Love is Vulnerable – January 28th

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A couple of quotes from C.S. Lewis on love.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies an little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ~ C. S. Lewis The Four Loves

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Oh the joys and perils of loving someone, because sit could possibly mean you could get hurt. I am only now just learning this and my desperate need to allow myself to love people. Even if it means I might get hurt. But there will still be boundaries, if only to make sure I am not completely destroyed. I have to say I love C.S. Lewis’ wisdom about love, what a beautiful thing to think that even if you can be hurt by the one you love yet in some ways that love can also draw you closer.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Light and Dark – January 27th

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I love the light in this photo, it is so bright reflected off the river. Quite a bit like what I believe about God, that he is so light, that the light reflects off of Him in a bright and shining way. What a beautiful thing to think that in the midst of darkness there is light. You don’t really notice it until you are in a room that is completely dark, and then the lights on your electronics fill the room with light, not bright but it’s there. I love light, I think it is because I long for light, both literally and figuratively. I long for the light of the sun because its warm and bright. But I think I long for the true light even more, the light that stamps out darkness in all areas of life. The light that is God! It is the deepest longing of my soul for that light because it is a life giving light.

There are so many verses in the Bible that speak of light, one of my favorites is:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:5 ESV

May you all experience light in some way today, and may it warm your souls.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Irresistible – January 24th

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“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired” ~ Robert Frost

How I love this quote by Robert Frost. I think in some ways we all want that, to be irresistibly desired. Sadly sometimes though we put that desire for love in so many wrong places, I know I do that. I put it everywhere except where it belongs, with the God who loves my soul, with the God who saved me, with the God who does irresistibly love me. Who shows His love for me on a daily basis.

I snapped this shot yesterday morning, it was so beautiful, a bright sunrise through the trees. I love my drive to work, even on cold mornings, I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face, like a warm hand. You know like when your Dad cradles your face in his hands. I love that feeling, or in my case when my Grandpa does it. So much love for me, and so many sweet moments, especially after 15 days in the hospital when he didn’t really know who I was. But the day he started feeling better, he gave me the biggest hug and cradled my face in his hands and said I missed you. Love that! I can honestly say I have the best Grandpa, and I appreciate every moment I get with him. So may all of you be blessed with a special moment today and my you feel irresistibly desired.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

The Views Are For Free – January 23rd

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The last couple of mornings and evenings have been cold but the views have been glorious. I like to call them technicolor clouds. I have to thank God for them because it really is how I connect with Him. I snapped this shot while I was filling my gas tank, and I was struck with how beautiful it was. It reminds me that I sometimes feel like each beautiful thing I see in nature is like a bear hug from God. It’s like he is saying look at what I have done, isn’t it gorgeous, and remember that you are so much more beautiful and important to me. What a wondrous thought that He cares so much. Even when life is hard, I have to think He is all that much closer to you when you are in the midst of the valley.

On a completely unrelated topic I saw the most beautiful picture of peace in the midst of the protests in the Ukraine. You can see it here. What a image to see this priest standing in between the protesters and the security forces. I just can’t get over it. It’s very true that blessed are the peacemakers.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Necessary Endings – January 16th

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Sometimes I stand and watch the sun go down, I watch it drift down below the horizon and I wonder if the day that just ended actually amounted to much. And since this year I don’t want to live like that, wondering if my days actually matter, I have decided it means for me so necessary endings. This means that I will no longer be party to the comparison game with my family, not will I live in the place that they h e put me in so many times. I will no longer allow them to make me feel bad because of things that are outside of my control and I will hold them accountable for the things they say that are rude and hurtful. If I am to believe that God loves me, and He does, even on the days I don’t feel like it. Then I cannot allow them to hurt or control or speak junk into my life. The truth is I have been deeply wounded by them, and now it is time to put some boundaries up. Not to protect myself, but in a way to allow myself to heal and to grow and to live in a place of potential. The truth is I never have, I have allowed negative people and negative self talk to rule over my life. Well, I don’t want that anymore. I know that when I stared this blog I thought it would be all about my photography. But it is truly something more to me I guess. A way to get out all the stuff inside that needs to be said. No I do t want this to be a negative place, and hopefully that isn’t what it will become. I want this year to represent changes for the good, hope filled changed, life changes, bold moves and extraordinary friendships. Risk taking, stretching and yes, scary things too!

