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Perception Or Reality?

Even Napoleon in all his pride knew the difference. Authority is not cloaked in rare fabric or jewels, but in humble leadership and compassion for those being led.

 

Look Into My Eyes…

We desperately need to have a deeper connection with one another. Though it may seem uncomfortable at first, looking into each other’s eyes when conversing fosters trust and compassion.

 

Is More, More?

Bigger is better. Much bigger is much better. And too big is even better yet. More is never enough. Much more is barely enough. And too much is only enough for now. —NOT!

This is truly the BIG LIE! How did we ever get caught in this endless cycle of madness where we spend our entire lives perpetually seeking a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow that simply does not exist.

Rich and poor alike are chasing this absurd dream. What’s worst is all the maligned sacrifice and misappropriated energy that goes into this chase. Those of us who never “had” and suddenly “get” realize that “getting” was overrated when we learn that amassing worldly possessions do not create joy. Those of us who “had” and suddenly “lose” what we had find ourselves with a hole in our soul filled with both emptiness and darkness because we were defined by our “things” and those around us were with us for our “things.”

And then there are the most fortunate of us who realize that our riches are in heaven. That wealth in this life is multiplied when we plant seeds that lift the spirits and lives of others. Where any blessings we have are meant to be shared as a blessing to others. Then the biggest bank in the world, which resides in our hearts, gets filled with gold!

Yes. God Cares Very Much About Syria.

It is primarily through photographs that most of us are witnessing the pain God is feeling for Syria and Syrians. We can see it in the capture of this young girl’s struggle. God’s pain is embedded in her face. As you gaze at this picture, imagine how God feels about the oppression that man has placed on his fellow man. This picture should inspire us to get up tomorrow morning and do our part to heal the broken people of the world and strive to wipe the sadness from God’s face.

Syria’s Pain Captured in One Heart-Rending Photograph – TheQuint

Painful image of a girl with her father on a wheelchair, asking for help to pay medical bills from passers by. read more at thequint.com

Image credit thequint.com

Ever Hear Of Mancala?

Mancala is a game popularized throughout the Middle East and Africa and has been proven to have extraordinary impact on memory and problem solving abilities.

 

We Don’t Want to Tell People…

God gave us a brilliant mind to think for ourselves and not simply follow a system by default. But that requires time, effort, and most of all, God’s wisdom. Thinking, discovering, and creating are the three worst things to outsource, and doing so is a fatal mistake.

Have You Seen Nature’s Waterfall Of Colors?

The Aurora Borealis , or Northern Lights, is one of nature’s most spectacular light displays. Ever changing, they will intrigue anyone who is lucky to catch them night after night.

At no other time of year can we drive through city and country alike and feel the warmth that lights add to our lives. No matter how awesome our light displays are though, nothing can compare with one of the most amazing shows nature has to offer; the Aurora Borealis, or more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights. It is literally a shifting waterfall of colors ranging from green to pink to white and everything in between. read more at grit.com

This is a phenomenon not to be missed in a lifetime if possible. Most of us will not get to the poles of the earth. However, recent changes in climate and solar patterns have been extending the effect of the Northern Lights where nearly half the earth’s population can get a glimpse (God’s way of moving the stage closer to your seat!). There is a great website hosted by Space Weather where you can go to receive alerts and other information about these events. Hopefully you can catch God’s next show! Blessings…

 

If Not For The Valleys

by Greg Pai
Featured Photo Credit: highlights6 (Wood Lanes, UK)

If not for the valleys
I often descend
I could not see the mountains
o’er horizon’s bend

The glory of God
His Majestic style
Awe filled landscape
A miracle mile

So far in the distance
While feeling so close
The landscape before me
I anticipate most

These dips
are in God’s grips
All these lands
are in His hands
Descents and ascents
are the intent of His plans

Shaping and molding
Yes, bending; That too
Form the grandeur of landscapes
Form the essence of you

So I suppose its all relative
Still this much is true
God has a landscape for me
and a landscape for you

 

All Are Welcome Here

While so many in the world seek out reasons to divide, hate and war against one another, a group of brave people, from different faiths, yet with similar hearts, are seeking to coexist. Not only peacefully, but cooperatively.

A mosque, a church and a synagogue go up on the site of an old Jewish country club.

It sounds like the setup to a joke — but it’s not. It’s actually happening in Omaha, Neb. The Tri-Faith Initiative may be the first place in history where these three monotheistic faiths have built together, on purpose, with the intention of working together.

