Our lips are mere messengers of our heart.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
A huge coal mining industry.
350 miles from Beijing.
A whole different culture.
And that was just about all I knew.
now when I think of Taiyuan, China, literally hundreds of pictures come to mind.
Like the fortune teller that sat on the sidewalk everyday. Multiple times a day I walked past him on my way to and from teaching English. Every day he was in the same place with his paper and cards, waiting. Watching the world go by. Often we'd exchange greetings of "Ni Hoa" and smile and wave at each other. Once he motioned for Rachel to sit beside him as he wanted to learn a few English words, starting with our names!
What is life like for him? Does he still sit there on the street everyday?
Like the man who had a corner store beside our apartment building. A tiny, dingy little place; his bed was in the corner of the room. He had a small fridge and sold the cheapest cold water (a real treat!) Almost every day on my way to teach I'd stop by to get a cool drink. How excited he was to practice his English "hello" on me. One day his smile was extra big as he handed me the water bottle and tried another new word: "Good bye!"
Hearing music at the park -- and finding anywhere from 5-9 men playing an unusual assortment of instruments.
The eager faces of my students wanting so much to learn English and how to do things the "American way."
Or listening to the garbage trucks and street sweepers drive up and down the streets -- playing Christmas tunes.
Sitting in a restaurant enjoying my meal when a waiter walked by with a net in his hand -- with a fish laying inside flapping for all it was worth! Someone must have ordered fresh fish for lunch!
Shopping at the market -- bargaining for lower prices.
Making new friends.
Running to catch the right bus.
Being introduced to 'bubble tea.'
People on the other side of the street shouting "Hello" (and then laughing and grinning when I replied "Ni Hao!")
The smiles of the children.
Praying that God would somehow use me for His kingdom's sake, despite the things against me: the language barrier and limited time.
Eating with chopsticks.
Seeing everything from a goat to a computer being carried across town on a bike.
Posing for a picture -- and seeing everyone else whip out their phones to get a picture of us "Americans".
Seeing expectant mothers and realizing it would be a one time experience for them.
Watching people exercising at the park by walking backwards. (It is good for ones kidneys.)
The open friendliness.
And the list could go on and on...
Taiyuan is no longer just a city in China. It is where I spent seven wonderful weeks, made lots of new friends, experienced a different culture, had time to fellowship with the family of God, and gained a much bigger picture of my God and how He is working in our world.
"...The Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations."
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It is a wonderful thing when God's children realize we are nothing apart from Him! When we understand that we need to be totally dependant on Him, it takes away all competition, striving, and selfish ambition.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"what kind of camera/lens do you have? Where did you learn photography?"
I currently own a Nikon D80 and a Nikon D70, with a f/2.8 70-200 zoom lens, f/4.5-5.6 70-300 zoom lens, and a f/3.4-5.6 18-80 lens.
As far as where I learned...
I've done a lot of reading and study on my own. I also took a week long photography course in Dallas, Texas through the Institute of Photographic Studies. (And if you are hoping to learn more about photography, I can't recommend this highly enough! Outstanding courses taught by photographers who not only excel at their work, but are sold out for God, too.)
If you don't have extensive amounts of time or resources to invest, I'd recommend these free online photography courses. A lot of basics are covered, but it is excellent material. A few of their courses are entitled:
Beyond the Basics
An amateur photographer was invited to dinner with friends and he took along a few pictures to show to them. The hostess looked at the photos and commented, "These are very good! You must have a good camera." The photographer didn't make any comment, but as he was leaving to go home, he said, "That was a really delicious meal! You must have some very good pots." [smile]
For my readers who enjoy photography -- what camera and equipment do you use? Do you have any advice you could share for someone who is camera shopping?
Friday, July 09, 2010
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, and outlive a world.