September 28, 2015

Blood Moon Rising

Blood Moon 2015

Beau and I went out last night to view the last of the tetrad blood moons occurring this year. Extreme cloud cover has prevented me from seeing one visible to our side of the world in the past. I am glad that although the clouds were pretty thick last night, a steady breeze allowed for intermittent breaks in the clouds. It was during this time that were able to see the moon and even snap some photos.


We headed out to an overlook at a local high school at around 10 o'clock last night. We were surprised to see other people camping out with upward gazes. By the time we arrived, the moon was about 3/4 of the way eclipsed. A huge cloud then blocked our view until the moon began turning red. I have to admit, it was a little hard trying to capture photos, as my camera refused to focus. However, I was able to develop a strategy. I would press my shutter button to focus on an apartment building in the distance, then bring that focus up to the moon and hold down on the shutter button for continuous shots. That caused a LOT of camera shake, but we were also able to get a couple clear photos from it (especially as Beau opted to act as my 'tripod' and steady my arms for each shot). Overall, a pretty cool experience, and sort of eerie... knowing from scripture what the implications of a blood moon are. Were you able to see the blood moon where you lived?


September 19, 2015

Journaling + Sharing Some Thoughts


 I began 'journaling' around this time last year. It started as a means of recording some things that the Lord had revealed to me during my personal time of devotion: promises, truths, understanding, and revelation. I then started including some prayers and hopes for this life of mine and more recently, some of the frustrations I feel as I walk this Christian pathway. Within the pages are some DEEP cries of disappointments and questioning. Not really questioning who God is, but why He does things a certain way.

 I began reading the book of Ruth recently, and what captivated me in the first chapter was Naomi's name change. As a bit of background, Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth. She had moved (out of Israel) to a foreign country with her husband and sons who had also married the foreign women. Naomi's husband died and then a few years later, both of her sons also died leaving Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws widowed. Times were hard for widows in those times, so Naomi's response was pretty much relative to what our modern day response would be to such a tragedy: bitterness and questioning. She changed her name to "Mara", saying that it was because "the Lord has dealt bitterly with [her]". And if saying it once was not enough, she reiterated it again saying "I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty... the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me" (Ruth 1:21).

 As I read these words that Naomi spoke, I completely empathized with her grief. Although our circumstances are obviously different, I often feel as though God has somehow chosen to make me miserable. Now, don't get me wrong. I wholly believe in God and His sovereignty. I believe that He owns everything upon this earth and I also believe that everything that happens, occurs because He allowed it to. With that being said, I have earnestly felt that the Lord has dealt treacherously with me these past three years. I have no idea why and I hate it so much. But the part that is so conflicting in all of this is my sheer belief in and love for this God, this father... the one, Jesus Christ has denied me of something I so earnestly desire. Many people often question the goodness of God when faced with tragedy and hardships, but theirs is with a bitter tongue. I do not doubt God, His sovereignty or His wisdom. I just want to know why.

September 1, 2015

lately... in photos

// Beau leading the teen class at Vacation Bible School 

// Family breakfast

//  My brother-in-love's wedding reception - very small, very intimate. Loved it! 

// Beau's birthday dinner

  Classic Cars || Havertown, PA
//   Classic Car Fridays in Havertown. Every other Friday during the summer months, a group of classic car enthusiasts gather in the parking lot of a shopping plaza to chat.

//   Banquets and disgruntled waiters.

// Franklin Fountain... old fashioned ice cream spot in Old City Philadelphia. SO good!

// hanging out with my younger self reincarnate. Rekindled my childhood love of roller skating. 
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