Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When Love Meets Justice


Recently I ran across a book by John Piper titled, “Fifty Reason Why Jesus Came to Die”, and a thought popped into my mind. Why do we need fifty reasons? It should take less than a second to see the reason, the only really important reason, why Jesus came to die. Some days the reason makes no sense at all, but that doesn’t mean it is not there. God is just. God is love. God’s love is willing to meet the demands of His justice. Even if that means sending his only son to be crucified for sinners. It’s out of love for his people. God made us because he wanted a creation to look after and watch, and love. He knew what human nature would do, and in His creativity he put His Son, fully God and fully man, on the earth to pay for our sins; out of His justice and love.
               
If God, who is all powerful, is willing to send his son for our sake then why should it be so hard for us to sacrifice for him? Human nature can be awfully much in the way sometimes. But really, we say we love Him, and know He loves us but when it comes down to it we make it seem so very hard to spend only fifteen minutes a day with Him! Why are we trying to make time for the creator of time? Kind of ironic, huh? Can you imagine a marriage between a man and woman spent like that? It would be pitiful, and most likely end in divorce. Fortunately, God is not going to give up on us, but that is not reason to put Him off. He’s going wait, but He is ever so eager to have you. A friend of mine said something like this, “You don’t have to transform to accept Jesus. You just have to accept Him and he will transform you.” This statement holds such a truth. Piper did have some wise word to say, one of them being, “Sin is not small because it is not against a small sovereign.” We need God, and He wants us. He made a huge sacrifice for us, will we make even small sacrifices for Him? We cannot survive without Him. Are you willing to let your love for Him meet the demands of justice? 


(This is a recent essay I wrote. As you can probably tell, it's where the title of this blog comes from. A verse that has also inspired the title is in the blog description. But for some reason I cannot seem to get the color to change so it is kind of hard to read...Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. [John 89:14]  This was almost written more to inspire myself than anyone else. I do hope that it makes you begin to think though. Be blessed! ~Sveta)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Patterns
All the patterns on the back of the leaves are so amazing. God is such a creative creator! 

2. Machines
I love to sew, and in fact I've got about three sewing machines. Only one works at the moment, but they are so much fun...and it's such fun to create. God in his creativity gave his people creative minds, huh?! (ahaha...totally in the creative mood today, I guess.)

3. Signs or Logos
Part of the sign from where I work...

4. Rocks
I guess it's pretty lame, just rocks. 

5. Sparkle
This is one of my favorite photos. It's not perfect, but certainly candid. I think it really fits this prompt great though. There's such sparkle in the picture...we had gone to surprise my sister at college for her birthday. Her closest friends were there, and it was a great night. There's spark everywhere in this...even in the half face on the far right. :) 

Have a blessed week!
~Sveta D.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nurture Photo Challenge | Red/Foliage

Most of these aren't red, but I figured they might fit in with the 'foliage' part of this challenge. The one thing I really love about the east is our season of Fall. It's sooooo pretty!

Oh, look there's a red one! This is our house that my dad [with the help of some friends and my bro] built!

Leaves...do you see the heart?

Lovely fall scenery. 

And more of it. This is probably my favorite fall scenery shot. The state fair says that scenery has no man-made things in it, but I beg to differ; it just wouldn't be the same without the little, old barn. Would it?

Have a great weekend, and come back soon! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Basketball and ramblings...

Last week I took pictures of the Church League game in our area. I'm typically not a huge fan of watching sports, but it is different when you're actually watching people you know play. Hopefully we'll get to go again before the league is up. Plus, I really enjoyed getting some good action shots. How about you? Do you like sports? Which ones? Basketball is probably my favorite, although it's also fun to watch volleyball. As far as playing them, uuhhh....not me. :) Ultimate Frisbee is a ton of fun though. That's pretty much the only sport I play. (Look it up, it really is a sport.) 

This morning the morning light was way to good to pass up. So I was out for about half hour taking pictures, look for that later in the week. I. Love. Fall. Oh, and the night sky lately? It's spectacular; every. single. night. I wish I could capture it for you. But. I can't...you'll just have to go look at it for yourself. I think just about every night as I walking over to the cabin to go to bed, I get 'awed' by it all. I stop and stare at it for a while...so awesome! How great is our God! 

Be blessed, friends! 
-sveta

Is it gonna go through?!

Slow motion running -- I've really enjoyed figuring out to get them.
I call this one the 'Ballerina' shot. :)  
I'm not sure that she actually made this shot, but it's a cool picture.
"I want the ball!" Nooo...I do. Noo me! haha.
Swish!

Ignore the scoreboard. Our team (all the random colors.) is all teens and has only been playing a year vs. most of the other teams have experienced players who have played ten/fifteen years. So we're doing pretty good, if you ask me. :)
Crash!
Yes. He's got no hands. But he's an amazing basketball player. He's from Afghanistan. His hands were blown off when he picked up a what he thought was a toy and ended up blowing his hands, and one eye, out/off. He's working hard trying to get his wife and son over from Afghanistan. In fact, here's a small video about him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bJciT8aTgI&feature=channel&list=UL

Keep him in your prayers as he's going through all this. Thank you! And if you feel led to donate anything, there is info at the bottom of the video.



Nice action shot :)
Listen up everyone. Coach is giving good advice.


I really like this one too.
Run for your life!! Haha.
Everybody's having fun. 
Stop! No! Don't let the ball through! (The #4 green shirt is from our team too)
Nice way to end the post. :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday | 10.14.12

Hey there! I'm back, friends. I won't rant on and on today because I've got quite a bit of work waiting for me. So keeping it short here. :) Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

Oh, and I mentioned something about this last night, but I thought I'd say it again...I'm going to be starting a series called Observing Beauty. Basically, once a month, I'd do a post of little, random, simple, normally unnoticeable, *insert here any other descriptive word you can think of*, etc...things. Observing beauty in overlooked places. Take, for instance, the picture below. It's just a leave on the driveway. Usually you wouldn't stop and take a picture of that. (Unless you're me, haha!) Would any of you be interested in participating in this? If I can get enough people interested then I'll make a once-a-month blog hop out of it. If not, I'll do it all by my lonely self. Wait, I'm not lonely...:) I've got sweet blog friends who like to do blog hops, right?! 

1. Water
From the archives...but it's a pretty cool pic!

 2. Faithful
This little guy very faithfully takes his puppy everywhere his Mom will let him. 

 3. Then and Now
A picture from Spring, and now one from Fall...

 4. Fingertips
I think this picture has been on here before, but I really like it. It represents a hard worker...

 5. Something from the Fall Bucket List
I think it's pretty obvious which one I picked (or actually photographed. haha!). Read a book. I come from a  family of avid readers. My sister defiantly inherited a little more of it than I did. This picture was taken in our 'library'...half of it anyways. Which reminds me, I really need to organize it...another day. ;) I love to read too, and just finished reading a book called "If I Perish". Wow. can I say it again? WOW. Such an amazing story of a Christian from Korea during the time when the Japanese were controlling Korea. It's so cool to watch her faith grow/mature during the course of her time in Prison. She had such faith and love. It's worth buying and reading...at least twice. :) 

Well, I've got a friend here to help out with a writing project. So I best get off of here. Be blessed, friends.
~Sveta

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Yellow/Light | Nurture

I'm a little late on entering this, but hey better late than never, right? And I'm planning on having another post up tomorrow, so you're getting two in two days. I'd consider myself lucky if I were you. [smile] These may all be random, but as a friend of mine likes to say, "It's not random, it's my life." Ha! That pretty much sums it up for me. 

On another thought (well not completely, it's still related to randomness...or life, whatever). Anyways, on another thought, I'm going to be starting a series called Observing Beauty. Basically, once a month, I'd do a post of little, random, simple, normally unnoticeable, *insert here any other descriptive word you can think of*, etc...things. Observing beauty in overlooked places. Take, for instance, the picture below. It's just a leave on the driveway. Usually you wouldn't stop and take a picture of that. (Unless you're me, haha!) Would any of you be interested in participating in this? If I can get enough people interested then I'll make a once-a-month blog hop out of it. If not, I'll do it all by my lonely self. Wait, I'm not lonely...:) I've got sweet blog friends who like to do blog hops, right?! 

