I love this week’s Photo Challenge which is all about taking something and running with it – about going many steps beyond your wildest dreams.
Never believe that the impossible isn’t possible or that a dark and gloomy prognosis means the end of the track.
From a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 8 months old…told IF he lived, he would be in a vegetative state and die by age 4…
…to Special Olympics, 2015 – Kissing a pretty girl fifteen years later makes it well worth coming out of a coma and surviving!
Believe in the extraordinary – faith, hope and love are the greatest of gifts.
Thanks, God, for second, third and fourth chances. And tenth and seventy-seventh chances.
You know, God, sometimes I think that Your lessons about faith, hope and love are as much about our aspirations as they are a reminder of Your unwavering faith, hope and love for us. It IS a two-way street, isn’t it?
That when our ordinary faith, hope and love stray, You – our Rock – never lose those three things for us, and it is Your extraordinary faith in us, Your hope in our return and Your eterrnal love for us draws us back and is what causes such rejoicing among the angels when we return.
Many happy and extraordinary returns!
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There aren’t too many bad days at the beach, so it was difficult to choose a photo for this Photo Challenge:
But a partly sunny/partly cloudy day sometimes yields the best waves for those who are up to the challenge.
This surfer girl was not hesitating, she was studying her male counterparts to see where best to get the most out of her day.
Hey, God – Thank You for good waves to ride when the conditions seem too challenging. May we see our days as partly sunny instead of partly cloudy.
Help us to rise to the challenge and trust that we just might have the time of our life if we brave the elements and jump in for the adventure.
Let us remember that sunny days don’t always sharpen us, and rough seas can sometimes teach us more than calm waters.
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For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I offer the face of an angel with boundless joy:
David, at Special Olympics, this past May.
Thank You, God, for untold joy, for unstoppable joy that springs from unspeakable grief. For spontaneous joy, for the unexpected, the unseekable that presents itself and makes life worth every hardship.
Thanks for the unending hope of joy, for using each of us to inspire one another to keep seeking You and the untold riches of joy You offer.
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I love close ups. There are universes in microcosms, n’est-ce pas?
And vice versa, when you consider the big picture includes a glimpse of the life of American icons’ private lives…
Thanks, God, for the big picture You provide and the close-up version we so often see up close and personal. Sometimes when we look closely we see Your big picture and the other way around.
Thank You, God, for Your depth in the far-sighted and for Your finding a way to show us the path regardless of how closely or how far our gaze takes us toward or away from You…
Thanks for always guiding our gaze towards You, no matter how far we stray…
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