Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Love God. Love People.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Jesus summed up the entire list of ten commandments and all the rules and regulations of the law into just one. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." (Luke 10:27)

Love God. Love people.

That is so simple, and I could end this entire post here because that effectively answers the question I placed in the title, "What would Jesus do?" If we love God, we won't worship idols. If we love people, we won't covet, or steal, or murder.

What would Jesus do? Jesus would love. That's what He would do.

In our everyday lives, there will always be situations and people thrust upon us that seem to be unlovable: passing acquaintances, co-workers, even family members. Jesus Himself stated, "A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." (Mark 6:4-6) Sometimes family can be the hardest to love.

Again, I turn to the Word for the answer. What does it say in 1 Corinthians 13?
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. (3) If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (verses 1-3, NLT)
You can have the right actions, you can give money to feed the poor, you can help your neighbor move, you can spend time with the elderly, but if your motives are wrong, you have gained NOTHING. We should not do things solely out of obligation or because it is expected of us. We should do them because we love that person and in the end that person should know that they are loved.

Ask yourself this, when you completed the task what did the other person think of you? Did they leave knowing Christ loves them and you love them?

Love is not a feeling. We do not have to "feel" loving towards someone beforehand. Instead, love is an action. We give love through what we do. And when we act out of godly love, we will "shine our light before men" and we will "glorify God". (Matthew 5:16, above)

But often demonstrating God's love requires a step of faith on our part. Faith is not limited only to our needs and wants: a new job, better lodging, or physical healing. Faith is used when we step out to do things we can't do under our own power - like loving someone we have a really hard time loving.

What does the Bible say is the end result of true faith?
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)
I like the previous verse as well. I especially like these verses in the New Living Translation.

Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. (12) Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. (verses 11-12, NLT)
Wow. Loving others by faith and seeing the result!

Faith is compared in the Bible to a seed. (Matthew 13:31) And seeds planted in fertile soil, tended and watered, will grow and produce great fruit. (John 15:1-2) Fruit we can see. We may not have known what was happening underneath the soil while our faith was growing, but when its all over we will see the fruit of our efforts. God always answers faith. (Hebrews 11:6)

Read verses 4-7 in 1 Corinthians 13 and as you read, ask yourself, "Where am I falling short in loving like Christ? Am I kind? Am I rude? Am I irritable?" And if you are, ask for forgiveness and then step out by faith to love someone in your life who is particularly unloveable.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:16)

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
(Matthew 7:20)
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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Squirrels

Squirrels are my favorite backyard animals. They have such fun personalities. Following the hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004, I raised an orphaned pair of male gray squirrels. I can say it was one of the best things I have done and I have such fond memories of "my boys". After they were released later that same year, they would often return and knock on the door, begging for nuts.

My Squirrels
My Squirrels

My Boy
My Boy, Gray Squirrel


Here are few more of my favorite squirrel photographs.

Mama
Mama, Gray Squirrel

Looking Back At Me
Looking Back At Me, Gray Squirrel

Peek-A-Boo
Peek-A-Boo, Gray Squirrel

Gone Nutty
Gone Nutty, Gray Squirrel

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

God in our children

But the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses were angry when they saw his miracles and heard the children shouting praises to the Son of David. (16) The men said to Jesus, "Don't you hear what those children are saying?" "Yes, I do!" Jesus answered. "Don't you know that the Scriptures say, 'Children and infants will sing praises'?" (Matthew 21:15-16 CEV)

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17)
God has promised to speak, not just to our children, but through our children. I think, however, that we, as adults, do not expect it. Instead, we have adopted the old adage, "Children should be seen and not heard." We need to raise our standards.

The Bible is full of examples. In the Gospels, we see Jesus using the bread of a young boy to feed thousands of people. (John 16:9) In the Old Testament, there is David, who was chosen above his older brothers, Samson, who was blessed with amazing strength, and Samuel, who God called out to instead of the priest Eli. (1 Samuel 16:11-13; Judges 13:24; 1 Samuel 3:4)

One of my favorite examples is found in the life of Daniel and his three friends. In Daniel, chapter 1, we find the people of Judah taken captive by the king of Babylon. The temple's goods are removed and the inhabitants have been uprooted and taken into bondage. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, then sends out a proclamation for certain of Judah's children.

