Orange You Glad

I used to hate orange. It was so garish and loud and…crass. It looked like it was trying too hard to be cute and failing miserably, like an older woman with too much makeup and tight clothes. (Please, God, don’t ever let me look like that :/ I wanted orange to take on some blue and chill out a bit already.

But something changed last year and now I see orange’s beauty. She is still screamy loud but now I see her joy. She’s just happy as hell and a tad different than everyone else, but she doesn’t care. She’s living it up and if you don’t come along, that’s your loss. I like her, the little racy rebel. I may do a couple of posts in her honor.

Fall Leaves
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Colorado Sunset
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Inlaid box from the Cartier “Brilliant” exhibit
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Last year’s post about Orange.

Mountain Scale

The view from my office always amazes me. The Rocky Mountains at the far end of this photo are 14,000 feet high.   That is massive, but they look small at a distance and compared to the enormous Colorado sky.  For the Scale photo challenge. (Thanks to my latest follower, Susan, for noticing that I hadn’t posted for a while and inspiring me to get moving again! 🙂

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Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.
Psalm 36:6

 

Happy New Year! Engaged!

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I have been accused of being too goody-goody and maybe a bit preachy on my blog. Yikes, that is the last thing I want since I am not that type of person! All I want to be is encouraging. There is already so much negativity and cynicism in the world. Adding my grumpiness to the pile isn’t going to help anyone.

So let me take a moment to perhaps encourage someone 🙂  My life has not been easy (is anyone’s life easy?)  I have experienced a lot of loss, struggled with addiction, raised a son as a single mom, and spent many lonely years by myself.

I saw people meeting the love of their life and wondered if my turn would ever come. At times I had hope, other times I doubted, and often in the dark of night I despaired in grief.

But just like the movies and books predict, when I finally got to the point that I didn’t care anymore and was content on my own, he found me. I got engaged to an amazing man on December 14, 2014 at 52 years old. Never been married before.

God did a miracle and I just want to say THANK YOU, LORD!  Thank you for Craig, for all of 2014, for a marriage in 2015, and a beautiful future in front of us. I am overwhelmed and my cup runneth over!

So, to all those who are waiting on the Lord to deliver a dream…keep pressing on. He is faithful beyond belief!  Happy New Year!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.

“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Angular Praise

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD; For He is coming to judge the earth. 1 Chronicals 16:33

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We weren’t made to be praised. We were made to praise. Instead of only getting excited about football, soccer, music, etc, let’s allow ourselves to be swept up into the glory of God. Let’s praise Him for how good He is to us this Thanksgiving weekend. And then let’s continue. Happy Thanksgiving!

For the Angular photo challenge, this was taken at Grey Rock Trail, one of the most hiked trails in the United States.

The Great and Glorious Day

I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:19-21 (NIV)

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This photo reminds me of an apocalyptic movie so I went with an end-of-the-world scripture. I am always fascinated that as atheistic as Hollywood is, they churn out movie after movie depicting biblical-sized epics about the end of the world. And audiences eat them up. But I don’t consider that entertainment. There’s enough hardship and trauma in life as it is. When I go to the movies I want to see love or laughter. I do like a good Bruce Willis action flick though 🙂

Whatever difficult road you are walking down today, perhaps to an unknown or frightening looking destination, I pray that the Lord would touch your heart with His peace.  Stay on the path, keep following Him. It is utterly amazing what unexpected miracles He can perform when you least expect it. He came through with an enormous one for me last week, when I thought all hope was lost. So…

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Submitted for the Photography 101 Challenge: Landscape