Splendor

“It’s the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature, and then you.” Al Franken
s1“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth
s2“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.” Elisabeth Elliot
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Self-Reflection

“I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.” Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
reflection-2“It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” Carl Sandburg
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The art of glass

Fairchild Botanical Garden just started exhibiting the amazing work of American artist Dale Chihuly. His glass sculptures/installations are so beautiful and refreshing for the soul. The garden is breathtaking and the perfect setting for these pieces. Besides the exotic flora some birds can be spotted as well as other animals if you are lucky. I will share other images in a new post later this week.

“I never met a color I didn’t like” Dale Chihuly
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City Thoughts

“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
BK-1“A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust, A History of Walking
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Hope is always within reach

Dear friends, this is an excerpt from my friend, Author Cheryl Zelenka’s new book called Facing Storms: Devotions for thoughts and meditation. 

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In his song STAND, Rich Mullins wrote, “There is more that rises in the morning than the sun.” He knew that with each new day there is the gift of a new beginning, one brimming with promise.

Anticipated desires, which we expect to occur, are called hopes. God hears all of our prayers and petitions. Therefore, our hopes are certainly obtainable so long as they are aligned with His perfect will. Through the refining process, God transforms our selfish desires into His perfect ones. The desires, dreams, and hopes planted in our hearts will mature and grow with time, eventually bearing the fruit that serves His glorious purpose. There is great joy to be had while holding hope in your heart. Sometimes this hope is a secret matter between you and the Lord, shared with no other.

How precious these special thoughts and intimate conversational moments! To meditate on a desire not yet fulfilled, with glorious anticipation, is a blessing. Waiting on the fulfillment of this hope is an experience few learn to savor. Don’t let doubt or impatience rob you of this opportunity to draw near God in a new and intimate way.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

God’s gifts are always more wonderful than we can imagine. His blessings are beyond our imagination or comprehension. Why not ask for those things that would please your heavenly Father? Wait for His will and desires to be revealed. Patiently hold on to your hope but trust Him to transform and purify every one of your desires. Thus, as you delight yourself in the Lord the desires of your heart will be granted… for His hopes will have become your own.

Miracle

Dear friends,

This beautiful plant is called Miracle Fruit Plant. It bears a red fruit that makes sour or bitter flavors taste sweet. “Miracle” sits outside my apartment door, and is a daily reminder that good things are already in my life and new ones are coming with the help and grace of God. I hope you also believe in miracles too.
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” Jon Bon Jovi

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Nature

” Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
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“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” Isaac Newton
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THE ART OF FASHION

Neiman Marcus celebrated 2oTH years of fashion, with a fashion show called The Art of Fashion. I spotted some gentlemen nicely dressed for the occasion. Thank you to all who happily posed for my blog.

“Men with style are great because they have a sense of self”, Lexa Doig

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