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Summer has almost slipped completely away.

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In line with what seems to happen every. single. summer…  I haven’t done any of the projects I had set aside to do during “summer break”.

It has been a very busy summer, filled up with camping, trips to the beach, youth camp and time at my parents so the kids can swim.

I feel like I can’t catch my breath.

We are already started into fall with soccer practice having already started for the youngest. Volleyball for the oldest is about to start.

I am already staring down the double-barrel of a new school year. YIKES!!

I always think I will blog more in the summertime when the kids are not doing school.

It never seems to work out that way; summer activities always somehow end up superseding my blogging.

I have so many ideas to put into action here in this space and yet I can never find enough time.

I have an abundance of flower photos in my portfolio.

I am going to attempt a regular feature of posting flower photos on Fridays.

I want to come up with a name for it.

So- if you have any snazzy ideas, leave them in the comments or over on the Hiking Toward Home Facebook page.

Today’s Friday flower shots…

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I have been reading through Restless by Jennie Allen along side of doing the dvd study with a group of ladies in my home. This week we were challenged to dig and think about the natural abilities and talents God gave us and dream about how the Lord could use them for his Glory.

This study comes along at the perfect time for me as I have been searching this very thing out over the last few months. I am still peeling off the layers of other’s opinions concerning my art and seeking to hear from the Lord about the talent he blessed me with.

As I was reading last night I, Jennie’s words brought me to James 1:17 emphasizing that my artistic talent IS GOOD.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.”

I know the definition of “variableness” but was challenged to look it up in Noah’s 1828 (one of my favorite books) and find out what he had to say about it.

A few of his definitions included “susceptibility of change; aptness to alter; inconstancy; fickleness”; and “unsteadiness.”

The word fickleness jumped at me. Probably due to the fact that it is not a word we use on a daily basis.

The talents/gifts I have been blessed with (singing and art) are gifts given by God and he did not give them to me on a whim.

He blessed me with them. Period.

He did not do it out of a fickle emotion but a precise planned design as part of who I am and who God made me to be.

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So how can God use these natural talents for his glory? How does he, will he, use them supernaturally for his purposes?

I don’t know.

What I do know is that I am to work at my art. Put time into perfecting my talent as an artist, photographer, watercolorist, and vocalist for I find myself coming back to these verses…

“If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things maybe glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.” 1 Peter 4:11

“Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace [do my art] why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

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I am to use my God-given gift to glorify him. Therefore, I will use my artistic talents to show the beauty of the world God created through nature photography and painting.

Who am I?

Sharon ~ An Artist for God’s Glory

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  • Mezzy MacKenzieJune 24, 2014 - 4:17 PM

    Hi this is Mom,

    How often have I told you that you have a gift and you need to share it! Glad you are going to do so – yeah!

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    • Sharon @ Hiking Toward HomeJune 24, 2014 - 4:47 PM

      Thanks for clicking over and leaving a comment over here Mom. :-) Glad to have you visit this space. I just gotta figure out how to market this artistry.ReplyCancel

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As I sat and listened to H. B. Charles preach, one thing jumped out at me the most.

As one who for so many years doubted my salvation in Christ and struggled with legalism, this one quote stuck in my head and I’m glad it didn’t leave.

It is one I want to keep in the forefront when remembering great quotes I’ve heard.

“What God begins [your salvation] by the Spirit cannot be completed by the flesh.”

~in reference to Philippians 1:6

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God finishes what HE starts.

Praise. The. Lord.

It was a fresh drop of water to a soul who thirsts after Jesus, my Living Water.

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Giving thanks for the multitude:

1911. lily pads

1912. the way silvery drops of water that roll around on the top of lily pads

1913. the scent of honeysuckle

1914. brilliant feathers representing the three primary colors; indigo buntings, goldfinches, and cardinals

1915. Mango stays close to my side while thunder rolls and lightening flashes

1916. clear pools

1917. the smell of chlorine in their hair

1918. peanut butter sandwiches with fresh made strawberry jam, shared in good company

1919. hanging out with girlfriends who walk with God

1920. painting with The Piano Guys blaring from the speakers

1921. music that keeps your foot tapping

1922. hearing her father pray over her as she prepares to go to the mission field

1923. the dishwasher is finally fixed

1924. sitting on the porch in the cool of the morning

1925. transplanted hosta beginning to bloom

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As I wander the pathways and gaze at the flowers, many of them in full bloom and many past their time.

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But each time I see a flower just opening itself up to the world, a song comes mind. I can’t get it out of my head and it ends up on repeat all day long as I wander through gardens and conservatory rooms.

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Each flower blooms in their own unique way, some unroll and some break forth from a tight bud and some seem to just expand like they are being stretched. The delicate lavender center of this iris makes me thing of angel wings, each one split just part way  down the feathery middle, a trio of angels with wings open and heads bowed.

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The song brings a spring to my step and a smile to my face and I just can’t help but sing along right out loud.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s voice on repeat in my head emphasizes what each and every bloom represents…

A Glorious Unfolding!

If you can’t see the video, click here to view it on the blog.

Linking up with Laura, a day late but better late than never!

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  • tinuvielJune 18, 2014 - 12:31 PM

    I just linked up to Playdates today too. We are neighbors there, so perhaps we’re just in time for each other.

    Hiking is a joy inaccessible to me right now because of ankle injuries and health issues. It is a treat to join you on yours via your beautiful photos. Also, this is the second place this morning I’ve encountered that same SC2 song, one I’m not too familiar with although I’m a long-time fan. Maybe that’s what the Lord wants on repeat for me today too? :)

    Thank you for sharing where you met with Him. Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ.ReplyCancel

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“Fires are lit in our lives, and they can burn to shine light or cause destruction.

We get to decide which purpose they will serve.”

~Jennie Allen, Restless

 

As I read this passage this morning and thought about how Joseph said to his brothers, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good, for the saving of many lives.”

Fires are lit in our lives, and they can burn to shine light; the light of Christ,

or they can cause destruction; our own or those around us.

We get to decide which purpose they will serve by how we respond to their presence in our lives.

For good? or for bad?

Healing or hurtful?

Saving or condemning?

Building up or destroying?

Edifying or tearing down?

I choose to draw nigh to God and allow him to use the fire he lit within me for his glory.

“It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all they works.” Psalm 73:28

How will you use the fire he gave you today?

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