Photo Inspired by Numbers 32:13-15

13 The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
14 “And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the LORD even more angry with Israel. 15 If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction.”

http://www.listenersbible.com/devotionals/biy

A reading of the Bible includes Numbers 32:13-15, narrated by Max McLean, with a complete reading of the entire Bible over the course of twelve months.

These verses resonate with me. They remind me of the destruction of Israel in Numbers 32, which inspired for me this photo of shopping carts by the side of a street. In the photo, few people are on hand who need them. As the shopping carts speak to absence, so too in Numbers 32 it is recounted how the Israelites are lost for so long that a generation was lost.

Reminders that the Lord is a vengeful deity are important because it is known today that Earth as we understand it may be at a crossroads for future generations. If Numbers 32:13-15 recalls the Lord’s burning anger at Israel, it is important that we remain optimistic but realistic about future generations of human beings surviving.

What’s relevant, I decided to argue about the photo I have taken, is that the shopping carts have been abandoned by the shoppers who filled them. Likewise in Numbers 32:13-15, Israel lost an entire generation by resisting the influence upon them by the Lord.

DSCF8555

Its Still Okay!

Lots of material for ideas, twenty-four hours in the day.  #ItsStillOkay

Challenges help in connecting the thoughts! They give us the perceptions and they put us deep. Its good to do the challenges now and then!

Are you in for #ItsStillOkay Challenge?  okay

 

https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/its-still-okay/

The task is to write a
paragraph/phrase/one-liner/poem/story/haiku/photograph/anything-else
which ends with the #ItsStillOkay and marks a perfect end to it!

 


Here is my take with a one-liner:
K, how did okay become ok ? #ItsStillOkay


 

Feel free to nominate yourself for the challenge if interested.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy the logo and description
2. Write your perspective for #ItsStillOkay
3. Spread the challenge by keeping open nomination or by nominating at-least five fellow bloggers.

Giveaway Contest: Win a Cineplex E-Gift

Jeff Goins is an author of four books, which came after eight years as a blogger and writer. He knew his calling and put in the work to make a success of himself. What’s more, his generosity extends to a brilliant web presence that invites bloggers of all levels of proficiency to work with the benefit of tips and guidance from Jeff Goins. As a result, many bloggers take their craft to the next level.

Many people struggling to blog benefit from Goins’ insight as a blogger and writer. I myself have enjoyed scrutinizing Jeff Goins as a leader and information he has imparted I have worked into my blog. This week Goins organized a seven-day challenge that involves a daily assignment by which participants can improve as bloggers.

For day five, Goins suggested bloggers offer a giveaway, and thus I am making a giveaway available to visitors who respond. I am offering a $25 Cineplex E-Gift Card to a randomly determined visitor to this blog post, who leaves a comment and/or an email to: drab@writeme.com.

Photographer:	Maya Karmon

It is with satisfaction that I am inviting visitors to participate, and the E-card will be delivered to your e-mail. Just give me your name and e-mail, either in a comment on the blog post, and/or in an e-mail to: drab@writeme.com. The winner will be determined randomly on March 31, 2016. Feel free to browse any portions of my blog, as well. If you have an interest in following my blog, you are more than welcome, of course. Good luck in the contest. We’ll see you at the end of the month! All the best to you.

Jeff Goins is an active blogger and the author of four books, including The Art of Work.

Blog Challenge Argumentative: Facebook and Social

Everyone thinks Facebook is dominant in social but here’s what’s actually true. It is not the only handle.

Opinions of the farflung future vary. For those who believe we have a future, there are some who think the right to privacy is worth fighting to protect. Some are in the dark about what could result from the lack of Internet controls generally enjoyed in the present. More than a few think the devil be damned and enjoy the occasional spotlight as it illuminates the crowd.

There are others, it is clear. Didn’t you know that?

What seems free may have strings attached. The literal price tag of any given service often includes only the bare essentials as they are understood. To thrive, a few dollars here and there (on apps, plug-ins, hardware, etc.) may be required, and the economic definition of scarcity surely applies here. For the desired recognition, I venture to guess that once more as in other similar situations money talks.

It is mostly up to you what you want people to know. If you are sub par, you will be told as much as an army of folk waiting to raise their spears are as much the wolves at the door as Mom and Dad were in the old days. You need to excel or, plain and simple, you will be failing hard and failing fast. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but it is crucial that you learn from your mistakes as they happen to you. Own them and learn, and put them to rest with a dash more of hope for having conquered something, at least.

