Influence

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It has been a long while since I have posted anything here. I have been busy completing three years toward my B.A. in English and my senior year is underway. My current class (Creative Writing) has finally given me the space to take off the tight harness of academic writing rules, and it feels SO GOOD!! After reading my first assignment, Mom and Daddy gave it their thumbs up and suggested I make it a blog post, so here it is. It is my story and their story. It's a little longer than my usual posts, but as with everything I have ever posted here, I pray it encourages you to run "up the sunbeam to the sun" (C. S. Lewis).


"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV


I sat above them on the stairs. Looking down through the window-like openings in the partition between the living room and the stairway, I listened to the basketball players, football players, baseball players, wrestlers, track athletes, both the lettermen and the also-…

Wild Sky and Promises

-- Storm watch! For days ahead of time they warned of a stack of storms from the Pacific. Anticipation . . . then . . . I awoke to the sound of rain bullets pelting windows in the wee hours, driving wind forcing water sideways. Drummer Boy stumbled out of bed early--I think he couldn't resist nature's finest percussion--he probably wondered if he could play his double-bass that fast! What a wild, raucous celebration!! Like an orchestra playing big bold brassy music, with cymbals crashing and timpanis thundering, the weather was a wild thing all day! Rain started. . . and stopped . . . and started again. My 4th floor office affords almost a 360° view and there was a lot to see! By late afternoon, a cloud made of midnight crested over the hills to the west, while the east side of the building was bathed in light as warm as morning sun! It seemed night and day were colliding directly above us! All at once, the rain in that rolling black thunderhead crashed hard, enveloping us on every side, like it must be raining all over the world. I worked, it rained . . . the minutes stretched inside the storm . . . until . . . the sun beat back the cloud again! Now the midnight cloud was on the east side, and the sun on the west had begun its sundown show, all gold and glitter. I stood up from my computer and went to the window next to my desk, on the east side of the building--there against the backdrop of that deep, dark cloud, was the most intense and perfectly complete DOUBLE rainbow. I could have cried over not being allowed to have my camera there to capture its radiant colors! Thank goodness for the camera of memory that will save it for me. Like another wild January sky I did have my camera for, this one today was convincing evidence of my great and grand Creator God who has such a sense of showmanship! How I love the productions He puts on!! And the double-layered promise of His rainbow, on MY side of the building, felt so personal to me. The promise of His faithfulness, the promise of His love, written there for all to see and for me to take to heart.
"Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens" Job 38:37 NIV "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:16 NIV
God is powerful! God is faithful! God keeps His promises!
Do you see Him in the storm? Do you take shelter in Him and watch for His power at work? What promises are you holding close to your heart while the storm is in motion?

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  1. I saw that rainbow and did what the nonphotographer does, grabs everyone he knows to come and see Gods magnificense!

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  2. Awesome words and pics!!

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  3. That's what I did too Alexa! I had half my office over at my window to see it! =]

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  4. Thank you so much Angie!!

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  5. Jennifer @ Getting Down With JesusJanuary 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Your photos are stunning. I awoke to the sound of rain too -- but ours was freezing rain pelting the windows and rooftops. -sigh- ... I'm eagerly awaiting spring!

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  6. Jennifer, So glad you like the pictures! I've been hearing about your icy storm from my Iowa cousins--no wonder you're eager for spring! Does it help you (or make it worse) that my daffodils are about to bloom? I know spring flowers are a long way off for you in Iowa yet, but maybe you'll feel a little warmer if you know daffodils are blooming SOMEWHERE!

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