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Finding my way on this Journey

Author: Debra Ham (page 1 of 3)

NaBloPoMo Day #10: Finding My Way Back

Have you ever felt lost?  Not in the physical sense, but having that nagging feeling that something is missing and you just can’t put your finger on it or find your way to it? Well, I’m not lost, I just feel that way.

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There was a time where I felt very certain about the direction that my life was heading in and I pursued what I was passionate about, God and photography. Of course, that’s not to say that I’m not pursuing either now. I just don’t have the time that I used to have and I’m earnestly trying to find where both fit in my life at the moment.

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t turned my back on God.  I want to spend much more time with him than what I feel that I now do. Juggling all of life’s responsibilities can get tedious and making sure that everything that I value has its proper place can be difficult at times.

As for photography, well, that’s a whole other story. I feel that I have turned my back on photography.  Finding little pockets of time in my days and weeks that allows me to reconnect with one of the other things that I am passionate about in this life (after God & my husband!) is what I really want.

Slowly but surely I believe that I will be in the place that I need to be in order to find what it is that I’m seeking.

I honestly feel that this time over the past few years of my life has been a respite and a resting place, you know, the comma or pause in my story.  Soon we will be at the period and this chapter of our lives will be closed. But, before it is finished, I want to create more space in my life for the things that I am passionate about because I know that it can be done.

I am hoping that this blog will aid in that effort by providing a place for me to share my photography and my faith in God.

Life is a journey, but I’m finding my way.

 

NaBloPoMo Day #9: Music Monday

 

“Worth” by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

You thought I was worth saving
So you came and changed my life

You thought I was worth keeping
so you cleaned me up inside

You thought I was to die for
so you sacrificed your life

So I could be free
So I could be whole
So I could tell everyone I know

repeat chorus (3 times)

Hallelujah
Glory to the God who changed my life
And I will praise you (Forever)
I’ll worship you (Forever)
I’ll give you glory (Forever)

Because I am free
Because I am whole
And I will tell everyone I know

Repeat

You thought I was worth saving
So you came and changed my life

You thought I was worth keeping
So you cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
You sacrificed your life
So I can be free

NaBloPoMo Day #8: Autumn Solitude

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“To give thanks in solitude is enough.
Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.
Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”
~Victor Hugo
Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness.
The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
~Paul Brunton
“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”
~Mary Sarton

Happy Sunday!

NaBloPoMo Day #7: Moon Rising

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“A little pause in life, while daylight lingers
Between the sunset and the pale moonrise,
When daily labor slips from weary fingers,
And soft grey shadows veil the aching eyes.”
~Sarah Doudney, “Between the Lights,” c.1875

 

NaBloPoMo Day#6: Sabbath Rest

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As I prepare for the seventh day Sabbath, I just wanted to share this photo of a church built into the rocks from my trip to Arizona a few months back. I am really looking forward to resting and relaxing from my busy week. I hope that you take time to rest  from all of your hard work.

Have a great weekend friends!

NaBloPoMo Day #5: Thankful Thursday

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There is so much in this world to be thankful for…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnack

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end of having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“How easily we can forget how precious life is!  So long as we can remember, we’ve just been here, being alive.  Unlike other things for which we have a good comparison– black to white, day to night, good to bad– we are so immersed in life that we can see it only in the context of itself.  We don’t see life as compared to anything, to not-being, for example, to never having been born.  Life just is. But life itself is a gift.  It’s a compliment just being born: to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, make love, for this particular lifetime.  Today, let’s give thanks for life.  For life itself. For simply being born!” ~ Daphne Rose Kingma

 

What are YOU grateful for?

 

What are you thankful for?

NaBloPoMo Day #4: Saying Yes!

I’m currently reading the “4 hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris and at the end of each chapter there are challenges. One of the challenges is to limit information overload by going on a media fast. No books (with the exception of the “4 Hour Work Week”), unnecessary websites, social media, audio books, news outlets or other types of media that provide their glory to aid us in wasting our precious time!  Music, however, is always allowed.

I attempted to begin my media fast last Monday and I think that I did fairly well. I made some modifications to what Tim Ferris suggested and I decided that I would listen to the bible because it isn’t useless information. Feeling like I conquered Monday and that I did a decent job, I entered Tuesday and had a “let down”.

It was barely noon and I had already listened to music on YouTube (which I’m not totally sure is allowed, sounds like a loophole) and checked out Twitter, a place that I seldom visit. Since I had already went down the rabbit hole, I figured that I would listen to the audio book “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert that I’d anticipated listening to for a few weeks now.

Here’s the dilemma: I always listen to audio books at work to help the time pass, especially books involving creativity, business, pursuing passionate goals, along with some fiction sprinkled in. What can I say? I’m really enjoy books that encourages one stay open to the possibilities of creativity and inspiration.

As life would have it, one of the thoughts in “Big Magic” was to say “yes” and to follow curiosity. I thought to myself, “I would like to incorporate saying YES more often into my daily life and see where the road will lead”. That lucky chance came sooner than I had anticipated.

While at work that day, I went to speak with a co-worker only to find out that she and another co-worker were deep in the throes of putting together props for a video that they were creating for the next day. They wanted to include just about everyone from around the building to complete the video.

“We want you to be in the video that we’re shooting”, they exclaimed!

#{insert panic here}

Most people turned down the chance to take part in the video. But, after I gave myself a pep talk, I figured, ”why not?”, & I did the part that they wanted me to do!

The lesson learned is that in life, most people are afraid to say yes to something different, something that’s new, that’s not the status quo, to looking silly, to being wrong, and to failure! I am determined to no longer be one of these people as much as possible. I have had great opportunities that I felt were lost or could have turned out very differently had I chosen to feel the fear and do it anyway. I have learned my lesson and want to redeem as much time as I can by saying “yes” more often. The uncomfortable things that make life what it is.

What are you willing to say “yes” to?

NaBloPoMo Day #3: Light

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I absolutely love the golden light during the evening “Golden Hour” when the light is a beautiful gold tone that warms everything that it touches. Although it’s been pretty rainy here in Pineville lately, I wanted to go back and remember what the light will look like once all the clouds pass. What’s your favorite part of the fall weather?

On Monday’s I like to share music with an uplifting and positive theme that have messages that have inspired me over the years. I hope that it will inspire and encourage you as well.

 

“All Who Are Thirsty” by Kutless

All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Just come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As the deep cries out to deep, we sing…

Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come

All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Just come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As the deep cries out to deep, we sing…

Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come
Come, Lord Jesus come

Won’t you come?
Won’t you come?

Nothing but your will for me, I am only free when you’re here

Nothing but your will for me, I am only free when you’re here
Come, Lord Jesus come
Nothing but your will for me, I am only free when you’re here
Come, Lord Jesus come
Nothing but your will for me, I am only free when you’re here
Come, Lord Jesus come
Nothing but your will for me, I am only free when you’re here
Come, Lord Jesus come

NaBloPoMo Day #1

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Today begins many creative challenges. One being National Blog Posting Month, which challenges bloggers to post daily during the month of November, should they choose to accept. Another is very similar being the National Photo Posting Month- challenging photographers to share a photograph daily throughout November. Seeing how I enjoy both, I think that I may attempt to do a combination of the two. I would love to share a photo every day this month, but sometimes I prefer to use my words also. Here’s to November!

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