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New Focus

posted Jan 20, 2012, 9:33 AM by Cynthia Hall

Today feels like a new beginning, a new focus - to really see the gifts, to open my eyes or rather to change the focus of where I am looking. Like those pictures of years ago, when you focus beyond the "Now" the entire scene changes. I want to see the hidden picture!!

34.  From the kitchen - It is there that I am learning both the true grace of God and how to draw near to him in all things.

35.  In the weather - The expectation of rain to fill and water the parched and thirsty land.

36.  That might never have been - So many, they are everywhere. Today I look for something new.

From the word

posted Jan 18, 2012, 4:35 PM by Cynthia Hall

31. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zeph 3:17

32. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mt 6:33

33. And somewhere - He will gather me under his wings as a mother hen gathers her chicks!! 

A day of quiet

posted Jan 17, 2012, 3:21 PM by Cynthia Hall

28.  The morning still that  brings peace yet invigorates when out in it, in spite of the chill.

29.  The gift that makes me quiet - Lately every time Hannah comes for "school" she seems older, a big girl now. I watch in wonder.

30.  The gift that makes me pray - Fasting. Not in the way I first thought. Not, "I'm desperate and need God", though I am. But rather it somehow changes my focus and draws me to pray as I'm drawn to watch the beauty of the sunset.

slow and count

posted Jan 16, 2012, 9:40 AM by Cynthia Hall

I'm getting behind. Today Ann's blog is an encouragement to count until we feel peace and praise from within. Today I need that. I'm beginning to feel the pressure of all the things I need to get done before Saturday. How easy it would be to stop and quick do one I thought of!! Instead I will start a list to work on after I work on this list. 
25. "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well" Mt 9:22

26.  A workout to do in my house. Being able to dance and stretch and worship all at the same time.

27. The value of accountability.


posted Jan 14, 2012, 3:09 PM by Cynthia Hall   [ updated Jan 14, 2012, 3:11 PM ]

22.  The tension, the joy of creating flowers on cloth.

23. The freedom, the peace of grace. How to put into words the feelings of being free of chains that have bound me for years. I realized that I had been allowing food to determine my value, at least in my eyes. No one can do that but God. He determines my value and worth. He has said I am adopted into the family, a child of the King. Nothing can take that away.

24.  To walk. My hip is doing so much better. 
I actually missed yesterday. 3 sounds you hear. I was at a loss and my day was very busy. 

Above, Below and Beside

posted Jan 12, 2012, 8:58 PM by Cynthia Hall

19.  The beautiful stars of the Central Coast

20.  My little patch of garden, just waiting for the warmth of Spring.

21.  My husband, standing beside me through thick and thin.


posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:32 PM by Cynthia Hall   [ updated Jan 11, 2012, 4:34 PM ]

Mercy - Getting what I don't deserve. What do I really deserve in this life? Nothing really, yet God continues to bless, to call, to love me. Mercy is really all these blessings, all this love, being a daughter of the King. So now how do I find yellow things that speak this to me??? Yellow is not one of my colors, not something I have a lot of. 

16.  I see my running shoes. They have a bit of yellow. To be able to run is a blessing that I don't deserve. I'm particularly noticing that this week, not being able to run. 

17.  Watching the sun rise in the morning is a blessing. Today was overcast slightly, not so impressive. I had some daffodils up in San Diego, but here they are just popping their heads up. I thought this morning that today would be the perfect day for pictures. I forgot that today is Wednesday, my busy day, not time for practicing new things.

18. My final "mercy" is just knowing that God is not tied to the rules we make up, trying to draw near to Him. That He is not disappointed that I don't have wonderful yellow pictures, rather He is glad that I am looking and reflecting on His grace and mercy through the day. And even if I use up my mercy today it renews in the morning and I am blessed again. Thank you.

The joy of laughter

posted Jan 10, 2012, 1:56 PM by Cynthia Hall   [ updated Jan 11, 2012, 4:33 PM ]

13.  A gift that's sour -Realizing that your goals have only been dreams. Lovely but impossible to grasp.

14.  A gift that's sweet - A giggle and a laugh. In answer to a prayer.

15.  A gift that's Just. Right. - God's truths. Never wrong. To believe or not. Deny or ignore. Still they stand. Time doesn't change them. Society doesn't affect them.  Follow them and blessing will follow.

Remembering those near and dear to me

posted Jan 9, 2012, 4:18 PM by Cynthia Hall   [ updated Jan 11, 2012, 4:33 PM ]

10.  A gift in your hand - At first I thought of Hannah, who I got to spend time with today, though she is really too big to hold in my hand, then I thought of my wedding ring. It is always in my hand, but so familiar I forget what a blessing it is to be married.

11.  A gift you walked by - Today I'm going to say it was simply that I walked. My hip has been bothering my so much that it has hurt to walk. Even though there is still pain, it does seem to be getting better and walking seems to help.

12.   A gift you sat with - This morning, early in the morning I sat with my husband and we prayed. That is a blessing in so many ways.

Light, reflection, shadow

posted Jan 8, 2012, 4:32 PM by Cynthia Hall

I thought today would be a good day to try using pictures. I only got one but it is a beginning.
7.  Light that caught you - I like the early morning sun rise here. I have such a wonderful view to the east. It has been a blessing so many mornings. The view from our windows requires filling in the blanks, so no pictures unless I go out and walk.

8. A reflection that surprised you - As I was going for the camera to try for the early morning light I raced down the stairs and was surprised by this view I don't notice too often.
Different settings on my camera. How to capture what the eye sees, or is it rather wants to see.

9.  A shadow that fell lovely - I found a shadow that fell, but not lovely. The light revealed the dirt that has accumulated over the winter. God's light does that for us too. Then we need to be washed, as my windows do. But we are washed in the word by the power of the blood and for that I am much thankful. 

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