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The first few warm sunny days of spring gives me renewed hope for this world.  After a long cold winter, spring blossoms and blue skies renew my heart and reminds me of our true home that awaits us.

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Have a great 2015!  2014 was a wonderful year in many ways.  I thank you for joining my blog and following my journey.

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Now it is time to move forward remembering the past but not letting it hinder our move into the future our undiscovered year to come!

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I pray that you may find your path and allow Christ to guide you on your way this year!

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All of creation waits and hopes for the coming redemption like this field of corn awaiting it’s future harvest.

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A spring view of the little league field at the Willard park.

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My first sign of Spring here in North-Central Ohio! When You send out Your breath, life is created,and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed. -Psalm 104:30 (The Voice)

 

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Today is the first day of spring here in north-central Ohio.  This photograph was taken one week ago at the end of our last big storm.  Since then we have had warm 50 degree weather followed by rain, and now we are back to cold 20 – 30 degree temperatures with a dash of snow mixed in. I know that change is coming and we long for spring ( I think more than most in this country.)  It has been a tough winter, one that reminds me of the winters in the 1970’s.  Today we had a high of 41 degrees with a little sun mixed in to allow us to hope.  I thank God for the hope of renewal, and the seasons are a great reminder of what awaits us eternally.

“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:22-25 (ESV)

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Happy New Year!!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

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Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

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So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing,

Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

― Neil Gaiman.

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Have a great 2014 and make a mistake!

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Although today is the first official day of Spring, the view from my art room window still looks like winter.  Here in North-Central Ohio we have been experiencing a very long cold winter with little signs of spring.  The groundhog claimed we would have an early spring, but we seem to be caught in a never-ending February…much like the movie “Groundhog Day”.  My hanging basket gives me hope; it survived our first snow in late October and now beckons for the return of Spring.

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With hope that as always Spring will return to North-Central Ohio, we know that God makes all things new.

We have enjoyed a wonderful (yet busy) spring in north central Ohio.  There are always days that bring out the gloom and dark clouds.  These images show a farm that I have watched slowly disintegrate over the past three decades.  I wonder what the farm looked like when it was first homesteaded?  I wonder how many generations farmed this land?

This section of our county is very low and bog-like.  This marshy area has been somewhat abandoned until recently and is now slowly being reclaimed. The blues and greens play against each other in these images, leaving the viewer with a sense of longing.

It reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastes where the writer states, “Everything is meaningless . . . completely meaningless! What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.  Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, ‘Here is something new!’ But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”

Yet like the sudden and seeming unexpected return of spring from a long cold winter, the sun breaks through the clouds to remind us there is always hope in the midst of all the gloom.

 

On Friday, February 3, 2012 we had a wonderful warm sunny day of 53 degrees.  For those of us who live in Northern Ohio this is a rare occurrence a time to celebrate and a wonderful reminder that spring is not too far off.  Then Saturday morning we awoke to 3 inches of snow.  Not the first thing I was expecting since the forecast was for sunny and 45 degrees.  I had things to do and battling the morning snow was not on my list today!  Well, I accepted the situation – guess I had little choice – and bundled up, put the dogs in the car, grabbed my camera and headed to the park.

My dogs love any chance to be out and to run, walk and enjoy, or may I say celebrate, the day and time they have been given.  Their joy and exuberance washed over me as the falling flakes of snow made me realize I need to let go and be renewed, allowing the fresh flowing spirit to envelop me.

At this time of the year it’s easy to relate to Phil Connors from the film Groundhog Day, a character played by Bill Murray who declares, “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”  Yet through this morning’s journey I seek through the gift of photography the One who can come and heal my heart of stone.  Savior of the world, change my heart, change my mind.  Cleanse me like this fresh blanket of snow upon our dark and dreary landscape.  I am thankful that my Redeemer holds on to me as I stumble through this life’s journey. Even though I easily become weary, He does not.  These tiny pixels do not capture the refreshment the morning gave me. Psalm 33 verses 4-5 state, “For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is trustworthy.  He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the LORD’s unfailing love.(Holman Christian Standard Bible)  May these images help you to share in His renewing peace!