The Twin Cities Rainbow Chaser

moving across the country…to discover what God has in store

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

I’ve never been big on resolutions or the like, but I might have come up with a few that I can keep in mind over the course of the next 351 days.

 

1. Eat amazing food.

2. Meet new and interesting people (or creatures).

3. Notice little things…like evidence of Santa Claus.

4. Drink coffee.

5. Reach new heights.

6. Look past the dreariness to see the promise of a new day

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Where I wanted to be

Where I find myself these days

Dear God,

Sometimes you confuse me.  You overwhelm me.  You destroy my dreams and force me into situations beyond my realm of understanding.  You make me interact with people!  You force me closer to them and you make me sacrifice my passions.  You challenge me.

Thank you for finding me worthy of a challenge.  Thank you for closing doors, windows, and portholes.  And locking them.  Thank you for easing old passions and growing new ones.  Thank you for bringing me to new people and softening my heart to let them into my life.

 

Where I found myself on Thanksgiving

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

 

 

 

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

                                       -George Eliot

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

The word “solitary” could easily describe my life.  I have always been a solitary person, often retreating to be alone with my thoughts…my books…my words.  Through these moments, I have deepened my understanding of myself and the world around me.

Solitary travels have allowed me to explore new spaces on my own time.  I have wandered through various cities, never having a specific destination in mind.  At times, these wanderings were less than intelligent.  I might have placed myself at risk…but I was too lost in my own thoughts to be considered by such pettiness.  Through solitary moments like this, I developed a sense of strong, willful independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solitary moments have also allowed me to push aside the distractions of the world and discover the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis.  From a bike ride to a walk through a park to sitting on my own front porch…I have noticed little things in moments of solitude.

 

 

 

And thus…I have learned to breathe in deeply.  In breathing deeply, I have lost myself in the scent of flowers.  I have surveyed rose bushes, with a friend leaning over my shoulder, and found the solitary, brilliant rose that survived harsh storms.  She stands alone in honor of her friends who have fallen…and as nature’s token of appreciate to me, for I take the time to see her beauty.  I do not lament the loss of the others.  Instead, I honor her for standing strong.

Through my travels (which seem few compared to those which I desire to complete), few places have left me feeling so “solitary” amongst many than the beach.  There is a magic that happens when you look out into the horizon and lose yourself.  Even your thoughts are washed away in the salty spray and you can’t help but wonder, “How did I get here?” And then you realize that you are far from alone.  There are those who have guided you through the journey and lifted you up when you have found yourself crumpled in a heap.  There are those that you have guided and helped.  And there are all of those ahead of you…no matter how solitary you try to be, you cannot make this journey alone.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   Isaiah 41:10

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

I’ve recently moved to the Twin Cities.  It’s been quite the change from the places I’ve called “home” in the past.  Over the past few weeks, St. Paul has give me copious opportunities to photograph “urban.”  So, I couldn’t resist this challenge!

Just Keep Driving

Man on a Ledge?

A Few of My Favorite Things

 

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