The Friday Five: Reality, Expression, & a Little Inspiration.

[This blog has since moved to bybethanyjae.com. Head on over to check it out, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised… x]

1. A QUOTE:

“A life in God is never absent of dreams. God designed us to dream because He created us to create. Our dreams are where God paints a picture of a life waiting to be created. It is, in fact, our dreams that energize us to literally go to war against reality and make what only exists in our imagination our future.” -Erwin Raphael McManus

2. A PHOTO BLOG: The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.

See all of the images here. Speechless over how incredible they are.

3. A VIDEO: Sermon On The Mound

4. A POEM: ‘If I Should Have A Daughter’ by Sarah Kay

This video has been on replay over these past few days. Sarah Kay draws you in from beginning to end and you can’t help but leave feeling inspired; she’s one very special lady. Some of my favourite lines from the poem are:

“…there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s swept away.”

“You will put the star in starting over and over / And no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute, be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.”

“Your voice is small, but don’t ever stop singing.”  

Oh and note, the poem goes for the first 3-minutes – after that is her speech followed by another poem. Enjoy!

5. A VERSE: Isaiah Chapter 32, Verse 8

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