Category: Unhurried Lent

Unhurried Lent: Day 15

A Stranger

I finally was able to get out again with my camera. I stopped by Dyffryn Gardens on my way to Cardiff. The magnolias are beginning to bloom and I took a number of flower pictures, but people were scarce. There was, however, another curly headed woman with a camera wandering the garden. I included her in this shot.

Woman on the Garden Path

Another day I might have stopped a stranger and asked if I could take their picture. I have a Pinterest board of people’s faces. I marvel at the uniqueness and beauty of every single person and I wonder at their stories. If you are interested you can view it here:

Unhurried Lent: Day 14

Theme: A Friend

Though I have some amazing friends, it probably won’t surprise you that when I thought about a friend to post about I thought of Jesus, the best and truest friend of all.

I wrote a post this morning, but it got lost in the transferring of my hosting provider, so tonight I’m keeping it simple.

I love the old hymn, but I love Matt Maher’s updated song as well. Enjoy.

Unhurried Lent: Day 13


Two things came to mind when I thought about the word rise.

This song by David Wilcox.

I know that a heart can just get buried
Stone by stone, crushing hope until it dies
Far away, but the message somehow carries
Beloved, it is time for you to rise.

Time for you to RISE UP…
With a sudden sense of wonder
RISE UP: As the joy comes to your eyes
RISE UP: From the burden you’ve been under
Beloved, it is time for you to rise, time for you to rise.

David Wilcox – Lyrics from Rise

And this photo that I took in Thailand

Hot Air Balloon Rising in the Morning Air

Unhurried Lent: Day 12


Journey is one of my favorite themes.. My whole life has been a journey and so I thought I’d share some photos of sights along the way and these lyrics from Michael Card.

There is a joy in the journey,
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
And freedom for those who obey.

Joy in the Journey Lyrics by Michael Card
Llantwit Major, Wales
Sunrise over the Space Coast, Florida
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Montana De Oro, California
Path through Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Where has the journey taken you?

Unhurried Lent: Day 11


But me, I’m not giving up.
I’m sticking around to see what God will do.

Micah 7:7a (The Message)

I started this “unhurried” project for Lent to try to slow down my internal pace and I suppose to some extent it has done that, though my days have been more full than I ever expected. I haven’t found time most days to actually create the way that I wanted to, but I guess as long as I keep using the themes to break the cycle of distracted hurry then it is still a successful exercise.

Today’s photo wasn’t something I made today. It is of a quilt square that I made and beaded a number of years ago. In the midst of an international move and a million other things that needed my attention I never got around to finishing the piece. (Four squares done, one in process and one not yet begun.) I have no idea when I’ll get back to it, but after the hours and hours of hand beading it was the creative thing I thought of when I thought of hope.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior

Micah 7:7a (NIV)
This is from a Christmas album, but the message is for everyday: Hope for Everyone.

“We are waiting on the promise,
For the One who lights the darkness.”

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV)

Postscript: Yesterday I didn’t post my Sunday: Something to Celebrate, but I did give it some consideration and I was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I wasn’t celebrating leprechauns and clover, but the miracle of how God can change a heart and transform a life. With love St. Patrick surrendered himself to the gospel, taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the very people who had kidnapped and enslaved him. And the gospel keeps going forth today and still, often, at incredible cost. This was my something to celebrate.

Unhurried Lent: Day 10


My deepest longing is “Thy Kingdom Come.”

“Do you wish that you could see it all made new?”

“We do.”

There is so much in my heart on this topic, but again, it is late and so I’ll just leave you with a couple of visual images as together we wait for all sad things to come untrue and the Kingdom to come with all things new.

Made New