Posts Tagged 'faith'

Favorite Shots: Unknown Sunset

I don’t even remember where I took this. I think it was at school. I do know one thing though: God speaks to me in sunsets. Like, if I have just been off in my own little world all day or messing up again or forgetting to be thankful, God will throw a sunset. And not one goes by that I don’t remember how fun and artistic and creative and cool God is, and how much grace he shows me. It’s unreal, that kind of love. I don’t know, maybe a lot of people feel that way about sunsets, but I know sometimes he paints them for me personally. It’s the kind of thing he would do.

With one thousand thanks,

L

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Favorite Shots: Peeps!

It is Easter this week! If I were at home, I would be eating Peeps. You know Peeps? The fluffy little sugar-coated, chick-shaped balls of marshmallow wonderfulness that puff up in the microwave and only migrate seasonally in America? Oh, how I rue the fact that these birds only peep out of their nests for three weeks of the year. (Did you get that pun? :]) I love Peeps.

There is a boy at school with a Peeps t-shirt. I told him I could probably eat 100 Peeps because I loved them so much. He didn’t believe. I tried to convince him (not sure why, death by sugar for me, I guess). He said he would buy me 100 Peeps and see if I could eat them.

Well that hasn’t happened yet, which is why I am not lying dead before you with crystallized sugar freezing up my veins, but I tell you the truth! I love Peeps. And point of the story, these chicks look like Peeps.

These shots were taken on my old camera, so the quality is not super high, but I love the yellow next to the aqua of the box bottom. It is striking.

Even more striking, though, and even more worthy of my love than Peeps, is the real reason I love Easter. Easter is a reminder of how much Jesus loves me. He died a death far worse than eating 100 Peeps all so that we would be free of the guilt of our sin and experience real life. Here’s what he said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” –Jesus

Happy Easter,

Lauren

Favorite Shots: The Holly And The Ivy

I’m taking a little break over Christmas. I’ll be back for real January 9th, and I might throw in a post here and there while I’m gone (like my Christmas shots of Rothenburg?!), but as it stands, this is my last official post before we break.

Which is why I am a little sad about this shot. I know it isn’t very great. I mean, the focus is bad. But look what it is! Holly and ivy! As in “The Holly and The Ivy” English Christmas carol! It is so dang appropriate.

And now, in order to make up for that photo which isn’t technically great but involves a lot of life points for me, I wish to present you with a gift of the sort I am able to give you for our first Christmas together. You and I. Reader and writer. Hi.

This is Christmas in the form of a sheep. I named it Kringle. You’re welcome.

L

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great, to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.”

Micah 5: 2 ff

Favorite Shots: On Birthdays

I’ve lived 21 whole years. Everything that has ever happened to me is already done. It is structured and secure. I know what to expect because it has already happened. There is no mystery, just a series of highs and lows shot through with the glory of God.

Often I worry about decisions and change and moving on. But this shot reminds me that He has never let me down; he has never left me homeless and destitute. His work in and through my life is the bright spot in the midst of a life filled with struggle and pain.

So here  I am, standing on the edge of the rest of my life. What is the next step? When I remember how God has already been so faithful, it is easier for me to trust Him with the mystery of my future–whether I’ll go to school, whether I’ll get a job, get married, whatever. When I remember how much he has changed me and grown me, I can only imagine what he will do in the next 21 years.

Today, I’m thankful that God has always kept his promises to me and that he loves me enough to take care of me. I am confident that my Father knows the plans he has for me, that they are good, and that I can rest in his peace.

Stepping off the ledge,

L


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