Let's read the description.

Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. (verse 4)
That's quite an expectation for a child! Think of it. These children, which I'm sure were far more in number than just Daniel and his three friends, must become the smartest and the best for a king who was not their own and didn't believe as they did. And remember, he was a king. He was not someone you could argue with and he'd change his mind. This is made plain in verse 10 where the prince of eunuchs feared for his life.

But God...God had big plans for the lives of these four children.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (9) Now God had brought Daniel into favour... (verse 8-9)
God provided for Daniel and his friends physically, mentally, and spiritually. But it began when Daniel decided he would not defile himself. He took a stand for what he believed, in absence of any adult there to tell him to do so. God then gave him favor with the prince of eunuchs so that he and his friends could eat pulse instead of the king's meat. He gave them better health than all of the other children (verse 15) and great wisdom when they spoke to the king, so much so that the king himself said they were better than all his own magicians and astrologers! (verses 19-20)

But the story doesn't stop there. Notice what happens in chapter 2.
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. (2) Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. (Daniel 2:1-2)
Here is the king disturbed by a terrible dream to which he calls all the men of the land to interpret, and he follows this call with a threat. (verse 5) There is now a lot at stake! To make matters a lot worse (verse 10) the Chaldeans open their mouths and let the king know his request is impossible and no man can possibly follow through. Furiously the king commands all involved, including Daniel and his friends, to be slain.

At this point, you'd think it is over and all had come to nought. Except for Daniel - Daniel asks the king to stay his hand and requests time to pray. This is Daniel, the youth, the same child whom God had given favor with man, health and great wisdom. The lives of all the magicians and astrologers now sit on the shoulders of a young man.

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; (28) But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these... (Daniel 2:27-28)
Wow! We need to expect our children to hear from heaven the way Daniel did. That they will stand for Christ, and pray, and speak His word is as much a promise of God as is salvation or healing or prosperity.

But this thought becomes even greater when we remember what Jesus said in Matthew 18:4. "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Instead of waiting for the child to grow up to be an adult before God moves, we, the adult, are to become like the child and then God will move!

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. (14) But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (15) And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. (Matthew 19:13-15)

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Voices From The Past

I came across a recording this week quite unexpectedly which plunged me immediately into the past. It was one of those instances in your life that you cannot foresee and are so grateful for afterward. But before you listen, I must give you a bit of background on how I came across it in the first place.

Back in the early 1980s while attending a local bible study, my mother and father made a number of cassette recordings of a well-known preacher. Needless to say, thirty years later these cassettes are rapidly decaying. So for a number of weeks now, I have been transferring these recordings onto compact discs. We have this amazing machine to do the job which only requires me to press a few buttons.

Having already done a dozen of these old cassettes, I placed in another labeled with the preacher's name and the number eight, it being the eighth in this particular series (but not the eighth one I've done). I was all prepared to hear the usual opening sequence, check my recording EQs and move on to another task while the machine does its magic.

But what I heard in the first seven minutes of that tape was not what I expected at all. Instead out came these voices from my past, my great-grandmother and great-grandfather, her daughter, my grandmother, my dad, and in the background my brother and I. I cannot fathom how this recording, dated June 2, 1979, remained on my mother's shelves for thirty years, unharmed. And when I think of how all this time has passed, yet those voices - my great-grandmother, great-grandfather and grandmother - all gone, still remain as fresh as they did all those years ago.

The recording also contains me, at age eight, singing a song we had learned in the children's choir at church, and then my brother and I playing the piano for our assembled relatives. (I have only included the first portion of the piano portion of the recording, as it is quite lengthy.)

I know I am fortunate to have found this recording as so many others would wish they could do the same. I have placed it into a video I created (below) along with a few photos of the participants around about that date. However, I would tell you that this video is not meant so much to be visual as it is to give you a chance to experience what I did, even in a small part. I hope you enjoy it.

It is available in two formats, for the best view visit the Photodex link below.
http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow?fl=3139783&alb=142177

It is also up at Webshots.


