Archive for the ‘Challenge’ Category

Round Robin Photo Challenge – Candlelight   10 comments

This week’s photo challenge was candlelight and this candle is one of my favorites! 

For more candlelight photo challenge photos, click on the Round Robin below!

Posted January 16, 2010 by Lana G! in Challenge, Photo, Photography, Round Robin Photo Challenge

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Fall Into Reading!   12 comments

Fall Into Reading 2008 is now under way!  Here is my present list for this fall, which is subject to change frequently especially in the next couple of days after visiting all the other participants! 🙂 

Non Fiction –

  1. Practical Theology for Women – by Wendy Horger Alsup
  2. Jesus – The Greatest Life of All – by Charles R Swindoll
  3. Walking with God – by John Eldredge
  4. The Complete Guide to the Parables – by Dr. R. T. Kendall

Fiction –

  1. The Shack by William P Young
  2. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  3. The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan
  4. The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge
  5. The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge
  6. The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert

That should keep me busy!  Can’t wait to see everyone elses’ lists!

Head on over to Callapider Days for more Reading Lists!

Posted September 22, 2008 by Lana G! in Blog, Books, Challenge, Fall, Fall Into Reading, Fun, Photo, Photography, Reading

Opening Doors -Day 3   8 comments

Today I would like to invite you to come with me to Rhode Island.  Hubby and I found this very cool lighthouse as we were driving around exploring.  Love the lighthouse, but I was more intrigued by this little building across from the lighthouse. 

This building was the inspiration for a story that I made up for my great nephew about a giant who lived in a tiny tiny house and a tiny little man who lived in a big big house.

For more Opening Doors, head on over to Heaven in Belgium!

Posted September 2, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

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Opening Doors – Day Two   16 comments

For today’s Opening Doors photo, I am taking you to Florence, Italy to see the Brass Doors at the Baptistery of San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John).  This is one of the oldest buildings in the city and the Italian poet, Dante, was baptized here.

 And what is behind these magnificent doors that Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise?

This famous mosaic ceiling.  You can read about the ceiling here.  It truly was remarkable to behold!

For more Opening Doors, head on over to Jientje’s at Heaven in Belgium.

Posted September 2, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Doors, Italy, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

Blue Monday – Blue Bouquet   13 comments

Smiling Sally is starting a Blue Monday post.  Here is what she says…


Every Monday, I’ll have a blue post, and I’d like to invite you to participate. To participate all you need do is:

1. Post about something blue. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it’s blue.
2. Drag the Blue Monday button from here and place it on your blog.
3. Return here and leave your name (it can be a first name or a code name), your URL (blog address) in the comment area.
4. Visit other blue participants by clicking on their links.

Sound like fun? Gather up your blue items and we’ll play together.  

To start my first Blue Monday. here is a blue bouquet for you…

Now head on over to Smiling Sally’s and check out some more Blue Monday posts!

Posted September 1, 2008 by Lana G! in Blue Monday, Challenge, Flowers, Photo, Photography

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Opening Doors   14 comments


Jientje from Heaven in Belgium is hosting a new Photo Challenge called Opening Doors.  Here are the details…

The idea is to post pictures of doors, or details of doors.
It has to be your own picture, no stealing from Mr Google!
that’s the only rule!
You can dig in your archives of course, it doesn’t have to be a new one.
Be creative, and show me your doors!
Of course, I’ll show you mine as well! ;-)
It will start tomorrow up until Saturday, Saturday included!
So if you want to join in, please do!
I’ll have a new Mr Linky up every day, so you can sign in whenever you want!

Here is my first entry for this challenge:

These are the doors of the The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago founded in 1871.  While I was in Chicago on a business trip, I went exploring and this was the first stop on my adventures. It is a beautiful church located on the magnificent mile.

Check out the handles of the doors. 
It appears that most people open these doors with their right hand!

The doors are open – let’s go in…

Head on over to Heaven in Belgium to see some more doors!

Posted September 1, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Doors, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

Praying for My Husband Monday   6 comments


This prayer is from the Book  The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.  I have enjoyed reading several of Stormie’s books on prayer and I am now challenging myself to lift my husband up in prayer regularly.  I am going to post a prayer every Monday.  Please join me in praying for your spouse on Mondays and everyday for that matter.

Lord, Help me to be a good wife. I fully realize that I don’t have what it takes to be one without Your help. Take my selfishness, impatience, and irritability and turn them into kindness, long-suffering, and the willingness to bear all things. Take my old emotional habits, mindsets, automatic reactions, rude assumptions, and self-protective stance, and make me patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. Take the hardness of my heart and break down the walls with Your battering ram of revelation. Give me a new heart and work in me Your love, peace, and joy (Galatians 5:22,23). I am not able to rise above who I am at this moment. Only You can transform me.

Show me where there is sin in my heart, especially with regard to my husband. I confess the times I’ve been unloving, critical, angry, resentful, disrespectful, or unforgiving toward him. Help me to put aside any hurt, anger, or disappointment I feel and forgive him the way You do-totally and completely, no looking back. Make me a tool of reconciliation, peace, and healing in this marriage. Enable us to communicate well and rescue us from the threshold of separation where the realities of divorce begin.

Make me my husband’s helpmate, companion, champion, friend, and support. Help me to create a peaceful, restful, safe place for him to come home to. Teach me how to take care of myself and stay attractive to him. Grow me into a creative and confident woman who is rich in mind, soul, and spirit. Make me the kind of woman he can be proud to say is his wife.

I lay all my expectations at Your cross. I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. Help me to accept him the way he is and not try to change him. I realize that in some ways he may never change, but at the same time, I release him to change in ways I never thought he could. I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that neither of us is perfect and never will be. Only You, Lord, are perfect and I look to You to perfect us.

Teach me how to pray for my husband and make my prayers a true language of love. Where love has died, create new love between us. Show me what unconditional love really is and how to communicate it in a way he can clearly perceive. Bring unity between us so that we can be in agreement about everything (Amos 3:3). May the God of patience and comfort grant us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5). Make us a team, not pursuing separate, competitive, or independent lives, but working together, overlooking each other’s faults and weaknesses for the greater good of the marriage. Help us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19). May we be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

I pray that our commitment to You and to one another will grow stronger and more passionate every day. Enable him to be the head of the home as You made him to be, and show me how to support and respect him as he rises to that place of leadership. Help me to understand his dreams and see things from his perspective. Reveal to me what he wants and needs and show me potential problems before they arise. Breathe Your life into this marriage.

Make me a new person, Lord. Give me a fresh perspective, a positive outlook, and a renewed relationship with the man You’ve given me. Help me see him with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion, and new acceptance. Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.