It isn’t enough to spend your time clicking if you want to be top dog. You need to bring to bear content, which is the substance of media as it’s understood on the Internet with an eye to generating traffic for your particular je ne said quoi. You need to be real and you need to think smart, and the end result has to be a brand that is somehow recognizable on the Internet if you want to earn turf in cyberspace.

The battle for cool will likely be decided among Internet users by the people with the brand that is the savviest. Established cool spills into media channels as pockets are lined with dollars, and while there is a fair but challenging place for your own to tackle, it is a very small yard in the virtual universe from which to raise your horn.

Occasionally, it is decided, by fate and by luck, that someone is captivated onto a takeoff of fifteen minutes of fame that can come without warning. If and when this happens, it is often seen that the victor is completely captivating, and a throng of onlookers champions (and quite possibly forgets). That is often the prize for the amateur designer, the potential and the possibility. I have put it in fancy language because I think it is a fancy thing. Thank you for reading.

WBWKY1FQ2I

Blog Challenge Manifesto: For the Reader and the Writer

The mainstream has heralded the rise of self-publishing to such an extent that I wouldn’t be surprised if your mom was planning on writing a book.

–3 Reasons Why The E-Book Money Train May Be Over

ROK January 6, 2013

http://www.returnofkings.com/2029/3-reasons-why-the-e-book-money-train-may-be-over#!

Unfortunately, there is said to be an excess of self-published books, which means that there aren’t enough buyers to do the purchasing, and it is all the harder for people trying to break into the business of writing. It means that even for talented, hardworking people, decisions how to promote and market one’s material aren’t easy to make. There is no assurance of success.

If you are a writer with a book ready, and you are self-publishing it, evidently you may have some success, but not nearly as potentially lucrative a success as you could have had a few years ago. You can’t count on people to be interested in what you are publishing. There are so many books already in self-published eBook format, and buyers are wary that they may not be getting a quality product if they are buying from you.

“Traditional publishers aim to publish hundreds of thousands of copies of a few books, self-publishing companies make money by publishing 100 copies of hundreds of thousands of books.”

–Self Publish Often, And Short

Just Publishing Advice

http://www.justpublishingadvice.com/self-publish-often-and-short/

It is up to you to prevail in the face of unfavourable odds. It doesn’t mean you can’t get anywhere as a writer, and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend your hard-earned dollars on eBooks in the year 2016. It is up to you to choose what to read and what to write. In terms of the bigger picture, it may be that the best of eBooks from the years in which they were at their strongest could be rivalled by the eBooks in the market today.

You certainly do have the luxury to read and to write as you please. If you are an avid reader, exploring blogs and settling in with good eBooks, you know already exactly what and who is good and you are confident you are right about it. The times have again become uncertain. What worked in the past is no longer working as it once did. It simply means if you are a writer, you have to learn again. If you are a reader, the possibilites which are unfolding are very exciting.

As a reader, or a writer, or likely both, you need to stay on trends that go with eBooks in the year 2016. If you are content with reading eBooks, weigh carefully which purchases to make when you are bringing eBooks along as your companions. If you are writing, it is imperative that you understand what changes in the eBook market mean for you, so that you have a chance of winning success.

Photographer:	Aliis Sinisalu

A Photo of Harmony: Do you Agree?

This week’s photo challenge is to illustrate harmony, or what gives the feeling of harmony. I thought and I decided on the included photo, which I took today. After a brief winter in my part of the land, it is beginning to be warm, quite encouraging. I thought this day, as many people are feeling relief, harmonious. This is the idea behind my photo. As spring breaks, so does harmony present itself, elusive, but, I feel, reflected in the running water in a ravine.

DSCF8549
While I have never ventured down into the ravine, from atop the hill, I can see a running creek which meanders through the land, and I thought today to photograph it, inspired by this week’s challenge. Though the colours of the photo are sedate and muted, we have a wonderful little creek there, a hint of solace and it spoke to me the idea harmony.
Many times we seek harmony, and want it as something other than sweet music, or the power, however fleeting it can be, of a prayer. It is a reminder that harmony is present, and by that I mean the water of a creek which prevails over the dry land around it acts as an agent of harmony in nature. When I think of beautiful life, this little creek that is a quiet wonder a stone’s throw away from the world, I find harmony and I hope that my photo of the creek speaks of harmony. I am glad to have thought to catch a moment of harmony with my photo from above the water.
Do you see this photo and agree and disagree that it hints at harmony? Feel free to let me know with a “like” or a “comment.”