Shipping Lane

Note My apologies to any of my regular readers1 who were expecting to catch up with Welcome to The Valleys today. It was a three-day weekend in the US and I simply didn’t have the mental energy to sit down and write2. Don’t worry, Jeremy and company will be back tomorrow 3. Living along the…

Interesting little neighbor

For reasons of which I’m not entirely aware, we have an artificial floral arrangement hanging from a hook on our patio1. An enterprising bird has decided this concealed space is perfect for a nest, and has been there for a number of weeks. This is made for an interesting Spring. One Saturday I reached up…

Keeping promises

Today I’m preaching on the “Song of the Sea1.” It’s an important song of victory, as it’s theology helps create the ethos of Ancient Israel. It reiterates the delusions humans make of their own power using Pharaoh’s voice. It highlights the LORD’s immense power over all things – even to the point of causing the…

Getting the scoop

The daughter of our Brazilian pastor got a camera for her birthday and wanted some tips on how to use it. So the “shutter hubbies” took her down to Palmyra Nature Cove for a brief photo walk and tutorial. Pastor Ronnie came along as well, and we had a great time. Today we remained on…

Slow down

We live in a culture which loves to be always on the move. In fact, we tend to rate our value on how “productive” we are. If we write so many thousands of words, get to as many functions as possible, make “x” dozens of cookies before 8AM, or stencil the garden fence1 we can…

Sparkling Water

A busy day today, and busy night last night. As I did some of my “pastoral rounds,” however, I decided to bring my camera along. It’s a bit hazy today, but Lightroom’s dehaze feature did a very nice job clearing things up. I brought down the luminance of the water a bit, and brought up the…