Family is important just like the various flowers in a bouquet we are all unique. Some of us stand out and some of us blend in. Each of us is important.
When my mother died my focus turned to my family…the one I grew up with and the one that I have through my friends. So this photograph represents the various aspects of family life to me and how we are blending into a big bouquet.
Just like my mother had a love for all of us so does our Heavenly Father have a love for all those he created. His word says that He even has all the hair on our heads numbered. So He cares deeply for us all. He cares so much that He even said that He has plans for all of us to give us hope and a future.
While I have yet to discover all His plans for my life I do have to say that I am deeply moved that He gave me a family. We don’t always get along. We don’t always agree. We do, however, choose to love each other and to help each other when we can. We are there for each other. When we cannot help each other we know that the Father is already there for us to give us hope and a future. We know we are never alone.
Turn to the heart of our Heavenly Father and never be alone. He is waiting on you.
Time. Something we all wish we had more of to accomplish everything we think we need to accomplish. Time. When it’s gone we wish we could get it back. Time. Sometimes we wish we could go back in time or fast forward through it. Time is eternal and time is finite. Time even repeats itself.
These are flowers that I received while being courted. It was an old fashioned courtship. The man was quite romantic. So these flowers reminded me of home, hearth, harvest, life, growth, and family. All good things to invest time in. Especially family. Make time to pour the best of yourself into your loved ones. That way memories will be good ones to live on in the hearts of those you love.
‘Beauty in the Passing of Time’ got its name in honor of my mother whose beauty continued to grow even tho her body was aging. Even though she suffered from a lot of pain in her older age and she couldn’t do all that she wished that she could, she still tried to be there to encourage us, catch us when we fell, and even help us get back up on our feet. She is gone now just like the sunflower in the photograph. However her beauty continues in all those she invested her time in.
Time. Make good use of it by allowing your love to shine forth. Make good memories for those you love and even for strangers. We rush too much. The rat race is an American lifestyle. The rat race can wait. It will always be there. Time changes our lives over its course. So choose wisely what you will spend your time on. I encourage you to pour wisely into our youth, your children, and grandchildren.
I held off on posting this one until after Mother’s Day here in the US. This one was a hard one to talk about. It still brings up a lot of emotions.
‘A Lily for Benjamin’ looks great as a fine art giclée print on velvet rag. The colors are very vibrant.
The vibrant colors are in contrast to what I was feeling when I made this. I specifically took the photo too dark. I was in a dark mood that day as I had put off dealing with the miscarriage of the only child I had knowingly conceived. I didn’t even know I was pregnant until I lost the baby. It was a very difficult time in my life. I didn’t want to deal with the feelings of my body betraying me and not letting me know I was 2 1/2 months with child. So I took the photograph very dark. That happened to be the last time that this flower would bloom. The following harsh winter killed it.
The photo sat on my computer for a long time. Then suddenly I thought of my son, Benjamin, that I had miscarried. The tears started to roll down my cheeks as I worked on bringing this flower back to life. I made it more vivid than the original flower had been. I thought of all the life and memories I missed out on because of the miscarriage. I poured all the life I had in me into making this flower live again.
I am good now. No worries. God has smiled on me. I may not have my son but I do enjoy the laughter of children. So this is a photograph of my heart. I hope you cherish it as much as I do. This is ‘A Lily for Benjamin’ with much love from his mother.
Breath in God. Exhale God. Spend time with Him. When you make the one who created you and brought the Earth and the Heavens into existence your single focus in life then you will discover what it is like to walk with God in the garden. You will know what it is like to spend time and have a relationship with the one who cares intimately about every detail in your life.
He cares about you so much and knows you so well that He has even numbered the very hairs on your head. Nothing is hidden from Him in your life. He is your perfect confidant. He is the best parent. Gives the best advice. Is interested in the happenings in your life.
All He wants from you is for you walk in the garden with Him.
Praise is something that everyone needs to hear. It lets them know that they are important to you. Everyone needs to feel connected on some level. Everyone needs to hear that they did something right or good at some point in time. Praise a child and they will live up to that praise. Praise a dog and it will want to please its master more.
God created us to be in communion and communication with Him. In fact the scriptures teaches us that God inhabits the praises of His people. His people are all who choose to believe and confess Him. So why is it that when things go wrong that we do not choose to praise Him? The scriptures teach us to praise Him for the good and the bad or in other words in the good times and the bad times. Why? Because He will inhabit those bad times in your praise of Him and work all things out to your good. So why not praise Him all times? Turn your heart back to God and give Big Daddy a hug and praise. He’s waiting on you. (Psalms 22:3, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 21:3, Romans 8:28)
Shine in the sun or the rain. Shine in the good times and in the bad times. Let your good character come forth and shine. Hold fast to what God has told you and do not let go of it. The enemy is slick and deceiving. The enemy will come at you hardest in your weakest moments. Continue to shine even when under attack. Let the light of Christ come forth inside you and shine outward for all to see.
I’ve had one dilly of a time these past several weeks. My mother passed on to be with the LORD. In my weakest moment I was under attack by the enemy. He used people I love to attack me and deceive me, sickness, pains, all the signs of heart attack, fear, and grief to attack me. I must be up for a promotion in the spirit realm lol. I have never had to encounter such spiritual warfare in all my life. I was even tempted to do wrong.
