The Daily Post: Things Are Looking Up!

This week the Daily post has asked us to LOOK UP. Click the underlined link to join in the fun!

Good news! My debut novel will be coming out sometime this fall. If you are interested in joining my mailing list for updates just fill out the mailchimp popup on this site. Should that not come up e-mail me at pjlillie.1@juno.com and we can work from there.

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Joseph E Lillie

And  now for your viewing pleasure here are other “up”beat posts!

Journeys with JohnboWeekly Photo Challenge – Look Up

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Good news! My debut novel will be coming out sometime this fall. If you are interested in joining my mailing list for updates just fill out the mailchimp popup on this site. Should that not come up e-mail me at pjlillie.1@juno.com and we can work from there.

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Joseph E Lillie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Coming Back On the Grid

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Check out other grids by clicking the link above. My grids are below.

A wall at trinity College Dublin

A wall at trinity College Dublin

Walking on the grid in Derry

Walking on the grid in Derry

the Gossamer Grid Above Amsterdam

the Gossamer Grid Above Amsterdam

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Check out other grids by clicking the link above. My grids are below.

The Forever Space

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Linger.”

The Post has asked us to Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

I love to linger in the place of prayer. To find that space where the troubles of the day just melt away in the sweet presence of Jesus, is to find life’s greatest treasure.

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While all prayer must eventually lead to action, I think most of us act to quickly and pray to hesitantly. It is not until I have refreshed my harried soul that I can safely come out of the place of prayer and into the fray of ministry.

It is not just the unburdening of my soul that draws me to this place. It is not just that I can freely express myself without fear of judgment or retribution; It is that even as I speak, He answers. Prayer is not a monologue shouted into an empty universe. It is a dialogue framed in the intimate whispers of lovers.

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I do not hesitate to leave the place of prayer out of fear of losing my space in line at the throne of God. Prayer is  an unending connection, a communion that always is and always shall be for the believer. It is the place in this world where we touch forever, where time and need are all washed away in the flow of the river of God. The thread of that tributary can be found in every moment and in every place. In one sense I never leave prayer or at least I am never more than a stone’s throw away. Yet even knowing I can always come back  I hesitate to step away from prayer because in that place I know forever and I understand grace in ways my time in this world makes me forget.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Enveloped.”

The Daily Post has asked us…What does enveloped mean to you?

I suppose to be enveloped means to be covered over….

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Like my daughter was covered over by my dog, Mercedes in this photo.  It reminds me of a song we used to sing a long time ago in church, ‘I am covered over with the robe of righteousness my Jesus gives to me….” I don’t know how righteous Mercedes is but she is a good dog and she is white.

I suppose to be enveloped could mean to be contained within something….

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Like my daughter is contained in the arms of these two school chums.

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Like the light of the sun is contained within the branches of this bush. If that is so then maybe to be enveloped is more perception than condition.

Weeping Over Geometry

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Land of Confusion.”

The Daily Post has asked us,

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

I was a pretty good student throughout school. I was one of those kids who did his homework between periods. I studied while walking to school and still got A’s in everything. Then I met geometry and before long I realized that if I didn’t do something radical I could very possibly ruin all my chances at joining the Honor Society (yep I was that kid). So I studied (that didn’t help) and after squeaking through my first semester with a low C (which really alarmed my parents) I got a tutor. I made it through but determined that I would move away from higher math as quickly as I could.

Years later I was hired at a high school as a Special Needs paraprofessional. My mornings were given to a young man with many challenges. I just loved this part of my job and felt called to it by God. However the young man only stayed on half a day as he had a vocational placement in the afternoons. So the school opted to put me in a classroom as an instructional aid. Guess where I landed? You got it! Helping out in geometry class! I was terrified but then the teacher began handing out the lessons and strangely I got it! I guess that part of my brain finally turned on. So tenth graders don’t give up if you don’t get it just yet. You might just be waiting for a part of your brain to come on-line.