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Sparkly Like the Fourth

The fourth of July was as fun as a box of sparklers.  We enjoyed the day with Matthew’s family, complete with a parade and fireworks.DSC_2595-2 DSC_2600-2 DSC_2608-2 DSC_2631-2 DSC_2653-2 DSC_2665-2 DSC_2669-2 DSC_2683-2 DSC_2720-2 DSC_2736-2 DSC_2739-2 DSC_2758-2 DSC_2780-2 DSC_2781-2
Somehow, Betty fell asleep soon after the fireworks began.
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Back home, we cracked that box of sparklers open and made some designs in the air, while enjoying the fire pit.DSC_2909-2 DSC_2932-2
Sometimes a whole lot of words aren’t needed when pictures speak for themselves.


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Leaning on Gossamer

This little guy freaked me out a bit, but I was brave and got close enough to shoot his picture anyway.  He has woven an amazing web on our front porch which took hours of his time.  Yet, in one swipe, it can all be destroyed.

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What they trust in is fragile;
    what they rely on is a spider’s web.  Job 8:14
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Too often we put our hope in things which can get swept away in an instant.  Our money, our leaders, our friends, our spouse, our kids, our schools… ourselves.  There is only one person on Whom our hope will stand firm, and that is Jesus Christ.

When our focus strays, we’re on shaky ground.  We’re grasping onto no more than gossamer: fragile, insubstantial nothingness.  It may look beautiful.  It may even have taken hours upon hours to perfect.  Then comes trouble to test where our hope stands.  Whatever our hope is in quickly becomes apparent by whether we fall flat on our faces or are left standing strong in God’s power.  When our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus… when we lean wholly on Jesus’ Name, then we have solid ground beneath our feet.

Tonight our city has hit the map, in not so good of a way.  I am reminded of these verses which never grow old:

Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

(Psalm 37:1-9)

Gossamer will never hold us.  Only Jesus can.


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These Are A Few

Today was sprinkled with a few of my favorite things.  Photos.  Friends.  Tea.  Lights.

The gorgeous weather called for the perfect photo shoot day.  Since I was taking pictures of some friends, I thought I should also get some shots of our kids.  So we scrounged in our drawers and closets for some outfits that sort of resembled winter.  The kids rolled around on a grassy hill and I learned not to face them directly into the sunshine.  I’m not kidding, these are their exact faces.  My eyes are watering!  Elsie cried.  Betty sneezed.
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So we moved, and got some better shots.
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Then tonight the kids did so great going to bed, and I had some girls over.  Friends sipping hot tea in front of white Christmas tree lights… that is my definition of Joy.  What a blessing!DSC_0269