a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon

Happy Sunday!

I took this NEW photo at a Christmas light event. So many lights (and so many man-hours placing them on branch after branch!) Very pretty!…my phone camera didn’t do too great of a job capturing the prettiness, but here are some more photos:

It was fun to kick off December and the Christmas season attending this event. And for my {very} short sermon today, I’d like to simply share 8 Christmas verses from the Bible so we can remember the true reason we celebrate. Additionally, down below is a calendar with ideas of service-type things to do every day to #LightTheWorld with love. I’m going to try and do as many as I can.

Have a great Sunday and learn or something NEW!

Scripture #1

Matthew 1:23

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Scripture # 2

Matthew 2:1–2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Scripture # 3

Matthew 2:9–10

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Scripture # 4

Matthew 2:11

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture # 5

Luke 2:1–5

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Scripture # 6

Luke 2:6–7

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Scripture # 7

Luke 2:8–14

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Scripture # 8

Luke 2:15–16

Luke 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Luke 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

You can print this calendar out HERE.

a NEW quotography post

Happy Tuesday! I went out shooting on Sunday morning, and as you know, in November it’s pretty hard to find much color – most of the beautiful leaves have fallen and have been raked up by now. However, these beautiful berries caught my eye. I paired the photo with a quote related to another love of mine – reading. It’s true that time marches on…season after season. Another fall, another turned page… full of adventures and experiences. I plan to truly enjoy it!

Have a great day everyone! Do or learn something NEW!

NEW update on my waterfall bucket list

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

Happy Friday! Well, in the last year and a half, I think I visited about 7 NEW waterfalls, so I thought I’d better update my Waterfall Themed Bucket List {HERE}. I’m up to about 34, so lots more to see until I get to 100!

Visiting Yosemite National Park gave us ample opportunities to check off a few! Beautiful!

Nevada Falls from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, UT
Box Canyon Springs Waterfall, Wendell, ID

Have a great weekend and I hope you get to do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo challenge and NEW blog restart

Hello and happy Tuesday! It has been SO long since I’ve shared what’s NEW with me, and also quite a while since I’ve looked through my WordPress Reader to see what’s NEW with many of you! Because, well, life has been busy! But today, I actually popped in to take a peek at sites I’ve followed in years gone by and realized I’ve forgotten the fun and the slight push certain sites give me to get out there and use my camera. It’s been a hot minute!

So thanks especially to Cee’s photo challenges for the extra push today. My life has slowed down a tiny bit, so I’m excited to pick up my camera more often now.

Here’s my Books and Paper themed photos for this week’s challenge:

This Bounty Land Certificate photo was taken at the National Archives in Washington DC. I want to go back So.Bad! So much research, so little time!

I have done, read, or experienced many NEW things in the last 20 or so months since I blogged last. So I’ll start a NEW restart on this little site of mine, now that I have a bit more time.

Have a great day and I hope you do or learn something NEW today too!

a NEW photo of my week and my thoughts on perspective

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Happy Sunday!

It has seemed like forever since I’ve had time to go “shooting”, but I took the time to go this past week.  I drove around the lake near us, which gave me a nice view of our lake AND our mountains.  I live pretty close to the foothills of that mountain over there, and although I can always see a part of the mountain, I typically see it from a different perspective.  Actually, I live so close that a smaller hill blocks my view of the larger mountain.  My perspective limits what I can see of the entire mountain range.

This is similar to getting to know people and seeing them for who they really are inside – not just their outward appearance according to our perspective. I recently read the article, “Seeing Things Differently” by Professor Michael J. Dorff.  He gives some very good examples of seeing people differently, and closes his article with:

“Our Savior Jesus Christ sees us differently—not as we currently are but as we may become. I am awed by the love He has for me, who does not deserve it, and for the love He has for all of us—no matter who we are, no matter how different we may be from those around us, and no matter what struggles we have in our lives.”

I hope you might read the linked article too (if you’re interested).

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week! Do or learn something NEW!

 

 

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

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Happy Monday!

I’m back to blogging (hopefully much more regularly)!  I’ve had a very time consuming work-related project that has monopolized my time, but now that I’m done with that, I plan to get back to what I enjoy doing…Exploring Newness (and blogging about it)! 👍😊

While I was busy with my project, my awesome hubby was busy too…with our laundry room project! You know, I’m convinced that the law of attraction pays attention to blog posts!

“Huh, what?” you say?

Well, in February of 2018, I shared a photograph of some laundry hanging in an alleyway in Italy (in this post HERE), and I mentioned a few things from my laundry room wish list – and the law of attraction has granted my wishes (well, my hubby actually granted my wishes, but you get my point eh?) But blog about something and it usually does come to pass!

I wished for doors that would hide my washer and dryer:

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and I wished for pull-out shelves:

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I’m THRILLED with my NEW laundry center!

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I’m still trying to decide what I should store on the shelves above.  I can put ugly laundry supplies in the baskets, but should I go buy three more matching baskets for the top three shelves?  I can’t decide. Please chime in with any advice!

In other miscellany, I’m lovin’ the thought of using a digital planner, so I’ve been watching videos like THIS one, so I can make myself a NEW one! Yeah, I know I’m kinda late to that game!

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And lastly, I’m excited to use my NEW glass ball in my photography (that my good friend gave me for my b-day).  So cool!!!

 

And that’s it for this Monday!  Have a great week and go do or learn something NEW!

 

 

 

 

a NEW photo challenge {twisted}

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Happy Friday!

Ya know, sometimes you just need a little nudge to get around to gettin’ things done! We visited Twisted Forest two weeks ago and my photos were still sitting on my camera.  So, when I saw Nancy’s photo challenge of “Twisted”, that was just the nudge I needed to download these photos, so I could join in the challenge!

This short hike (but somewhat steep in some areas) was amazing! You get to walk through a forest of bristlecone pines, which are the oldest known species of pine trees! Some of these trees are thousands of years old (yeah, I know they look it, too!) The terrain at the bottom of the trail looks like a scene from a movie:twisted2.jpg

Then you hike up…and up…and up…and this is your view over the ledge!

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A great view of Cedar Breaks National Monument!  I’m happy to have hiked a NEW trail. Now on to other Newness. Have a great weekend!