It is 12 : 30 pm in Zimbabwe nearly halfway to the end of 2017. The daily prompt is about writing a post on the word ‘Almost’ which is about things that are about to be done.
I am almost at the end of 2017, yet I am almost about to cross over into 2018. I am in between so what is it I can write about in the last post of the year.
While I am almost at the end of 2017, I am able to look back on the past 11 months and 30 and half days. A year in which I have faced personal challenges but I can say confidently ‘thus far the Lord has taken me’ I have no regrets because all I have experienced has been training ground I came out the other side a Victor. As they say ‘no pain no gain I am now wiser and richer as a result of all I experienced. So I want to say to the year which is almost coming to an end fare well 2017, and to the year which is almost dawning I am crossing over into 2018 confident that the God who travelled with me then is ready to travel with me again. What can the world throw at me which God and I can not handle together? NOTHING!
I wish you all who have visited my blog and those who will be passing by a Happy and wonderful New Year filled with many opportunities.
This last challenge of 2017 asks to select the best and meaningful photograph that we took during the course of this year. I am not a photographer my photographs are taken just for pleasure so instead of the best I am opting for the ones which are meaningful to me. I have selected a few: –
I took this at Scargill attending a retreat like I said above it is not about being the best but what it means to me.
This is the chapel at Scargill retreat centre built reflecting the praying hands, and prayer is source of my life.
After sessions we went for walks around Scargill estate, I took this photo on our way back from the walk and the sun was setting as I looked back I glimpsed this glow of the sun through the clouds. Images like these help me to reflect on God’s greatness and leave me in awe. These are my 2017 Favourites they may not be the best of photography but they MEAN a lot to me and fitting to close this year’s photo challenges. I look forward to 2018 challenges.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL WHO MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY WHO FOLLOW THIS BLOG. THANK YOU.
It is not always easy to catch the sunrise in the U.K. especially when I am not able to rise early enough. However I did mange to catch it one summer morning.
Here is a peek of the sunrise taken from my kitchen balcony:-
I love all things curved:-
Curved foot path
The daily prompt for Thursday the 25th October was ‘identity’ – which is about those things and characteristics by which I am recognized by like:-
and my driver’s licence which I have to present every time I need to open a bank account or prove that I am the person I claim to be. However my passport and driver’s licence identify me they are external things which do not say about the person I really am.
At other times I am identified by my race, my culture and religion; my sex and my career also tell people who I am. In this era of technology I am identified by either my pin number or voice – here again while all these things prove the person I am as far as I am concerned they still fall short of saying the real person I am inside.
For me identity is about my thoughts and values which influence my lifestyle – how I relate to people and situations. The things I am passionate about that is what I hope people can recognize me by because they reveal the things that make me, me.
The theme for this week’s photo challenge just warmed my heart because the word ‘glow’ means something that shines intensely. The Collins thesaurus gives three other words which means ‘glow’ these are: splendour; brilliance and radiance. I again fall on to my archives to find photographs which will reflect my interpretation of this theme:-
when the peacock does this with its feathers it is simply brilliant, the glow of its feathers is breath taking
I find the bloom of this plant radiant against the bridge wall, its glow is reflected in the water.
That sunset glows with splendour.
Scale was last week the 18th of October theme for the photo challenge. The week was pretty hectic but told myself that I was not going to miss out. Here is my take on the theme.
This a farm in the valley in the lake District in the U.K.. The size t of the farm house in relation to the land scape was fascinating for me.
While on a walk with friends near Glossop, as we got up one of the hills and looked down the size of the cars in relation to where we were standing the cars looked like children’s toys.
Last week I spent a couple of days in Conwy in North Wales and I took this photograph while I was on the castle walk.
In the District weekly bulletin of our church was an advert for a ‘Ladies day’ my reaction was to think it may be one of those days where women would be talking about being good wives, good home makers none of which would interest me as my own marriage broke down. As I was free on that Saturday the 17th of September 2017, I registered myself for the day on condition I would slip away if the proceedings proved to be what I did not like.
I was surprised how the day developed despite my preconceived ideas of ladies events. The day was nothing but inspirational in that it was about the things I want and value which are spending time discovering who I was as woman in relation to God. The day was divided into three sessions which had an in put for 15 minutes and then a 20 minute reflection on your own exploring your own relationship with God. For the purpose of this post I will only share the session which had a great impact on me, the other two were brilliant I just want to share on the one.
This first session was about finding our identity in Christ, the input was about how we each deal with negative traits we may have as individuals, bad past memories which may result in self hatred. It was the best part of the day as I faced my hang ups from my past. Reflecting on biblical texts helped me to find my own identity in Christ. At the end of the input we had an opportunity to do an exercise based on Psalm 23 reflecting on what it meant to me personally after that we were each challenged to write our own personalised psalm and the following is my own version of a personalised Psalm 23. I hope it will inspire you as it came from my heart expressing how I feel about God:-
The Lord is my Sat Nav
The Lord is my sat nav, I shall not be diverted; He makes me stay on course for my sanity’s sake. He helps me gaze on my life’s journey, and makes me aware of others on the journey too.
When I take wrong turns and moves because of Life’s distractions He re-calculates my step and send me back on the road. I will trust in his guidance and concern, My confidence is enhanced.
He reminds me of all the dangers of the road He nudges me every time I doze off behind life’s wheel; And assures me of his presence and calms me down always keeping me safe.
Surely his guidance and direction will comfort me, all the days of my life. I will trust and lean on his leading; for ever and ever.
I have not been out taking photographs lately because of the rains, which means for this week’s photo challenge I will use photographs in my archives which were shared by my friends.
I love the autumn colours reflecting through the windows.
The only disadvantage with using photographs from my archives I can not say where they taken as I got them from friends. What is important is that they suitable for this week’s challenge enjoy them.
The first time I read the theme of this week’s photo challenge ‘layered’ I thought of the wonderful cake creations talented bakers have done, I thought layered cakes show distinctly the different layers. I then thought of different layers which we find in our natural environment and this is the point I draw from the many photographs my friends have shared with me.
First up is this beautiful garden taken by a friend on one of her many walks I love the different ‘layers’ of different textures of plants and flowers layered beautifully.
In Zimbabwe it is spring and the following photograph is what the country side looks like at this time of the year:-
Here you can see the layer of trees and rocks mingled together. What I like is how the texture of the rocks peers through the beautiful shades of the trees.
Here again you have different layers of different textures of flowers.