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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Sometimes it’s just about paying attention

Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.Colossians 3:16 - oak-leaf hydrangea Saturday morning, walking Max while the coffee brewed, I noticed how the fresh new sunlight spilling into our neighborhood seemed …

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I believe God walks with us through the valley, rather than organizing a detour

(The boy's father said), "But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”Mark 9:22-24 - NC writer Derek Maul Sometimes I like to find a photograph - typically one that …

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Splashes of Light from Bahrain to Miami to Wake Forest! – (Photo Friday a day early!)

- baby plus water play #Geoffreyishappy - Geoffrey is so happy he can walk now! So it may not be Friday today, but posting this now just fits in better with my schedule this week, and it works out best for me to share this set of images today. Just the one from Bahrain, but …

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My best bird photos from a snowy Saturday in Wake Forest

Birds are, in a sense, a guided interactional devotional experience. It is as if I have been personally invited into a festival of beauty and praise by The Creator. Maybe I have? The following is always a great combination - for photography, for serendipity, and also for smiles: January, North Carolina, snow, cold, woods, and …

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Fun with snow photos: snow = art

- Early morning light in Tyler Run Park, Wake Forest NC Lord, our Lord, how majestic    is your name throughout the earth!    You made your glory higher than heaven! From the mouths of children and infants    you have laid a strong foundation    because of your foes,    in order to stop vengeful enemies. When I look up at your skies,    at what your fingers …

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“Sexual Ornaments” – Most decorations have a backstory, think about writing yours down

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-12 I have always thought that a Christmas Tree - or at least a real …

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the solution to darkness is not artificial light

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”John 8:12 - Derek Maul writes about hope and light Have you ever woken up in a dark bedroom, maybe …

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Jesus throwing down another challenge

The wolf will live with the lamb,    and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;    the calf and the young lion will feed together,    and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze.    Their young will lie down together,    and a lion will eat straw like an ox.Isaiah 11:6-7 I am one of those soft-hearted …

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