The Gentle Hibiscus

I’ve never been a Hibiscus fan, but after working on this photo I’ve changed my mind. Funny how we don’t always see beauty right away; we often have to observe something or someone for a while in order to appreciate their uniquely lovely qualities.

hibiscus half black and color with copyrightThe Hibiscus is the Hawaiian State flower and is given as a welcoming gift to visitors.  It most commonly means “delicate beauty”.  Other meanings are gentle, life, virginity fruitful, and at one with God.  To me, it is very “out there” with its broad petals laid wide open, not hiding anything, just spread out and welcoming and happy. I love the vibrant colors but couldn’t get away from how striking it is in black and white. Thanks to the Pixlr app, I was able to do both.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. ” 1st Peter 3: 3-5 NIV

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Inside Saint Peter’s Cathedral

Prayers for Pope Francis, that he will be the instrument of courage, strength, wisdom, and humility to bring about the needed changes in the Catholic church. Bless and protect him, Lord!

The jaw dropping beauty that is the altar at Saint Peter’s Cathedral:


The splendor of St Peter’s dome: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

The beautiful, ever forward-moving waves on Oahu…

Hawaiian Waves

Sometimes when we try to move forward in our lives, we feel like this wave: battered and broken into a thousand different pieces. Perhaps it didn’t turn out the way we had planned, maybe it was so much harder than we thought. And we are left shattered.  Sometimes disappointment makes us feel like this:

The sea, oh, the sea,
does it really want to keep crawling back
to the shore
its foamy fingertips clinging to the sand
only to be pulled away once more?

Must it constantly throw itself
against its long loved lover
in a rage
when it knows the role in life
the shore must always play?

(Niki Moran, 1984)

If you are there, as I have been lately (February is the worst winter month!), here’s a little encouragement for battle weary souls:

“Forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philipians 3:13-14, NIV

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

And for the more secular among us, the late, great Fleetwood Mac:

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, don’t stop, it’ll soon be here. It’ll be here, better than before, yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone. Don’t you look back!”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Piazza San Pietro, Roma, and beyond. I cannot get beyond this city, it calls me all the time. Sigh.

“The whole city was captivated by a breezy, lilting rhythm, laced with her past glory and laden with a musical joy.” (by me, from my book which will be self published as soon as I get the copyright 🙂


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Angels Unawares

Some may say this is overstretching  Hebrews 13:1 but my little beauty, Miss Lily, has proved herself a true angel to me. I think many people feel this way about pets to whom they have extended hospitality by adopting them into their family.

Angels Unawares
















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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fire Illumination

ooo, I love illumination, I may have to do a few illumination challenge posts this week!  This was taken from my parent’s driveway in Fort Collins last summer during the High Park Fire, the second largest fire in Colorado history. It was started by a lightening strike and devoured 136 square miles (the size of Atlanta). The expected final cost is 39.2 million.

High Park Fire and Scripture

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