Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Picture

     Since all of our family is together for Thanksgiving, this is a great time to have a photo op..........gathering all the grandchildren for our yearly Christmas card. Of course, when seven little kids come together.......it's a scream (literally).  
From this: Screaming....I made the mistake of telling them to say "turnips"....go figure.

To not paying attention:  

To a little Photoshop and sweet face magic!

Of course, we are Razorback fans...........the background picture is the senior walk in Fayetteville with their great grandmother's name etched in the walk.  It truly takes about 50 snaps to get one good picture!

Here is the first year's picture...first five blessings.
Then this one at the farm.......

And last year's:

     It's hard to describe the joy that I get looking at these little precious faces.  As difficult as parenting is, it's all worth it when your children grow up and give you grandchildren!  We are truly blessed by God.  I pray daily that these gifts will grow up to be men and women of God.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Focus on God--Scripture # 22

     In photography, the camera can focus on the subject in front while blurring the objects behind.  This is called bokeh.  The beautiful blurred colors accent the object of focus.  Seeking God is a lot like that--focusing on the Father blurs the distractions of the world.  This takes time and a lot of prayer.  There are so many things in life that distract and pull us away from God.  Only prayer allows us to take our eyes off of the background and look into the eyes of God.  As we truly see God, the beauty of his world (God's bokeh) begins to swirl around us.  That's a good thing.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Do Not Be Anxious--Scripture # 21

       How old are these trees?  It is amazing to me that they survive standing in water like that.  But, the result is a wood that is strong and yes, water resistant....go figure.  God reminds me that when I'm knee deep in water, He is there for my protection.  The process strengthens and allows me to grow as a Christian.  Anxiety tries to creep in and steal my joy.  As God has built in a protection for these Cypress trees, can he not even more give me the same protection? Paul tells me to not be anxious, but to present my requests and fears to God..........with thanksgiving because He has already answered them.