Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Free 2015 New Year Images and Wallpapers

It's 2015!  It's 365 new beginnings for each of us!  It's time to celebrate and be grateful!

Greet the new year with these nature inspired graphics for sending around or as background images for your devices.

These are all my photographs from a recent out of town trip.  If you saw a lone lady clicking away at the flowers and trees, that might have been me!

Don't you just love the way nature has seasons where there is life, passing away and rebirth?  It's a lot like life isn't it?  That's why I like going outside and seeing what God is saying through the sky, the birds, butterflies, leaves and soil.  He doesn't stay silent for long!  He makes all things new in nature and also in us!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Unto Us a Child is Born

Isang dalaga'y naglilihi
Batang lalaki ang sanggol
Tatawagin siyang Emmanuel Emmanuel
Kahulugan nasa atin ang Diyos!

And the virgin will be found with child
An infant son
And His name shall be called Emmanuel 
Which means "God is with us!"

Don't make the mistake of boxing up the gift of Jesus' presence and putting it away until next year - or even next Sunday.  Your life may seem to go on as usual after the end of the Christmas season, but because Jesus has been born into our world and into your heart, everything is new.  Nothing can ever be the same. (Word Among Us, December 29, 2014) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Recycling Plastic Packaging

I bought a new case for my phone but couldn't bear to throw away the packaging. I wasn't about to allow something to sit in a landfill taking up space for a hundred years or so and have it feel like it has reached redundancy in life.

So here he is, the thing I've been thinking about.  I cleaned it up a bit...

It became a blank canvas which had to have a bit of color.

What should I use this for you think?

Will I use it as a soap dish?
Will I put some buds there instead?  Oooooopppsss I put them together! 
How about a candy tray?  
Pencil desk holder?

Why not drill some holes through and use as a toothbrush holder (add support by shelf supports.)

What did I end up using it as?  One of Midnight's food bowls!

Here's midnight.  He's not that particular about his food bowls.  He is more interested in what's in it!

Happy recycling!  What have you re-used lately?

P.S.  Want to know what I did with the other piece?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saviour Lord Shepherd King

The star that shone bright
Pierced the darkness of night 
To awake a world in slumber
And fill it with wonder
O precious Son that came
Emmanuel is His name
Saviour Lord Shepherd King
Your love makes me sing
No other God will I adore 
Worship you forevermore
- calej

Friday, November 28, 2014

A New Creation

This verse looks back at me from the mirror each morning and each night.  (It's stuck to my mirror).  It reminds me each day of the grace that has been made available to us. 

God came down to us as a babe in a manger. Jesus lay down his divinity and took up our humanity.  So we could lay down our humanity and share in His divinity. 

We were born with eternal souls and each moment we must see that through Christ we can be made whole and perfect! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Adventure and Inconvenience

So true! 

International Childrens Day

Happy International Childrens Day today!  November 20, 2014

Let's leave a good influential mark on all children everywhere! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not One But Two

Given the chance, would you want one treat or two?   It seems like a silly question.  But today's liturgy shows us that God desires to give us not one grace but two.

"Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Luke 18:1-8

As we look at this passage, we see that faith grows whenever we wait.  And faith ceases to grow whenever we give up.

We all know that God answers prayer.  We also know that He has given us everything.  In fact,  He didn't even withhold the most precious possession that He has only one of, his Son.  

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romas 8:32 

What does that God desire to give us when we pray?  Not one but two "treats".  One is that He wants to answer our prayer.  The second is that He desires we grow in faith.  If He gives us what we ask the minute we ask for it, we lose out in the opportunity to grow in faith.  Where there is waiting, there is growth.  Just as a seed grows through time, so does out faith.  Our faith is what will bring us to heaven so it is definitely worth growing!  It's worth the wait! 

So let's not miss out on the grace of waiting for God's answers.  Yes, let's keep praying and waiting and be confident that as we wait, we not only will receive one but two graces; the answer to our prayer and the maturity in faith.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forever She Thought

Doodle of the Day

I thought I'd write some poignant nonsense...

The sound of the sigh rushed through the curtain
Her iris narrowed in to find meaning in the day
She looked with awe and wonder, willowing and sweet
Forever she thought.  Forever.

Honestly those words don't mean a thing but I just liked how poetic it all sounded.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ask and it Will Be Given You

Our deepest wants we mask
When we just ought to ask
No fray, no worry, none to solve.
All He's taken care of! 
- calej 


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