Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sojourning #5...for the love of home...

As surely as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  From faith to faith, from strength to strength, from glory to glory...we eagerly await His coming...

Based on Hosea 6:3, 1 John 3:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Psalm 84:7, Romans 1:17


But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, 
will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20-21 NIV



Monday, April 7, 2014

Sojourning #4...more than enough room...

Processed to look like an old, tattered postcard, looked at often, as one would if they were far from home...

There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.... 
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, 
so that you will always be with me where I am...
John 14:2-3NLT

These were words spoken by Jesus to comfort His followers close to His crucifixion...
He was leaving them behind, citizens of another world being left in this one as aliens and sojourners.  They would face adversity, persecution, ostracization, beatings, imprisonment, execution...

But they had the hope that He wouldn't leave them forever - He would come back - and there would be room...
more than enough room, 
for them, 
their families, 
their friends, 
and all who wanted a new life. 

Thank you Lord for making all the room needed and for drawing all those who come...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sojourning #3...quiet...


I always think of "soft" and "quiet" together...

Textured with one layer of Kim Klassen's "chaos" set to soft light blend mode.


...make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: 
You should mind your own business 
and work with your hands...  
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders 
and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 

I Thessalonians 4:11 NIV

As sojourners we are to aim towards living a quiet life, and work with our hands - I love that these two instructions point in the direction of creativity!  And in living quietly and purposefully, outsiders will respect us - and perhaps ask how they too can be citizens of our country...


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sojourning #2 ...enjoyment...


A rare pink bluebonnet from our yard last spring...textures with Kim's 0703 at color burn blend mode and reduced to 25% opacity.  The type font is called "Petra"

I am a sojourner here on this earth (Philippians 3:20).

And it is amazing to me that, even though I am no longer "of this world" but still in it, the things in it were made for my enjoyment...

What a loving God, that before I became a citizen of His world, He created the beauty in this one for me to enjoy, and perhaps to wonder about just how much more incredible my permanent home will be...

And if He created all this beauty for me to enjoy, how it must please Him when I do take. time. to. stop. and. enjoy. it...

no frantic trying to please Him, to work at gaining what I already have (His love),
no worrying that He might withdraw it from me,
no missing the delicate intricacies of living life here because I am constantly preparing for the move "home"...

This must be why He told the Children of Israel to plant gardens and settle down, "make themselves at home", when they went into captivity in Babylon...even tho' they were no longer in their homeland, they were still in the hands of God - and could still have joy in their lives...

And here, back here in this century, this year, this moment of time - I am free in this land that is not my final home...and I can love:

warm days and cool nights
frogs singing across the field every evening
morning songbirds
wind in the oak's strong branches
the scolding chatter of the squirrel who lives above the garage
the anticipation of this year's wild flowers
a cat's purr
the smell of spring
the comfort of a worn quilt on the porch swing when it is just a tad too cool 

the way of a family
how we love one another...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sojourning #1...You know the way...

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being at a retreat center which had a reproduction village from ancient Israel built - it is called "Capernaum".  Of course I took pictures!  And you will be seeing many of the shots during this season of Lent...
 
...and you know the way to the place where I am going...John 14:4

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.     John 14:1-3 NIV

The theme the Lord is leading me towards for my personal Lenten explorations comes from the idea that we are simply sojourners in this world, citizens of another.  And so for this first installment, I chose an image of looking through an archway in the town of "Capernaum", towards a live oak tree...
 almost as if I am looking through a corridor from one world to the next, and the oak is the Tree of Life in the center of Paradise...

"Soon," the Spirit says.  "Soon, we will be together." 


Joining with the Texture Tuesday link up here..

My image is processed with a vibrance adjustment and one layer of Kim's "rest" from her February trio set to "color burn" blend mode and opacity adjusted to 48%.