Daily Prompt – Almost

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – 2017 Favourites

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: –

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

What makes me, me

The daily prompt for Thursday the 25th October was ‘identity’ – which is about those things and characteristics by which I am recognized by  like:-

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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.

Weekly photo challenge – Glow

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:-

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when the peacock does this with its feathers it is simply brilliant, the glow of its feathers is breath taking

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I find the bloom of this plant radiant against the bridge wall, its glow is reflected in the water.

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That sunset glows with splendour.

Weekly photo challenge – Scale

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Finding myself in God

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

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.

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I love the autumn colours reflecting through the windows.

 

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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

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.

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In Zimbabwe it is spring and the following photograph is what the country side looks like at this time of the year:-

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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.

 

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Here again you have different layers of different textures of flowers.