on, but you won’t get any personal info from this shot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And yes, that is a gravel road. XD )