Arkansas Adventures – Pinnacle Mountain Photos

I know you’re probably wondering where I’ve been. I had some things to prepare for. Exciting things.

I don’t normally post this late in the day (nearly 8:00PM here), but I promised Tammy a post today, and a post today she is going to get. ๐Ÿ˜

Friends from Indiana and Virginia came to Arkansas to visit! It was the first time meeting five of them in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ (You may know Refreshing Spirit from WordPress! She just created a new blog especially for her adventures in Bolivia. Click to take a look!) We had SO MUCH FUN – even though it was the hottest days of the year and the mosquitoes were horrid. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably recognize some of these photos.) The next two photos are Willow Beach and then after that are Pinnacle Mountain.

(My new avatar! The boulder climb. I was not prepared for so much climbing but it was a great experience and worth the pain. ๐Ÿคฉ)

The view was spectacular!

We had a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos of the adventure over the next few weeks. It was also interesting to get photos of people for once. Usually, I stick to nature. But I couldn’t help but get photos of my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ And uh. A lot of them without them knowing… ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hope you all have been well! ๐Ÿ’–

Wonder Wednesdays – Flammable Water

Why doesn’t water burn?

Image credit: Pixabay

Think about it for a moment. Hydrogen is flammable. Oxygen is flammable. Water is H2O. Why when you put them together can you put out a fire with it? Shouldnโ€™t it burn?

Answer: I must admit, I don’t understand the formula – chemistry isn’t my strong suit. If you want to read the formula, then you can find that here,ย which is where I found the answer to my question. If you’re like me and can’t quite wrap your head around the formulas, then here is the short and sweet answer: Water is the product of a chemical reaction, and thus, has lost all its react-y superpowers because it has already reacted to become what it is. Therefore, we can put out fires with a hydrogen-oxygen mix. Pretty cool, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

**This was posted earlier, but for some reason, it posted back in time to June 7th. I’m not sure why all my posts keep getting backdated like this, but it is starting to drive me nuts. ๐Ÿ˜† Anyway, this is the first installment of Wonder Wednesdays, and I just added a “Wonder Wednesdays” category link in the header menu for easier navigation. ๐Ÿ˜€

Raindrops

In response to the photo prompt, Shapes… circles! Here in Arkansas, we’ve been getting a lot of rain; so much, in fact, that few schools were closed due to flooding last week. I went outside to take some photos of the flooding and got stuck out there during a shower. Instead of running inside like a normal person, I hunched over the camera to try to shelter it from the water and took these photos because I thought it might be fun to see the circles as the raindrops hit the water. ๐Ÿ˜„

Jesus will be with me – Collaboration with Following Him beside still waters

Hayley from Red Letters asked if she could write a melody to Jesus Will Be With Me and of course, I said YES… and here it is in song form! She did an AMAZING job. Click the link below – or above – to visit her blog and listen to it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hayley Boden

Iโ€™m so excited to share this very special song with you all. My lovely friend, Grace, from Following Him beside still waters wrote a beautiful poem and shared it on her blogpost โ€˜Jesus will be with meโ€™ on Sunday. I asked if I could put a melody to these inspiring words and turn it into a song and Grace said yes! Here are the words from Graceโ€™s poem.

Verse 1:

When I go through waterโ€™s deep,
Jesus will be with me

When billowing waves overtake,
With me, He will still be

Chorus:

For without Him I would drown
In brutal waters deep

If He were not with me, I know
Water would overtake

For without Him, when I lay me down
Fears would keep me from sleep

If He were not with me, from sleepโ€™s hold I would never wake

Verse 2:

When at night I fall fast asleep,
Jesusโ€ฆ

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Faith of a Mustard Seed

This was supposed to have been posted forย week 53 of 100 Word Wednesday, but somehow I messed up the scheduling. ๐Ÿ˜…ย Anyway, hereย is the photo prompt and my response, even though I’m a week late.

Photo byย Ivana Cajina

Look at the mountains before us
With the faith of a mustard seed
“God will move them,” said Jesus.

Plant the faith seed and let it grow
And don’t hide, for you need
To let the strong winds blow

Because that’s what makes
Faith stronger, for sure.
Yes, it is for your own sakes.

Now look at the water before us
With mere words, He calmed the seas
“Oh ye of little faith,” said Jesus.

Did He not create it? Will it not obey?
Oh, let your faith mature
And follow Him; He’s the only Way.

Thirst

This is my first time participating in the Stream of Consciousnesses Saturday (on a Sunday, at that! Sorry I’m late seeing the prompt… ๐Ÿ˜…) Here is my first attempt at it. It’s harder than I thought it would be. I’m not used to not editing what I write; the urge to backspace is insane! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, here it is, along with a photo I shared a while back that happens to go with my theme:

As the Psalmist, my soul pants for the Living Water. I follow Him beside the still waters and He gives me drink. He knows that I thirst, and He doesnโ€™t give me oil instead of water; He knows my soul and what I crave. He doesnโ€™t hide the water from me, but lets me drink freely, until I am satisfied. Praise be to God for not holding back from me!

Into The Cool Water

It’s week 29 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d like to join in, just click the link! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What a beautiful coast! ๐Ÿ˜ Haha, this is the third time that mermaids have made an appearance in a 100 Word Wednesday prompt, except this time, the roles have been reversed… ๐Ÿ˜„

Image by Bikurgurl

Walking along the coastline
I spot a jeweled bangle
Admire the sparkling tourmaline
Put it on, let it dangle

Suddenly I canโ€™t breathe
The air is too thin
And where my legs used to be
Have turned into fins.

How magical! Iโ€™ve had quite enough
Of water being out of my reach.
So I put on the magical cuff,
And I walk down the beach

And into the cool water.
I put the bracelet back on
And I donโ€™t even falter;
This is natural to me!

This may sound strange;
But itโ€™s time for a change!
Goodbye air and land,
Hello water and sand!