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”

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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 241

So if you’ve been following my blog at all, you know I love crosses.  Here’s a photo of the cross that stands on my TV stand. 

I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not even what I hope to be. But by the cross of Christ, I am not what I was.

– John Newton (author of Amazing Grace)

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.

1 PicADay Project: Day 140

“To some, the image of a pale body glimmering on a dark night whispers of defeat. What good is a God who does not control his Son’s suffering? But another sound can be heard: the shout of a God crying out to human beings, “I LOVE YOU.” Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to – because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.

Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God’s scheme ultimately leads back to the cross. ”
— Philip Yancey

1 PicADay Project: Day 90

Madi and Zach B&WThis is a photo of my children.  Madi and Zach.  Aren’t they adorable?  They were dressed up for church so I took advantage.  🙂 I am very proud of them. They are both talented in music and acting.

Madi plays guitar, sings and is an aspiring actress.  Zach plays drums and sings and he also makes films. (oh yeah he wouldn’t want me to forget the fact that he does yo yo tricks pretty well also) 🙂

But more importantly that all that, they love God and they have good hearts! (which is, by the way, my measurement of success as a good parent)  This is the most important above all talent and academics. (I guess I’ve done ok so far!)  🙂

1 PicADay Project: Day 33

What kind of image pops into your mind when you hear someone say “IHop”?  Sticky tables or stacks of pancakes?  Probably not the image that you would have if someone mentions “The Gramercy Tavern” in New York.

My friend Ginger and I went to the IHop the other night after church.  Before we left I noticed the beautiful glass that was used in the divider wall between the two sets of booths.  I know that the IHop does not have the greatest reputation for fine cuisine or elegant atmosphere like the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, but when I got home I noticed just how  beautiful the other side of the restaurant appeared through the glass.

1 PicADay Photo # 32 (God's Lenses)wm

I was reminded that our Heavenly Father views us just like this as He looks through His Love Lenses.  We may not have the most elegant appearance, deliver the best conversation, be the most talented, or have the best character traits, but God sees us as His ‘beautiful’ creation!  He made every person that has ever lived in His own image.  Like the old saying that I’ve heard since I was small, “God don’t make no junk!”

If it were possible that all of us could first see ourselves through the beautiful glass and then remember to look at others through God’s Love Lenses there would probably be less arguments, less snobbery, less road rage, less terrorism, fewer wars, no political parties or domestic violence.

The next time you think that someone is not pretty enough, talented enough or their character is flawed, think of this picture and try to see them as God sees them; standing on the other side of the glass looking like The Gramercy instead of the IHop.

Jan

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