This is What Inspires Me

Olive Tree is having a photography contest with the theme of inspiration. Here are my two entries:

This picture inspires me because it reminds me of God's care for us. The care with which my brother is holding the little bird, the trust in the bird's eye... this is a perfect example of God's care for me. I know I need not fear, since my life is held secure in God's hands. He's always got me, even when I want to struggle and try to fly on my own. I just have to trust Him.

I love this picture. It reminds me of the verse from Hebrews "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

This is my inspiration. As long as I fix my eyes on Jesus, I am inspired beyond belief. Even if all the rest of my life is painted in shades of gray, fixing my eyes on Jesus gives everything new life and color.

Sunlight and Water

It has been sticky, sweaty, boiling hot this summer, so every chance we get, we go to the lake!

cooling our feet in the water


The lake has a big tower at the end of the dock for people to jump off. There's three levels... and the third level is even higher than a high dive. I've only gone off 1st and 2nd, but my brothers jump off 3rd all the time. :)

I was a bit disappointed not to get him jumping - but the awesomeness of the splash made up for it. :)

On our last outing we also saw a family of swans!

Daddy checking the place out

Mommy coming with the babies

One big, happy family

I just can't get over how pretty the sunlight is on the water.

Ah, such peace. :)

i heart faces - teens

Well, this will be my first time doing i heart faces, but hey, I always love trying something new!

The theme for this week is Teens, so the photo must have been shot by a teen (which I still qualify as). Boy, was it hard to decide what photo to post! But I finally picked out this one:

Like our silly faces? I actually took this like a typical "myspace picture" (i.e. holding the camera out and looking up at it). It turned out surprisingly well!

Also - I changed the look of this blog! What do you think? Anything you think I should change? ;)
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