Posts Tagged 'God'

Favorite Shots: One Frustrating Thing

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One frustrating thing is when I can’t capture how big the sky is/how small I feel sometimes.

L

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?”

Psalm 8: 3-4

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Spring Sprang Sprung, Throwbacks, Poems

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It’s almost time for endless flowers and insects. Today is such a good day! Just think about it!

L

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

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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

Favorite Shots: I See The Light

This photo is almost an example of one of my favorite art concepts, tenebrism. I found this solitary light in a still church in Florence, but you can really only see the reflection from this angle. Kind of like life, eh?

Lauren

“You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet,
testifying, ‘I messed up my life—
and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it.
But God stepped in and saved me from certain death.
I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’
“This is the way God works.
Over and over again
He pulls our souls back from certain destruction
so we’ll see the light—and live in the light!”

Job 33: 28-30

Favorite Shots: The Little Things


Sometimes I forget how neat things are. That sounds dumb. Let’s revise.

Sometimes I forget how intricate and special God has made the little details. Look at the little mini flowers in the center of this daisy! The craftsmanship and design of this little flower is better than anything Anthropologie could produce.

The sweet part is that this is just one flower in one garden on this whole earth. I love this picture because it reminds me of this:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12: 27-31

More like “O me of little faith.” God cares enough to make this short-lived flower beautiful in the little things, but he cares more about me. Enough to make everything come together and make my life beautiful in the little things. Holler.

Here’s to living by faith,

Lauren

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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