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Awake With The Sunrise

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

For the second day running I was up and out before 5am, ready for a long walk and to see yet another sunrise.

It may be the same sun, but it’s definitely a new day and different sky, but yet another great sunrise.

As long as the sunrise is different each morning, no day will ever be the same, there to be embraced.

Sky Ribbons

Sky Ribbons

Over Deep Blue

Over Deep Blue

Alone In The Blue

Alone In The Blue

Highlight The Clouds

Highlight The Clouds

Frayed Within The Waters

Frayed Within The Waters

Creeping Through

Creeping Through

Breaking The Horizon

Breaking The Horizon

Between The Blue

Between The Blue

Through Morning Leaf

Through Morning Leaf

Above The Trees Beyond

Above The Trees Beyond

Across The Blue Waters

Across The Blue Waters

I love this song, it’s hard not to.

ANGELS ON THE MOON by THRIVING IVORY
Do you dream that the world will know your name?
So tell me your name
Do you care about all the little things
or anything at all?
I wanna feel, all the chemicals inside
I wanna feel
I wanna sunburn, just to know that I’m alive
To know I’m alive

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun, maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know
Never leaves too soon

Do you believe, in the day that you were born
Tell me do you believe?
Do you know, that every day’s the first
Of the rest of your life?

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun
Maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know
Never leaves too soon.

This is to one last day in the shadows
And to know a brother’s love
This is to New York City angels
And the rivers of our blood
This is to all of us
To all of us

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun
Maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know never leaves too soon

You can tell me all your thoughts
About the stars that fill polluted skies
And show me where you run to
When no one’s left to take your side
But don’t tell me where the road ends
‘Cause I just don’t wanna know
No I don’t wanna know

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
Don’t tell me if I’m dying

I Get To See This, Because I’m Free

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FRAY

One of the greatest things I enjoy most these days is seeing a great sunrise.  When I was drinking, I had no thought of getting out of bed in the morning, I would sleep as long as I could and hide in my own home, behind the close curtains, not letting the outside world see the real me, the hopeless addict.

Since God set me free from that pain, I get to get up early, leave the house in the dark and walk into the light of the day, to watch the beauty of some great sunrises.  Today was no different, the sun turned the frayed edges of the clouds, firstly deep red and then to gold, an amazing scene I could never see from behind the curtains I made my prison walls.

Into The Reflections

Into The Reflections

Frayed Red

Frayed Red

Gold to Red to Blue

Gold to Red to Blue

Fires Of Red

Fires Of Red

Edges In Red

Edges In Red

Fading Red

Fading Red

Bridging Red To Gold

Bridging Red To Gold

First Signs

First Signs

Skies In Gold

Skies In Gold

The Centre

The Centre

Gold On Reflection

Gold On Reflection

Hidden Gold

Hidden Gold

Tips Of Gold

Tips Of Gold

Morning Branches

Morning Branches

Gold

Gold

Light Of The Morning

Light Of The Morning

THIS AIN’T HOME by SEABIRD
With every lie you told
You dug a deeper hole
You should know I’ve been down that road
I can show you where it goes
If you wanna know, it won’t lead you home

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?

I know you’ve been afraid
That’s why you stay awake
All night and sleep through the day
Hoping to find a hand you can hold
Before you grow up and grow old

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

Yeah this ain’t home

So please baby please
I’m begging you to show me
That you still believe that I won’t end up lonely
And please baby please
I’m begging you to help me…

Spring Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

So far here in the UK the spring hasn’t been that great, thankfully as we have reached the May Bank Holiday, the spring seems to have finally arrived, which made for a pleasant walk to work this morning.

Tree Lined

Tree Lined

Crossing The Sun

Crossing The Sun

Pathway

Pathway

Reflective

Reflective

Morning Swim

Morning Swim

Alone

Alone

Single Track

Single Track

Beyond

Beyond

FIVE CANDLES (YOU WERE THERE) by JARS OF CLAY
A promise or a dare 
I would jump if I knew you’d catch me 
Staring over the edge 
I can’t tell if you’ll be here for me 

I close my eyes and make a wish 
Turn out the lights and take a breath 
Pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

You were never here 

I remember you said 
Love was more than your good intentions 
Empty boxes on the floor 
Things I never asked you for 
I pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

I can’t see the promise of 
Excuses you fall upon 
I pray to God not holding on 
To things you’ve left undone 

You were there when I 
You were there when I 
You were there when I needed you

Reflections Of A Monday Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Despite the thin layer of frost that covered the ground this morning, the sun was shining brightly, the view of sun on the frosty lake were once again worth taking a few minutes out of my day to see.

Reflective Blue

Reflective Blue

Highlighted

Highlighted

Fishing In The Frost

Fishing In The Frost

Ripples In Reflection

Ripples In Reflection

Swimming In Reflection

Swimming In Reflection

The setting sun beyond the clouds on the journey home was worth seeing too.

