Photo Challenge


 Are you giving something up for Lent? To be honest, I never have. I'm not sure why I haven't. It's not like I'm opposed to the idea and Easter is my favourite holiday so you think I would be right into this...but I'm not. This year, though, I'm going to try something. I saw it on my sister's blog and was inspired to give it a try as a way to spend some time in self-examination and reflection while also focusing a bit more of my day on God and what He is trying to teach me during this season. The original idea comes from The United Methodist Church. Here is the link to what I will be photographing each day. I also just signed up to receive the email photo reminder and was pleasantly surprised that a small devotional goes along with it so I will also post the Bible verse that matches the word of the day.

Mar. 11 - Happy
Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
you get a fresh start,
your slate’s wiped clean.
Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you
and you’re holding nothing back from God. - Psalm 32:1-2

Mar. 10 - Ate
On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year. - Joshua 5:11-12

Mar. 9 - Faithful
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. - Psalm 32:6-7

Mar. 8 - Find
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” - Luke 13:6-9





Mar. 7 - No
Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And the Rock was Christ. But just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased. These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. - 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, 11-13 

Mar. 6 - Shadow
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. - Psalm 63:7-8

Mar. 5 - Night
The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy! The one the Lord doesn’t consider guilty— in whose spirit there is no dishonesty— that one is truly happy! When I kept quiet, my bones wore out; I was groaning all day long— every day, every night!— because your hand was heavy upon me. My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. - Psalm 32:1-4

Mar. 4 - Bless
So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you. - Psalm 63:2-4


Mar. 3 - Thirst
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. - Psalm 63:1


Mar. 2 - Leave
As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. Then there was a voice out of the cloud: “This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him.” When the sound of the voice died away, they saw Jesus there alone. They were speechless. And they continued speechless, said not one thing to anyone during those days of what they had seen. When they came down off the mountain the next day, a big crowd was there to meet them. A man called from out of the crowd, “Please, please, Teacher, take a look at my son. He’s my only child. Often a spirit seizes him. Suddenly he’s screaming, thrown into convulsions, his mouth foaming. And then it beats him black-and-blue before it leaves. I asked your disciples to deliver him but they couldn't ” Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus stepped in, ordered the vile spirit gone, healed the boy, and handed him back to his father. They all shook their heads in wonder, astonished at God’s greatness, God’s majestic greatness. - Luke 9:35-43 



Mar. 1 - Prophet
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”- Luke 13:31-35

Feb. 28 - Earth
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9


Feb. 27 - Hear
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! - Psalm 27:1-9

Feb. 26 - Lift
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. - Psalm 63:1-4

Feb. 25 - Cover
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek. - Psalm 27:1-8





Feb. 24 - Vision
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision,
“Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
 - Genesis 15:1



Feb. 23 - Live
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. - Philippians 3:17

Feb. 22 - Spirit
The Spirit of God made me what I am, the breath of God Almighty gave me life!- Job 33:4
Feb. 21 - Love
My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you.
You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver.
Stay on track, steady in God.
 -Philippians 4:1
Feb. 20 - Evil
You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the 
night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust
in you and I’m safe!” 
Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God
your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get
through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.
 - Psalm 91:1-2, 9-12 


Feb. 19 - Wonder
The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an
outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and
wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land
flowing with milk and honey. 
-Deuteronomy 26:8-9



Feb. 18 - World
Then the devil led him up and showed him in
 an instant all the kingdoms of the world. -Luke 4:5

Feb. 17 - Settle
When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving 
you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you
 shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the 
land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to 
the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go 
to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD 
your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.”- Deuteronomy 26:1-3



Feb. 16 - Injustice
This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of 
exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. -Isaiah 58:6 


Feb. 15 - See

What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
    sharing your food with the hungry,
    inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
    putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
    being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on,
    and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way.
    The God of glory will secure your passage.
Then when you pray, God will answer.
    You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’
-Isaiah 58: 7-9


Feb. 14 - Return
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the 
Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He
 ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.
-Luke 4: 1-2

Feb. 13 - Who am I?

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