IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #716 – US 54 HEADIN’ SOUTH FROM US 180

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I’m not quite sure where my attraction to stop and make a quick photo of the long and straight roads that I often travel originated. I kind of think it stems from growing up in West Texas and having traveled down so many long and straight roads. It some how brings me comfort to see where I am heading.

Or maybe it is that I am always searching for a way to follow and some reassurance that I am going the right way.

” But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV)

enjoy life, know where you’re going! en theos monos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #713 – Halfway to nowhere & you can’t pay the toll

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Don’t you just love it when you think you know exactly where you are going. You see something you think you wanted to photograph. You work at it a bit and then as you are walking back to the truck, you look down the road and all of a sudden you realized why you stopped here….Matt Maher wraps it all up very neatly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfa3GZOEb38

MATT MAHER LYRICS

“Rise Up”

When you see the road ahead
That you’ve been down before
When you’re halfway to nowhere
And you can’t pay the tollYou’re hanging onto mercy
Withered on the vine
With your feet on the ground, your head in the clouds
And your heart on the lineOpen up your eyes…

You’ve got to rise up, rise up
When this life has got you down
You’ve got to look up, look up
When you search and nothing’s found
My eyes have seen the glory of the love that’s here and now
It’s coming down
So rise up now.

When you’re told that day is over
Long after the sun goes down
And your mind it keeps on racing
At the dreams that don’t come ’round

When you don’t know how to surrender
Cause your whole life’s been a fight
When the dark holds you and you can’t break through
Cause you haven’t seen the light.

Open up your eyes…

You’ve got to rise up, rise up
When this life has got you down
You’ve got to look up, look up
When you search and nothing’s found
My eyes have seen the glory of the love that’s here and now
It’s coming down
So rise up now.
Yeah rise up now,
Oh rise up now.

en theos…jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #684 – PROMISE of the road.

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“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me. As it is ever so on the road” Jack Kerouac

It is even a grander adventure and there is much more to be seen with fours eyes instead of two.

Happy Valentines day to all, may you enjoy it with the one you love, I will!   en theos †††jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #680 – YOU EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE PESKY KIND OF DAYS?

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Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

We battled snow & getting to where we are and now we will be doing the same on our return. Focus on the good while staying focused on the present…en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL – THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #663 – Finding your road.

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“Part of everyone’s journey in life is to arrive at precipice or fork in the road or at the end of a path and to realize we no longer know our way. Hard as this is, this is where the inner journey begins, when all we’ve carried has served its purpose and now we must burn it for warmth and to see what’s next. This is when the soul shows itself, if we will listen. This is when we assume our full stature and make our own path.”  Mark Nepo

Midway in Our Journey

“Just when we’re softened by the years,

when we have enough experience to see

for ourselves, our maps are torn from us.

This can be frightening, but there’s

divine timing in the dissolution of a

stubborn mind, the way an inlet waits

on the last rock to crumble so it can

find its destiny in the sea. Losing the

way set out by others is necessary so we

can discover for ourselves what it means

to be alive. Now we can burn the clothes

others have laid out for us, not in anger

but to light our way. Now we can let the

soul spill its honey on the unleavened life

we’ve been carrying. Now we can rise. ”  ©Mark Nepo

I have gotten part of this down, “the softening of the years” that part I am coming into peace with. The rest is coming, but it is still a little further down the road.

Hit those high notes while you still have the voice. ††† en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL – THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #649 – FOLLOWING THE RIGHT PATH

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Although she cannot hear a sound, Grace never has a problem knowing which path to follow. As a human, with all my senses intact (well some would question that) I have the hardest time finding the path that my heart wants and needs to follow. I listen to my head all too often. Most often planing my direction by logic and reason. My heart gets lost.

Today I had the most synchronistic morning reading from Melody Beattie.  It cried out to the reasoning of why I have such a hard time finding that seemingly illusive narrow road.

Trust Your Heart

“For so long, you relied on your head. Now it’s time to make the shift— the great leap into your heart. Are you beginning to see how your head gets in the way? How it creates so much noise? The chatter, the limited vision, the fear? Are you beginning to see how what you’ve relied on— your intellect, your assessments, and sometimes your logic— has complicated your life? It isn’t the head that sees clearly, nor does the head always see with love. Often, it sees with eyes of fear. The heart sees clearly. It balances the mind and emotions. It takes what’s real and processes it into truth, then into action. It takes into account all that needs to be done, then draws a map, an itinerary, for how to accomplish that. Yes, you say, but my head does that too. And then I don’t need to feel… Your heart can do it better because it maps the way in love. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your heart. It’s your connection to God, to people, to the universe, and to yourself.”

Beattie, Melody (2013-04-30). Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul (Kindle Locations 104-113). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Ask,seek,knock….en theos ††† jim