Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Hurdling Through Space

 Men in Motion

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Awe...some Mondays

Saturday I headed out to Fayetteville to watch the high school indoor track and field state championships. Our youngest granddaughter competes in the high jump as a sophomore. It was a long but exciting day at the track. The highlight of the day was this young man.

This competitor won the pole vault by being the only one to clear 15'-6". The bar was moved to 16'-0" and he cleared that height as well. Again the bar was raised and set at 16'-6"! This photo is the successful vault at the height of 16'-6". The state record for pole vault is 17'-1", so the bar was raised to 17'-2". After several hours of competition, there just wasn't enough left in the tank to clear the record setting height. Still, it was an Awe...some day at the track.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Inspiration Thursday - I Need Thee Every Hour

How often have you found yourself in a difficult situation and turned to God in prayer? When the difficulties of this life find their way into our existence, it is easy to look toward heaven and proclaim to the Creator that we cannot handle the situation and we are turning the issue over to Him. We are turning loose of the reigns and allowing God to fix the problem. Once the thing that has caused us so much anguish is resolved, we say, "Thank you Lord, I'll take it from here." God has a plan for our life. His plan is detailed and complete. It encompasses every moment that we live, whether we are awake or asleep. God's plan is not just for the difficult times or for those events that seem to spiral our life out of control. No, God's plan is more complete than that. While we may acknowledge that we need Him in the bad times, the truth is, I Need Thee Every Hour. Have a blessed day.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Awe...some Mondays

Every week I link up with Aww Mondays hosted by fellow blogger Sandee over at Comedy Plus. I also check in on her Feline Friday posts that focuses on photos of kittens and cats. Personally, I like kittens and cats, but in my heart of hearts I am a dog person so when I see a photo of little felines with the question, "What is cuter than a basket of kittens?", my response is...
 A Wagon Load of Cocker Spaniels

Of course, I have one special cocker in mind, Lucy. There are few things sweeter in this world that a pup taking a nap. They make it look so easy.

Lucy is ready to play at the drop of a hat...well the drop of a frisbee in her case. She will fetch it as long as you're willing to throw it. Catching the frisbee is a different story. We're working on it, but she is not a fan of snatching things out of the air.

She makes a great model.

Finally, there is that unconditional love thing that puppies have. Lucy loves everybody and every thing. So, while a wagon full of cockers is very cute, the cutest thing is the one we own. Have a blessed week.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Awe...some Mondays - Lady Hoops

High school basket ball season is drawing to a close and state tournaments will be starting in the next couple of weeks. I took the opportunity to go to a local contest Friday night. I got there in time to capture a few images of the girls contest.

The girls can be just a competitive as their male counterparts, they just don't play as close to the rim as the guys.

There are usually no easy baskets in the girls game.

Sometimes it takes a little contact to get an open shot.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Awe...some Mondays

I took this image last Tuesday evening prior to the Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse. There was a bit of overcast on Wednesday morning and I was not in a good location to get a clean image of the eclipse, so I skipped that opportunity and just captured these images.

Did someone say "Blue Moon"? Blue moon actually refers to the second full moon in any given month. There are several of these each year. The moon isn't actually blue, I just put a filter to it.
No, the moon hasn't created it's own halo. I've just added a mild white vignette filter. It looks a little like the moon is peeking through a hole in the clouds.

Ever wonder what a mosaic tile wall mural of the moon might look like? Well, here ya go.

Of course, if you missed the total lunar eclipse Wednesday morning, you can always create your own. All you need is a good editing program and the right filter. Have an Awe...some Monday.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Inspiration Thursday - Even If

It's been a very long time since I posted an Inspiration Thursday. And while I am not saying that I intend to bring back the weekly post, I believe that there will be the occasional song or Scripture passage that will trigger an inspirational thought that I feel prompted to share. That happened recently as I was watching a video by Mercy Me.

We've all been where this song is. Things aren't going well, in fact our life is a mess on some level. We've heard all of the cliche verses from friends and loved ones, intending to encourage us and and give us hope. The fact is we are just putting one foot in front of the other, trying to get to the next day, hoping it will be better. Our faith is challenged and it takes all the faith we have just to move forward. God's people are not immune from difficulties. We suffer the same calamities as the world around us. As the song says, it's easy to sing praises to God when we're on the mountain top, but not so much when we are walking through the valley. Regardless of where we find ourselves in this journey called life, the Christian must always trust in the providence of God. Our life is not a surprise to Him. In Jeremiah 1:5 God says, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." It is okay to weep over our circumstances. It is okay to take time to consider our place in this world. It's okay to cry out to God to release us from our difficulty. The question is, what is our response if He says "No, or Not right now." It is in those times that we must say to our Creator, "Even if You don't, my hope is in You alone." Regardless of the trials and tribulations that this expedition called life may contain, as long as I have my Savior, "It is Well With My Soul." Have blessed day.