Please pray for India!

In 2008 I spent 6 months in Chennai, India and there is still a piece of my heart in that beautiful country! I just saw on my friends Facebook that lives in Chennai that they are also getting hit with storms and cyclones! I’m really struggling because I know that we in America got hit hard and I pray for each person affected by the storm! However when I hear of India being affected by storms my mind instantly goes to the family’s in the slums right by the river and how many of them have no escape or place to go to protect themselves! Please pray for India and the safety of all!

This was the news article that I found about the storm….

CHENNAI: The city is bracing for Cyclone Nilam, which is likely to bring heavy rain and gusty winds that could reach speeds up to 65kmph.

By 5pm on Tuesday, the cyclone was 500km southeast of Chennai. It was stationary for more than 12 hours but started moving in a north-northwesterly direction, and is likely to cross the shore between Nellore in AP and Cuddalore in TN. “Chennai will have a bit of rough weather on Wednesday evening as the cyclone moves closer,” said IMD deputy director general Y E A Raj.

The system started as a trough of low pressure over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday.

The Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments have put their disaster management cells on high alert as they gear up to face the onslaught of Cyclone Nilam, expected to cross the coast in northern Tamil Nadu or southern Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday evening.

There will be heavy rain, but the wind speed is expected to be in the region of 50kmph to 65kmph, much lower than last year’s Thane, which, blowing at 140kmph, uprooted trees, damaged houses and wreaked havoc in many coastal districts. Still, the government does not want to take chances and is prepared to meet any eventuality, said officials in the disaster management department. Also, there are fears that at the time of landfall, the speed of wind could get close to 90kmph.

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TO ALL MY HAPPILY MARRIED FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!!

Please, Please, Please………….. STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stop asking me when I am going to find a good man!

Stop asking me why I am still single!

Stop asking me when I am going to settle down!

Stop suggesting in the slightest way that I am not complete yet!

Stop telling me that you just want me to be happy!

And Please, please, please for the LOVE of God himself, Please stop telling me your praying for me to find a husband!

I know all of your intentions are good, great and only looking for my best interest so please don’t take this the wrong way when I ask you to stop all of the above things and so much more…

You see I struggle with these thoughts and feelings on a daily and some times minute by minute basis and your questions only make those feelings, thoughts and desires intensify! I don’t know why God hasn’t brought a great Godly man into my life… He hasn’t clued me in yet! So please don’t ask!

Honestly as of right now I don’t want someone in my life… I’m a little selfish with my time when I am not working and right now is probably not the best time for God to bring someone in my life. I want to be able to choose what I do on my day off not cater to someone else’s wants and needs! So please for once in my life let me be selfish if that’s what you want to call it… On my day off I want to… sit and read a book, go for a walk through the woods, go down to visit my friends on a whim, write blogs or just spend time alone! Is any of that bad? Is any of that wrong? No but as Im sure you have found out in your married bliss.. Your time is not your own any more! You have someone else to think about when you come home from a long days work and they ask you whats for dinner? Again that is not a bad thing and I once was willingly happy to give my time to anothers needs and wants. However my heart was broken and torn apart by my untimely love affair with someone that God did not intend for me. So I would rather not go down that road again and look for love in the wrong places with the wrong men!

I still desire love… though my heart was shattered I hope and pray that I have not allowed it to get hard and bitter due to those circumstances. I just know that because of those circumstances I have to guard my heart, body and thoughts all the more!

I can’t even watch a stupid love movie without a deep hurt and longing for something more than what I have in my life! SO… rest assured friends! I am still human!!

I still desire intimacy!! I would love to be held, caressed by strong manly hands that know all the right places to awaken feelings in me long repressed! However that is not to be so right now or any time soon… SO I have to flee from those thoughts and temptations with everything in me!

So when you make light jokes about a man that was friendly having a crush or liking me…. It isn’t a light joke to me… Its like a match igniting a flame of desire that does not need to be lit! I have to keep my mind in check each and every encounter with different men every day and not let my mind wander to the “what if’s” or “Maybe hes the one…” thoughts! It is a constant fight, a constant battle and frankly I am tired!

So please understand that when I write this I am simply asking for your help… You are aware of this now… so now you can’t say you unknowingly awakened a desire in me for all of the above things. You now know why I am asking and I pray that if you do love me you will continue to pray for the one God may have to bless my life with, but please don’t tell me about it. Do it in the quiet and secret place where only you and God know.

And for any other single person in your life, please consider these thoughts for them as well! Especially if they are any age over 25! Trust me it isn’t in a girls nature to want to be 27, 33 or 38 years old and still single! Every girl dreams of her knight in shining armor to sweep her off of her feet! And even though all outward appearances from her may seem like she is unaware that he has not arrived… she knows in her heart and longs each night to have arms to hold her tight and tell her how much she is loved! She doesn’t need your reminder on top of it!

Thank you for your time, thoughts, prayers and best intentions!

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Photography

I am learning that I am pretty sure that I love photography more than I do writing! And I love writing! There is just something about being able to effectively catch the sunlight on a lake, a raindrop on a rose petal or an amazing sunset that only God alone could paint!

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and I totally agree with that! Authors spend 10-100 pages just describing what could be said in one snap shot!

I also saw a cool saying that spoke volumes to me while perusing through Pinterest!

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So many times in my life I have looked at the bad things that have happened to me or the wrong choices that I have made as a failure or my own weaknesses coming through so the world could see.

I have had what many people would consider negative things happen in my life but I am beginning to see how it has made me a stronger, more grace-filled and loving person.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,

[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:1-3

And I love this verse in Romans! It has always helped me when I have stumbled and feel like I can’t get up. Or have lost my way and doubted God and his existence in my life.

“5 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace[a] with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2

 We have also obtained access through Him by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory

of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance,

endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s

love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5:1-5

All this to say that these past few weeks I have been taking more pictures with my little 3megapixel IPhone and loving capturing little God moments. It helps me to see that He still has my life in His hands and knows whats in store for me! He shows me each day through a sunset, the beautiful rainbow that appeared while at Niagara Falls, and through each and every picture taken that God is still God, God is still in control, and God loves me with an everlasting love!

Here are a few of my favorite photos that I have taken recently….

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

 Psalm 147:8 He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.

John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.


Genesis 9:16
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 12:27
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

 

 

27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

These are just the beginning of my many pictures that have spoken volumes to me in the past month or two. God has shown me so much everyday and I am glad that I can share it with others!

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