Friday, January 10, 2014

Media of the Week - Blessings...

There are days when we all wonder why we are called to walk through trials and hard times. Sometimes we may even wonder if anyone is really there to hear our fears or heal our heartache. What we may forget is that during these moments, during the times when it seems that no one knows or understands, there is One who does. One who will succor us and support us. One who will turn our trials into some of the greatest blessings we may ever know.
"What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are [His] mercies in disguise?"




Blessings
- Laura Story
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A new year begins...

The sun has set on the old year and risen on a new one.



As we enter a new year, this is my hope for those with whom I share this earthly journey...

That the year will be filled with blessings for those around me.
That we will be courageous enough to go after our dreams.
That those burdened with sorrow or illness will be blessed with comfort and healing.
That we might be blessings to others.
That we all will live healthful and healthy lives.
That we will follow good advice, ignore bad advice, and know the difference between the two.
That we all will end the year better people than we began it. 


May your blessings be more numerous than your trials, and may your trials turn out to be blessings in disguise. 

Happy 2014!




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A view of Christmas...

It's looking a lot like Christmas at the "Durrant Village" that takes up the better portion of two rooms in my parents' home. Merry Christmas! Enjoy!



















Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Autumn fire...

I came home from work today as the autumnal sun bathed this tree in her golden light.
I couldn't help myself. 
I grabbed my camera and tried to capture the beauty of the moment...



Autumn
by: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than the brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed by the wain!
Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o'er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain.
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'erhanging eaves,
Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!


And now for just a few more photos...










Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Life Through My Lens - Ray of light...


Though sometimes it is difficult to do, it's important to remember that even during the darkest days, somewhere there is a ray of light just waiting to break through... Watch for that tiny ray and cling to it... 

Better yet - be that ray of light for someone who needs it.