Friday, April 12, 2019

A Kiss of the Sun

When I was little, my parents used to have a little sign in our Shorewood, Wisconsin garden that read: "A kiss of the sun for pardon; the song of the birds for mirth; one is nearer God's heart in a garden, than anywhere else on Earth."

That's about all I have to say about that. And it is quite enough!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sidetracks to Big Inspiration

There are so many things I love to do, like gardening, playing my guitar, taking online classes, photography, and meeting friends at my coffee shop. But these all take beautiful time. Am I missing what my true calling is by enjoying my little life's pleasures? Yes, maybe,...and no. I believe our true calling emerges from our creative moments. When I garden, journal, play, read, drive...these are the moments I have brilliant thoughts and ideas for the business I'm passionate about, which is helping people tell their stories. Life is a balance. Don't waste time if you can help it...but don't forsake the fun, either. Let's create today...and have brilliant thoughts, strategic ideas, and meet fascinating people! And then let's get to work on what we're best at and love the most!

Today, God is revealing something new for you...something powerful to propel you to success!

If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted. You won't be held back - you'll stand before kings! Proverbs 22:29 (TPT)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Magnifying Magnificence

When I take one facet of the magnificence of Creation and magnify it… my heart skips a beat as I recognize in that tiny brilliance of God’s goodness, I find myself - my inmost being - thrilled and full of joy at the beauty that takes my breath away. We are that kind of beauty to Him. Did you know that? He went to the cross for the joy set before him of being with us for eternity. In Song of Songs he literally exclaims His love for us: “For you reach into my heart. With one flash of your eyes I am undone by your love, my beloved, my equal, my bride. You leave me breathless— I am overcome by merely a glance from your worshiping eyes, for you have stolen my heart. I am held hostage by your love and by the graces of righteousness shining upon you.” Song of Songs 4:9, The Passion Translation.

Chris Tracy's art includes writing, photography, and helping people tell their stories.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Do You Have a Spot?

We move a lot. I mean A LOT! And every place we move, I can't feel settled until I find what I call "my spot."

In Old Park near Kremmling, Colorado, it was beside a pretty mountain stream called Pass Creek. In Redding, California, it was on a big boulder by the Sacramento River. In Parachute, Colorado, it was on a quiet, sparkly lake on the Grand Mesa a short drive away. In Denver, it was on a big rock by Harvey Park Lake. Now, in Brownwood, Texas, I have found my spot in a pretty park along the Pecan Bayou.

In my spots, the blur of life takes focus and I sit there as long as it takes to feel a quieting. I pray. I sing. I take photos. I listen. He speaks. I write. 

Psalm 34:8 - Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Grace For One Day

I'm doing a 7-day visual journaling challenge with Matt Tommey of Thriving Christian Artists. For Day 2, we are supposed to express our spiritual goals through our art. My art is photography and writing, so I thought I would complete this assignment right here on my blog. My spiritual goal for 2019 is to learn to live inside the grace of today - one day at a time. Each day has enough grace in it for me to handle what that day brings. Tomorrow will have grace for what tomorrow brings. 

To illustrate this visually, I chose a photo I took on a ranch near Hartsell, Colorado. I was walking outside in early Spring, and happened to look down. This is what I saw - a kiss from God with an exclamation of His love. Each day I want to look for and capture an image of His presence and His grace for "today."

Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Matthew 6:34 - TPT

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

It's OK to Hope!

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Do you hope? I do. I hope and dream and plan and scheme. I make vision boards and dream lists, and I meet with others to encourage each other's dreams. What or who inspires your hopes and dreams? Hope and faith are sisters in the family of God. Faith keeps our dreams alive and brings them to reality. It's an amazing unseen law of the universe. We are somehow connected to God's ability to speak things into existence! What an honor. What a power!

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. Hebrews 11:1 (TPT)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BSSM Adventures: "Get Up!" He said.

BSSM Adventures: "Get Up!" He said.: Photo on the streets of New York City. Just imagine what this little boy is dreaming! Photo by Chris Tracy Do verses jump out at you so...