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Remembering You

  I love the rain.  It is calming and forceful at the same time.  Even with the noise of two kids playing, nothing can drown out the sound of the rain. A few weeks ago, when it was raining, I was sent to the store to buy a cup of coffee.  Outside of the store, there was a man who was asking for money. From what my eyes could see, he was down on his luck. Now where I’m from, the first thing that usually comes out of people’s mouths when they see a beggar is that they are going to spend the money on a habit be it alcohol or substance abuse. In many cases, this is true, but I have to believe that this is not true in all cases. When I walked in the store, he asked me for some change.  I didn’t have any at the time, since I had to “make change.” But I told him I will come back to him. When I left the store, he wasn’t where I left him. It wasn’t until I looked both left and right that I spotted him. When I called to him, he was startled, and said, “Oh! I forgot all about you.” 1 John 3:17-18 If we have all we need and see one of our people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.  Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. How is it to go through our daily lives asking for help, and knowing that...

Week 17: Like A Photo Booth

For this week of Life Through My Lens Thursday, I don’t have a story to tell, but I had thought of shooting my character as if he was  in a photo booth.  Of course it would be no fun to be in a booth alone, so Sally joins him. 🙂 An odd concept, but I wanted to see where I can go with it.        Two friends.      One is a philosopher, the other is laid back.     Yet, here they are. Friends.      Always connected.     Thoughts about these pictures: I’m not too sure if I like the grain in the pictures, it seems to add an “old” feel to it. If you didn’t know (now you know) I was also playing around with Photoshop and some of the objects (hence the frames) but next time I think I’ll remove the frames. These characters are just way too small for me to get up close and personal with, but I’m not going to stop trying. I think my favorite picture is the second to last one–it looks as if Sally is walking towards Linus.  Anyway enough about me, what do you think?...

Defining ‘Bold’

As you know, my word this year I have chosen the word: BOLD and as the first quarter of the year is at a close, and I’ve come to a lot of conclusions and insights on what this word means to me. A harmless word when taken exactly for what it is, but a word that I did not interpret right. bold bōld/ adjective 1. (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.   When I originally picked the word BOLD I was already doing something out of the norm for me.     I am not a bold person.   I plan.     I think.     I look at both sides of the coin before making any and all decisions.           I originally thought that BOLD meant going against my instincts and do something new.     It didn’t take me long to find out that bold for me was something that I was doing already.  To be bold (at least for me) is to live and accept all facets of me.   I have to stop being the person who I think I should be and be the person that I am. Click To Tweet   Anything else would be a lie.   This is actually harder than what it sounds.     Confidence is Going Against The Grain.   Last week, I asked if we were sharing too much.  I asked this question out loud because this was a question that I had asked myself.  I have an Instagram account, and every time I open it,...
Finding The Perfect Words

Finding The Perfect Words

With the pull of television, and things that called for my attention, I found it hard to sit down and just read The Book. So instead of snuggling up with just one Bible in my home, I used to go out and search of the “perfect one.”  Over the course of many years, I have owned many copies, of many different versions and translations.   Desperately searching for the one that made sense to me. Because, the way that I saw it, if I had the Good Book in my hands but didn’t understand it completely, then how was I to learn from it?  How was my relationship with God supposed to grow?   How was I going to appreciate everything that Christ did for me if I cannot understand the words on the page? You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. — John 5:39-40 You see in all my searching for the perfect words so that I could understand the scriptures in order to be close to God; it didn’t occur to me that I needed to go to Him first to truly understand them. I was looking for answers, but not going to the main source to find them. I used to search for the perfect words. Now I realize that it was not my eyes that needed to read the words, but my spirit. Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us grow in spirit with you.  Let us open...

Week 16: Linus vs The Dinosaur-Dragon

This week on Life Through My Lens Thursday, Linus find him self in a hero role, as Sally is in need of a rescue from a Dinosaur-dragon.  Let’s find out what happens!   Linus has traveled far and wide to find this castle.  Finally, he draws near.  But oh, no! The drawbridge is up and there’s no other way inside!   With his trusty shoes, he draws near and beings to hear the voice of Sally calling to him from above.   “Linus, my hero!” She exclaims.  “Please, be careful of the dragon that’s guarding the gate.  The only way to get in is to defeat it!”  Linus was just about to say, what dragon? until the dinosaur-dragon appeared out of nowhere.   “Rooaarrr” said the dinosaur-dragon, “You cannot come through!  Sally is my prisoner, and you will be too!   Linus smiled to himself, there is no way this dinosaur-dragon is going to defeat me.  I KNOW I can win!   “I accept your challenge dragon!” Linus yelled back. “Dinosaur-dragon to you!”  (Apparently, this dinosaur-dragon liked formality). They circled each other sizing each other up….or out… and then the battle began. Linus pounced first. Dinosaur-dragon stepped back, and swung his tail, trying to trip his enemy. Linus anticipated the move, and stomped on the dinosaur-dragon’s tail. The creature fell to the floor in pain.  How can this be? The dinosaur-dragon thought to himself, He’s only a Linus?!    “You will not harm anyone anymore, Dinosaur-dragon, instead you will go home and think about what you’ve wrong.  Like keeping people prisoners in their own home!” Linus meant business. Why do I always get...
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