Over Spring Break, my family went to Nashville. This is the Parthenon that was built there. This picture was taken with my Nikon.
The outside was incredible! It was a little hard to picture this building solid marble like the original, but the size was enough to make you hide your Lincoln Log cabin. The detail on the top was “top notch” (yes…. pun intended). The people who built this temple knew exactly what they were doing. The seams in the stone where the columns meet where smaller than a hair in width! The ones that are still there today (those that were not affected by weathering, earthquakes, and explosions) can only be seen through a microscope (that is unless you have some seriously good vision). Keep in mind this was only the outside. The inside was just as impressive.
But that will have to be covered in another post
In the last post, I mentioned two things at once: a retreat and my “dear friend, Kyle Britt”. This post is dedicated to that retreat and the young man sitting beside me.
The image captures one of the best things anyone could have – friendship. Back in the fall of 2012, Kyle invited me to a teen retreat. This past weekend I finally got to go to this place! The theme was RESOLVE. The main scripture we used was Daniel 1,3, and 6. We talked about how to live a life of integrity like Daniel did. I would encourage you to read the text for yourself!
My friend has been such a blessing in my life. Just so you know, the title of this post is “From a “Galaxy” Far Away…” because this picture was taken with his Samsung Galaxy. He also lives an hour or so away so that gives you the rest of the title . Needless to say, I was very thankful to have been invited to the retreat, and I was privileged to have my friend there as well.
OH!! And here is his blog! I encourage you to stop by!!
This past Friday my mother took 5+ hours out of her day to drive me to a retreat my dear friend, Kyle Britt, invited me to last year. The time was finally upon us, and we were ready to hit the road! On the way, we decided we should fill out empty bellies with Taco Bell. This just happens to be one of the best pictures I have ever taken of my lovely mother, Valerie Baker. Isn’t she beautiful?!
Not only is this woman beautiful on the outside, she is a sparkling gem on the inside. I love my mother so very much!!
Proverbs 31:10 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.
This Gal is priceless; there is no one who will ever replace her.
Proverbs 31:25 - Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She has always been one to be called “strong”. My mom is not only physically strong, she is mentally and spiritually strong. Over the years she has been put to the test countless times. In all of those times she has honored God by leaning on Him to help her through them.
Proverbs 31:27 - She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Did I mention she was a hard worker? Well, she is!
Proverbs 31:28 - Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.
This woman is blessed in so many ways!! Far too many to count.
This picture is of my guitar (in the case) on the Walnut Street bridge in Chattanooga, TN. This was a while back, but I had the privilege of playing for the people walking by. The sun was setting, and the wind was blowing, but I found that ANY time is a good time to share the Gospel!
Psalm 33:3 “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.”
It has been a long time since my last entry. I have neglected my blog and those who read it. I am going to try and get back in the groove! Just about every time I take a picture that turns out to be fairly decent, my dad always tells me I should go back to blogging.
Well, before my phone died this evening, I emailed a few pictures to post. This is the one I will post tonight. This picture was taken on a Church trip to a teen retreat. This was a branch with some blossoms that were within my reach. Being that it was snowing 90% of the time I was there, the blossoms were something beautiful.
These pictures are of my little sister (my model at times) and then her dog (the one on the leash). My mother’s dog, Nugget, is also in the picture .
I am so glad it is snowing!! I have waited two years to see it in my yard!
But it isn’t just the cold, white powder from the sky that gets me.. It’s also the fact that the Bible says, “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow (Is 1:18).” My sins were a stain, but by my Savior’s blood sacrifice on the cross I am white like the snow! It is an amazing feeling!!
Do you know that feeling?
Here are some more verses I found today:
Sprinkle me with water and I will be pure; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. ~Ps 51:7
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. ~Pr 31:21
I turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, and when I did so, I saw seven golden lampstands,and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt around his chest. His head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame. ~Rev 1:12-14
This picture is of my Grandmother. People say I am just like her, right down to the moles on our cheeks. (They are small and hardly visible but are there, nonetheless.) My Grandmother is a fine woman. She is full of love and is always willing to help out. This past week I had science reports due to my teacher. One report in particular included having to dissect a shark.
I told my Grandmother about this and she was happy to come and dissect the shark with me! She was eager to see what I was learning. She told me of how she had never learned about sharks and how interested she was. Having just retired from working for years in Erlanger Hospital, getting queasy was not even going to happen. She was interested in it all!
I was so blessed to study God’s creation with my Grandmother. Sharks are amazing creatures. Would I swim with one willingly? Unlikely! But was it nice to spend that time with her? Absolutely! It was truly something to treasure.
“God created the great sea creatures and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, [...] God saw that it was good.”