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(Bless You and Thank You READERS and FRIENDS) Post for Day 195 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

To those that read my posts, thank you. To those that read my UnSeenWORD Chapter posts, bless you. They are the makings of a book that has taken me many years to understand and now write and they came at great personal cost. God has a plan for us all, and all I want to do is share His wonders and His glory, so to you that have given them a chance… You are very special to my heart and I would love to hear from each of you.


God bless you,

Daniel Lyons


By the way, here is a cute baby zebra photo I took for you. Enjoy! :)


(The Tiger In I) Post for Day 194 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

Jorge Luis Borges


The “I” in the Tiger is the Tiger in I

My heart is as a tiger that cannot be tamed, but only conditioned.


Psalms 39:

1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

New Roots and Branches


The healing process is an amazing thing! When your basic self has been repressed for more years than you can count and you are finally free of the source of the repression (whether internal or external), you find yourself in wonder when new aspects begin to emerge.

Daniel has patiently stood by me as I have muddled my way through this process, always offering his full support and comfort (when needed). That’s not to say that I still don’t have my low moments, either triggered by a dream or a scene in a movie, where the pain feels fresh and confusing. Those moments are just fewer and further between….and I tend to bounce back a bit faster. I have learned to redirect those pangs into motivation to build myself back up.

Early on I understood that a big part of my healing process was going to be re-connecting with who I was at a fundamental level. It emerged74565602-10a9-4059-8bb6-f874267596ac not only as a stronger will and determination, but as rediscovering old passions. I expanded my love for cooking. I took up cross-stitch again (although I’m still just as lazy about it). I listened to music that I wanted to listen to (I’m currently saturating myself in modern classical and Celtic) and Daniel helped me to catch up on shows that I wanted to watch. Through Facebook, I was able to reconnect in a small way with people I had once been friends with. I began to read again (that one was huge)!

The first two years in a new life were a bit of a rollercoaster. As my emotions worked on finding stable ground, I was also going through some hormonal issues and using natural methods to work on balancing them (ah – middle age). I was blessed to have someone to stand by me through the nitty-gritty parts of it.

About six months ago, two things happened. First, I began to find balance in the healing. As I mentioned before, things didn’t remind me of the pain as often. I started to find comfort in my own skin. Then secondly, I began to move forward with all those years of progression in self-discovery that I had missed, along with continuing to reconnect with old loves! That is how Cactus Flower Naturals was born. I found that I really enjoyed creating simple skin care products. That was in February.

For several months, the shop has been growing slow but steady and the learning process of essential oils, butters, carrier oils, as well as SEO and social networking has been more than enough to keep me busy. But something has been happening. It’s been slow, and maybe until recently, nobody could see the changes but me.

It started in April or May when we began a (somewhat) regular workout schedule. Working out led to healthier eating. Imagine that! Healthier eating made me start thinking more about my health and my innate passion for natural products. I decided that I wanted to independently study herbology, as I already dabble in it and make some of my own supplements. While I can’t see myself working as an actual herbalist, it would make a very beneficial addition to my work with Cactus Flower Naturals.

08e762f8-7a4a-4f11-b07c-af1db134f257My endeavors haven’t stopped there, either. On the minor side of things, my workouts have recently progressed into HIIT (high intensity interval training) on the treadmill. For someone who hates running, this is a pretty big step. The funny thing is, I’m really enjoying it! What’s wrong with me?!

I’ve been adding new products to my shop….with more on the way. I’m eagerly branching out into new methods and processes….looking at natural colorants and soaps. Plus, I’m looking at an endeavor entirely different than Cactus Flower Naturals….but I’m not entirely ready to share that one yet! However, I am eager to receive all of my supplies so I can play!

As I said, the healing process is an amazing thing when you let it do what it needs to do and don’t try to hold and grasp on to the past hurts. Really, in the grand scheme of things, what benefit is there in clinging to them? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feel and process the emotions. Lord knows I still do….and it heals me a bit more each time when I allow myself to feel those emotions. Rather, focus on the blessings.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

~Lewis B Smedes



(Sunshine Is Found In A Smile) Post for Day 193 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa


Joy is found in even the hardest of places if you carry it with you, for sunshine is found in a smile.


Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

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


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”


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”


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!


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”


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”


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: