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Photo Contest Announcement ~ Upside Down Happy Face

Upside Down Happy FaceLast week, I wrote about my participation in a photo contest.  I found out this past Monday that I lost.  I did not even get an honorable mention.  It gave me an upside down happy face.

I do not pretend to have professional photography talent, but had hoped to at least place.

Because of my issues with lack of confidence, I also do not handle disappointment well.  I have had some past endeavors that proved disastrous, and failure tends to shake one’s confidence like nothing else.  Although I am not a failure, I have failed many times at things that I have tried.

Haven’t we all had similar experiences, though, where we failed at doing something we hoped would have a favorable outcome?

Failure and disappointments are a part of living.  They are a part of the world system.

Thankfully, God does not measure success by the world’s standards.  He enjoys having us explore new talents and trying new things.  Every new venture, even if it does not work out, is an avenue of learning something and an opportunity to grow.  God doesn’t view our efforts as failures; He sees them as opportunities of fine-tuning, much like a violinist warming up for a symphony.

If I had won a prize in the contest, my husband and I would have enjoyed staying in a B&B somewhere along the Natchez Trace.  It also would have validated my efforts with photography.

But God did not give me this love of taking pictures to impress others, or as a goal of winning contests.  He instilled this interest in me as an avenue of capturing the grandeur of His creation, and sharing the beauty of His handiwork.

Knowing that God gave me this love of photography, and that it pleases Him when I use it for His glory, changes my sad face to what it should be ~ a right-side-up happy one.

Happy Face“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Colossians 3:17

BTW – the winners of the contest had some lovely shots, as seen on this link to:
Natchez Trace Travel

*My favorite is the one by Sybil Knox, Milepost 310, taken 11/16/13.

Blessings,
Sue Nash

Worn ~ God Can Restore Those Broken

The figure in this sculpture looked cold and in need

The figure in this sculpture looked cold and in need

In every difficulty of my life, God brings me a song that ministers to me and helps me through.  These songs are not ones that I hear in passing and then forget.  These special ones linger in my spirit and speak directly to whatever issue is pressing into my life.

It is as if God orchestrates the song by causing it to cross my path just when needed most.

Most recently, my song is one by Tenth Avenue North called Worn.  The premise of the song is that God can raise us up, and bring back a song in a life broken and worn.

In varying ways, we have all messed up.  For many, life has dealt hard blows.  As a result, we can end up flat-out in the dust.  The truth is that none of us is without sin and struggles; we are all in need of God’s mercy and help in lifting us up out of the ashes.

Someone I love is struggling.  When he hurts, so do I.  When he fails, I can relate because I have, too.  Yet, God’s promise to me in this song is that He is going to do a restoring work.  I will not give up hope.  He can mend a heart that’s frail and torn.  A song can rise from ashes of a broken life

Worn
by Tenth Avenue North
*the official video with the song is great*

I’m tired I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world
Pre-chorus:
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Chorus:
Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I want to know a song can rise from ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause i’m worn

Verse two:
I know I need to lift my eyes up
But I’m to weak
Life just won’t let up
Pre-chorus
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Chorus:
Oh Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I want to know a song can rise from the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause I’m worn

Bridge:
My prayers are wearing thin
Ya I’m worn
Even before the day begins
Ya I’m worn
I’ve lost my will to fight
I’m worn
So heaven come and flood my eyes

Final Chorus:
Let me see redemption wins
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I want to know a song can rise from the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Yes, all that’s dead inside will be reborn
Though I’m worn
Ya I’m worn

What is a song God has given you recently that has ministered to you?

Sue Nash/2013

No Thanks

Poetry Corner CombinedI answered when You called,
Dropped all to follow through.
I gave my very best,
My utmost just for You.

I jumped out of the boat,
Plunged into stormy seas.
I went because You asked,
And hoped that You’d be pleased.

I thought that good would come,
Not failure and mistakes.
I gave my offering,
You seemed to say, ‘No thanks.’

I still offer my life,
To whom else can I flee?
I may not know Your ways,
But Your grace is all I need.

I wish that all I do,
You’d bless with latter rain.
I choose You, even so,
Since Your love always remains.

I may but hear ‘No thanks’,
While on this earth I run.
I’ll press on anyway,
And hope
You really meant ‘Well done.’

A Bucket of Dreams

Bucket with shackPhoto taken by Chuck Stephens

A Bucket of Dreams

So many dreams when I started,
Just kept thinking some would work out.
But they didn’t.

Somehow, they all dissipated,
Vanished away from whence they came.
Guess they couldn’t…

Make it from the start to finish
And overcome things that thwarted.
They just weren’t…

Meant to flourish and climb above
The dreary clutches failure brings.
Though they shouldn’t…

Since He ordained them all along,
Those promises birthed from His throne.
Seems He wouldn’t…

Take what I bore, then breathe His life
And mesh it with His purposes.
Or He hasn’t…

Finished all He has yet left
Undone, things only He can see.
And He isn’t…

Ready thus far for me to view
The big picture framed perfectly.
Right now ,He can’t.

When in heaven, He will unlock
Every detail He’s kept hidden.
For we haven’t…

Yet understood, our dreams are mere
Drops in a bucket by compare.
There, we shall not…

Ever question again, but will
See our dreams were but part of His plan.
At last, we’ll doubt not!