Thursday, April 5, 2018

All about perspective

I'm part of an online photography group that has a weekly theme to challenge us to keep taking pics and working on our photography skills.  Well this weeks theme is SPRING.

With 10 inches of fresh snow in the last week, frost covering everything this morning and only 10 degrees out when I took the kids to school, spring was the last thing on my mind.  I pondered trying to do the theme indoors with some decor or something but decided not.  I really wanted something with spring colors...

So I took this.  Yes its last year's cone flower but I thought the fresh snow flakes and pretty yellow background, while not spring, seemed hopeful of spring.

But the more I pondered the picture while I edited it, the more I realized how important our perspective really is.  In photography I'm always thinking about it...what am I focusing on?  how much light, color, movement am I factoring in?  how close am I to the subject? is there a better way to compose this shot? to include/exclude something to make it stronger?

I knew I really wanted a spring color instead of the white and browns of winter... and this is how I pulled it off -- yellow file folder and super close to the subject.

And it reminds me that often I need a change of perspective in the thick of my day, generally more than once.

What should I really be focusing on?  How much am I letting HIS LIGHT and movement of the SPIRIT factor into my day? Am I leaving enough white space to be effective in loving Him and loving others well?  Am I too close to my problems or worries that I'm missing the bigger picture?  Or is there something I really want (like seeing the spring colors in my picture) that is changing what I'm seeing/noticing and I'm completely missing what He's doing?

Or instead am I letting myself stay on AUTO, not thinking about it all?

And just as photographer is adjusting composition, focus, angle, light, plus a host of other camera settings over and over again during a single photo shoot, I need to keep working to stay in sync with my Creator and what He has for my day, to keep my perspective and focus where they should be.

Yet like an amateur photographer who might take dozens and dozens of photos until one is close (I took 30 of my snowy cone flower), my God gives much grace and does not expect perfectly focused days.  In walking with Him, I'm practicing setting my mind on Him, using His Word to adjust my focus, and listening to His voice to work on my perspective. And I so just keep practicing for His Mercies are new every morning...

Just some random ramblings for Life on the Gravelly Road.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter 2018

Happy Easter from our family on the gravelly road to yours!

I know the blog has been very quiet lately.  But Easter means a family picture all dressed up that I wanted to share with you (we tell the kids they must smile their best before they get their Easter baskets).  While our Easter Sunday family picture tradition has little to do with the actual holiday, its a tradition my parents started when I was little and it slows up down to be in front of the camera together.  Slowing us down as we get ready to go to church to celebrate the glory and hope of the resurrection.  Something worth slowing down for in my book.

And maybe getting a little of our crazies out before we have to sit in church??

Treasuring the moments of blessing of holiday traditions together here on the gravelly road.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Team Wrestling Together

Each year our wrestling club hosts a K-3 Team Tournament.  Its a great chance for young wrestlers to get a feel for what its like wrestling on a team, instead only as an individual.  This year both our boys wrestled on the same team (our club puts together more than one squad for the tournament) and it was so great to watch them cheering for their teammates, giving high fives, and encouraging each other.  As I edited pics from yesterday, it was fun to see one brother in the background watching the other wrestle...

Figuring out what it means to be team, here on the gravelly road.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Review: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started Rachel Hollis's new book "Girl, Wash Your Face", I expected to like it. I'd already followed the author on social media so was familiar with her writing style, wit, message, and transparency. But this book was so much more than I expected.

With fierce honesty, Rachel debunks the lies that in the past have held her captive, stopped her short from being her best self, prevented her from reaching her goals and finding her life's purpose. But its more than that. She gives readers walk-beside-you advice and writes with a fire that spreads making the reader want to work past the own roadblocks and lies that are holding them back. It is a book that inspires and invigorates, shifts perspectives, and speaks truth.

Its not a book for just moms or just working ladies.  There are chapters that can speak to women in any walk of life.  In fact, I shared a bit of the book with my MOPS group earlier this month and had a hard time narrowing down which part to share.

Its worth the read.  Pretty sure I'll read this one a second time.

* I received an Advance Reader Copy from Harper Collins Christian Publishers.

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