We are always under construction. These photos were shot months ago but this was the right time to post. They were taken on a bright winter day after a long and unusual intensity of snow that left many housebound. It was so nice to get out with a camera around my neck, stretch my legs, and see progress being made.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
The photos on this site are representative of three seasons, Winter, Spring, and Summer. With Fall around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to show you how to search through the catalog using seasons for your upcoming events.
The temptation here is to focus on what the Bible says regarding shoulds and should nots but we have enough to worry about with that all the time anyway. I’m far more interested in the comfort of God’s healing.
I want to hear some words not just of health (how do I change my patterns?) but of self (where should I put my focus, Lord?). Because working toward health is a journey and we need to be reminded there isn’t anything wrong with that but our broken human brain is trying to believe who we are, and who God is, changes because of circumstances. Spoiler, it doesn’t.
Prayer is an action. Do you know what else is? Your actions. As the daughter of missionaries, my life in some ways has been quite unusual. There are times I have wished I fit in easier with my own culture, my peers, wished I was not so out of the box. Some days I would very much like to be in the box.
There are so many things that cause outrage and fear, anxiety, and stress. We have never been more connected, felt more helpless. What can we do? If I had a superpower it would be to fix everything. I adore dismantling the crippling influence of a problem and empowering people through their weaknesses. When something is wrong I want to make it better, I want action! But it’s really not my job to fix everything, just what God puts before me to do. He gave me the desire to want to fix things so I would give it back to Him, building trust. In so doing, I have been given the opportunity to see how prayer is not a matter of passivity, but action. Especially in times when we feel helpless.
The purpose of hamster wheeling is in part to anticipate the future, get ahead of tomorrow and to paraphrase James 4:14 — you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You don’t know, you can’t know, and it’s a sin to try. We can imagine all the scenarios we want but ultimately, tomorrow will come and all we are in control of is our feelings, our thoughts, and our imagination.
The past is gone and tomorrow is God’s domain, we can’t know what it will bring, all we can do is today. For people like me who want to see steps ahead, be prepared, solve problems, this is a very hard concept. For some, one day at a time may come naturally but I am not geared for it.
Did you read the bit about emotions? Yes? Great. Now it’s time to get control of thoughts. Emotions, feelings, those are the roller coasters but when it comes to thoughts — we’re in total control. Reasonable, intelligent, calculated, cool, right? I see you shaking your head, no. You’re right.
Here’s the deal. Ultimately, you get to decide how you feel. About everything. Always. Now, I know this is a revolutionary thought. We’re constantly being cajoled in so many worldly ways that our emotions are precious treasures (they’re not), that we have no absolutely no control over them and should base all our decisions on them (we definitely should not).
Feelings and emotions are used interchangeably to mean that gooey stuff inside you — but they are not the same things. This article goes in depth on the topic but essentially, emotions are physical responses and can be measured whereas feelings are the next stage which involves cognitive input and cannot be measured precisely.
The thought life is comprised of the elements which make up your insides, kind of like a Pixar movie but probably not as cute. Sorry to say there aren’t little characters pushing the buttons and pulling the levers. You are in charge of your thoughts, imagination, and feelings. But you are not alone.