© 2009-2016 VAcee ~ All Rights Reserved
The photographs on this website are the sole property of the photographer and may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without written consent.
Please ask for permission if you would like to use them.

Thursday, December 8

December 8, 2016

I love this quote ... so true
"We see things as we are ... not as they are."

In teaching young children to draw a picture as they listen to a piece of Music, I tell them to draw something that the music leads them to think of.  Even if the piece is St. Sean's Kangaroo from the Carnival of the Animals ... some kids will draw a rabbit- because that is what their experience is. They may never have seen a kangaroo - so it isn't the first thing that pops into their minds. 

When we read an email or react to a situation - it is based on who we are, where we have come from, and the situations and emotions that capture us in those moment. 

We see things as WE are ... not as they are.

Thursday, December 1

Monday, November 21

Monday, November 21, 2016

In a world that seems to have gone crazy ... it's good to have praying friends. 

Sunday, September 11

September 11, 2016

Our world is pretty scary these days. Here in the US we are becoming more divided day by day - thanks to the Presidential Candidates - who are calling the constituents they hope to lead   ...  different foul names every day. 

We have Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, 
White Lives Matter,  and Every Life Matters movements.

I am so tired of being divided. 
I am so tired of not being able to post my thoughts - without a backlash of hate and being told I am an idiot - because I think differently. 

During the last Presidential Election - I made the mistake of speaking from my heart, sharing my feelings, hoping that those who loved me for me, or were friends, would just let it go - let me say my piece and be done with it. I had hoped we could be adults and have a conversation about it. But, I actually had 'friends' who 'de-friended' me ... not just take me out of their newsfeed -because they disagreed with me - but no longer wanted to associate with me. 

Unfortunately - the lesson I learned from that - is apparently - my feelings don't count, my opinions don't matter, I am wrong.  That taught me not to comment on politics - or the 'news of the day.'  We should never be stumbling blocks to those around us.  

The world is a hard place to live in these days. There isn't much that makes sense.  That is why this verse has and always will be one of my very favorites. 

My mother's father - wrote this verse down in my "autograph book' back in the early 1970's.  
Even then it made sense to me. I guess experience is a great teacher. I have lost friends, lost grandparents and parents, lost a baby (miscarriage  at 4 months). I have lost my job and been without work. My husband lost his job and was out of work for a year.  I have seen cancer take the brightest the best, the youngest, and the most loved.  I have seen several of those close to me, wrongly caused and lied about - and made to pay the price - although they were innocent.  Yes, I have won and lost many battles, and seen friends do they same. Experience is a great and awful teacher. 

Don't try and understand a world - that is bent on destroying itself, where people are constantly saying they matter more - than the people around them, where many live in a circle of hurt.   But trust in the Lord, with all of your heart. Know that He knows the end of the story ... your story ...  and if you lean on Him -the One who created you ... things will eventually make sense, and He will use many of these circumstances for good.