Goals for this year include:

Growing my photography skills, I mean really challenging myself when it comes to my photography. Not just doing the same thing over and over again, but really discovering what I love about photography.

Growing this blog from something that is just about my photos and really more about life, and not necessarily mine. Still trying to decide if I need to change the name or not…

Being more bold in my friendships.

Really going after what I really want. Even when it scares me to death!

I will add more to this list as I go though the year. But honestly I want to look back on this year next year as the year that was the start of something. The year where I let go and let God. Even when I don’t understand everything that he is doing.

Wow, didn’t know I had that in me.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

The Snow Falls Like Glitter – January 2nd

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So, I am sitting at work and I feel the sun on my face. This is interesting because we have had snow and clouds for the last day and a half. But there was a break in the clouds and the snow was shining through. I turned my head and looked out the window and it looked like it was snowing glitter. Floating down from the sky, breathtaking! I sat and watched it for the entire time it was like that. You know, I could have ignored the sun, but I didn’t and it reminded me just how much I love creation. The beauty of it just fills my soul. And honestly sometimes I just stand there and say thank you God, what a beautiful thing you have given us.

I hope that you will see something that fills your soul today with awe and wonder, something breathtaking!

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Ps. The photo doesn’t do what I saw justice…

Grandpa – December 18th

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So I went on a road trip to Chicago and came back to a very sick Grandpa. In the hospital almost a week and his birthday is Friday. 89 years old. He ha always been so strong and so full of joy but he is so weak right now and it is just hard to see him this way.
I wish I could tell you all about him. I wish he would be around my entire life, he has been like a father to me. I got to hold his hand today for a little bit, these hands that have held mine so many times when I needed to be comforted. These hands who have built things, played golf, hugged and held babies. These hands that have spun me around when we were dancing. These hands that I will miss so much. Praying for a miracle but preparing for mourning…

So many emotions, tears and laughter. But in most ways really just I don’t know, I don’t know what to think or how to feel.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

One More Day – November 26th

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It’s been so beautiful lately, beautiful but so cold. The first visible breaths of the season. The first hot chocolate will be had tonight as I do my first day of prep for Thanksgiving. So many good things to make and so many leftovers to eat for many days afterward. No shopping though, no lines for me, not in this cold. It would be kind of fun to go and give those people hot tea and warm cookies thought. A little bit of cheer for a season that just gets so busy and full of gift buying and really causes most of us, me included, in missing out on what and who really matters. I want to savor these next weeks, to be drawn into them and the story of it all. I want Christmas to wrap its arms around me like a warm coat, and cause me to just be caught up in it, to be cause up in the birth of my Savior. May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Reading, reading, reading – November 23rd

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Every year I try to read a piece of classic literature. This year I have been working through Persuasion by Jane Austen, but today I made a purchase of another classic and so I might just have to read it too. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Such a amazing story, very vivid, a recommended read for sure. I love old books, I love the way they smell, the way they fill, being able to turn the yellowed pages. There is just something to actually reading from a real book that I don’t think any eReader will ever be able to duplicate. Sorry all you people who love your eReader, I am an old fashioned girl. I’ll stick with my books!

Today’s purchase:

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“For why? The Lord our God is good,
His mercy is for ever sure,
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.”

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Have a blessed evening!
Heather

Untitled – October 21st

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As I have gotten older I have come to the realization that relationships are not easy, not at all like the millions of romantic comedies like to tell us. No, they are very, very hard and lots of work. Most of the time I am left wondering why, why must it be so hard? I at times want to get all upset and worried about so many things, but then a very still small voice says don’t be fearful or troubled. I see you and I know you, I know the situation and I know your heart. Don’t be troubled it will be worth it in the end…
It’s the waiting that is hard. So I will go back and ready the Psalms, lots of good things in there. Right now Psalm 46, we will see what tomorrow brings…

Have a blessed day!
Heather