Recording-June-1979.wmv



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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Cares of Life

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Luke 8:14)

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (Mark 4:19)

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (Luke 21:34)
What are the "cares" of life? In Strong's Exhaustive Concordance the Greek word translated "cares" in these verses specifically refers to distractions. A distraction is something which turns your attention from one area to another. Both the books of Luke and Mark list a few of these distractions: riches, pleasures, and lusts. However, I think we, as church people, have read this parable so much that these words have become too generic in our thinking, and subsequently we fall prey to the very thing Jesus was trying to protect us against.

The verse in Mark 4 uses the phrase "entering in". Things that "enter in" to our lives will in some measure alter our future, whether we deliberately put it there for that reason, or, what is most likely, by coming in through our lackadaisical actions. Notice in Luke 21 it says "so that day come upon you unawares." If we will be unaware of it, then simply put we were not paying attention to it as we should have been. We were distracted.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:13-18)
Ephesians six describes the armor God has given us for our daily protection. Notice first of all, in verse thirteen that we have to take it up! God is not going to stand us up and dress us! That is something we have to do. We see this thought repeated in verse fourteen where the understood subject of the sentence is the word "you". "[YOU] stand therefore..."

Okay then, we are standing by our own action. Why are we standing? In faith for something? Yes, and this verse does apply to using faith to believe for an answer. Jesus said, "Ask and I will give it to you." (John 15:16) But notice both verses sixteen and eighteen. Verse sixteen tells us faith will quench, or destroy, the devil's "fiery darts", and verse eighteen tells us to keep "watch". We are standing to watch for the "fiery darts" in order to prevent them from affecting our lives!

Here again, I need to stop and ask a question. What are the "fiery darts" that we are watching for? They are the "cares of this world", the "cares...of life"! They are those things in your life that "enter in" unsuspecting.

"I didn't think saying that would hurt her. It just slipped out!"
"What goes on behind closed doors doesn't harm anyone, right? After all, if no one knows..."
"But I needed a new cell phone!"
"I was just too tired to go to church."

Well, what does it say in both Luke 8 and Mark 4? First of all, it says these things "choke" the word in our lives, and as a result, we "become unfruitful". We "bring no fruit to perfection." It all comes down to saying "no". Sometimes we just have to refuse to do the things that everyone else is doing. I'd hate to think I was working so hard toward some goal and yet will never achieve it because I am not protecting myself from those things that will "choke" my faith.

It also means more than living our lives to not hurt others. It's living our lives to not hurt ourselves. That is what the "cares" will do. Speaking one dirty word will lead to speaking many more dirty words. Skipping church becomes easier and easier to do, spending money almost effortless. Then when we hit a brick wall in our prayer life or have some great need, we can't figure out why we can't find the answer. It's because we've put too much stuff in between ourselves and God. We "can't see the forest for the trees."

I don't want anything to stand between me and God. When He speaks, I want to hear it. I want to live in the joy He has promised me. But this only comes when I am watching over myself. After all, what does the Word say?
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)
That is where I want to be! Sitting in amongst the promised inheritance of God! But to get there, I have to refuse to "be slothful". I have to "take heed". And I have to do it daily. Then when I exercise my faith, God will answer!

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Medal of Honor: Audie L. Murphy

The following was originally posted to the factfortoday Yahoo group. The excerpt below was taken from a now-defunct website, medalofhonor.com. We are always ready to welcome new members!

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Audie L. Murphy is the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of WWII. He was also an actor appearing in western movies and a songwriter. He is best known for his acting in a biographical movie, To Hell and Back, and in the movies "The Red Badge of Courage" and "Unforgiven.
Audie's string of decorations began on March 2, 1944 with the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valorous conduct in action against the enemy on the Anzio Beachhead, Italy. This was followed with the First Oak Leaf Cluster on the Bronze Star Medal for his exemplary conduct in ground combat on or about 8 May, 1944. Also at this time, Audie was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.