Well, here's some yellow/light shots that I found. Actually, I've got a lot of pictures that are light or yellow. It was kind of hard to choose. I'll be back tomorrow! 

Yeah, yeah, the classic yellow picture for this time of year. I know, but it is kind of unique too...


Ever seen any of these? We've got some as decorations at work. Pretty cool, huh?

I really, really like morning light.

Coming soon to a blog near you: a post featuring lotsa morning light.
And maybe self portraits, too.  

Speaking of morning light...isn't this beeeeuuutiful?! (yes, I am aware that I left the 'a' out, but who ever pronounces that in the word?) Just pretend there's no gas tank in it...

(Yikes, there are way too many parentheses in this post, but I'm not going to fix it. And of course I'm going to put this in parentheses around this. The more the merrier!) Can you tell I'm tired? Okay, I really am done now. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Foggy Morning


In the quiet misty morning, when the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing and the sky is clear and red,
When the summer's ceased its gleaming, when the corn is past its prime,
When adventure's lost its meaning, I'll be homeward bound in time.

Bind me not to the pasture. Chain me not to the plow.
Set me free to find my calling and I'll return to you somehow.

If you find it's me you're missing, if you're hoping I'll return,
To your thought I'll soon be list'ning; in the road I'll stop and turn.
Then the wind will set me racing as my journey nears its end,
And the path I'll be retracing when I'm homeward bound again.

Bind me not to the pasture. Chain me not to the plow.
Set me free to find my calling and I'll return to you somehow.

In the quiet misty morning when the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing, I'll be homeward bound again.

Marta Keen // Homeward Bound


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Hello there! How do you like the new fall look around? (on the blog, and in the real world?!) I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here on the blog, and am pretty proud of doing two posts last week! I wanted to participate in SHS, and I just realized that three of these five photos are from my archives. Sorry guys! I'll try to do better next week. Even though most of these are older pictures, I've started carrying my camera around more, just to take 'memory' pictures....friends, family, happy kids, random things, etc. 

Hope you are having/have had a great Sunday and week. Be Blessed. 
~Sveta

1. Shadow
It's a picture from the beach trip of last fall, and coming up in about a month we'll be going to the Atlantic Ocean in FL! I cannot wait! 

2. Keys
I've actually taken quite a few shots like this one while waiting for people to get in the car. Most of  them, however, I've deleted..but I did find one from my Michigan trip. (And I'm working on another blog post of that...coming soon!)

 3. Smile
This little cutie-pie was just so full of smiles at church today! Well, she pretty much always is...I couldn't resist a few shots. 

 4. Unedited (SOOC)
A SOOC shot of a road near our house. I love where I live, especially the early summer/fall mornings. 

 5. Spice
I wanted to do something that was not food, really really wanted to in fact. But I couldn't think anything up! So here's the tradition picture everyone's got today...some sort of food spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc...the essential baking spices of a kitchen. 

Have a lovely week, friends!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn


Good bye 90 degree weather
and late nights up reading.
Goodbye swimming pools 
and water fights.




Goodbye sweet fruits that are in season
and goodbye to iced coffee.


Goodbye summer afternoons spent swinging
and goodbye no-school work.


Goodbye bright colors of pink and white and green, 
and goodbye to going barefoot. You will be sorely missed.



Goodbye summer road trips
and goodbye to wading in the creek.


Goodbye iced-tea and summer nights listening to crickets chirping. 
Goodbye sweet nights on the porch playing music.

  

Goodbye summer sun and goodbye, warm nights. 
Goodbye giant sunflowers. 


Goodbye summer.
I'm so glad I've got memories of you.
Hello Autumn.
Hello pumpkin spice lattes 
Hello fuzzy socks and pretty scarves.
Hello cozy nights by the fire.
Hello fall baking. 

Welcome, Autumn! Come on in. 
You've been missed. 
It's so glad to have you back.