“This is something God wanted us to do a long time ago, and we were completely blinded by doing other things,” says Aryeh Azriel, the rabbi at Temple Israel.”

This story is a testament to the absolute fact that God is sovereign and loves all of His creation. Not just some of us.

We, at photographingGOD, prefer the sound of “All Are Welcome Here” over “Some Are Welcome Here.” And on this day celebrated as the birth of Jesus in the Christian world, I suspect He too would have said, “All Are Welcome Here.”

Read original article at npr.org

Thank You God For The Miracle Of Life!

There isn’t a single phase of this process that just doesn’t drop your jaw to the floor. I can remember all four of my miracles and while all were very different journeys, all equally amazing. From the moment you learn you will be a mother or father; To the preparation for the new arrival; Then comes the day God sends this little spirit down to earth and into your arms… And finally, the blessing of family. “This is the miracle of life!”

Miss Universe 2015: And The Winner Is… (God’s Perspective)

Beauty is in the eyes of the Creator; Not the beholder. All the contest participants were winners Sunday night. In fact, we all win when we celebrate beauty through God’s eyes. Steve Harvey didn’t get it wrong. He just didn’t get it at all. It’s not his fault however. I actually adore Steve.

The host of the Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey, made a huge blunder by naming the wrong winner on Sunday night.

Of course, one might wonder if maybe that was the point. Cameras panned to reveal genuine looks of confusion and horror on both women’s faces as they realized what had happened, and what would happen still: One would be forced to give up the title she’d been given and the other would be forced to take it from her. Some members of the audience began to boo — in support of Miss Colombia or in reaction to Harvey’s blunder, or both”. read more at cnn.com

There is nothing wrong with being fascinated by beauty or even showcasing it. It is what God created. However, the consequences for haphazardly elevating some while subordinating others leads to a loss of the true definition of beauty itself. Beauty pageants should, and can be celebrations. Celebrations of cultures, celebrations of youth, celebrations of physical and spiritual diversity, etc. They shouldn’t be thrones with crowns. Not only pitting one individual against another, but even country against country at times. If anything was revealed by Mr. Harvey’s little faux pax Sunday evening, it should be that we are not very good at assigning beauty. Even with a sophisticated voting system. Beauty has already been assigned by it’s Creator – God.

 

Up Close and Personal With Flowers

David Leaser is using new technology and special techniques to capture God’s amazing handiwork embedded in all of nature. His images draw us closer to the detail and color we often miss for many reasons. Without a doubt, with the right intent, innovation and technology can enhance our appreciation for God’s creation.


It’s one thing to use a macro lens on a camera to capture the smallest details of flora and fauna.

Then there’s what David Leaser does, which is less like photography than it is like an MRI image. It’s called focus stacking and involves an array of photographic equipment that far exceeds the usual single-lens reflex camera equipped with a macro lens.

“I wanted to elevate these little tiny flowers into significance, give people a different perspective,” he said.”

And that he does. He also seeks to “have his works lower viewers’ blood pressure and cause them to smile.” I believe that this is exactly why God created such natural beauty on this earth. I pray we all seek ways to draw closer to God’s creation. The result – We draw closer to God.

read more at ticket.heraldtribune.com

 

Even If You Didn’t Sneeze…

Unfortunately, overused and under-appreciated. One way we can share God is to share Him by name in the form of a blessing. Nearly every culture, language, and faith holds such a prayer in the highest regard. But somehow, we have reduced this glorious expression of love to a reflex in response to a sneeze. I pray we all share God every day through this expression, even if someone doesn’t sneeze.

A Handwritten Note…

I have to believe that typing shortcuts into a device or simply dictating a message loses so much of the potential to communicate. Three aspects of communication are under attack  by technology.

The first aspect is time. Time allows us to fully contemplate and complete our thoughts increasing the probability that our audience will understand what we are trying to communicate. Technology is an enemy of time because the more time something takes, the less effective the technology.

The second aspect is scope. In a world where we are increasingly shortening our messaging with technology (emails to instant messages to emojis, and beyond), we are sacrificing the spices of communication which include depth, detail, and emotion. A smiley face cannot fully articulate happiness.

Lastly, and possibly the most painful, is the loss of personalization. Technology, and the overuse of devices, have all but eliminated the personal nature of a handwritten note and the need for face-to-face engagement. We desperately need to preserve forms of traditional communication in order to stay “human.” It’s as if we are losing our thumbs!