Backyard view this morning, a simple reminder that beauty and peace still live behind even the bleakest-looking clouds. I might not see it at first, but it will eventually reveal itself when the timing is right. I need to remember this when life gets painful and chaotic. <3
There has been an abundance of June beetles at my home lately, but the plus side to that is the many blue jays and other birds who come to visit in the morning and eat them. I’ve yet to catch a photo of the gorgeous woodpecker that comes (he’s a bit skittish of me), but I was pleasantly surprised when this blue jay landed right in front of me. Didn’t seem to mind me at all. :)
There was also a bunny munching nearby, and a chipmunk who scurried by in search of maple seeds. I love to be surrounded by so much nature in the mornings! A beautiful way to begin my day. Have a great Tuesday!
My favorite part of this photo is the eye of the mother, watching me carefully while casually grazing with her little one. Isn’t that how a mother should be? Calm and assuring to her child, yet ready to protect if a threat comes their way. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, who always keep a loving, watchful eye on their little ones. I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
“There’s a story behind everything…
but behind all your stories
is always your mother’s story,
because hers is where yours begins.”
I read something on Facebook yesterday that said “Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.” That got me thinking about all the junk I carry around, whether it be past hurts, current struggles, or even the presence of toxic people in my life. All of that weight compiles and pushes me further away from who I need to be. So I released a large chunk of my past, just gave it to God and walked away. Then I cleaned up my Facebook list. :)
So what are you holding onto that you need to release? Think about it and let it go, whatever it is: people, pain, addiction, mistakes, anger…anything at all that causes you heartache. Your life has value and meaning, and you deserve to move forward in joy without carrying the negative weight of the past.
“Those things we stuff, try so hard to ignore, they are the very things begging for release—the things that hold the promise of hope, the flame of freedom.” —Jo Ann Fore
Have you ever had someone tell you that you weren’t good enough? Or maybe you just felt it on your own, like you were always on the outside looking in. I’ve been there many times, mainly in my childhood through situations that were out of my control. But even as an adult, there are still moments when I find myself slipping back into that way of thinking; that regardless of the person I am now or might be in the future, I will never be good enough, and that I will always be an outcast because of garbage others have fed me in the past.
But it is in those moments when God steps in, reminding me who I am—HIS. For every person that has ever brought me down with cruelness, he places others in my life at just the right moment to lift me up and encourage me to keep going. Despite what others have done or said to me, I know I am forever good enough, strong enough, and loved enough by the one who first loved me. And in the end, that’s really all that matters.
My 3rd book of poetry PULSE is nearing completion. I leave you with one of my favorites from it: Forever Strong. Don’t ever think of yourself as nothing less than that. :)
I caught myself today
drifting toward an empty space
where nothing good exists;
that place where wounds of yesterdays
attempt to reopen and bleed
stolen moments and bitter tastes
left by others in their wrath.
I caught myself thinking
I could never let go
of angry ropes burning within,
compiled and twisted
through the years
to suffocate hope’s breath.
I caught myself believing
I would never have the courage
to fully heal
and rise above each mistake
attempting to crush my spirit.
Then you came…
reminding me who I am,
whispering your love for me,
wrapping me in truth,
until I fought my way out
to find myself again.
I am not the girl of yesterday:
beaten and weak,
rotting in darkness
with no love left to give.
I am beautiful — I am free,
living forever strong.
After more rain and other distractions, I am finally get out with the camera tomorrow. Can’t wait to get some new shots of spring beauty! Until then, here are some photos I began working on last year and finished up this past weekend. I’ve been experimenting with black/white and sepia tones for a while now, but usually they turn out a bit too yellow. I’m fairly happy with these, but I might still do some editing later on. The iris is from my backyard, while the others were taken at various parks in Dayton, OH and Big Rock Cabins in Beaver, OH. (At one time, I had the color versions of Big Rock on here, but that post has weirdly disappeared.)
Have a great Monday and an even better week!