Monday, May 23, 2022

I Spy #72

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Each week Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook shares a set of prompts for photos. On Saturday she invites participants to share their photos in the I Spy 2022 linkup. I had this ready to share on Sunday afternoon and then got busy with other things and forgot to publish, so here I am on Monday morning instead. Enjoy this week's photos!

 

- hidden - Hubby and I went to a concert on Thursday night - the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which was fantastic! - but from our vantage point the pianist on the near side of the stage was hidden by the balcony.



- brick - I never did get a chance to take a photo of a beautiful brick building, so instead I took this one showing the bricks in our fireplace. We've always wanted to replace the brick with fieldstone, but twenty years later we still haven't done it.



- mixed up - I've started following my daughter's philosophy for socks. As long as they are the same style, the colors and patterns don't need to match. So my socks are often mixed up, but it doesn't matter.



- selfie mode (take a picture with your phone in selfie mode - it doesn't need to be an actual selfie!) - A different perspective of the hummingbird feeder and the yard.



- Your Choice - Photo taken on a very windy afternoon.



iSpy 2022 is hosted by Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. The idea is to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your photos. Anyone can participate by taking five new photos during the week that fit the prompts. Link up during the week and have fun! 



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Sunday, May 15, 2022

I Spy #71

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Each week Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook shares a set of prompts for photos. On Saturday she invites participants to share their photos in the I Spy 2022 linkup. Enjoy this week's photos!


- Spot in Town (quarterly)  - I was lucky to have a clear cloudless day to get the quarterly shot of this church in Uniontown.



- Starts with M - music (not that anyone is playing this particular music right now - it's just part of our library)



-  At Last - we got the hummingbird feeders up this week. We try to get them up just before we expect the hummingbirds to show up, but I spotted one early in the week wondering why there were seeds and nuts but no nectar.



- In the Moment - just as golden hour was ending, and the sun caught the dandelions just right. I won't pretend that was what I was focusing on when I took the shot either - I just happened to notice that when I was looking through photos later.


- Your Choice - It was the last week of classes for one of the co-ops and many of the students had Teacher Appreciation gifts for me, including flowers and this cup.



iSpy 2022 is hosted by Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. The idea is to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your photos. Anyone can participate by taking five new photos during the week that fit the prompts. Link up during the week and have fun! 




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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Five Minute Friday - Vision

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.


be thou my vision
without a vision the people perish
20/20 vision

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What a gift it is to have vision! Seeing the world around us, being able to see faces of loved ones, and to be able to read. In my family, we all wear glasses although the amount of correction we need varies. One of my sons had laser surgery a few years ago and he is the only one who doesn't have to wear glasses any more! Another son is very nearsighted and very dependent on his contact lenses. He had to have surgery to repair torn retinas when he was just a teenager. I had tears in my retinas repaired last year, although they weren't as serious. Our parents and other family members have had eye problems. One relative of mine is functionally blind, and it has been extremely difficult for her to accept that she cannot read any more. 

We go to great lengths and expense to repair and protect our vision. Almost sixty percent of Americans wear glasses, and about twelve percent wear contact lenses. Vision care is a multi-billion dollar industry in America, and the eyewear market is expected to increase every year going forward. 

But there's a lot more to vision than just the ability to physically observe using our eyes. Vision can also be defined as an ability to anticipate what will happen or the sense of looking forward with anticipation and a plan. Business leaders and coaches need to have that kind of vision in order to adjust quickly to changes, to motivate and to inspire.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ~Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power. ~Seth Berkley

I think in the world of business, you either have vision or you don't. But in God's kingdom, we need vision too. And we need to be in line with the vision God has for us and for our communities, and our world. That kind of vision brings hope and encouragement, and helps us persevere. As Christ-followers, we need to see what God sees, in ourselves and in others.

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. ~George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.
But happy is the one who keeps the law.
~Proverbs 29:18~


I thought immediately of the old hymn, "Be Thou My Vision". It's a very old Irish hymn, written in about the eighth century in honor of St. Patrick. In the early 20th century, it was translated in English. 

