Fire & Grace

HCB Photo Prompt, HisStory

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
~ Matthew 3:11-12 (NKJV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God.
~ Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

~ Ephesians 4:7

“The burning incense became clouds of sweetness

arising from the heart of the flames.

It symbolizes a person’s heart whose sweetness

has been brought forth by the flames of affliction

until the holy, innermost part of the soul

is filled with clouds of praise and prayer.”

~ Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings by L. B. Cowman,

edited by Jim Reimann; from 9/15 reading

Photograph of “fire” submitted for High Calling Blog’s photo challenge. I took this image in a local sushi restaurant.This light fixture really caught my eye, actually it was the illusion that it was on fire. Since we were the only ones left in the eatery, I asked if I could take some pictures. With a slightly wrinkled eyebrow line, the man in charge agreed. I zoomed into the inner parts of the light fixture and that image is the result.

Your special gifts and abilities are unique and have been given to you by our most gracious God. Whether you think your gifts are large or small or important or hardly significant, we, as believers, must use every bit of what He gives us. Go on, reflect your salvation by His most wondrous grace!

Amazing Grace, indeed!

* And that little gal with the ginormous voice,

7-year old miss Rhema Marvanne, isn’t she something?!


13 thoughts on “Fire & Grace”

  1. Your photography, His Words … beauty wrapped in love. Thank you for sharing your gift and the power of His Word.Delighted to meet you today. Jumped over from Getting Down with Jesus. Hope you don't mind if I splash around in your pond a bit to get to know you.splashin,Sara

  2. Whoopee for methis is post numberfour hundred.And all this writingdidn't cost the lifeof a single treeMuch to my husband's dismaybecause he works in pulpand paperand at the end of the dayHe'd like to knowI bought stock(or at least a page)in somethingto supporthow he gets paid.400! Who has that much to say? Since there are too many pity-parties out there, I am throwing a Whoopee-For-Me, None-Pit Party! Come as you are.Blessings.

  3. good going on 400!keep going!btw, my photo was two photo layered in pshop. learned a a new thing about it tonight. i am very slow in learning,but, i have fun.

  4. the places you look and focus on never ceaze to amaze me. the way the flames move, is evident in your picture, even though it freeze framed them.

  5. n. davis rosback has left a new comment on your post "Fire & Grace": wonderful shotand thanks for explaining how you captured it.lovely girl. [Nancy, my computer has not played nice with your comment so I cut & pasted it and put it here–thank you!]

  6. I am amazed at the grace flowing so freely from this little girl. I hope she follows the Lord as she matures an finds a rich meaningful life.

  7. That is such a cool picture — I thought of Moses the instant I saw it…even though it's a sushi restaurant fire and not a burning bush!And Darlene…thank you SO much for your kind words. The people I wrote about today…the ones who sustain me…one of those is you!

  8. Even after reading your description, I'm still not quite sure how you captured this. It is quite incredible. (And I love the description of the wrinkle-browed sushi man!)

  9. What an incredible photo. I love that I can't even imagine how the fixture itself looks because you've so transformed it.

  10. * Hey Heather, all I did was zoom and for photo editing–sharpen the details. That was actually the inside of the fixture. I stood right underneath it. Now, I am going to have to go back to the restaurant and see it again!

  11. This goes perfect with your words. I'm with the others…I can't even imagine what the whole thang looks like!

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