Black and white:  The Anti to mainstream color, yet it’s contrast offers an abundance in diversity and vibrant character

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The View From My Porch

This is the view from my porch on a country road in Alabama.  Every Sunday at church I speak life over my finances with an affirmation that states:  “Wealth and riches are in my house”.  I believe that soon my view will change and this is a memory placeholder as I travel to my wealthy place.

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This Path I Travel

I have never really traveled the path of least resistance (although, I’ve vacationed there for a bit).  Even when the scenery doesn’t look like what i thought it should look like, God is faithful.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.  He gives me everything I need.  He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.  He leads me beside quiet waters.  He gives me new strength.”

Psalms 23: 1-3a

It’s important to understand that God knows when we need time to slow down and take in the green grass and still waters.  He gives us those opportunities to renew our strength.

 

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An Opportunity to Rest
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Life’s Checkerboard of Choices

Choices seem to envelope and overwhelm us sometimes.  “Am I making the right choice?”  “Where will this path lead me?”  I find myself asking these questions to not only myself but to my husband also.  Lately my husband has been redirecting me back to God.  “LaMonique, Did you pray about that? ”  Me:  “Well no, but can’t you just give me your opinion?” Mr Tee (That’s the husband) “You need to pray about it, let Him guide you.”  Me:  “Ok will you pray with me?”  Mr Tee: “ok”

“He guides me in the right paths for the honor of His name.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid.  You are with me.   Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me. “

Psalms 23: 3b,4

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The Narrow Path

Because I am on the narrow path, there are few people to be found there.  This causes me to wonder sometimes, “am I on the right path?” “I don’t see anyone else.”   When Mr. Tee gives me those reminders to check in with God to make sure I am on the right path, in the back of my mind I have a small doubt.   Do you know what that doubt is?  “Maybe God won’t answer me.” or “Maybe I’ll be stuck not knowing what to do and end up making a wrong turn. ”

One day recently,  I was asking God “why this and why that”, He clearly answered me.  “Search the scriptures!”  So I did.  His rod and staff are always there to direct us, whether it is by us looking up our problem in His word or hearing from Him directly.

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The Throne of God (Metaphorically Speaking)

When I go to others first, instead of God (no matter who it is),  I have locked myself out of the true divine answers that are ready and available to me.  I have robbed myself of the opportunity to hear His voice.  It is fine to gain wisdom from others, but approach God first as the Shepherd.  Sheep are precious.  Jesus called us His little flock.  He said my sheep hear my voice and they follow me.   Where do you think Jesus will have us follow him to?  No matter what path God has you on, it leads to righteousness, abundance, fulfillment and achievement.

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Access The Throne

“You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies.  You pour oil on my head.  My cup runs over.  I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.  And I will live in the house of the Lord forever. “

Psalms 23: 5,6

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Enter Through the Door

That door that you are seeking, how do you obtain it?  God says if we follow His voice we will enter into His rest.  His rest is peaceful enjoyment.   Over and over again God tells us to “Fear Not!”  Do you know what that means?  That means, don’t get in a frenzy during the waiting period!  The door is coming, enjoy the intermission.

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The Doors of Understanding and Opportunity

Thanks be to God, sometimes we have to yield and pivot to get to the doors of understanding and opportunity.  I myself am at a place of movement and turning to reach those doors.  After an intermission, rest and renewed strength – I actually can see myself there reaching out and ready to pull those handles.

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It’s On Now!

 

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  1. Your photos and writings engages the reader to take this black and white journey with you. Thanks for sharing your journey of trusting the Good Shepherd to direct your paths both you and your husband. I believe God is going to do everything that you are trusting Him for. It is easy for someone as gifted as you are to become overwhelmed. It’s great that you know HIs voice and a stranger you will not follow.

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  2. I love black and white photos. They always have a sense of nostalgia for me. Your post is a beautiful way to parallel Psalm 23 in our daily lives. I love how you referenced modern and ancient and I am reminded of the necessity to take it to God in prayer before asking anyone.

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