Tuesday, January 16, 2018

10 Photos that Shaped My Year // 2017

NOTE: I 1st saw this idea from Amanda's blog {who actually snagged it from Beka - at least I think it was Beka.}  Hmmm, it's beginning to feel like an old fashioned game of telephone here.  Anyhow, whoever had this amazing idea, I thank you.

Find a photo from the year's greatest adventure - big or small.

Our greatest adventure {outside of marriage itself}, was celebrating our 1st anniversary out in Arizona.  Here we are at the Grand Canyon {with a grand kiss}!

Find a photo of a significant moment.

We sent up a patriotic floating lantern for our 1st 4th of July + I prayed in my heart for a secret wish as it floated out of sight.

What photo makes you feel most alive?

This was our 1st full day in Arizona {not too mention our actual anniversary date}, & we had been driving around when we decided to stop & breathe in the beauty of God's creation... it took my breath away + {incidentally} I've never felt more alive.

Pick your favorite photo of you & the people you love.

You + Me

Search for a photo of a morning you want to remember.

Summer found us out early, trying to beat the heat, as we hiked for miles & miles on Pine Mountain.  Our longest hike was over 4 miles!

Find a photo that represents joy.

It had been over a year since I had worn this dress when I finally put it on again & went down to that magical piece of railroad track & captured the memories I'd always been hoping to.

Locate a photo of the people who shaped your year.

Me + You

Find a photo of you trying something new.

Our 1st married summer together was full of 1sts.  This was our 1st trip to Oxbow Meadows + our 1st time on their treetop walk.

Identify an image of something you are proud of.

How we've stuck together {like an Oreo cookie (which was our costume this fall)} through the challenges & adjustments of newlywed life & bringing our 2 lives together into 1 is definitely a  God thing.  Without Him, we just couldn't have done it. {I love you to  the moon, Dan.} {And back.} {Times infinity.} {Okay, there.  I said it.}

What is a photo you'll want to pass down to future generations?

I want our children to see the love in their mom & dad's marriage + Jesus, always 1st & foremost.

Monday, January 15, 2018

That Faith Step {+ Free Printable}

Sometimes you just gotta take that first scary step into the unknown, trusting God will be with you.  It isn't easy, but if you seek after His path for your life, it will be more than okay.  It will.

This all makes me think of the scene in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade where Indiana must take that "leap of faith."  Take a look...

To snag this free printable quote click on the image & then right click & save to your computer {or copy & paste it where you'd like} + print it out.

My printables are free for personal use only.  Feel free to share them via Pinterest provided you link back to the blog {The Wildflower Journals @ http://thewildflowerjournals.blogspot.com}.  If you want to blog about this printable, or share a project you created using it, that would be amazing, just be sure to credit + link back to the blog {The Wildflower Journals @ http://thewildflowerjournals.blogspot.com}.  Please don't share the actual printable on your site - just add a link to it.  Thanks & enjoy!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Little Wisdom for Your Sunday

"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
-Colossians 1:27

Saturday, January 13, 2018

When God Made Butterflies...

Last weekend found us wandering in awe around the Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  The glass conservatory that always remains a balmy temp because of the flora + fauna was an inviting respite from the January cold.  There was fluttering of wings everywhere you looked!  It wasn't our 1st or even 2nd visit, but it always remains special & new to me.  There's just something about butterflies...

Maybe it's that they illustrate so beautifully transformation - specifically the transformation that takes place when a sinner finds the Savior, & the ordinary gives way to the magnificent, the ugliness of sin to the beauty of a new soul made whole in Jesus.  As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"  

That verse has always reminded me of butterflies.  The somewhat grubby, belly crawling caterpillar, seemingly ho-hum & nothing extraordinary, builds a chrysalis & disappears inside for an appointed time {I wonder if it knows what is going to happen next}...  Eventually, it breaks forth as something wholly different & new & full of beauty & free to fly.  That's like you & me with Jesus. 

Dan & I had the unique blessing of viewing the "birth" of a butterfly as it emerged from its cocoon on our last trip to Callaway & I will never forget it & the symbolism it so beautifully portrayed.  When God made butterflies, I think He just might have been thinking of you & me + Jesus.