May a child always trust that his hometown will stand intact…that his brothers will always be there for him…that his footing is secure…and that God will never forsake him no matter what.
Thank You, God, for the sun always rising and setting, and for everything in between. May we rest securely in the arms of Your promises.
Posted in Beach, Children, Faith, God, Life, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged carefree days, choosing simplicity, Rope Swing, Security | 11 Comments »
Magic came early this spring!
My kiddo, who was supposedly doomed to a vegetative state until his predicted death by age 4, went to the Tim Tebow prom last month with a classy “typical” classmate in a hott pink dress, who donned him with a crown and made him king for the evening.
He turns 17 this April.
Security on the main floor was tight as a drum. We peacock-proud parents, along with well-wishers and assorted spectators, were relinquished to the balcony Atop the main floor of a local Episcopal reception hall balcony.
Parents reconnected. Teens connected. Souls and dreams flourished…
Dear God, thank you that there is a place in Heaven and here on earth for everyone.
Help us remember that regardless of health or illness, strength or infirmity, life or death, earth or Heaven, sane or insane, righteous or sinners, we belong to You.
During this Lenten season, Lord, let us wrap our brains around Your concepts of letting go of convention and embracing what is different, foreign and changed.
Transform us, God, into what You would have us be for You, not for men or earth or the lives we know here on earth.
Shine Your mercy on us, Father, that we might slow Down and cherish every moment, with the faith of Your promises beyond.
Posted in Children, Church, Culture, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Family, Inspiration, Parenting, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged Disabled Prom, Inclusion, Miracles, Night to Shine, PeerHelpers, Prom, Tim Tebow Foundation | 3 Comments »
I wish for us all to be as happy and blissful as this ceramic-figured window dressing in New Orleans during Mardi Gras:
Thanks, God, for seasons of bliss, mirth and joy.
Please, Lord, help us figure out how to carry this feeling into every dark corner, crevasse and cave…that we may endure and prevail over any hardship we may encounter.
In this Lenten season, God, please help us to find the happiness and victory that come as a result of the reason for this season. In our imperfections, may we inch towards lauging in the face of fear.
Let us humble ourselves at the lightness of life which arises out of cruel death itself. Let us emerge from the ashen grave with victory!
Posted in Art, Culture, Faith, Inspiration, Joy, Lent, Life, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged French Quarter, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, timber's layover | 10 Comments »
Swarming starlings like to congregate just inland from my beach, frequenting the harvested cotton and peanut fields. They are easily spooked by passing cars and en mass, rise like a black curtain – a Hitchcock-like shadow of birds:
The birds darken our skies every November. But today, happy spring shadows bring blossoms of new life and colorful promise, yielding fresh hope and energy!
Thank You, dear God, for bright, new life springing from darkness …for the hope You provide that carries us out of the shadows of loneliness and near-death, and rocketing us forth into a fresh cycle of light, connection, hope and renewal.
Thank You for being on each and every walk with me – and for my bloggy buddies, too – through every season, storm, shadow and silver lining.
God, You rock!!
Posted in Culture, Faith, God, Hope, Inspiration, Joy, Life, Love, Photography, Postaday, Prayer, The South, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged Shadow, Starlings, welcome jackie! | 10 Comments »
Solitude hiding in sargassum…
Thank You, God, for the sanctuary of camouflage. When honesty is raw, when judgment is harsh, when exposure might lead to death as we know it.
Thank You that we can be ourselves with You…and with those rare few who judge not.
There is no solitude but in You.
Posted in Beach, God, Inspiration, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged camouflage, loneliness, missing you, Sargassum, solitude | 7 Comments »
Two photo challenges in a row, so beautifully synonymous – why not combine them?
Sunrise over cotton field
They both have grace, they both have ambience. Graceful ambience is what I felt when I stood poised with my device ready to capture each scene.
But moreso, I felt it through all five senses: the humidity of bath salts, the lure of flames, the rush of water, the electrification of new sunlight, the smell of cotton…
I paused in each place to capture the moment not just on camera, but in my soul. I hope you are able to inhale deeply with each of these photos and be here with me.
Thank You, God, for grace. Grace to be present in the here and now, to embrace the moment as You’ve created it. Let us savor each sunrise and sundown, every Alpha and Omega…for it all belongs to You.
Posted in Faith, God, Inspiration, Life, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged a&amc, Ambience, be with me, Graceful | 17 Comments »
Happy New Year to my friends and fellow bloggers…
Please join me in welcoming 2017 with some resilient sea-horsey sentiments, inspired by my new bloggy friend plainmama (yes, paint AND prose are just a couple of her many talents).
Consider the seahorse (species pictured are native to our Gulf coast) as we face the new year – may we be that creature which uses motion to stay the course, in which flexibly goes with the flow of the ocean’s current…confidently stretching ourselves to greater possibilities while instinctively coiling interdependently for anchoring:
Tranquil amid perpetual motion,
Simplicity dominates life;
Beauty and harmony in its movement,
The husband is the wife.
(Interesting side notes: The Latin genus hippocampus (hippos=horse, campus=sea monster) – the hippocampus is the deepest part of our brain governing memory, the part that looks like a seahorse deep within and is the first to go in dementia…and also flatlines when adrenaline rushes during a perceived threat, trauma or hardship. The sea horse does not stay with the same mate for life (fluidity!) and the female dumps thousands of eggs on the male at once because less than 1% survive…which is why I did this photo shoot since it is so, so difficult to keep seahorses in captivity (and octopi, a future blog topic) – carpe diem, baby!
Hey, God, thank You for another year of buoyancy amid the current and for keeping us in motion that we don’t get stuck, trapped or drowned – that You keep us moving amid the current of the universe without fail.
Fluent, fluid and flexible! Yes, God, please stretch uS to the ceiling of our potential while taking great comfort in the sanctity of each other….grounded and heaven-bound, all at once!
Posted in Beach, Culture, Faith, God, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Photography, Postaday, The South, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged DISL, hippocampus, plainmama, resilient, seahorse, uS | 9 Comments »