(HARMONY of 1) Post for Day 192 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.

Aiden Wilson Tozer

 

Have you ever noticed how much singing goes on in the Bible? The ancient Hebrews seemed to sing for everything from joy, to victory, to even sadness. Even the Torah itself is read in song… Perhaps hidden somewhere in harmony is the voice of God.

 

One Voice, One Mind, One Heart, One Salvation, One God.

 

Psalms 47

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

(One Of The Big Dogs) Post for Day 191 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy?

Dan Quayle

 

You can’t pee like a puppy if you wanna run with the big dogs.

 

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

(Water What You Will) Post for Day 190 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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We’re like a gardener with a hose and our attention is water – we can water flowers or we can water weeds.

Josh Radnor

 

Water what you will, Righteousness or Sin, Correctness or Err, for they grow together, not because God does not know, but that you may know and grow through the struggle.

 

Matthew 13:

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Time for a Quickie!

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Ok, now that I have your attention….a quickie post, that is!

I just wanted to announce that I took an afternoon and did some minor revamping to my Cactus Flower Naturals shop today. Categories have been added, descriptions have been refined, and new items have been added!

The new items I have added are Organic Facial Moisturizer, Cedarwood Beard Balm, and a variety of Bath Truffles. The bath truffles weren’t originally on the “new item” horizon, but came about because of some shipping issues. See, I used to have a product called a bath melt. When you are shipping from Arizona, an item with the word “melt” in the description probably isn’t so smart an idea. However, by adding a bath fizzy base to the melt, the product is much more stable!

Anyway, feel free to stop over and check out the new changes and see if anything tickles your fancy! And don’t forget about our coupon code SUMMERHEAT for 25% off your order!

(Originally posted on Changing Journey)

(A Light Scattered or Focused) Post for Day 189 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

 

There are those that focus their light and those that share it. One is a lamp and the other’s a laser. Both are a force that make a difference in a world of darkness… The question is, how will you use yours?

 

Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

 

Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

(A Toxic Image of God) Post for Day 187 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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My experience as a pastor is lots of people have really toxic, dangerous, psychologically devastating images of God in their head, images of a God who’s not good.

Rob Bell

 

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

Anne Lamott

 

Jesus’ name means “Freedom” whom is the symbol of truth and love, and yet many create a false image of God they use as an excuse to do harm and point fingers… If you do not know love you are following a false god created in your own image.

 

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

 

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

(Driven By Fear Into The Light) Post for Day 186 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Steve Jobs

 

Fear is the enemy that lurks in the shadows that drives you into the light.

 

Hebrews 2:

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

(Weakness Attracts Strength) Post for Day 185 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

William Blake

The secret to the meaning of life lies in the perfecting of imperfection, for if there were no needs, goals, or obstacles to overcome, nothing would ever happen.

In the end it is your weakness that makes you strong.

2 Samuel 22:33  God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Colossians 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

(The Old Me And New Me) Post for Day 184 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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If I were afraid of wrinkles, I’d probably be hiding in a cupboard, because I have a lot of them.

Susie Orbach

 

If only age were as simple as changing clothes…

 

Colossians 3:

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Family

Originally posted on Changing Journey:

Family; Ohana; Die familie; La familia; Kazoku; Hanyu; Familj; Aile

Miriam Webster gives an extensive definition of family. There are the traditional definitions:

~a group of people who are related to each other

~a person’s children

~a group of related people including people who lived in the past

They then give an extended or “full” definition of family. I like the very first one:

~a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head

Aviary Photo_130844726557775643Our society, and many around the globe, have extended the definition of family to include non-blood relations. For example, Christians commonly think of themselves as being members of the family of Christ. Even pets are included in the list when some people speak of family….and why not? We care for them and become attached to them with a special kind of love. I know I consider this furry little guy my family!

When…

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