2014 Photo Walk

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These are a few of the photos I took as part of the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 11th.

I had a fun time walking around downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky with some of the members of my photography club, Sunny 16.

It is an international event where anyone can participate just by signing up. You can check it out yourself at kelbyone.com/photowalk/ if you are interested in how it works and would like to plan on joining us next year.

Day Spring Daily Grace Collection


Beautiful new collection by DaySpring!

Does Suffering = True Beauty?

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The CNN story of terminally ill Brittany Maynard is making headlines this week as she chooses to end her life on her own terms. This can be her choice in the state of Oregon, which is one of only five states that allow access to assisted suicide services.

There is another woman battling terminal cancer, too. Her name is Kara Tippetts. She writes a letter to Brittany as one who understands what living with a terminal diagnosis means. Kara asks her to reconsider her decision.

I am deeply moved by Kara’s letter to Brittany. You can read it here on Ann Voskamp’s blog. These words from that letter, in particular, struck me forcefully,

Dear heart, we simply disagree. Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known.” (Kara Tippetts)

Reading these stories this morning has tears streaming down my face and a wound in my heart. I feel for these women that are faced with living and dying with cancer. I do not have cancer and can’t begin to understand what that is like for Brittany or Kara or the many others that have known this horrible disease. But I agree with Kara because I know God cares about our pain. He cares so much about us because He created us and loves us deeply.

Kara is a believer. She has faith that God is there in the midst of her suffering. She knows she will go to a better place where there is no pain and suffering. No tears. No death.

Our culture is continually grasping at life in a futile and desperate attempt to extend our age, to remain unwrinkled and looking youthful as long as possible; to be in control of how we age, if we age, and how we die. Such a struggle to control something that is not in our control is an incredible pressure to succumb to all of our days. And then, if we do not meet society’s standards of beauty, youth, fame, status, or strength, we are declared useless and of no value.

Christ allows us the opportunity to live free of these burdens. In the CNN video, Kenneth Goodman, the Director of the University of Miami Bioethics Progam, states that “Life is precious and so is liberty.” I agree with Kenneth’s statement, just not his conclusion. God showed just how precious life is by sending His own son to die for us on a terrible cross. Yet, as His disciples, He gives us the opportunity to live freely in Christ – giving over the control to Him where we don’t have to worry about decisions about death, only living and dying in Him.

You may not have cancer or any circumstance so dramatic in your life, but your pain and your story matter, too. Through Christ our pain and suffering can be made beautiful because they matter to God. And, God cares for His own. How we live in Him is our focus.

Psalm 95:7 – For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care.”

The Hardest PlaceRead Kara’s book, The Hardest Place, to learn more about how she has faced the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

The Sweetest Gift

Newborn Collage


Recently, our good friends had a baby girl. They graciously allowed me to practice my photography skills on their little one. It was fun but also served as a reminder. Yes, babies are sweet. Their scent reminds us of life, love, and hope. But they are also a reminder of God’s gift to humanity. God gives us life! And not only that, but he gave us the sweetest gift of all in the form of a baby, and His name is Jesus! Snuggle your little ones today and remember.

10 Reasons to Love Fall

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Change is in the air – the leaves are starting to glow, the weather is a bit cooler and football season is in full gear. But there are other reasons I’m enjoying the beautiful fall season God has given us.

1. a trip to Jackson’s Orchard to get crisp Gala apples and a pie pumpkin
2. soccer games with our grandsons
3. pleasant morning walks with my dog, Dodger
4. delicious paleo pumpkin pancakes
5. leaving the windows open to catch the cool breeze
6. the nourishment of a pumpkin smoothie this morning
7. spending the day learning at Creative Live
8. starting fall projects and gifts for Christmas
9. more time to paint
10. Fall Bible studies

I hope you are finding ways to enjoy the blessings of the season. God is good!