Setting Beyond

Setting Beyond

Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Behind The Clouds

Behind The Clouds

DRIVE by ED KOWALCZK
Headed out into my desert
all alone and thirsty for something more
than the whiskey that had become my water
Would you mind if I put this on your shoulder?

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Oooh…

Headed out into my dark night,
like a soldier surrounded in the losing fight.
Probability of a victory’s over.
Would you mind if I put this on your shoulder?

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Oooh….

You’re the only one,
You’re the only one who can save me.

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Here I am,
right where I belong.
On the shoulder, hanging off the keys,
close my eyes and letting you drive
I’m letting you drive.

 

Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s been a crazy morning at work, at least the sun rise over the lake was worth taking time out for.

Morning Line

Morning Line

On Glass

On Glass

Reaching

Reaching

In Reflection

In Reflection

RUN TO YOU by THIRD DAY & LACEY STURM
I was tired of waiting
Playing all the games and
Living in a place that was not for me
So I thought it was time
For me to get what’s mine
And to do it all, everything I dreamed
What I thought was the best of me turned to be
All the worst I could find

If I run to you
Will you hold me in your arms forevermore
If I run to you
Will you hold me in your arms forevermore

Now I got a feeling
That I’ve got to leave and
Find a way back to where I came from
Though I don’t deserve it
I know it’s unheard but
Living here without you, my life is done
I confess that I shouldn’t have run from you
Now I know I was wrong

Nowhere to run to
And no one to turn to 
I’m dying out here on my own
Long before I even thought of returning
Your arms are wide open
Waiting for me to come home

The Sun May Set, But It Always Rises Again!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Yesterday evening I managed to catch the sunset as I left work, it was a busy day as usual, but a good end to a good day.

The Burning Beyond The Dark

The Burning Beyond The Dark

Behind The Horizon

Behind The Horizon

Fading Eye

Fading Eye

The evening seemed to be going fine, until the consequences of my past caught up with me again, at that point my spirit dropped considerably.

Then as I prepared my post “Verse of the Day – Jeremiah 29:12-12”, I came to my senses, regardless of what is happening to me now, I am not that person, when I typed the words “God listened and answered me, 99 weeks sober this evening”, the downsides of my past faded away and the feeling of joy and thankfulness returned.

So this morning I witnessed the sunrise again, it was a timely reminder:

The sun may set, but it always rises again!

Between The Trees

Between The Trees

Upon The Waters

Upon The Waters

Rising Eye

Rising Eye

GET UP by CIRCLESLIDE
What if I told you I wasn’t ready for this life
What if I told you this wasn’t what I had in mind
What if this mountain’s just too high

Get up get up 
brush off the dust from your soul
Get up get up 
the past is beyond your control
Get up get up
don’t ever give up on love

What if I told you my whole world broke down last night
What if showed you my surprising ugly side
What if I’ve fallen out of line

What if I told you there was time when I believed
What if I told you I’m exploding with doubt I’m infected with weakness
I’m breaking the silence crying out, crying out

Get up get up 
brush off the dust from your soul
Get up get up 
the past is beyond your control
Get up get up
don’t ever give up on love

Setting Suns

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

As much as I love mornings and witnessing the rising of the sun on a new day, I love to see the sunset too.

To me a sunrise represents walking from the darkness of my former self into the light I now find myself living within.  But the sunset represents the fulfilment of another day on this journey, that another day has passed and I’ve made it through.

At the end of each day I can count it as another SoberDay and another day upon this journey with God.  In my prayers each evening I always started by giving thanks for the strength I’ve received to get through another day,

It doesn’t really matter whether it’s been the best day of my life or like last Sunday one of the hardest to get through, it’s does really matter, everyday is a fantastic day when you’re walking with God and another SoberDay on top of that makes it even better.

So this evening I’ll record this as day 588 of this journey and SoberDay 577, closing in on 600!!

Breaking The Clouds

Breaking The Clouds

The Parting

The Parting

Falling Behind

Falling Behind

Hidden

Hidden

I DON’T KNOW by THIRD DAY
Cannot find the words to say I’m sorry
Don’t know how to show you I was wrong
Wasted all that you had given to me
Now I’m left with nothing and no one
And I find it’s my fault
I’m the only one to blame
For the tears and the pain

I don’t know what I can say
Or would it matter anyway
‘Cause I don’t know how you could still forgive me
For all that I have put you through
Is there anything that I can do
I would give my life to find your mercy

All my life has lead to this decision
To return and ask you this one thing
And if I had one chance or if a million
Would it ever be enough for me
To explain what I’ve done
Now I know that I was wrong
Will you hold me again

I don’t know what I can say
Or would it matter anyway
‘Cause I don’t know how you could still forgive me
For all that I have put you through
Is there anything that I can do
I would give my life to find your mercy
What will it take until you forgive me
I don’t know

And I find it’s my fault
I’m the only one to blame
For the tears and the pain

I don’t know what I can say
Or would it matter anyway
‘Cause I don’t know how you could still forgive me
For all that I have put you through
Is there anything that I can do
I would give my life to find your mercy
I don’t know what I can say
Or would it matter anyway
‘Cause I don’t know how you could still forgive me
For all that I have put you through
Is there anything that I can do
I would give my life to find your mercy
What will it take until you forgive me
Oh Lord, will I find that you have already
I don’t know

The Golden Hour

Daily Prompt : The Golden Hour
Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Usually I would say 6am in the morning is one of the best hours, over the last twelve months I’ve seen so many 6 o’clocks, mainly as I’ve been walking, capturing some fantastic sunrises, it can be so peaceful, hardly any traffic on the roads and even less people about, apart from the familiar people I meet who are out walking their dogs.  It’s a great time to think things through and indeed talk with God.

