There was a time when I didn’t value rest as much as I did work. It took a couple of burnouts, lots of reading and taking the time to listen to words of wisdom from others that I finally understood. Guarding my time of rest helps me perform better at everything else in my life. Progress has been slow but over the years I have got better at saying no to friends and not feeling guilty about it. There is still so much more I need to learn when it comes to resting and the art of being still. I am at least thankful that I pursue rest almost as much as I do serving others with excellence. One day I will get the balance just right.
Today I spent close to three hours at the local park, my mind and body enjoying the sun rays. As I walked to the park, I assumed that I would see lots of people out and about seeing as the sun has been hiding for over a week but that was not the case. Maybe they were taking advantage of the warm day in their backyards.
Winter is coming.
For a year now I have been using Adobes Lightroom to edit my pictures. For those who are not into photography, Lightroom is like the light weight of editing pictures whilst Photoshop is the heavy weight champion, it offers sooooooooooo much more than Lightroom. And for a newbie, its COMPLICATED. All this while I have been been hoping to finally afford Photoshop, turns out the monthly plan I have with Adobe has always included Photoshop! How could it have taken me a year to figure that out?! So dumb!Hence the title of todays blog.
My African violets have been blooming! The year I had them in Pik, not once did the bloom but since moving to Red Lake they are thriving. These two pictures took me 3 hours to edit just because I had to watch a lot of videos to figure out what is what! Not my best work today but eventually I will get the hang of it.
A few of my favourite shots from the past two months.
I am watching the opening night of the Olympics as I edit pictures. Made me think of Paul, one of the Bibles writers and something that he wrote:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Watching the show has got me thinking, do I have goals or am I just living? What dreams must I keep holding on to? How am I embracing discipline in my life? and am I really running my race in such in a way that says, ” Yes, I am running to win this ?!”
Good night friend.
A month ago after two incredible years, I moved out of Pikangikum. I have moved to Red Lake, a town 88 kms from Pik. I am still working with Living Hope Native Ministries and still have strong ties with Pik but I am wearing a few more hats now 🙂 One of them is being part of the Short Term Team that coordinates trips for groups that want to do short term volunteering to different places in Ontario were Living Hope is welcome. I am looking forward to sharing with you what my new season looks like.
For three weeks I gave myself a photo challenge, can you guess what the theme was?
My sense of smell and taste have been on a hiatus going on two weeks now. Last week it was because of a bad cold this week, strep throat … oh joy!
I took these photos with two reasons in mind, firstly I really think the roses look even more beautiful now than when they were fresh and secondly, I want when you look at them you smell them! Go on, indulge me and take a whiff 🙂
God causes all things to grow
Through every season we know
He will guard the life
That He’s planted in our souls
And when we feel the cold winds blow
We’ll hold to what we know
God causes all things to grow.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS.