Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Couple of Days

I Cor 16:13~~"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave,be strong.  
Let all that you do be done with love."

Sometimes we do things because 1) we have to,  2) for the job we have, 3) because no one else will do it, 4) because someone has told us to, 5) because we think it's the right thing to do, 6) because it has to be done before the next part can be started and the list goes on.  There are so many reasons.

But no matter the reason, we can do it with love.  That's sometimes difficult to remember when we're doing something that we find objectionable, but if we consider the blessings we have it's a little easier to squeeze love into the equation.  The blessing of health, food in the fridge, clothes in the closet, shoes on our feet, roof over our heads, friends, etc.  When we remember how blessed we are, it's easier to do "what we do" with love.  It often takes practice.  

I need to practice more.

The past two days of my Photo-a-Day challenge have been fun.  I can't believe it's day 23 and I haven't missed a day yet.  I'm not usually so diligent.

Your Shoes:  I don't have very attractive shoes, especially for the winter.  Just a pair of year-old sneakers and an old pair of semi-dress shoes that I wear to church once in a while.  After giving it some thought I decided to wear my boots.  Ho, hum.  The caption is "is it spring yet?"

Jan 22, "Your Shoes"

Something Old:  Once upon a time my husband's father and uncle ran two dairies that delivered milk to homes in the area.  My husband isn't sentimental, but I thought it would be cool to have some of their original milk bottles for the kids.  So I've been collecting them whenever I find them.  There don't see to be too many of them around, but I keep looking. 

Jan 23, "Something Old"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The First Post & Some Resolutions

Prov 19:20-21  Listen to council and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.  There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless, the Lord's counsel~~that will stand.

It's January 18, 2018 and this is the first post of the year.  Last year I only posted 6 times, huh?  I originally began this blog as an online diary.  Over time I've posted a lot some years and a little some years.  I was very enthusiastic about it at the beginning, but my enthusiasm waned as time went by.  

I still follow other bloggers.  Not as much as I used to.  I think I have to revamp "blogs I follow"~~delete some and add some new ones.  That takes time.  Time to search for new bloggers to whom I can relate and who have things to say that are meaningful to me in some way.  I generally like the blogs that have photos attached since I'm a photographer myself and get inspired by other's images.

I have to admit, though, that when I read other's posts I'm often ashamed at how shallow my posts are.  I've been so moved by others.  Not only the subject matter but by their writing.  I love words and good writing~~"why don't I post like that?" I often wonder.  Partly, maybe, because I think no one cares about what I say, partly, maybe, because I'm not in the habit of writing that way either privately or publicly.  Not sure.

So, although I'm not in the habit of making New Year's Resolutions (and I'm not doing it now), I'm going to try to follow through on a few new habits:

1) post more often in 2018 than I did in 2017 (at least once a week hopefully)
2) make my posts a little more meaningful and emotional than they've been in past years
3) include one Scripture verse in each post

There!!  short and sweet.  Only time will tell if I'm successful.

At the end of December I decided I wanted to challenge myself to posting one photo a day for the month of January.  A friend is doing it with me and we post to instagram. I got the topic list from pinterest.  The topics seem benign enough that I can/will follow through.  I'm a little over half-way through the month and have managed to keep up.  As a matter of fact, I'm keeping up so well I thought I might give it a go during February too.

A few of the topics so far have been:  you, breakfast, letterbox, daily routine, in your bag...  I'm glad so many of the topics can be photographed inside my home since right now we're dealing with one of the worst winters we've had in a long time.  But this too shall pass.