A Bird in La La Land


I made a mistake in my post last night (early this morning) about the roses. I started out merging two separate flowers, but it was actually an overlay of the same rose that I ended up doing. Not that it matters, but I realized that this morning. They just look different because of the overlay effect.

This is another crazy bird that I saw in the river of Los Angeles, or as Marcus calls it; “La La Land”. ūüėČ

I’m definitely in a colorful mood lately. I’m going to pick up my first 5×7 in a few minutes and work on framing my first colorful photo (well, first photo since I decided to go into the frame business).

Wish me luck! Peace and Love! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much to Rev. B. Keith Haney¬†https://revheadpin.org for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! And for your lovely blog that continually lifts my spirit. The Light Breaks Through is right! I have never been nominated for an award before- so as I said– I am both humbled and excited, to say the least! Coming up with seven things to say about myself is a challenge. Since my blog contains the story of my life, it‚Äôs very hard to think of something that hasn’t been said already!¬†I will certainly do my best.

The Rules

Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog Post about the award Share 7 facts about yourself Nominate at most 15 people Tell your nominees the good news!

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I was the pitcher for a girls fast pitch softball team for about seven years, and was voted All-Star player for five years in row- pitching several no-hitter games.
  2. I’m a bit of a tomboy (do they still use that word?). The “jeans only, no dresses allowed” rule holds true in my world. Ok, occasionally¬†I dress up.
  3. I can eat pasta until it’s coming out of my ears. I cook a pretty mean meat sauce and a pasta with chicken, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and capers- covered in a lemon butter/parmesan cheese & garlic sauce. (And I’ve just made myself hungry!)
  4. I do NOT like to bake (pastries, etc.). Mainly because the flour usually ends up everywhere but in the bowl.
  5. I’ve mentioned this on comments, but I don’t think I’ve said it in my blog: I’ve always been afraid to fly. I hope to conquer that soon because I want to see the world! I flew only once, when I was about 10, in my uncle’s private plane. We flew over my house! BUT,¬†I was young and¬†that was before I realized what flying was.¬†I’ve never been on a commercial airplane, but I LOVE airports. Seeing all of those people boarding and exiting planes reassures me that I can do this!
  6. I taught myself how to use a computer back in the days of DOS, and dabbled in HTML before I got my hands on website templates.
  7. I obtained my California Real Estate Salesperson license in 2007, and actually found out yesterday that it expired this month! I still have awhile to renew it- but I am hemming and hawing over it, as I’m not sure if I’ll ever use it again. BUT– time will tell. I need to pray on this one (mainly because of the fees to renew it).

I am honored and extremely grateful. Thank you again!

Naming others is hard because everyone I follow is lovely. And I follow A LOT of blogs! My nominees are ten blogs that have¬†visually (or verbally) inspired me,¬†taught me things, and/or encouraged me over the quarter of a year that I’ve been blogging.

https://streetsofnuremberg.com/

https://clicktoart.wordpress.com/

https://lemanshots.wordpress.com/

https://simoneteffect.wordpress.com/

https://laskowitzpictures.org/

https://discoveringandsharinggrace.com/

https://wildernesslifeblog.com/

https://onceuponanape.com/

https://healthy-people-dont-need-a-doctor.com/

https://curryncode.com/

Thank you for sharing beauty- whether it be through your photos or your words, or BOTH- with the world! –

With love,
Janet

 

Dark Places

Last night I had an amazing God shot and this image works perfect for the story.

Anyone following my story¬†knows that I’ve been my own worst enemy for the better part of my life. I overthink, doubt myself, and self-criticize.

Just before bed I was¬†pondering my previous stories about my angst, my fears, and¬†the imaginary THEY’s that I’d been conforming to please (although I did come up with some REAL).

Who’s Out There?


I was thinking¬†back to my talk about¬†the enemy’s whispers in¬†parts¬†two and seven- when I brought up the question: Who told me those things?

That’s when it happened.¬†Genesis 3:11

WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED?

I’ll tell you right now that this must have come from God because I can’t even remember how or why it¬†burst into my head! And never have I pondered the question that God asked Adam and Eve, or imagined that it meant something more than how it appears on the surface.

But last night, I knew that it was important.

Who DID tell them??

I discovered that there are two books titled WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? Both of them¬†address fear, judgement, condemnation and guilt. I’ll be checking them out—see what I need to learn from them—and then I hope to share with you what I learn.

Eyes Wide Open

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For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are none the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their being, their spirit.

-A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

It’s a Magical Day

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Magical is my mood for tomorrow. I’ve already decided that.

I¬†caught a few minutes of a show my mom was watching…¬†and a teacher was telling his student that her imagination was magical. I think I must have seen¬†the best part of the program.¬†I realized that I’ve been leaning too far toward the¬†serious side—so I’m going to let my imagination run wild.

I also realized something. Since I came to believe,¬†my imagination has grown tremendously. Sometimes I see my circumstances in the shape of a cartoon. I’m serious! Little animated analogies¬†run through my head, and¬†I’m hoping to use that as a tool in my¬†writing soon.

The original image was taken at a park, in Brentwood Tennessee.
Blessings! 

Through the Storm

My mood today is Enduring

Last week in my recovery class, our pastor talked about enduring temptation. When asked what temptation IS… he answered: Anything that takes us away from what we SHOULD be doing. The routines that we’ve become accustomed to through our recovery process.

Slowly but surely, I’ve tiptoed away from the routine I had established. I no longer attend A.A. meetings as often as I should, and yesterday I opted to stay home from church. I pray less often, and my Bible app has readings that are LONG overdue.

That being said… today I’m on my way to an A.A. meeting. Once you’re sober for awhile, the meetings aren’t necessarily for your OWN benefit. They are to be used by you; to be¬†an example of what can¬†happen in your life if you take the steps and surrender to God, your Higher Power.

As my sponsor says… I can’t be a shining example to others if I am on the couch in my comfy PJ’s. She is so direct. Darn her. That being said, I am enduring my temptation to stay home!