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What Goes Around…

February 18, 2012

My grandmother likes to watch the seasons change.  The cycles of life mean more to her now that she is approaching the eighty mark.  When my mother or I cut flowers for her kitchen, she will leave them in the vase till they are all dead and brown, watching the graceful way they die.

It’s February again, and whether that means snow, cold, rain, or just a season of brown for your particular part of the country, it’s still February.  The period after the Christmas rush when the fun part of winter is over and it’s not spring yet.

Yet.

But we know that spring will come.  And we can live in that hope.  We remember past springs, which led into summers.  We have God’s promise to Noah that while the earth remains we will always have seed-time and harvest.  So no matter how grey, brown, or white the day is today, we can think forward to the greens of spring.

In the same way, it can be hard for us in these Last Days to realize that our spiritual spring is around the corner.  After 2000 years, I think many of us have gotten used to Christ not returning.  Sure, we may sing about the “Sweet By and By” when “I’ll Fly Away,” but how often do we sing with our mouths and not our hearts, singing without meaning what we say?  And how much do we realize that His coming could be tomorrow, or even today?  Do we even wish it?

I’m by no means saying we should subscribe to the theories of those like Harold Camping or to the Mayan Calendar, which try to put a date on the end of the world, but at the same time, I know that we are indeed a part of the Last Days, and we have little time left in which to shine our lights to the world.  When we look around, we see the darkness of this world, but when we look up, we can see the brightness of His heart, and the glorious eternity that is waiting.

The question is, will you allow yourself to be caught up in the present, or will you look to the eternal spring?

Will you be found among the righteous when the King of Kings returns for His own?

A new day is about to dawn.

I pray we will be ready for it.

I pray it comes soon.

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Beautiful Photography

August 31, 2011

Naomi has posted quite a bit of photography since I was last on her site.  Someday maybe I’ll be  that good!  Click on the photo to jump over and visit her site, it’s well worth the viewing!

Take That, Gravity!

August 25, 2011

My brothers are pretty talented, but until I never knew how talented until they called me across the hall to see this.  They often play games like Monopoly or Life using their stuffed animals (more chances to win!), and on this particular day, one of the animals had chosen the horse and rider for his marker . . .

And during the course of the game it decided to stand on the edge of its pedestal!  Of course, I had to get my camera before it overbalanced!  I really needn’t have worried, though.

The piece stayed like that while we went and fetched Sister to see it.  3G might have been able to explain why it was sitting like this, but he was at work and missed it.  After I had all the angles I wanted, we tried to see if anyone could repeat the feat, but nobody could quite get it to balance again.  We’re still not certain whether there was a slightly sticky spot on the board, a small dent that it was sitting in, or if the piece just balanced this way.  The twin who set it down certainly wasn’t trying to make it do this!

Creation Sightings in Recent Weeks

May 20, 2011

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Cloudy with a Chance of . . . Sunbeams!

October 20, 2010

My sister loves to gaze at the amazing sunsets we have and the cool cloud formations at any time of day.  Me, I turn shutterbug when I see something really spectacular!

I think of how people are always talking about looking for the cloud’s silver lining.  Clouds are made of water, not fabric, but the lining is silver in a sense.  Water is so important to life that it is as precious as silver.  Most of us don’t even think twice about water.  It’s just there, any time we turn on a faucet, in multitudinous puddles after a rainfall, or sprawling across a landscape in a lake or river near where we live.

But back to the clouds and we’ll leave water for another day.  I like the ways we use clouds to describe things.  Some clouds cause trouble, like storm clouds.  Everyone knows exactly why an angry person is described as looking like a thundercloud.  Or take fog.  We like to say we’re in a fog when we aren’t feeling quite awake yet in the morning.  We need something to clear out our brains, like the sun evaporates the mist.  Sometimes we say someone is in the clouds or on cloud nine, and we mean they’re oblivious to this world or that they’re ecstatically happy.

I also like how clouds can seem to be tucking the sun into bed at night.   Best of all, I like how we use the analogy of the sun peaking through the clouds to describe how we begin to understand a concept (sometimes we also say something dawns on us, but that’s another analogy for another post too).

Sometimes I think I take too many cloud pictures: especially when I have to look through them all and pick out some of the best ones!

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