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No Greater Love

-John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I used to think that Scripture was about Jesus dying on the Cross (only). Now I have a deeper understanding of it. I think now, in order to truly love one another, we have to die to ourselves- even if just a little bit. it takes strength and courage to be selfless. In the world we live in today, self promotion is a way of life: Facebook, Twitter, blogs.

I’ve been hit pretty hard lately and have had to scrape myself up off of the floor. I can’t write about it here as I want to protect the nature of the matter and the persons involved, but it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with to date. My soul really felt as if it could have just perished. But yesterday, and the day before, I awoke with a whirlwind surrounding me. I could feel the Lord circling me with His strength. His breath was rushing through me- the Holy Ghost- which I’m a big believer in was rushing through me like cold water- there’s really nothing like it. It’s like having goosebumps on the inside. Two mornings ago it was so strong it actually pulled me out of sleep and yesterday it was the same thing.  This morning I  woke up and it’s been the same thing- so very strongly. When it’s this strong, I know that I’m feeling the prayers of others who are praying for me.

I have a sneaking suspicion I know who that person is. 🙂

When we pray for other people, we nail ourselves to the Cross, as it were. As we take on their burdens, we also take on death and die to “self”, becoming crucified with Christ. I know now that this is what that Scripture means. When we pray for others, we’re laying down our lives for them- standing in the gap.

So Y, this is a special thank you to you, because I know your prayers have broken through! I’m strengthened and feel so much stronger. My spirit is revived and I can literally feel your prayers and I’m rejoicing. Thank you my friend. ♥

I’m dedicating this pic to you! Rain on glass. (Yes, I was actually driving in the rain when I captured this shot. I know, “bad me!” But it was worth the efforts!) it was nothing special at first, but then I defocused the lens and it turned into this beautiful, impressionistic work of art of the traffic in front of me. Hope you likey! 🙂

Helios 44-2 film lens/Canon Rebel XSI/SOOTC- straight out of the camera
rainMJ

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10 responses

  1. yvo

    I bust out in tears when I read this B . . . so grateful and moved. I need to get ready to go teach this morning. You are loved . . . by so many and of course by the Lord who sees you and will not allow you to be taken down . . . His Angels and His very Spirit are interceding for you with utterances and groans . . . . and I am so glad and grateful. Thank you for sharing your heart, I’ll write more when I finish teaching and am back home. xx

    November 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

  2. I hope that whatever is going on resolves itself. I’m sending positive thoughts your way.

    November 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    • Thanks so much, Al. I’ve been dealing with a pretty intense family situation which involves all of my kids. I was pretty close to having to drop out but have been able to push through at the end. The situation won’t resolve itself, but I believe I’m being given the strength to withstand. So, it’s “doable”. I appreciate your friendship and support! As always. x

      November 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  3. So I am in LOVE with that photograph and the colors ❤ Do you sell this one? I know some of your pieces you sell. I also absolutely love that you are shooting pictures while driving hahahha ive done that. I mean, if I die due to this, I die doing what I love with my love (camera). win win!!!! :))))

    January 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    • Haa. Exactly! Tell you what I’ll do. Give me your (latest) email address so I can update in in my Yahoo account- I know you gave it to me some time back but I’d have to dig through a gazillion posts by now. ;0) Anyway, shoot me your newest email address (I’m still at rushingthunder) and I’ll send you a large jpeg of this pic for free. I’d never expect my best friends to pay for any of my pics. 😉 So yes, it’s on the house. x

      January 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  4. OMG you are amazing and crazy and beautiful ! I would SO pay for it ❤ ❤ Muchos appreciation though!!!! I will have the person that prints my stuff blow it up for me so I can put it on my wall. It will help me remind myself to always look at things from different perspectives. To find the beauty in others work. jennylmorgan@yahoo.com . Thank you girl that means so much!!!!

    January 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    • Okeydokey Jenster. I’m just now getting around to email you the print. (Been super busy lately!) Be sure to read the reply to your other comment I just wrote about your Etsy shop- totally rocking! :0) Emailing the print now. ;0)

      February 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

  5. I’m collecting photos and putting them slowly on etsy but if you ever see anything you like of mine on here or on there, please tell me what and I would be honored to give to you as well!!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkylandPhotography?ref=hdr_shop_menu

    January 29, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    • Oh my goodness- you totally beat me at Etsy! You punk! Hahaaa….that is SOOO awesome. Jen, stick with it over there- I mean it. There are some people there with more than 7,000 sales in 4 years. YOU CAN DO THIS. By the way, your pics look great. There’s a good bit of whimsy there that i love- but also, you’re leaning more in the direction of natural, clean photography- rather than junking it all up with textures, etc. Smart move. ;0) Great job and great start! (I’ll be joining you over there within the next year.) xo

      February 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm

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