Archive for June 2010

Faith? Mark 5:21-43   2 comments

 Mark 5:22-43 (Contemporary English Version)

  22The person in charge of the Jewish meeting place was also there. His name was Jairus, and when he saw Jesus, he went over to him. He knelt at Jesus’ feet 23and started begging him for help. He said, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her, so she will get well and live.” 24Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed along and kept crowding around.

    25In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26She had gone to many doctors, and they had not done anything except cause her a lot of pain. She had paid them all the money she had. But instead of getting better, she only got worse.

  Mark 5:27-43 27The woman had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him in the crowd and barely touched his clothes. 28She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.” 29As soon as she touched them, her bleeding stopped, and she knew she was well.

    30At that moment Jesus felt power go out from him. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

    31His disciples said to him, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” 32But Jesus turned to see who had touched him.

    33The woman knew what had happened to her. She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story.

    34Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”

    35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from Jairus’ home and said, “Your daughter has died! Why bother the teacher anymore?”

    36Jesus heard what they said, and he said to Jairus, “Don’t worry. Just have faith!”

    37Jesus did not let anyone go with him except Peter and the two brothers, James and John.  38They went home with Jairus and saw the people crying and making a lot of noise.  39Then Jesus went inside and said to them, “Why are you crying and carrying on like this? The child isn’t dead. She is just asleep.” 40But the people laughed at him.  After Jesus had sent them all out of the house, he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples and went to where she was. 41-42He took the twelve-year-old girl by the hand and said, “Talitha, koum!”  which means, “Little girl, get up!” The girl got right up and started walking around.   Everyone was greatly surprised. 43But Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”

Oh my goodness,  this passage of scripture is one of my favorite stories in the New Testament!  I believe that the story of Jairus and the bleeding woman are so intertwined that you must read both stories together and not separate out the story of Jairus from the story of the bleeding woman.

Come and take this journey with me. There is much to discover and I hope you will appreciate the lessons of faith that Jesus is teaching through these stories! 

Until next time, Try to put yourself in Jairus’s sandals as well as the bleeding woman’s sandals.  What does your faith look like?  Are you tired of “having faith”? Do you feel as though you have been forgotten?  Are you desperately seeking a touch from Jesus?

Looking forward to sharing and learning what Jesus was trying to teach in this section of scripture. 

May God Give You Peace!

 

Pelican   1 comment

THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN

by John Ciardi
 
The Reason for the pelican
Is difficult to see;
His beak is clearly larger
Than there’s any need to be.

It’s not to bail a boat with —
He doesn’t own a boat
Yet everywhere he takes himself
He has that beak to tote.

It’s not to keep his wife in —
His wife has got one, too.
It’s not a scoop for eating soup.
It’s not an extra shoe.

It isn’t quite for anything.
And yet you realize
It’s really quite a splendid beak
In quite a splendid size.

Posted June 24, 2010 by Lana G! in Outdoors, Photo, Photography, Poetry

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Wyoming, Idaho and Montana   4 comments

The last day of our trip and boy did we have many miles to cover. 

First we had to say good bye to Jackson Hole! One of our favorite places to eat in Jackson Hole was the Bunnery.  They proudly served Starbucks coffee and that is about as close to a Starbucks as you get in Jackson Hole! 

I did not get that many pictures on the way back to the airport since I needed to do some of the driving.  But I still did manage to get a few shots!

We were pleasantly surprised with how beautiful Idaho was.  We drove through a portion of it and the rolling green fertile fields were amazing!

So, if you are planning a vacation, I would highly recommend Montana and Wyoming.  There are plenty of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.

And all sorts of animals to see up close and personal not to mention all the beautiful landscapes.  Truly a vacation to remember!

Posted June 22, 2010 by Lana G! in Photo, Photography, Travel

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Wyoming – Day 3 Part 1   32 comments

Wyoming – The Grand Tetons – Overwhelming beauty! 

Oh my goodness – I felt like singing – “the hills are alive, with the sound of music”.  These mountains take your breath away! 

On the way to our day of hiking, we stopped at the Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration.  This little chapel had the most magnificent view of the mountain range!