You Are My Vision

You are my vision O King of my heart
Nothing else satisfies only You Lord
You are my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping Your presence my light

You are my wisdom You are my true word
I ever with You and You with me Lord
You're my great Father and I'm Your true son
You dwell inside me together we're one

You are my battle-shield sword for the fight
You are my dignity You're my delight
You're my soul's shelter and You're my high tower
Come raise me heavenward O Power of my power

I don't want riches or man's empty praise
You're my inheritance now and always
You and You only the first in my heart
High King of heaven my treasure You are

High King of heaven when victory's won
May I reach heaven's joy O bright heaven's Son
Heart of my own heart whatever befall
Still be my vision O Ruler of all

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Getting to know God through his Word and through prayer is the way to have his vision. May we put at least as much effort into improving and maintaining our spiritual vision as we do in protecting our eyesight.


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This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Vision".



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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Five Minute Friday - Both

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.



we all both win
can we have both
best of both worlds

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When I saw the prompt for this week, I immediately recalled a little boy voice declaring happily, "We all both win!" but honestly wasn't quite sure whether it was something one of my own sons said, or something my little brother said when he was very young. After thinking about it, I'm pretty sure it was my brother. We were playing a board game, and someone was declared the victor, but since the outcome was close and we'd all had fun, a preschooler claimed we were all winners. 

We've jokingly quoted that line many times over the years, and as I said, it's been so long that I'm not quite sure who said it. But I like that idea of "all both" - everyone is included. Both ends of the spectrum and everyone in between. Of course, in some endeavors there will be one person that comes out on top, and that wins first place, but that doesn't have to mean everyone else is a loser. If we all did our best, benefited or gained from the experience in some way, and had a good time, we've all won something. 
(Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not a fan of the participation trophy culture, where everybody gets a trophy just for showing up and nobody gets properly rewarded for excellence. I think we can and should applaud the top achievers!)

Everywhere I go I find that people . . . both leaders and individuals, are asking one basic question, "Is there any hope for the future?" My answer is the same, "Yes, through Jesus Christ." ~Billy Graham

God's kingdom is one of "all both". Everyone is welcomed and loved. God's grace and goodness is for "all both". God provides for both humans and animals. He made both the day and the night, both the summer and the winter. The rain falls on both the good and the evil. God has blessings for both you and your children, and both Jews and Gentiles. His Spirit is for all believers, both men and women; and his promise is for both now and forever. Everything is in his hands, and his love and power is big enough for everyone and every need. We all both win!

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
~Psalm 36:5-6~

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.
~Psalm 74:17~

May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
~Psalm 115:14~

The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
~Psalm 121:7-8~

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
~I Corinthians 1:24~

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
~Joel 2:29~

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
~II Peter 3:18~

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Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and won't have to hunt for happiness. ~William E. Gladstone

Full disclosure: I actually did write almost all of this on Friday but thanks to a super busy few days I kept forgetting to put the final touches in it and actually publish. *Sigh*

This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Both".


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Monday, May 9, 2022

I Spy #70

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Each week Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook shares a set of prompts for photos. On Saturday she invites participants to share their photos in the I Spy 2022 linkup. I usually try to post on Sundays but that hasn't worked out that great lately. Yesterday was Mother's Day so I spent the day with the family. Maybe Edition #71 will be back on the Sunday posting schedule! In the meantime, enjoy this week's photos!


- Plant (quarterly)  - 



- Inside Out - a couple of blouses I hung up after laundering, and sure enough, I left one turned inside out.




-  Split - split rail fence at the end of our driveway



- Green - morning coffee in a green mug on a green table.



- Your Choice - remember my old barn photo? This is what was left of it by the middle of this past week.


iSpy 2022 is hosted by Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. The idea is to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your photos. Anyone can participate by taking five new photos during the week that fit the prompts. Link up during the week and have fun! 



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Monday, May 2, 2022

I Spy #69

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Each week Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook shares a set of prompts for photos. On Saturday she invites participants to share their photos in the I Spy 2022 linkup. Enjoy this week's edition!


- On Your Plate (quarterly shot)  - teriyaki chicken sandwich from the grill. I  don't think the photo does it justice, honestly. It was very good.


- Outside - looking out the car window on the bridge near our house. It was also outside my usual routine that I gave my daughter a ride to and from classes a couple days last week.



- Starts with T - tulips



- Where You Are Now - I'm just leaving my husband's workplace after dropping him off. Such a pretty country road and property!



- Choose Anything (same vantage point) - taken on a foggy morning. Very similar to the February photo, except the tree is all green now.



  



iSpy 2022 is hosted by Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. The idea is to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your photos. Anyone can participate by taking five new photos during the week that fit the prompts. Link up during the week and have fun! 



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