I just love drives to places I’ve never been. And I love drives to places I have been. Scenic routes, I like to call them. Country roads. I just get fulfilled physically with rest and spiritually with awe and wonderment and therefore, emotionally full.
Creation is so artistic. Colors and shadows and wildlife. Man’s church needs to recognize the artistic more. God created all this beauty yet we tend to recognize the logic more than the art. It all comes from Him. Let’s stop packing Him into those boxes we made and stop cutting Him in half. There is so much of the wholeness of God that we are missing when we pack Him up into our self-made boxes because we don’t understand.
I want to understand. I want to open the boxes I’ve stashed away and let Him loose and learn as much as humanly possible.
So, on that note, one of my most favorite pastimes is exploring new areas and being with family. One son and his lovely bride live in KU country. Rock Chalk town in Kansas. We had a great lunch together and a FANTASTIC latte and then a drive to a local lake. Also to mention, Lawrence, Kansas is an amazing town. Full of mid-west charm and shops galore and students everywhere. A small-town atmosphere with city influence and Kansas City charm. Great food to eat and coffee to drink. Love it.
Here are a few pics of our day.
fire escape and great brick/rock work on the top right of building
At the beginning of 2011 I saw several people posting a “Photo a Day” or other such projects on the internet. I like that.
So, now that it’s almost half way through the year I feel strongly that I NEED and WANT to post “A Testimony a Day”.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines testimony as: an open acknowledgment; a public profession of religious experience; a divine decree attested in the scriptures.
I think this will be harder than I thought and that is probably the biggest reason I want to do it. It’s hard to be thankful when we all live a life so involved with circumstances. Circumstances that most of the time are not good or appear to be hard. But on the other hand, I believe there is something to attest to in every circumstance no matter how hard things look. We are surrounded by “stories” waiting to be told. I want to find them.
God has a different view of our lives then we do. I want His perspective more. I’ve changed my whole approach to prayer over the last year. Instead of asking all the time for something from Him I spend more time being thankful to Him and meditating on His goodness and love and more time looking back on situations and seeing how He got me through it and where He was when certain things happened. It’s life changing.
I recently went to a local art museum to see Monet’s Water Lilies. All 3 panels were on display (normally they are in separate locations). Seeing such a magnificent work of art in person is eye opening. You can enter the room and look at it and see it one way. But as you approach the work every few feet the scene in front of you changes. You get a different perspective the closer you get. A different depth, a different opinion even.
So, I want these simple “testimonies” to do that for whoever reads them. May they change your perspective on your life. I am counting on them to change mine – to open my eyes wider to the things around me. To have a story no matter how simple or complex each day. Enjoy.
Today I attended a church 20 minutes from my home. I had only been there once before and liked it. So, 2 months later, my husband and I went again. I am thankful for people who gather in the name of their Lord with happy hearts and have the freedom to worship Him together and individually with confidence and freedom in who they are and who they were made to be. It was truly an uplifting experience full of peace and strength. It was a room FULL of creative people who gathered together to celebrate the most creative person they know – The Creator.