1 PicADay Project: Day 358

According to the U.S. Treasury Fact Sheet on Coins and Currency the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on U.S. coins because of increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout people, throughout our country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity of God on it’s coins. The first letter dated November 13, 1861 was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, a minister from Rileyville, PA.  It read:

Dear Sir: You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances.
One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.
You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the all seeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.
This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.
To you first I address a subject that must be agitated.

©JanLovesPix. All Rights Reserved. (taken with Canon PowerShot SX110IS & edited in Picnik)

What if Rev. M.R. Watkins could see our country now?  God have mercy on us!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Inspiration for My Next Blog Project

I can’t believe that I have only have 33 days left for this project.  At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I’d keep it going, but I did. 🙂  It seems that I just began a few weeks ago. 

So I’ve been thinking about what I want to do next after this project and thanks to my friend, Christopher Phillips, who recently posted the following excerpt,  I have confirmation of what I was thinking about all along.  The words in this statement made me cry and really spoke to me and I can’t wait to see what God gives to me to share over the next year.  So I can’t really say what it will look like specifically.  I just know that I want my photography and my blog to be inspired by God to encourage and uplift people and to allow others to see God through the beauty he has created.

We need more people to shine God’s light because light ALWAYS overpowers the darkness.

In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the church needs art.  Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, or the invisible, of God.  It must therefore translate a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colors, shapes, and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look or listen.  It does so without emptying the message itself of its transcendent value and its aura of mystery…  In Christ, God has reconciled the world to himself.  All believers are called to bear witness to this; but it is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art, to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed: the human person is redeemed, the human body is redeemed, and the whole creation which, according to Saint Paul, ‘awaits impatiently the revelation of the children of God’ is redeemed…  This is your task.  Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and destiny…  Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence.  It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future…  Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.

Excerpt from
“The Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists”

1 PicADay Project: Day 316

“Give us dew to favor Your land, grant us a blessing of Your joy. Make us strong with plentiful grain and wine. Restore Jerusalem, Your delight, as flowers are renewed by dew. Let this be a good year for dew, crowned with proud and beautiful fruit. May the city of Jerusalem, once empty, be turned into a crown that sparkles like the dew.” 

(excerpt from the Jewish Prayer for Dew from Heaven- prayed at the end of Passover for the dry season)

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1 PicADay Project: Day 313

The Other Ring

I’ve posted my other two rings: my wedding ring and my ‘Randy’ ring.  Here’s the ring I wear on my right hand. 

(taken with Canon EOS Rebel XT and edited in Picnik)

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Advocate (1 John 2:1) Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18) Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13) Amen (Rev. 3:14) Apostle of our Profession (Heb. 3:1) Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins (1 John 2:2) Author of Life (Acts 3:15) Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Heb. 12:2) Author of Salvation (Heb. 2:10) Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13) Blessed and only Ruler (1 Tim. 6:15) Bread of God (John 6:33) Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48) Bridegroom (Mt. 9:15) Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7) Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20) Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4) Christ (1 John 2:22) Creator (John 1:3) Deliverer (Rom. 11:26) Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20) Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11) Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5) Faithful and True Witness (Rev. 3:14) First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13) Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5) Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15) Gate (John 10:9) God (John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Rom. 9:5; 2 Pet. 1:1;1 John 5:20; etc.) Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14) Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20) Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14) Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23) Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2) High Priest (Heb. 2:17) Holy and True (Rev. 3:7) Holy One (Acts 3:14) Hope (1 Tim. 1:1) Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27) Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69) I Am (John 8:58) Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)  Immanuel (Mt. 1:23) Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42) King Eternal (1 Tim. 1:17) King of Israel (John 1:49) King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11) King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16) King of the Ages (Rev. 15:3) Lamb (Rev. 13:8) Lamb of God (John 1:29) Lamb Without Blemish (1 Pet. 1:19) Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4) Light of the World (John 8:12) Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5) Living One (Rev. 1:18) Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4) Lord (2 Pet. 2:20) Lord of All (Acts 10:36) Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8) Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16) Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48) Master (Lk. 5:5; 8:24; 9:33) Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15) Mighty God (Isa. 9:6) Morning Star (Rev. 22:16) Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16) Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:18; 1 John 4:9) Our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13) Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30) Our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2) Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3) Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30) Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30) Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7) Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24) Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6) Prophet (Acts 3:22) Rabbi (Mt. 26:25) Resurrection and Life (John 11:25) Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5) Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 1 John 2:1) Rock (1 Cor. 10:4) Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16) Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14) Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5) Savior (Eph. 5:23; Titus 1:4; 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:20) Son of David (Lk. 18:39) Son of God (John 1:49; Heb. 4:14) Son of Man (Mt. 8:20) Son of the Most High God (Lk. 1:32) Source of Eternal Salvation for all who obey him (Heb. 5:9) The One Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) The Stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11) True Bread (John 6:32) True Light (John 1:9) True Vine (John 15:1) Truth (John 1:14; 14:6) Way (John 14:6) Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24) Word (John 1:1) Word of God (Rev. 19:13)

