when how we look changes what we see

- my mum between our two homes Before the mountains were born,    before you birthed the earth and the inhabited world—    from forever in the past    to forever in the future, you are God.Psalm 90:2 - writer Derek Maul in the garden As a photographer - and as a writer, too - I love to try to look …

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That “anxiety” conversation – making some progress

Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. Be clearheaded. Keep alert. 1 Peter 5:6-8a - NC writer Derek Maul I am a little bit pleased with myself right now (just a little) because I have made some …

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Dogs, Flowers, and Sandwiches – this week’s Photo-Friday

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,    for I am trusting you.Show me where to walk,    for I give myself to you.Psalm 143:8 It is always interesting to review the past week's photographs, and take note of what was left out when I was sharing other thoughts, devotions, opinion, and commentary. Sometimes I take photographs …

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Truth, “retirement”, leaves, Kierkegaard, and run-on sentences

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 john 4:16 - gleaning truth in the garden I have noticed an interesting corollary to this life's current craziness, and that is abundant raw material for writing! People (and that …

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Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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Change is part of the definition of life!

So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out …

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Life and Retirement and Gardening…

The Lord God took the human(s) and settled him (them) in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it.Genesis 2:15 - Rebekah working with the plants As an observer by trade (both writing and photography require a great deal of eyes and ears open paying attention) I often find myself simultaneously participating …

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The darkness of loss and the light and beauty of hope…

All the hopes and the drams for the future that had been kindled and nurtured through the past years had been wrenched from the cross and sealed in a cold tomb, a burial that signified the end of everything the band of followers cared for. Jesus was not only their hope for the future, he …

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Photographs from a walk around Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that …

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Is Anxiety a Sin?

- Rebekah tending the garden - one of places God meets me when I am broken Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,    whose trust is the Lord.They shall be like a tree planted by water,    sending out its roots by the stream.It shall not fear when heat comes,    and its leaves shall stay green;in the year of drought …

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