30 days of Design – DAY TWO: Lemon Tree

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A tree is known by its fruit. I love the visual element of this truth when compared to a fruit tree. What is unseen( the inward character) becomes revealed outwardly (through actions and deeds) We can inspect the fruit to confirm the health of the tree. What a man professes to be can always be confirmed or disproved by what he does.

LUKE 6:43-45 43. “For a good tree does not bear bad (corrupt fruit), nor does a bad (corrupt) tree bear good fruit.
44. “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
45. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

The story Jesus tells about the good Samaritan comes to mind when I think about the idea of knowing a tree by its fruit.

Parable of the good Samaritan

LUKE 10:30-36 “and Jesus answering said, a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31. and by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32. and likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33. but a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35. and on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendeth more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor”

What you do proves who you are more than what you say about yourself or pretend to be. In this story, the Priest and the Levite (religious leaders)  were the ones you would expect to show compassion but instead the word hypocrite comes to mind. The Samaritan was the unlikely hero who displayed great compassion. So if we want to judge a person, we should do it from their actions. Inspecting the fruit.

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The Robbers Priest and Levite The Samaritan
Rob him Harm him by inaction Pays for him
Leave him dying Leave him unhelped Leaves him cared for
Abandon him Neglected him Promises to return

Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.), 1983, 1985.

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September 1st….Thirty Days of Creative Design begins today

FullSizeRender(1)First of all..I want to say THANK YOU to my faithful blog viewers! I jump on here and I’m amazed at where my views come from and how often I have visitors. Thank you for checking in with me. I hope to give you something real, vulnerable, inspiring and perhaps pretty to look at over the next 30 days.

The Challenge: Post at least one digital design a day for each day in September

Why: It’s better that a 30 day writing challenge..hehe  (I’m secretly hoping that this exercise will help me put my thoughts into words more)

Goal: To materialize my thoughts, ideas, and creative inspiration. To allow my viewers to connect with me, I want to give you something worth viewing. To push my creative boundaries. To be intentional about using my art.

I tend to create passionately when I am inspired by life…Life has been good lately. I’ve come through a difficult season and it’s time to share what I have learned through my season of suffering.

DAY ONE:  PRINT INSPIRED BY A BEAUTIFUL HYMN

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Because He Lives by Bill Gaither

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

Iron Ore spring photo shoot

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The covered bridges in Lancaster County are beautiful and gave us the perfect location for our spring photo shoot. Lancaster county has 29 covered bridges, the most covered bridges in Pennsylvania, all but three are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We were honored and a bit tickled to be the first customers for Iron Ore Photography. Rusty George, the owner and photographer, did a great job at making us feel relaxed, comfortable and he was happy to accommodate my ideas….although…the spontaneous photos he snapped were some of my faves. We showed up with a few props and he took it from there.

The session took less than an hour. The ENTIRE PROCESS costs JUST $50.00!!!!!!! which includes: the photo shoot (at your desired location), edited digital images, one 8×10 print and the photo rights .My photos were ready in just three days…Common sense says BOOK A SESSION NOW!!!

  • Iron Ore Photography   Rusty George     (717) 371-2227    rjgeorge@aol.com

Enjoy a few highlights from our Spring shoot:

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I requested a head shot for my business and was happy with the results

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The boys walking up to the bridge was my favorite spontaneous photo. I like that they look natural (yet they are in step with eachother) and you can see their height difference at this age.

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I love what I get to do everyday

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace.And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

       -Johnny Carson-

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Photo credit: Melissa Rabbitt Photography

He must increase, but I must decrease.

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Re-Blogged from 2013
I have disconnected from social media for basically two reasons:
1)It’s not reality
2)Protecting intimacy
You can still find my business page on FB and catchup on salty bits about us here, maybe. ;)

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I love this blog: http://audreyimagines.blogspot.com

I especially loved reading this post by Audrey about social media.

Enjoy the re-post and be sure to visit Audrey’s website!

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Social Media: A competitive Sport

I am not sure when it happened. I don’t think it took long.
Lines were drawn. Strategies set. Innumerable teams of one were strewn all over the field, separate but smiling.
Popularity is the referee and the trophy our souls.
Do you play the game?
You know the one. The one we all claim is healthy and lighthearted. The one that takes up most of our day, if only through little moments here and there. The one that allows us to fake our way through community and use others as little soul-props.
Social media is the new favored sport of the cities and suburbs.
Do you play?
The game is pretty and sleek with professionally tailored html buttons begging to…

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Satisfied

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“We do not live so that we can eat, nor do we just eat so that we can live. Life is worth living in and of itself. Life cannot be satisfied when it is lived out as a consuming entity. When it is filled by that which satisfies a hunger that is both physical and spiritual in a mutuality that sustains both without violation of either, only then can life be truly fulfilling.”
Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message