Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blogging therapy- through the lens

Every now and then, I grab a hold of my camera and wander around the house snapping hundreds of photographs of ordinary things.  I tend to do this when the big picture of life seems overwhelming and I can't focus anymore.  Do you ever do this too?  I find that it's soothing when my circumstances feel overwhelming and the questions are too many to bear.  Life as a mama, a wife, a friend... it's not always black and white.   I work to regain my focus piece by piece, slowing my breathing, snapping my shutter. It stills the chaos and quiets the soul.  This one is just for me... for my record books so-to-speak... a blog post I can log in to my "Adventure Chronicles" section and keep track of where my heart is resting today.  Thanks for coming along. 

(James 5:11) "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."


 (Lamentations 3:25) "The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him"

(Galatians 6:9) "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

(Proverbs 3:5-6) "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."


(Psalm 40:1) "I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry."
 (Hebrews 6:15) "And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised."

(2Corinthians 4:16-18) "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

 (Romans 12:12) "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

(Isaiah 40:30-31) "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

 (Psalm 27:14) "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."







It's not so extraordinarily slow,
It's my impatience that makes it so.





21 comments:

  1. I love slowing down with you. My heart has been weary this past week and you have provided the balm of peace that was so needed. One of the many reasons I stop by...Patty

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  2. I LOVE taking pictures like those. It makes me realize all that I HAVE, and kind of puts my "poor me" attitude into perspective.

    So... Ava is reading Little Women... (YOU GO GIRL! GREAT SUMMER READING!) and Joe? Looks like he's almost done -- whatever it is! READ. READ. READ, KIDDOS! You will never be sorry you took the time! Best habit ever!

    Love you Sweet Sasha! xo ~Sal

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  3. Yeah, I can relate to snapping pix just to slow things down and take it all in, in my own time. Love those clothespins! We love our reading time too.

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  4. We lived at the library during the summer when the kids were younger. Ava has made a great reading choice. :)
    I love your random photo posts. You take great pics. Glad you were able to snap some pics and refocus.
    Hugs to you,
    Cheryl

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  5. girl, i love these lighthearted photos. sometimes we have to focus on some lighthearted stuff with these heavy hearts, don't we?! i need to write ps 27:14 on my hand. xoxo.

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    1. Me too. Maybe a tatoo on my forehead? LOL

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  6. Well these are just beautiful, and that veggie sign! Are those carrots if they are I tried twice with out success what what's the secret.

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    1. I have arugula, a spring greens lettuce mix and carrots in that bed. Girl I don't know how they keep growing... I am the worst at gardening and have a total black thumb! LOL I mostly ignore them. Ha!

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  7. We are a lot alike Sasha. something about these images just gives us hope, promise, and faith. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I do the same stinkin' thing!!! Gorgeous pictures even more gorgeous reminders <3 Seems we all are waiting in anticipation for something these days....it's so important to slow down and take hold of our sweet Heavenly Father <3 Thanks for this !!!

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  9. What a wonderful way to refocus. I will have to give it a try. Your pictures are beautiful.
    I hope you find peace in your heart soon.

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  10. Great verses today!! My thoughts this morning too!! Waiting. We caught about half of the movie "Fireproof" last night and I just love the song from the movie, "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller. I'm sure you have heard it but last night the lyrics that stood out to me were. "I'm waiting on You, Lord and I am peaceful" and "I will serve You while I'm waiting, I will worship while I'm waiting." I had read recently a quote by Jim Cymbal that said, "waiting on the Lord is never a waste of time." Loved that!! Because we should be spending more time in His presence while we wait so obviously spending time with Him is not a waste of time. Then wouldn't you know this morning when I read a chapter out of Priscilla Shirer's book "He Speaks to Me" it was about waiting. I underlined this "Waiting doesn't call us to a passive life that requires no effort on our part. The decision to repent, be still, and trust (whichever applies) is a conscious commitment that require courage and diligence." There is that "be still" again. :) I love how God communicates the same message through my own Bible reading, book reading, movie watching and blog reading. :) Thanks for the verses and love all the random fun photos!! :)

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    1. Love that truth about waiting. Loved that chapter in Priscilla's book too.

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  11. ...that is exactly why I use to blog...because life got overwhelming and blogging was like therapy for me. I was forced to see the beauty in my life and kinda bask in it and savor it.

    I have since moved over to wordpress and don't blog like I use to but find blogging rewarding in some ways.

    love the photos and always love to read God's word.

    love the lemonade you serve via blogging!

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  12. Yes, I do this ALL the time! Beautiful shots, friend.

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  13. I just love your blog. It's kind of my "blog crush." And every time you have a snapshot of your kitchen, I swoon a little inside and want to move in with you. All that white and light. In fact... I have a confession to make... Your sign that says "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallows, which is kind of the same thing," is so adorable, I had one made for me! Oh, yes! I did! (And this is where you remember that copy catting is the highest form of flattery!) I have a friend who finds painting signs relaxing, and she says it's her "calm-down therapy." So she makes these adorable signs. I had her peek at your blog... I showed her the sign in your kitchen photos... and voila! She made one for me, and now it's hanging in MY kitchen! Thanks for being such a bright influence to everyone who reads your blog. I love your writing... your photos... the scriptures you use. You've got an amazing blog, Girl, and if you lived anywhere near Small Town, USA (where I live), I would have you over for coffee and give you FREE REIGN and TONS OF ENCOURAGEMENT to just redecorate my house. Because all the decorating? Yeah... That's not the spiritual gift the good Lord blessed me with!

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    1. That's awesome! I love that sign. It was a birthday gift from a beloved friend and I adore it. Thanks for the sweetness. :)

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  14. You are so talented. Your photos always make me sigh, you have such a wonderful eye for colors, textures and everything. LOVE it!

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  15. Beautiful photos! I have never done this, but you've inspired me too, seems like a nice way to slow down and enjoy our home from a different perspective. Lately gardening has been my way of grounding myself, I just love it, but haven't tried veggies yet, just flowers and herbs. Veggies intimidate me, but your beds look wonderful. I am going to go back and enjoy your pretty photos again!

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  16. I do this all the time...
    you described it perfectly....it stills the chaos and quiets the soul.

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