To the Point: Discouragement

"The seeds of discouragement cannot grow in a thankful heart" quote by Wilma Shipley


As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

~Luke 8:15


Sunny Summer Drive in the Country

My daughter drove me around on a fun photo shoot one sunny summer morning this week, and I thought you might enjoy coming along with us…

chip-sealed country road curving into the woods on a sunny summer day

old, white farmhouse in a field with a cedar-post fence in front

Near this farmhouse, we spotted a tree wearing clothes.  Yes, you read that right.  Soon I hope to share the story of this tree and the farmer who stopped to talk to me while I was photographing it.

macro photo of sharp points on a barbed-wire fence

gravel road lined with mailboxes bending over three hills

A few hills were so steep, I wondered if our poor car would make it to the top.

a crooked tree in dappled sunlight in the woods

I climbed up a ditch bank to take this photo (and the one below). When I returned to the car, my daughter informed me that three deer leaped across the gravel road not far past me. Ooo, missed opportunity! I never even knew they were there!

macro photo of small weeds in the woods

dead tree in field, surrounded by dragonflies

This tree is the reason we went on this journey.  We saw it on a previous drive and wanted to come back when the lighting was better.  If you’re seeing spots, it’s not your imagination — the air was thick with dragonflies!

dead tree on hill above green field on a sunny summer day

I couldn’t decide which angle was best on the last two photos.  Which do you prefer, the ground-eye view or shooting from regular height?

It was so pleasant to ride around, documenting our Creator’s beautiful works.  We also stopped at a small lake and met two very photogenic ducks, but I’ll save those photos for another time.  Thanks for reading this post; I hope it brightened your day!

SCRIPTURE -- Ecclesiastes 3:11 written on the photo of a butterfly on a milkweed flower

This photo is from my garden. If you like images with bible verses, please check out the “SCRIPTURE” page which is full of photos you can use and share.


A Year of Cheer!

Proverbs 17:22 written in gold letters on a photo of a rainbow, Merry Hearts Medicine

Today is an anniversary of sorts because this Merry Hearts Medicine blog began with a spark of laughter on January 8th, 2014.  I am amazed (and almost a little frightened) at how fast time seems to zip by these days.  A year?  Wow…

Friends and family have read my work at times and been very encouraging to me.  Also, a few fellow WordPress bloggers have contributed comments and “likes” to my site for many months.  Thanks for your encouragement, as well!

What started out as “Blog?  What is a blog?” has grown into a fun hobby and a great way to reach out and connect with others.  I’ve enjoyed hearing the thoughts and perspectives of people in countries all around the globe.  As a bonus, I’ve picked up skills in web design, photo editing, and HTML coding.

Along the way, I added a few recurring features to this site, such as

  • Links to Joy” — posts to help us appreciate our blessings and increase our thankfulness
  • Roadblocks to Joy” — posts highlighting obstacles that may be diminishing the level of joy in our lives
  • To the Point” — very brief posts that highlight an important thought (There aren’t many of these because I am too wordy!  Lol)
  • Moments of Joy” — a post at the end of each month, highlighting an especially funny our touching experience that occurred during that month
  • And last, but not least, my developing interest in photography has led to a series of posts called “Macro Mysteries.”  These are set up as guessing games to see who can identify the objects in close-up images I’ve captured.  Though people don’t always participate, these posts have still been great fun for me.

I share my thoughts and photos for the sheer enjoyment of it, and more importantly, to increase the joy and blessings in others’ lives.  I’m not trying to win a popularity contest or grow a throng of thousands of followers, as awesome as that would be.  I decided that even if only one person is blessed by my blog, then it is worth the time and effort I’ve put in.

Feel free to stick around and peruse the site, if you have the time.  I hope it will brighten your day in a meaningful way!  If you are interested in the Bible and/or photography, you might enjoy the pages I’ve added called “SCRIPTURE” and “Favorite Photos.”

Also, before you go, I’d love it if you’d stop by my page called “Reasons to Smile” and leave a comment.  The page is a collection of things for which people are thankful.  I’m hoping the list will grow long and the page will be a place where people can come to get a pick-me-up by thinking about the blessings in their lives.

Thanks for reading!

Merry Hearts Medicine watermark.