Excerpted from http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/jesustitles.htm

There’s Just Something About That Name!

1 PicADay Project: Day 301

Madi Reads

My daughter loves to read.  Especially the C.S. Lewis Narnia classics.  Here she is reading one of the books in the series.  And she says she can’t wait for the next movie….Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I love my daughter.  She is an awesome christian young lady who loves God.  And she’s a great actress, performer, singer and budding guitarist.  I’m so happy God let me be her mother!

(taken with Canon EOS Rebel XT and edited in Picnik)

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1 PicADay Project: Day 184

On this Valentine’s Day, which is supposed to be all about LOVE, I decided to do a blog on what TRUE LOVE is…..

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1st Corinthians 13: 1-7 (New Living Translation)

(I’ve only posted one other photo on my blog that was not taken by me, but I loved this photo so much that my daughter, Madi took. This is one of her beautiful roses that she received from her friends, “The Mayerciks”, after her play last week. I decided to edit it and use it instead of one of my photos. Hope you enjoy!)

1 PicADay Project: Day 182

Here’s a photo that I took of my daughter’s bible which I opened up to my favorite Bible story….

The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him.  But no one gave him anything.  When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!  I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,  and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.  His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.”

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.  And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast,  for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Luke 15: 16-24 “New Living Translation”

I love that our Father in Heaven throws a party each time we come back to Him.

1 PicADay Project: Day 175

This is a sunset that we saw on Interstate 65 in Alabama coming back from Birmingham a few months ago.  God’s creation is so beautiful!

1 PicADay Project: Day 167

“Three Crosses”

I love the image of the cross because it’s the central figure of my spiritual journey!

This is a photo that I took of the little wooden cross that I purchased in the Ukraine several years ago.  I took the photo with my iPhone last night while waiting on my daughter’s play-practice to end.  It is hanging on the rearview mirror in my car.  I took the photo intentionally with the street light directly behind it.  Of course I did a lot of post editing to get it this way.

1 PicADay Project: Day 154

My DAD

I took this portrait of my dad last July. I just got around to editing it and I was surprised at the feelings it conjures up when I look at it.

My father has never been an educated man, but he has loads of Godly wisdom.  He’s never been a rich man, but he gave me the richest authentic upbringing that a daughter could have. I never lacked for anything.  He’s never been an affluent man, per se, but he’s always had an abundance of genuine friends.   His hands have always been tender to me, he’s never talked abusive to me and has always shown me the love of God through his words AND actions.

I treasure my Christian heritage and my childhood because God chose one day to have me adopted.  He and mom always told me that I was a gift from God.  They even named me Janet, which means “Gift from God”.

I have been truly blessed with a Godly, righteous father which helps me view my heavenly Father as the loving and merciful God he truly IS.

Jan

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