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Musical Monday: Dream for You

The song today is a Casting Crowns’ song,  Dream For You

The link contains the official lyric video, but I typed a few of them here for you to ponder…

I’m stronger than you think, I am
I’ll take you farther than you think you can
You sing and call me Great I Am
So take your stand
My child, if you only knew
All the plans that I have for you
Just trust me, I will follow through
You can follow Me

(Lyrics by John Mark Hall and Matthew West)

Point to ponder while you wander…Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, when talking about said song, noted that he could picture David sitting with his sheep, dreaming about being a influential and wealthy shepherd.  And he could picture God watching David dream, and smiling.

Knowing all the while, David would be shepherding His people, as King.

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Vinny!

In honor of Vincent VanGogh’s 165th Birthday…I offer Starry Night. Painted in June 1889. Currently housed by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“I know nothing with any certainty. But the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent VanGogh

In Appreciation of the Dedication

I enjoy the privilege of appreciating the fruit of people’s hard work, dedication, passion, and training.

I’m continually inspired by artists, photographers, sculptures, writers, choreographers, dancers, directors, and all the other creators out there.

In that vein…this photo is breathtakingly beautiful to me. While Gene Kelly played Gene Kelly in every movie he ever acted in, his choreography and creativity blow me away every time.  What about Cyd Charisse?  What can you say when you look at her in this image but stunning!  To hold herself in that position takes incredible talent, and years of training.

Point to ponder while you wander…What is it that you are passionate about?

Maybe it’s the arts.

Maybe it’s engineering or innovating software or machinery. 

Maybe it’s education or politcs or medicine. 

Maybe it’s your kiddos and family.

Maybe it’s being a pastor or running an orphan home.

Wherever you passion lies…go for it with all you have! Be a driving force for good in your chosen field. Leave a legacy with your passion, dedication, and hard work.

Note: I always credit photographers and artists but the image above was posted on FB by Gene Kelly The Legacy without a photographer credit. It could be a still from Brigadoon or a photo. Either way I don’t know who to credit. Sorry.

Sin and Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” -Thomas Jefferson

Random fact…I refer to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial as “Jeff”.

I enjoy visiting Jeff for the view sometimes, and other times I go there to ponder. Something about being there in the early quiet of the morning just inspires me.

Recently I heard that people want to either tear down his memorial or tack up a list of his sins.

Seriously?

We all know the founding fathers were not saints by any means. But his memorial is meant to inspire and to make people think not as a temple of worship!

My response to those people is let he who is without sin cast the first stone!

I doubt those folks suggesting the sin list would not want a list of their sins tacked up on their tombstone for everyone to see? I know I wouldn’t!

Point to ponder while you wander… We should be inspired by the wisdom of historical figures, but also learn from their struggles and failures. But if we only focus on someone’s sin…we miss out on the gift God intended those people to be.

Same is true of the people in our day-to-day lives.

Creativity Connection

I spent my early morning hours coloring a garden-type scene. I enjoy coloring plants! So many shades of green! So many textures!

I wonder how long God pondered the colors, textures, and characteristics of each plant before He spoke them into being?

I wonder how wide He smiled as He considered the colors of the Monarch butterfly and the flashing light of fire flies? As I personally believe He enjoyed every second of creation as I enjoy painting and coloring.

Do you enjoy coloring or being creative?

I personally believe the reason why so many people enjoy coloring (or woodworking, painting, planting gardens, knitting and the like…) is because they’re actually connecting to the One who created them.

We are creative beings! We create with our voices. We create with our minds. We create with our hands.

So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NLT

Point to ponder while you wander…

I feel closest to Him when I am writing, taking photos, coloring, painting, or otherwise creating 🖌📸✏, when I wander around appreciating His artwork 🌌🏞🏜, or looking at art others created 📷🖼🎨.

Art and nature is how God speaks to me most often, and how I relate to Him. I have friends who relate to God in music, and others who connect by just acknowledging His Presence & sitting quiet and still.

How do you connect to God?

Motivational Monday…Ansel Adams

“I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others & stimulate the search for beauty & creative excitement in the great world around us.” Ansel Adams

Who was Ansel Adams? Ansel Adams was a photographer mainly known for B&W landscapes, and for his love of Yosemite National Park. 

I love how his B&W shots force you to see past the colors to see the textures and patterns. He inspires me to walk in the woods with my camera. Not to copy him. But to look for the views and details that speak to me.

Here are a few shots of Ansel’s. I do not own the copyright to these photos. All are copyright of Ansel Adams. If you’d like to have prints of them, please purchase them. Don’t steal art! ❤

Moonrise over Hernandez…I love this one necause he said it was one of those right place right time photos. Not every one may love this image…but it totally speaks to me.

Rose and Driftwood…I love all the different lined in this one. The texture in the rose

Clearing Winter Storm at Yosemite…

Point to ponder while you wander…”Well done, Ansel.  You have inspired me.”  -Jill @Jillbeingstill.com