You have seen what you don’t want. You have seen the work of the enemy against you. You have seen the works of men. You have had plenty of chaos and trouble that tried to destroy the tenderness of your heart towards God. You know what it is like to experience the meanness that protects religious and legalistic attitudes. Don’t go down that path again.
Find the path of love, of peace, of righteous living. Find the way of the Holy Spirit and never deviate from it again. Set your face like flint to seek God, no matter the cost or distraction. This is a year when you can reinvent yourself. What you simplified and fortified in the last season will become your dwelling place in the next season.
Spirit to Spirit
This divine bond is an intimate Spirit-to-spirit connection, a fire to fire—a union that goes beyond that of a man and woman in marriage. It is a bonding in which the Spirit of God says, “You are in Me, and I am in You. Let Me breathe through you. Let Me use you. Let Me flow through you to others. You are flesh of My flesh and bone of My bone.”
Carriers of Hope
“We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing. ” ― Cristina Marrero
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein
Prayer changes hearts, but it never changes God. God is the same today and forever; He is always full of love, full of entreaty, and full of helpfulness. If you always come into the presence of God, you can have what you come for. You can take it away and use it at your disposal. And there is nothing you can find in the scriptures where God ever charges you for what you have done with what He has given you. God scolds no man, but you can come and come again, and God is willing to give if you believe. – Smith Wigglesworth –
“Rest and peace are never passive. They are active learning. I like to be active in my peace. I like to think peacefully. I like to feel peaceful, so I am rejecting things that make me feel anxious or worried.” – Graham Cooke
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too” ― Vincent Van Gogh
When you forgive somebody, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, when you love and when you stand up to injustice, you are, in that moment, bringing heaven to earth….
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke
Harvest Moon on Wilderness Beach
You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” ~Frederick Terral
When I first heard about the Flamingos coming to Wilderness beach, I was very surprised, never heard of Flamingos coming to the beach. They usually like to hang out in swamps and marshes looking for food. They are social birds that live in flocks, sometimes numbering thousands. This particular flock was not larger then maybe one hundred and fifty birds. Flamingos also have been known to symbolize beauty, balance and grace. They teach you the importance of balance in your emotions, are you leaning too far in one direction? Interesting how they balance so beautifully on one leg when they are resting. The Flamingo is flamboyant and vibrant and offers joy and love, teaching us not to be afraid to show our emotions. So when the Flamingos make their appearance….one wonders! I felt so drawn to go and photograph them, not a soul on the beach except for some gliders flying overhead. Slowly and carefully I walked up to them with out creating too much unrest, they did not seem to mind too much but became disturbed by the gliders. A hundred meters was about the space between us and I sat down to observe them and take some photo’s. The ocean, the Flamingos and myself…it was special and felt like a divine appointment, just another way God speaks to us…
“Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self-care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life – that we all carry multitudes, so we must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.” ― Victoria Erickson
Photography is an art for the same reason modern art is art. Its the process the effort and the thought that’s put into it. Photography may not be as time consuming as other media, but all the elements of art are present. What differentiates a photo from a snapshot is first the art elements(i.e. rule of thirds, composition, lighting, line, shape, form, act. that all would be present in a drawing or painting). Then secondly the meaning that is behind the photograph, which is also present in other art mediums. Fine art photographs are supposed to be worth a thousand questions not a thousand words. A photograph can make a statement, but along with that statement should come the question why. Photography is mostly considered an art form because it is meant to give a completely different perspective on the way our world is portrayed.
“Being out there by the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.
“I think one of the biggest reasons people have difficulty believing in God is because they don’t understand Him. You often hear doubting comments like, ‘If there is a God then why this and why that and how could He allow…?’ Perhaps if people were to invest true, sincere effort getting to know Him they’d discover a mindful Father molding his children for a higher purpose. Because, like it or not, believe it or not, agree with Him or not, He is God.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” Robert Fulghum
“When your purpose and passion are in alignment, your work becomes your calling, your life becomes your dream, and your mindset becomes 20/20 in clarity.” ― Farshad Asl
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