After landing near Ramatuelle in Southern France, Audie earned the Distinguished Service Cross on 15 August, 1944. Audie Murphy advanced inland with his squad but was halted by intense machine gun and small arms fire from a boulder covered hill to his front. Acting alone, he obtained a light machine gun and in the ensuring duel, he was able to silence the enemy weapon. Killing two of it's crew and wounding the third. As he proceeded further up the draw, two Germans advanced toward him. they were quickly killed. Still alone, Audie then dashed further up the draw toward the enemy strong point disregarding the hail of bullets directed at him. Closing in, he wounded two more Germans with Carbine fire, killed two others in a fire fight, and forced the remaining five to surrender. But it was during this action that took the life of his dear friend, Lattie Tipton. So devastated by this loss, that Audie co-dedicated his autobiographical book "To Hell and Back" to PVT Lattie Tipton and to PVT Joe Sieja who was killed in action on the Anzio Beachhead in January, 1944.

On the morning of 2 October 1944, near the Cleurie Quarry, France, Audie inched his way over rugged terrain toward an enemy machine gun which had fired upon a group of American Officers on reconnaissance. Getting to within fifteen yards of the German gun, Audie stood up, and disregarding a burst of enemy fire, flung two hand grenades into the position, killing four Germans and wounding three more thus destroying the position. For this action, Audie was awarded the Silver Star Just three days later, on October 5, 1944, on a hill in the Vosges Mountains near Le Tholy, France, he earned an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star. Carrying an SCR536 radio, and alone, Audie crawled fifty yards under severe enemy machine gun and rifle fire, to a point 200 yards from a strongly entrenched enemy. For an hour Audie Murphy directed artillery fire upon the enemy, killing fifteen Germans and inflicting approximately thirty-five casualties. World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Audie L. Murphy

Audie Murphy's three Purple Hearts recognize wounds he received on 15 September 15, 1944, in his action near Genevreuville, France; October 26, 1944 in action near Les Rouges, Eaux, France; January 25, 1945, in action in the Colmar Pocket.

Audie Murphy received a severe hip wound from a German mortar on October 26, 1944. Tired of the monotony of hospital life, he took it upon himself to rejoin Company B. He was still in a state of convalescence on January 26, 1945 when Audie earned the Nation's highest tribute for action in the Riedwihr Woods near Holtzwihr, France. The Third Division was engaged in fierce fighting in the Colmar Pocket which consisted of a heavily fortified bulge stretching from the Rhine into France. At midnight on January 25, Company B moved through the Riedwihr Woods, but fierce fighting reduced the company to two officers and about 28 men. Despite five replacements, the company remained critically under strength. As the senior ranking officer, Audie was placed in charge of the company and was ordered to advance to the edge of the forest and hold the line until relieved. Company B was supported by two tank destroyers from the 601st Tank battalion which were attached to the 15th Infantry, but they would soon be out of action.

The frozen ground was covered with 10-12 inches of snow; it was impossible for the men to dig in. Audie's company was strung along a three hundred yard front at the edge of the woods. Company B was in a defensive position when at 1400 hours, on January 26, 1945, the Germans began a fierce attack from Holtzwihr. This assault consisted of six heavy Jagdpanther tanks supported by approximately 250 German infantry attired in white snow capes. The first tank destroyer slid into a drainage ditch and could not extricate itself. The second TD received a direct hit from a German 88 , killing the commander and gunner. Seeing that the situation was desperate, Audie ordered his men to fall back to an alternate position. At this time, Audie began calling in artillery supported by a field telephone through Battalion Headquarters. With his ammunition depleted, Audie decided to mount the burning TD and employ it's .50 caliber machine gun. After removing the dead TD commander, Audie sprayed deadly fire upon the German infantry. With the TD in danger of blowing up at any moment, the Germans gave it a wide berth. The black smoke streaming from the TD made it difficult for the Germans to see Audie, but it also reduced his view of the advancing infantry. At this point, Audie called in more artillery support even though it was dangerously close to his own position. For an hour, Audie managed to kill or wound approximately 50 to 100 Germans and confused the rest as to the source of the deadly fire. The German tanks, lacking infantry support, were forced to withdraw. Audie jumped from the burning TD only to hear it explode seconds later. Thus ended one of the most famous Medal of Honor actions of World War II. World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Audie L. Murphy

