Tag Archive | Nature

Bright

I was spending a few moments of “Quietude” near my window this morning.

I’m always seeking places of “Quietude” and looking out windows wherever I am.

The light coming in was so intense, it almost hurt my eyes.

It made me want to take the time to find out what God says about brightness.

I’m sharing here just a snippet of what I found.

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Daniel 12:3 says – And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

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Isaiah 60:3 And the nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

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Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

These verses beg the question; Am I wise? Am I righteous? Will I let Him light my path?

I will rise to the King of Glory.

Will it hurt my eyes?

What are your thoughts and ideas on wisdom, and righteousness, and brightness?

Are there any special verse or quotes you would like to share?

Feel free. I’d love to know.

 

Sunday Stills; Night – My Way

I’ve been playing around with some night time photography lately, so imagine my surprise when the topic of Sunday Stills this week was “Night”.

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Sometimes all I need to do is show up, and the camera on my phone manages to make me look pretty good.

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Sometimes I can play with a filter or two, and come up with something I enjoy.

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Sometimes things appear a bit ethereal and dreamy.

 

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Sometimes it’s a chance look out the window.

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Then the sun begins to rise.

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And just like that, the night is over.

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Sunday Stills; My Way

I recently found a challenge that intrigued me.

I’m still looking all the way through the challenge, but here is where I am now.

The first one I saw was Sunday Stills: Window.

Then I read this one. The topic was Embrace. The photo was fog. Windows and fog, easily two of my favorite top ten photo topics.

So I thought I would share a few of my favorites here.

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My photos are not primarily OF windows. They are mostly FROM windows. My home office window, car windows, hotel windows, plane windows.

20170819_193226Any window will do . Mostly I look for the clean ones, but many times, I just get them the way they are. That seems OK to me because lots of times, life is messy. You just get it the way it is.

Some days dawn bright and clear, making it easy to see the good everywhere.

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Some days are not so bright and shiny, but the beauty of those days can be seen if you really look for it.

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What do you think?

Do you have a favorite photo to share?

If you want to join in the fun, you can Go here.

 

 

 

My Own Wholeness

When I stand up for my wholeness I ……..

This writing is from my 5 for 5 Brain Dump writing on July 13. If you don’t know what 5 for 5 Brain Dump is, you can can click here to find out more about it.

Here it is. As it was written. Unedited. Hopefully, you can glean some wisdom from it. If you do, feel free to let me know in the comments.

When I stand up for my wholeness, some times others do not understand. Some think I’m being cranky. RBF. I think it could be because they have been accustomed to me standing up for THEIR wholeness. One of my  nick names is “Best Cheer Leader”. I have seen recently, it’s always been for someone else.

When I stand up for my (own) wholeness, I feel calm. I feel peaceful. I feel more energized and less anxious. When I stand up for my wholeness, I can complete tasks.

I have been, and am grateful for this revelation. Wholeness. What a great feeling.

So that is the Brain Dump. It is the first thing out of my brain after hearing the prompt.

I’ve had time now to consider that prompt in depth. I’ve had time now to put myself first much more of the time.

I find that when I take a few moments here and there to put these principals into practice, the moments I spend for myself and others are much more productive.

How about it?

Do you take a moment to be kind to yourself, to be your own best cheerleader?

You could begin here.

For another perspective on this topic, visit here.

Floating Near the Surface

In my previous post, I used this statistic; The average person in Western society is bombarded by 35-48 thought fragments  per minute. Per minute folks!

It is no wonder that our children (and our adults!) can’t concentrate. There is so much “noise” all the time – there is no room to hear our true voice, the one that lives inside of us.

And, after hearing all the noise that is provided to us, sorting out the truth is just that much more difficult. Our moral compasses have a difficult time defining true north.

This is why I advocate for quiet time. Just some time, a little, or a lot, depending on your personality and your circumstances.

Taking some time to turn off the noise, and do a deep dive into that really makes us who we are.

I find that without that time of quiescence, I find myself floating near the surface of truth, but not really connecting to it.

The quiet helps me to separate the truth from the noise.

Once I sort that out, I can burst through the surface, and really begin to connect with my dreams, my aspirations, and my passions.

In short, I can be who I was created to be.

In Mark 6:31 Jesus says this; “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
My goal is to do that for a little while each day, and longer when it is possible.
How about you? Have you connected with your inner life? Have you determined your dreams, and aspirations, and passions? Do you know what you’ve been created for?
I challenge you to find out. A little or a lot.
Are you up for it?

 

Pavlov’s Dog – Quietude

If you’re looking for content, then this probably isn’t the blog post you want to watch.

However, if you are looking for a place to get a moments rest so that you can continue your day, then you re in the right spot.

Let me tell you why.

Dictionary.com puts it this way;

Pavlov’s Dogs  [(pav-lawfs, pav-lawvz)]

The dogs used in conditioned response experiments by a Russian scientist of the late nineteenth century, Ivan Pavlov.  In these experiments, Pavlov sounded a bell while presenting                                                                food to a dog, thereby stimulating the natural flow of saliva in              the dog’s mouth. After the procedure was repeated several times,   the dog would salivate at the sound of the bell, even when no food                                       was presented.

Now, you’re not a dog, and I don’t want to make you salivate, but as my daughter has told me, she has a Pavlovian response to rain/thunder storms. She hears them, she wants to sleep. In the short video in this post, you likely won’t have time to fall asleep, but you will have time to get your mind a little bit of rest.

So go ahead. Close your eyes for a minute, and test the theory.

Let me know in the comments what you think.