Living Life Day by Day

A Barbadian writing words on life and looking towards God's perfect peace … one day at a time.


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WordPress Photo Challenge: My Adventure Walking on the Great Wall of China

Ooooooh!  Do you want to go on an adventure?  It’ll be fun!  Well, no … not really … I’d rather just stay at home and read a good book on my Kindle but be that as it may, I have experienced an adventure or two in spite of my preference for solitude.

In coming up with something to share for this challenge, I thought about trips to Malaysia, South Africa, Spain and Rome but felt the biggest adventure was the my visit to Beijing China where I got to walk on the Great Wall in May this year.  Now that was a thrill – of sorts – indeed.

Beijing is a city of history and amazing people, and there was much to see en route to the wall.  We were not disappointed when we finally arrived.  For me, a fitness diva, the wall never ended.  You climbed and climbed and climbed (and huffed and puffed and huffed some more) – there were always steps left over.  Sometimes the steps were evenly spaced, at other times they were very narrow and the climb became very steep.  The going was rough (and sweaty and sticky in the humid afternoon) yet I pressed on because how many times do you have such an opportunity in life?  I definitely did not regret leaving my Kindle behind this time around.  But now it’s your turn: what’s your adventure? Leave me a comment or a link to your journey :-)

 

Thought I’d share a little history on the Great Wall of China (www.history.com):

Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength.  Read more here.

 

And now, a few of my photos below – enjoy!

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WordPress Photo Challenge: This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!

 

 

 


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Let’s Think “Peace” in the Storm

The word for this week is “Peace”, especially since our island seems to be in the middle of serious chaos and confusion, pretty much like many other countries in the world. Our prayer is that God will grant us His peace, and strengthen our faith in the knowledge that He is in control especially when it doesn’t look that way.  Happy Monday!

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

There are certain situations in life which throw us into an immediate tailspin.  These so called life-stressors can be overwhelming and frightening. They leave us not being able to think straight, know  who to turn to, or begin to have a clue as to what we should/can do to move forward.

www.stresstips.com tells us below about the top 10 life stressors:

  1. Death of spouse/child
  2. Divorce
  3. Marital separation
  4. Detention in jail or other institution
  5. Death of a close family member e.g. parent or sibling
  6. Major personal injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Being fired from work
  9. Marital reconciliation
  10. Retirement

 

Interestingly enough, I remember researching this very topic in 2011 when the list on www.answers.com looked like this:

  1. Divorce / breakup
  2. Bereavement
  3. Losing job
  4. Wedding planning
  5. Work
  6. Kids / Family
  7. Debt
  8. Commuting
  9. Studying for exams
  10. Pregnancy

 

But whether it is 2011 or 2014 is there anything on either list that you can relate to?  Have you lost someone you loved?  Have you been laid off unexpectedly and as a result not sure how you will pay your bills?  Are you seriously ill and needing expensive or intensive medical attention? Maybe you are planning to get married and wondering if you will survive the process.  Is it possible you have more month than money?

I don’t know your story.  What I do know is that although people believe stress is a killer, I don’t agree.  I believe it’s our response to stress that can kill us and yes it is natural to be fearful and anxious about our future when everything around us appears to be seriously falling apart but Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV) promises this of our God: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”

I am currently living a crazy imperfect life where I try to balance going above and beyond at work with giving quality time to my family and friends (I am not even going to speak to debt or relate some of my road rage experiences as I commute to and from work).  Yet, I am still able to believe that if I trust in God enough to come through for me and steadfastly believe in His promises, then I’ll be sure to find some measure of peace from within the chaos.

Today I wish you the gift of God’s amazing peace.  Invite him to take the wheel and drive you safely to where you need to be.  Let us guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus so that we will not be afraid of the future.  In the meantime, I am going to pray that no matter what’s going on in your life right now, you will be able to cherish this gift of peace as well as pass it on to others.  Have a peaceful week ahead.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Fish Fray!

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WordPress Photo Challenge: Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.

During a recent visit to Codrington College in St. John, Barbados, we stopped to spend some time relaxing and sitting around the awesome pond, admiring the beautiful fish.  At first they seemed to be shy but we threw some biscuits into the water and all of a sudden there were fish everywhere!  The children continued to throw more crumbs into the fray and all too soon there was nothing left to share.  Next time we’ll be more prepared :-)

 

 

 

 


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Sing, Dance, Climb

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Photo by Jackie Vanterpool | jvanterp@yahoo.com

 

Sing… Dance… Climb…

By William Arthur Ward

 

“Sing a new song; dance a new step; take a new path.

Think a new thought; accept a new responsibility; memorize a new poem.

Try a new recipe; plan a new adventure; entertain a new idea.

Learn a new language; blaze a new trail; enjoy a new experience.

Make a new friend; read a new book; see a new movie.

Climb a new hill; scale a new mountain; launch a new career.                                 

Find a new purpose; fill a new need; light a new lamp.

Exercise a new strength; grasp a new truth; practice a new awareness.

Add a new dimension; encourage a new growth; affirm a new beginning.

Discover a new answer; envision a new image; conceive a new system.

Dream a new dream; chart a new course; build a new life.

Open a new door; explore a new possibility; capture a new vision.

Start a new chapter; seek a new challenge; express a new confidence.

Write a new plan; turn a new page; follow a new direction.

Watch a new program; be a new person; radiate a new enthusiasm.”

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