Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Craving Inspiration on a Textured Tuesday

I have always been one who loves all four seasons...but I must admit that I am weary of the colorless winter.

I pulled out this photo from June of 2011...drawn by the color.  Worked it up in Lightroom 5 and added Kim Klassen's waterfront27 texture.

The theme this  TextureTuesday is "still," and I thought this quote would complement this nicely.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Quickie Post - Textured Tuesday

I have been totally enjoying Becky Higgins' course, Project Real Life...

This week we are to be pondering and photographing our gratitude (which we should be practicing daily)...

Yesterday, I sat on the bed and was so grateful for the birds at my feeders...

I love the softness that comes from having the window screens still in and combining that effect with Kim Klassen's texture "love."

And, of course, Mrs. Cardinal waits her turn...

How grateful I am for the gifts of nature just outside my window.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ohio North to I 80 West

...and forty hours later I would be there!

God has blessed me with a dear friend whose face I have not seen "live" in 34 years.  We left our respective high schools and ended up at a small Christian college in central Ohio.  Going separate ways after college, we reconnected on Facebook 30-some years later.

Beth lives in Eugene, Oregon.  I'm in Akron, Ohio.  I could hop in my Honda go a few miles north and get on the Ohio turnpike (I-80) and head west.  With my Eas-Z Pass in check, I would not need change for tolls.  And 40 hours later..I could squeeze her face, embrace her, share smiles and cuppas.

A dream that warms my heart...but for now, I must savor her spirit from afar.

Beth is a kindred spirit.  Beth and I are both social workers by training...and embrace that profession.  We both love reading, books, thoughts, and ideas.  We are both very spiritual people with a love for our Creator.  We both crave nature, silence, and solitude...as well as journaling and cuppas of coffee or tea with a dear friend or alone.  We are both comfortable in our own skin in our mid-50s after doing a lot of personal work and allowing God to mold us into the person He intended us to be, which sometimes means taking roads less traveled.

She has the practice of gratitude down to a science!  Who would doubt that the closest person to her is named Joy?????!!!!  And her letters and posts always make me smile and feel refreshed.  There's so much of each us to experience and share with each other which is challenging at a distance...which can only be fully appreciated face to face.  But for now I treasure the dear heart and friend she is to me.  (Stills include some items she sent me in a birthday care package including a homemade card she made, an issue of Kinfolk, a handwritten letter, plus some other treats.  Texture used on all images:  Kim Klassen's waterfront23 for Texture Tuesday.)

By the way, because of Beth living where she lives, rooted for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl!  Must've been why they won!  She roots for my Mountaineers...and I root for her Ducks!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Quote for Textured Tuesday

Linking up today with Kim Klassen and Texture Tuesday...I came across this photo and re-edited it using her texture, "cora."  Taken at dusk, there was a subtle pink hue to the sky.

And this quote from Charles Spurgeon really cuts to the marrow...

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God's Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” 

― Charles H. Spurgeon