Following the presentation of the Medal of Honor on June 2, 1945, at an airfield near Werfen, Austria, Audie was also awarded the Legion of Merit. In addition to the US awards, Audie received the French Legion of Honor (Grade of Chevalier); the French Croix du Guerre with Silver Star; the French Croix du Guerre with Palm and the Belgium Croix du Guerre 1940 with Palm. Despite the weight and burden of his medals, Audie always stated that the "the real heroes were the ones with the wooden crosses."
Audie Murphy died in an airplane crash in the Appalachian Mountains of Virigina in 1971. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

For more information -
http://www.audiemurphy.com/welcome.htm
http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9418662
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audie_L._Murphy

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Thinking Process


When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. (Psalms 63:6)
God speaks to me a lot early in the morning before I rise up from bed. Often, I "hear" a scripture verse in my heart and will lay there just thinking about it. I'll repeat it over and over, reflecting on its meaning. I will spend time meditating on it.

...thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)
This morning I was thinking about this scripture in Matthew. Again and again, I said to myself, "for He shall save his people, for He shall save his people, for He shall save his people from their sins."

Then I reworded it. "Jesus' name saves His people. Jesus' name saves His people." After a while, I heard another scripture.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Philippians 2:9)
I then combined these two thoughts. "His name is greater than every other. His name saves His people. His name is greater and it saves His people." Then the following verse in Matthew rose up inside me.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Matthew 16:17)
Again, I combined these thoughts. "Jesus' name is above every other. It saves His people from sin AND is followed with signs. It not only saves. It is followed with signs. Jesus' name provides salvation and signs."

This process is what the Bible means when it refers to meditation. The word "meditate" itself means "to mumur" or "mutter"*, and it is a biblical instruction. (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2) When the scripture says, "Thy word have I hid in my heart," I must ask, "How did it "get hid" there?" (Psalms 119:11)

Repetition is part of learning any subject. If you are taking a math class, the teacher would have you do the same type of problems over and over again, until you know how to do them with ease. In a relationship between a man and a woman, each party studies the other to learn all they can. After twenty years of marriage, I know my husband well enough to tell you what he'd say in any given situation. I, in effect, meditated on him.

That sounds like a funny way of putting it, but meditation goes in both positive and negative directions. We can meditate on good things and on bad things. Take worry, for example. Worry is meditating on fear. Isaiah 33:18 uses the phrase, "Thine heart shall meditate terror." That sounds a lot like worry to me! And meditating on fear will produce more fear and still more fear.

Here's the bottom line. Both positive and negative meditation will have an effect on you. If thinking about worry produces fear, then meditation on God's promises, Jesus' name, or His love for us, etc. will produce faith. The more I thought about those three scriptures regarding the name of Jesus, the more I believed them, the more assured I am now of their truths.

But meditation is more than simply positive thinking. This is because God's Word is alive! (Hebrews 4:12) The truths in it save and heal and prosper. They change lives. But only if we take the time to put them into our heart. Then when we are having troubles in any one area - if we lack peace or wisdom or need healing or have a great financial need - they will rise up from inside us and we'll find the answers we need.

There is an old saying, "You are what you eat." Well, I "am" only what I put inside me. I cannot speak healing, if I haven't any knowledge about healing. I will not walk in peace if I don't know I can have peace. So I will take my time in advance to put God's words in my heart, to make myself strong in the Lord. (Ephesians 6:10)
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don't be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.
(verses 15-16, The Message)


* Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, H1897
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Suzanne

Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Photography: Blue

"Blue is a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colours. On the HSV Colour Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow; that is, a colour corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a colour wheel based on traditional colour theory (RYB), the complementary colour to blue is considered to be orange...The English language commonly uses "blue" to refer to any colour from navy blue to cyan. The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu." (Wikipedia)

Blue Night, Murphy, North Carolina
Blue Night, Murphy, North Carolina

Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Twilight Reflections
Twilight Reflections, Saddle Creek Park, Lakeland, Florida

Blue Sky Moon
Blue Sky Moon

Blue Over You, Hydrangea
Blue Over You, Hydrangea

Plumbago
Plumbago

Forever
Forever


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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This piece was written for the Grace & Faith 4U Blog. It received such a nice reception that I wanted to also post it here. It is not di...