What did I do? Prayed, praised, sought out scripture, had a deep heart felt one on one with the Almighty. I rebuked the enemy, prayed for the people used by the enemy, informed the enemy he cannot have my body (remember it’s God’s temple), rebuked the lies, told the truth, allowed the Holy Spirit of our God to lead, guide, and reassure me. I took action. I used the authority given me in Jesus name to stomp back on the enemy as he was trying to take me out. I had others also pray for me and my family.
Now I am doing well. So when you find yourself under attack…SHINE. Do not believe the enemy’s lies. Rebuke confusion. Command fear to leave in Jesus’ name. Trust God even if you cannot see how it could all possibly work out. Remember Jesus didn’t have to scream at the winds to calm them. He simply leaned into God on His inside and knew who He was and spoke to the storm “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39) He shined! You can too! How do I know? He said so. (John 14:12) So do greater and shine!
To all who prayed for us, I thank you all! Much love.
Until next time,
Shine as a Fine Art Gi’clee Print on Velvet Cotton Paper is vibrant in color. A definite uplifting treat to view. Velvet Paper provides a watercolor likeness. You will be pleasantly surprised by the depth of color.
They say what you focus your attention on you will attract more of. This is true. I have seen it in my own life and watched it occur in the lives of others. If you focus on negativity then you will only see negativity everywhere. If you focus on things that are true, pure, and lovely then you will see more of what is true, pure, and lovely.
In the middle of a dry, hot summer even the grass showed me that God’s promises still hold true. I saw this as I stepped through the gate in my yard. The rest of the grass was sparse and dry but this one little spot held onto some of its green. Enough green to catch my eye and allow me to marvel at its unique shape.
Little love notes from God are everywhere if you take the time to look for them. Seek and you shall find. I love nature and I love God. In nature I see little reminders of God’s love for me. You can do this too. Just go out, take a deep breath, and look around at the marvelous creation that has been put here for us to enjoy.
Focus on things that are true, pure, and lovely. Stop focusing on all that’s wrong in the world and instead see what God created just for you to enjoy with Him.
This little flower broke off and fell out of the vase onto the ground. Something to be discarded? I picked it up and carefully looked at it and decided it was to have its own special photo taken of it. All the rest of the flowers were photographed while still in the vase. So I “picked” this one to do something a little different with it. I took the textured white wall paper background I was using and placed the flower on top of it. Getting down low I was able to try different angles until I had the one I liked.
Makes me think of when we feel broke and feel like we have fallen down or let God down. God carefully picks us up, looks at us, and decides what special plans He still has for us. He doesn’t quit on us. So let the negative feelings pass and get back to the Father. He still has plans for your life, big plans, if you don’t give up on Him.
Until next time,
Picked looks good as a Fine Art Gi’clee Print on Velvet Cotton Paper. It has a nice texture and enhances the wonderful colors. Velvet Paper provides a watercolor likeness. You will be pleasantly surprised by the depth of color.
Astilbe usually blooms in a circular fashion. I remember after lightning killed the apple tree in my yard everything planted around the tree had to be transplanted. The apple tree had to be cut down. I wondered how my astilbe plants would fair being transplanted mid-season. They looked dead. I thought they wouldn’t be back the next year. To my great surprise and delight they not only came back the next summer but this one bloomed in a heart shape. A pleasant reminder from God that He has everything both great and small in the palm of His hands.
He can turn what looks like a bad situation into a blessing. So never lose your focus. Keep your eyes on the Father no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how hurt you are, no matter what comes against you like a flood. Expect the blessing even if you don’t see it now, cannot fathom how a blessing could occur, or what the blessing could be. Just focus on the Father. Praise and prayer calls on the Heavenly to invade this Earth and changes situations, atmospheres, and the minds of mankind. Stand. When you have done all, stand. I did all I could for this astilbe, it looked dead, but I kept it watered in spite of its appearance. Then the blessing occurred. Little things can remind us of the greatness of our Father and the truth of His Word.
Until next time,
This is very dramatic as a Metal Print or a Metallic Paper Print.
Copyright 2017 Photos by Tonya * Time Made Beautiful
During the coldness of winter into spring I watched as this toadstool finished forming into a heart on the end of a log, near the bottom of the log pile, at the edge of my deck. Even in the bleakest of days, when there is no other beauty in sight, God comes through to remind me He is always there planning things ahead of time for me to discover. If only I take a look. So stop and take a deep look around you at the nature God created. He made it all just for you to enjoy. He leaves His little love messages everywhere for you to discover. If you will stop and take a look.
Now for a decor note: Heart Toadstool is very dramatic as a Metal Print or a Metallic Paper Print. Try pairing the Metal Print with a pillow on a chair near it to layer the look for your room.
Would you rather wear the art? Then pair the t-shirt with a matching pouch or bag and don’t forget to buy a matching coffee cup for that on the go look.
As always, thank you for your purchase and your support.
Until next time,
Copyright 2017 Photos by Tonya * Time Made Beautiful