A Roman flower market is my submission for this week’s “Street Life” photo challenge.
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s a wonderful thing to be known. It’s even more beautiful to be known by someone who loves, admires and respects what they see when they look at you. We crave intimacy and love…it’s a longing that hounds and haunts us if it’s unfulfilled. For the past three months, I have had the sweetest pleasure in being known and getting to know an amazing man. I have a love that brings me joys I never expected. I just wanted to take a moment to thank God for him and this incredible season in my life.
I pray that if you don’t have love in your life right now, that you will turn to our sweet Lord, who knows you better than you know yourself. He can fulfill those intimate longings, those groanings for love that stir so deeply down inside us. We were created to be known…let Him know you…let Him love you.
Photo Challenge: Reflections
My “Object” for the photo challenge is a beautiful wall sconce from the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. One doesn’t think of Indiana as a place of elegant beauty but this hotel is one of the most exquisite places I’ve ever been.
More than just beautiful, a spirit of peace emanates throughout the magnificent atrium. Guests lounge in European furniture and soak in the ambiance, which was especially wonderful as she was dressed in her Christmas finest.
The French Lick Hotel, just minutes away, is more famous with its casino, but if you want style, grace, and class, stay at the lovely West Baden Springs Hotel.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4-7 NIV
Who needs Harry Potter when you have The Drake Dragon to protect you? This menacing creature graces the famous Drake Hotel on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. With his piercing eyes, bat wings and frightening fangs he represents power, wisdom and astuteness.
Built in 1919 and refurbished in 1993 this hotel is one of the finest in the United States. Visitors include British aristocracy, American Presidents, and A list Hollywood celebrities. On Christmas Day we had Holiday Tea in the lovely Palm Court with cucumber sandwiches, scones, tiramisu and other delectables. A harpist played Christmas music as we dined. Isn’t it lovely?
I longed to click my camera non-stop but that would have been uncouth, so I only snagged a few shots. It was a beautiful treat provided by my wonderful brother. If you are ever in Chicago, stop by The Drake, it is well worth your time! Afternoon tea is from 1:00-5:00 daily.
I pray your Christmas was sweet and beautiful. If not…a Savior was born for us. He can change the quality of your life in the twinkling of an eye. He did it for me and He’ll do it for you. For more about my story, click here.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11 NIV
Other amazing places…
Rangeview One, my office building in Loveland, Colorado for the One photo challenge. Standing proudly behind is Longs Peak, the 15th highest peak in Colorado at 14,259 feet. Many days I stand amazed at how blessed I am to work at this beautiful location.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men,
the Man Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV