Friday, April 20, 2012

52 linked: growth

maple buds
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Henry Miller
maples
The closer I get to forty, the less content I am to live a life that is "fine." I had never really given it much thought until when asked how my life (in general) was I replied, "It's fine." And this new friend said, "Fine is no way to live a life." She has a point. Fine is okay, but I long for more. I crave more. There is a place deep down inside that longs for something bigger. I don't know what that something bigger is supposed to look like or feel like. I do know that I need to take the time to really listen to the whispers in my ear. I do know that growth requires a willingness to give-up the thoughts and actions that are no longer working for me to make way for what's to come. I do know that I need to spend more time in prayer. And I do know He will be right there with me as I take those steps into the dark unknown.
new growth
52 Linked 2012 A new theme every week.
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Please stop by and see their interpretations of our word of the week.

15 comments:

Naomi said...

Beautiful thoughts and words my friend. Beautiful photos! You are wise. :) Love this

Amanda said...

Amen.
These are beautiful photos.
I admire your courage in not settling for a life of "fine." I admire you for stepping outside of what's comfortable (="fine"??) and seeking His will for your life and the changes you want to make. Keep listening, dear friend! He will use this time of stretching and growth for good. I just know it.
xo, a

Amanda Kelley said...

These shots----AMAZING Andrea!!!! What lens did you use? Love the sharpness and colors! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Heidi said...

Beautiful words and photos!!
When I first saw the theme, my mind turned to personal growth. After I thought for a minute I realized that I go through life on auto pilot most of the time and I need to break free of that and live a richer life! Thanks for the reminder.

Heather M. said...

just love your words and photos, andrea. they've given me much to think about.

Tracey said...

Your images are so lovely. You words--perfect. So perfect. Amen!

stacey said...

You got it, sister. It's not always easy but so worth it.
These photos are just lovely, Andrea.

urban muser said...

beautiful photos and wonderful words :)

JennD said...

It's amazing how tightly we hold on to those old habits, isn't it. Love all the layers in your photographs - and in your words too. :)

ZeldaMom said...

Very moving, it's making me think.
Great photos too.

Photoholic said...

Beautiful photos!
I just added myself as your follower. Have a great day!

Michelle said...

I agree with what everyone has said: beautiful photos and words. The fact that you are open to change, open to different, open to more is the key. We can pray together that God leads us into fullness of life! :)

Marvett Smith said...

Beautiful images and beautiful words. I can so relate!

Kristin said...

i just love these shots!! so beautiful and your writing, just wonderful!! you are such a huge inspiration!

Meagan said...

Awesome depth of field...I really love these!

When I start to feeling "fine" I try to spend some time reflecting on living life abundantly: I come so that you may live life and live it abundantly. It's straight from God that we find joy and happiness!

Or at least that's how I see it. It's not always easy, but it's a nice reminder to get out there and have fun!