We then headed to Jenny Lake  to catch a boat shuttle over to the Cascade Canyon to do some hiking.  The weather forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms so we decided to get over to the trails before the weather turned on us.  See those clouds starting to build?

Cascade Canyon offers a variety of trails and plenty of vistas and wildlife to see.  We hiked past Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and up the Cascade Creek Trail.  A bull moose decided to take the same trail we were on so we got some great shots of him.  We also saw a marmot which is similar in appearance to a badger.

We hiked 6 miles and then headed off to see more of the national park.

We came upon another chapel – The Chapel of the Sacred Heart. The stained glass window was just gorgeous!

We then headed back to Jackson Hole to check into the inn we were staying at for the night – Oh so delightfully quaint and charming!

More photos to come of this wonderful state!

 I am linking to Blue Monday over at Sally’s and Mosaic Monday over at Mary’s

Montana, Wyoming & Idaho – Day 2   5 comments

Day two and we are off to Wyoming through Yellowstone National Park.  We have quite the drive today and so much to see!  Here is what we saw:

We headed from the North Entrance on our way to the South Entrance of Yellowstone.  To get there, we had to go over Dunraven Pass.  There was still snow over the pass – brisk and beautiful!

On the other side of the pass we came to Canyon Village.  This is called the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and offers a magnificent view of the Lower and Upper Falls.  WOW!

Sorry for the interruption – some Bison decided to cross the road and stop traffic!  This is in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone.  They call this and the Lamar Valley the Serengeti of Yellowstone because of all the wild animals roaming around.  The best time to see them is in the early morning and late afternoon/evening.

We then continued along the way through Lake Village which is the beginning of Yellowstone Lake.  This lake is huge!  We were running a bit short on time.  We had to move along so we could make our dinner reservations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Here’s just a tease shot of our next adventure – The Grand Tetons!

Psalm 96

A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment

 1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
         Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
 2 Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
         Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
 3 Declare His glory among the nations,
         His wonders among all peoples.
         
 4 For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
         He is to be feared above all gods.
 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
         But the LORD made the heavens.
 6 Honor and majesty are before Him;
         Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
         
 7 Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
         Give to the LORD glory and strength.
 8 Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
         Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
 9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
         Tremble before Him, all the earth.
         
 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;
         The world also is firmly established,
         It shall not be moved;
         He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
         
 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
         Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
 12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
         Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
 13 before the LORD.
         For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
         He shall judge the world with righteousness,
         And the peoples with His truth.

Montana, Wyoming & Idaho – Day 1   2 comments

 And the adventures begin…

Flying from Seattle into Bozeman, Montana

We had about 70 miles to drive to our first destination. The views along the way caused us to try to come up with adjectives that could appropriately express the wonder and beauty of it all other than amazing!  Even more appropriate was driving through Pray, Montana.  And that we did – offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving for this creation that we were allowed to gaze in awe at.

We arrived at our first stop in Gardiner, Montana just outside the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The proprietor of the inn we stayed at offered free roping lessons – oh yeah!  I am proud to say that I am quite handy with a rope!

Now that we were completely adjusted to the country life, off we went to see what wild animals we could find in Yellowstone.  We started at the North Entrance.  The words on the monument as you enter say “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people”.  Boy did we enjoy seeing the sites and of course the animals!

The park is HUGE – 63 miles long and 54 miles wide! So much beauty to behold so little time!

 

Then there is the Unusual Beauty of Yellowstone – Norris Geyser Basin.  Steaming, boiling earth – crazy amazing!

It was a long sensory overloaded day and we headed back to the inn as the sun was setting.  Our pillows were calling and a new day awaited us.  My camera batteries were quite happy – they needed a much deserved rest as well!!

I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures of the day…

Posted June 17, 2010 by Lana G! in Creation, Nature, Photo, Photography, Travel

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A Photo Diary of Making Blintzes   10 comments

I took pictures of my sister Ellen making blintzes today – 675 pictures to be exact!

 

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Delicious!

Posted June 5, 2010 by Lana G! in Cooking, Family, Fun, Photo, Photography, Russian

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