Although this morning I have to say I wasn’t keen on 6am at all.  I haven’t walked for a few weeks, I’ve been so busy with extra work, karate and everything else, that something had to give, unfortunately the walking has been put on the back burner, so to speak.

This morning the clocks went back, but that didn’t stop me waking at 4am this morning (my alarm usually goes off at 5am), I was wide awake, I just couldn’t get back to sleep, somewhere around 7am I dropped back off to sleep, only for my alarm to go off again at 7.30, so much for catching up on my sleep!

Despite the lack of walking, I have managed to catch a few sunrises over the last couple of weeks, even though most mornings have been cloudy or overcast.

Touching The Clouds

Touching The Clouds

Distant Rising

Distant Rising

Morning Storms

Morning Storms

Across The Pond

Across The Pond

Calm Before The Storms

Calm Before The Storms

LIFT UP YOUR FACE by THIRD DAY
Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling

You have fallen so far now
You don’t even know how, you are going to survive
(But) Just above the horizon
A new light is shining, breaking through the darkest night
Love is coming and it’s calling out your name

Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling

Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling your name

You feel like your life is fading
You’re tired of waiting, for your moment to arrive
But tomorrow will bring a song that you can sing
And your hope is gonna rise
Love is coming and it’s calling out your name

Lift up your face, lift up your face
salvation is calling, salvation is calling

Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling your name

Oh yeah…
Do you hear Him calling?
Can you hear Him calling?
He’s calling out your name
He’s calling out your name

Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling

Lift up your face, lift up your face
Salvation is calling, salvation is calling your name

Can you hear Him calling?
Can you hear Him calling now?
Oh, can you hear Him calling you
He is calling you now
He is calling out your name

Just above the horizon
A new light is shining
Salvation’s on its way

Reflections Of A Great Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

The skies were just perfect this morning, with the lake fairly still it created some great reflective scenes, enjoy.

Light Upon The Waters

Light Upon The Waters

Reflective Highlights

Reflective Highlights

Glass Reflections

Glass Reflections

Mirrored

Mirrored

Divided

Divided

Illuminated Reflection

Illuminated Reflection

Glowing Reflection

Glowing Reflection

This song played on my iPod earlier today, immediately I thought it would sit perfectly with this post.

GLORIOUS by GREY HOLIDAY
I fight the noise to hear the silence
But for a moment feel the breeze
I’ve been lost inside the madness
Of a world that’s run so far away
From where we’re meant to be
Where are You now?

We live among the glorious
And we’ve got to try to see
Give me eyes to see the glorious
The beauty that has always been
Right in front of me

Heaven knows You have done enough
You bent the stars to fit my view
You’re the blanket of unending love
That’s always here to cover us
Like the morning dew
I see You now

I have come to behold You
And I will never be the same
I am reaching out to touch You
So fall on me like rain

We live among the glorious
And we’ve got to try to see
Give me eyes to see the glorious
The beauty that has always been
Right in front of me

We live among the glorious
And we’ve got to try to see
Give me eyes to see the glorious
The beauty that has always been
Right in front of me

Brighter End To A Long Week

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

After some drab and long days this week, Friday provided another great sunrise to end a busy week with, just that little bit of inspiration to make it through another long day before the weekend.

Lighting Up Clouds

Lighting Up Clouds

First Lights

First Lights

Sings Of The Fire

Sings Of The Fire

Molten Skies

Molten Skies

Distant

Distant

Morning Flight

Morning Flight

On The Waters

On The Waters

Alone In The Morning Light

Alone In The Morning Light

Burning Red Sky

Burning Red Sky

BURN FOR YOU by STARFIELD
Can my prayers be heard over all the noise?
Can my life still count, can I have a voice?
Could you use this faith in your master plan,
use these simple words, use these willing hands?

If you can, then here I am

I’ll burn, burn like a fire
I’ll burn, with love and desire
I’ll burn, I’ll burn for you
I’ll burn for you

Can you lead me Lord in the every day?
Teach me discipline, teach me to obey
Can you show me where I can be Your light
as I walk with You, through the trials of life?

If you can, then here I am

I’ll burn, Burn like a fire
I’ll Burn, with love and desire
I’ll Burn, I’ll Burn for You
I’ll Burn, burn like a fire
I’ll Burn, to lift You higher
I’ll Burn, I’ll Burn for You

I wanna feel the fire
I wanna feel the flames
I wanna burn forever
I wanna burn for Your name