Showing posts with label selfie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label selfie. Show all posts


I Love My Family - Coffee & Conversation

There was a big event!

Yes there was a special event for our family and at that event there were many pictures taken but one of the ones I love the best was a selfie which got photobombed.

Yeah in the middle of a very special event 3 of our kids were cramming close together taking a selfie when the fourth one photobombed it and it came out great.

Well that's my family

 Our daughter Linda on the left,
 our son Daniel in the middle
 with his new wife Suzie on the right.

It was actually taken at the reception on their wedding day.

Oh yes the one who photobombed it is our son Jonathan.

It simply could not have turned out better if it had been planned.

When I got my hands on the picture I got it on the iPad and could not resist framing it in an app.

This is the picture of Daniel the boy in our family who at one stage did everything he could to make sure he was not in a photo during some of his teenage years but here he is centre stage.

This is the picture of Linda who when she was very young won a child photo competition and was known for several years as the poser in the family because every time we wanted to take a photo she really posed - she did go on to study Drama at University but then decided to go into Creative Writing.

This is the picture of Jonathan who is like me and so often blinked at just the wrong moment for our photos that we would have to retake them yet now he takes selfies all the time and makes videos of himself teaching church doctrine on You Tube.

And this is the picture of Suzie who had come in to our family in the few years before this event and just fits right in there.

Why did it turn out so well?

I think it was because we were all so happy that day that we all had constant smiles on our faces, natural smiles, so even though they were taking a selfie which means that you are conscious of getting each other in the frame they were just so happy it came over in the picture.

I think it is amazing how Jonathan managed to get in at just the right time and in just the right position when it all happened so quick that they hardly knew what had actually taken place.

I believe that God gives us little special things that can mean more than the big things we think we want.

I look at this picture and I see 4 happy young people who love each other and love God 
and they love Fred & I too - at least that's what they say in the cards they send us 
and on the phone calls and the facetimes.

And of course all of that makes Fred & I very happy too every day 
and not just at that very special event.

I believe that God has given us the ultimate special thing that means more than any of the things we think we want.

I look at this picture above and I see 2 happy older people who love each other and love God 
and what could be more important in life than to know the true love that God has for us that He sent His only Son to make the way for us to come to Him and experience new life eternal and love eternal.

I believe that God has given us family love and is willing to bring us all into the greatest family there could ever be in Heaven if we put our trust and hope in His Son the Lord Jesus. 

Thanks for joining me for one of my "I Love" chats in Coffee & Conversation at Sandra's Ark & please drop by again for other posts.  


Does My Nose Look Big in This? - A Dose of Encouragement

Someone said that 2014 was the year of the selfie.

So what was the greatest selfie?

The Greatest Selfie  -  There is none.

No Seriously  -  Does any selfie ever turn out really well?

They make your nose look enormous.

They put you all out of proportion.

They normally make one head look bigger than another when there are two or more of you.

Now Fred & I may be up to date with a lot of technical things (most people know that we like computers and iPads) but we are not that much into phones.

However in the past year we have taken a few selfies on our phones when we were on holiday in Malta in August (top left & middle left below), waiting for the St. Patrick's Day parade here in Northern Ireland in March (bottom right) and when we were having a walk around a lake near our home in the summertime when we wanted to get the ducks in the background (middle right).

Then I remembered we had taken one the previous Christmas time with our son on a walk around an old castle (bottom left) and over 5 years ago we had taken some when we were on a hot air balloon flight in Belgium (top right)

But in no way would I have thought of any of those as being great photos of us, just ones that make us laugh.

However there are a few different types of selfies within our family that are more unique

Daniel and Linda outside Daniel's old music studio about 7 years ago.

One I took in the mirror in our hallway early last year.

Then there is this one that I took last week on the iPad when Fred & I were chatting on facetime while he was working in Luxembourg.

Selfies are definitely the in thing and that is further proved by all the new poles to hold your phone so that you can have the phone further out to help take a decent selfie, to make sure the camera is not too close to that nose.

And the other factor about the selfie is that we can have the picture right there and then on our phone or iPad, no waiting!

Yes, This is a selfie generation.

Which ultimately leads it to being a selfish generation.

Selfies focus all attention on you.

It is all about you.

Life today is full of 

the ME mentality, 

the NOW mentality 


the MUST HAVE mentality.

Oh Lord that we would be able to look beyond ourselves and have the panoramic picture of what you want for the world and for each of us and not the selfie picture.

If we get drawn into this selfie mentality we are not going to be in the plan of God.

The Bible teaches us to love others, to care for others, to intercede for others but how will we know how to do this if we have this selfie mentality, if we are only focused on ourselves?

Let's focus on God instead because as we do so we will find that we will be more open to the prompting of His Spirit to intercede for others.

Let's focus on God because as we do so we will have more love to extend to others.

Let's focus on God because as we do so we will become more like Jesus and experience His caring nature for others.

I don't want to be in the little group of me, myself and I - do you?

The Bible also teaches us that people will know we are Christians by our Love which will be like Christ's Love.

I am so thankful that Jesus did not have the selfie mentality.