More Photography by Mark C Ettinger


My photography is making a renaissance.  I’m starting to do photo exhibits and making  Captioned Inspirational  Photos again after  a ten year hiatus.

I’ve been a photography enthusiast for 35 years and have played the roulette wheel  of the trade: Weddings, kids sports, portraits, freebies, freelance newspaper photos, etc..

You can still view my photography that accompanies my writings on this sight.  To view more of my photos, I’ll be temporarily posting my current collection with a few

existing others at  my old         http://www.Flickr.com/markstoes            until I develop a new photo site (somewhere) – in the next week.

Thanks for checking in.   Peace,  Mark

Golden sun

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Enjoying the ride


 

 

Oh my, I haven’t posted anything since June. Just enjoying the ride.

I’ve thought to myself: If I stop writing, my heart must not be beating.
If I’m not yearning, my heart must not be burning.
Well, I’m not writing and my heart is still beating and I’m not yearning, though my heart is still burning.
There’s a song in my heart, but I’m not singing.
I think my brakes have locked up- I’m not moving – no where to go.
I’m exasperated.. Still, I’m enjoying the ride.. Just thought I’d tell you.

Life is like an obstacle course


 

 


A Father took his struggling child to a grave yard full of tomb stones and pointed to it and said:

“Run through here as fast as you can” The child replied:”I can’t run through there, I may run into one and get hurt.

“So what’s the answer, the Father asked?”
“If I go slow and work my way around them, I’ll be OK.” “Exactly- the Father said.”
“Do you see all of those obstacles in there?”  “The only people on this Earth that don’t have to deal with those, are the ones underneath them.”
Obstacles make you smarter and stronger. Live with them and learn from them.

What part of your house do people see


They drive by a house in their expensive car, gazing at the beauty of  the slate roof, the spotless sandy brick, the paned custom windows and the  red steel door – polished like their car, faced with a brass framed, leaded glass storm door.  They comment  to each other about the wealthy appeal of  the home and keep on driving. Did they see the gutters? No.. Did they even think that without them, there would be water spots and paint stains running all the way down the house and the garden in the front would have a trench from the water that eroded it, from a lack of direction? No..  The least expensive, most ignored part of the house, keeps it looking the best. Some people only notice the best, rather than the source of its preservation. Gutters collect and direct the abundance of rain that gathers at the top,down the spout and out into the world.
We can learn from the gutters, in that we should also pour out the abundance that God pours upon us – out into the world, even when we’re at the top. The effect of  not collecting and directing this abundance poured upon us, will only bring the erosion of our purpose here. Maintaining continuous flow and direction, eliminates clogs and blocks.

Are people only seeing the good parts of your house or the parts of your house that are doing good.  Don’t idolize your parts – utilize them.

Your body (house) is a temple of the living God and from you will pour rivers of living water.      (1 Corinthians 6:19 – 2 Corinthians 6:16 – John 7:38 –  Isaiah 58:11)