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Family and God

My last few entries have all started the same, I want to write but find little time. Writing usually is a time to decompress my thoughts however I have been doing that with the camera recently (pictures are linked to my instagram page). This weekend in Alberta is a long one for Family Day holiday, good times. It all started Friday after work window shopping on Kijiji, never a good idea but always fun, found an awesome deal on a lens I have wanted since I bought my new camera, picked it up Saturday and headed to the park with the girls.

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Something I have wrestled with and have yet to clearly define is the role of family in my spiritual walk. Yes they are important, and yes God gave them to me but scripture puts a different spin on things. There seems to be a tension between earthy family and the Lord. That can be seen throughout scripture, Adam & Eve, Job and wife, Jacob & Esau,  Peter, even with Jesus.

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” 
Matthew 12:48-50

Photo 2013-02-17 03.33.36 PMIs Christ denying his earthy family? We also see in Matthew 8 that Peter was married as he has a mother-in-law. You exam Peter’s life as recorded in scripture and it does not appear like he spent a lot of time with his family. Paul also has strong words about marriage and family. The idea of family is typically used to show how we are brought into the family of God, adopted into his family.

I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35

So as I move forward I am truly thankful for the wife and children I have been given for they are true blessings from God, but I am torn by the fact that I seek to please them in the affairs of this world and the Lord’s affairs. Matthew 6:24 comes to mind with as I read Paul’s words “No one can serve two masters”. Have I worked this all out? Not at all, but my prayer is that I can lead my home in the ways of our Lord and that together we will be a reflection of God’s light.

What role does family play in your spiritual walk with the Lord?

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Grains and Trains

I was driving past a particular farm field the other day and thought of how I love taking pictures of that specific field. I love trying to capture the same field in all the different ways I see its beauty. This got me thinking of what I like to take pictures of and why. Farm fields, churches, and trains are on the top of my list. Here is a collect of grains and trains.

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The 12 hour drive home went smoothly and the only casualties were 2 of the Barbie’s, one lost an arm and the other her head. The drive inspired me to quote lyrics from a song for my last vacation quotes and pics posts. Also, here are a few pics I took just outside Gleichen, I love Alberta!

I can be there for you when it can’t get much harder
I can cover your head when life starts to rain
I can hold on tight when you feel like you’re falling
I can bread crumb the path when you’ve lost your way
I can make you laugh when the whole world is crying
I can build you up when you’re broken in shame
But if all that we do is absent of Jesus, then this so called love is completely in vain…

Mercy Me This So Called Love from the album The Generous Mr.Lovewell

 
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Matthew 9:36-38

A lot of my memories growing up have this camera in them, from the Christmas family photo to vacations on the other side of the world. It was this camera that instilled in me a desire to capture the world around me. Last week I found it in my dad’s closet. Here are a few things I attempted to capture.

Testing it on the girls, should have used the flash but I still like the contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long exposures have always fascinated me so I attempted it

According to the Skyview App on my iPhone this next one is a picture of Arcturus (bright star at bottom of pic) in the constellation Boötes and is about 36.7 light years away.

Testing out different exposure lengths I was able to get a couple of cool pics of the Big Dipper.

90 sec exposure – stars are starting to streak. I think it is pretty neat, but would be really cool to leave it a little longer but still be able to make out the shape of the Big Dipper.

20 sec exposure of the Big Dipper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I found an open spot in the sky with a bunch of stars and tried a 120 second exposure (left) compared to a 20 second exposure (right).

2 minute exposure pointing west

20 sec exposure pointing west

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tree and a star at 10:30 pm

I also tried out a HDR pic with my phone.

I am pretty excited how they turned out, but I like this next one the best. It has a real man and creation feel with the moon so bright over the street light.

I love how this one turned out. The moon out shining the street light. Kind of feels Instagram-ish, but the only editing on this is cropping.

At 50 cents a print I think the 35mm will be an occasional hobby, but I really enjoyed playing around with the camera and figuring out some basics.

Cemeteries & Zoos

Three years ago I lost someone who I have great respect for. I am honored to tell my kids about him.

After spending time talking to the girls about Uncle George and Aunt Jean we met Tina’s family at the zoo. The weather was cool and the animals were out and about, the snow leopards were on the move.

The lions were still sleeping

The girls were just as excited to hang out with their Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle & Aunt as they were to see the animals! The girls fell asleep the moment we got back to the car.

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It was a great day remembering our past and spending time with those still here!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday At the Market

I have wanted to do a photo post for a while so without further ado here is the photo post about our day at the Farmers’ Market:

  

The sky was blue, the temperature was perfect, so a day trip was in order. The Millarville Market was calling. Nora the Cherry fiend probably ate a pound of Cherry’s. She really knows how to sweet talk the sample people into giving her seconds.

  

Bee Keeping as a hobby! I don’t think the condo board will go for it.

Balloons always somehow make their way into our adventures. Ugh:(

I always think it is ironic that Farmers’ markets now have so many different ethnic type things. Tina (Left) is looking at an East Indian curry sauce stand and there was a stand with Mexican food.

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Donkeys, Llamas, and one big turkey. Petting zoos never fail to amaze.

  

A petting zoo needs at least one dinosaur!

 One of many stops to the Mr. P Potty exhibit.

  

Tired but no tears. Fun was had by all and I was able to take a bunch of great pics on the way home that capture what is meant by Alberta Blue!

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