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Pamela Manners

Jesus lover. Prayer Warrior. Wife, mom, skywatcher, rainbow chaser, photographer, cancer survivor. Like my java light, my chocolate dark.

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Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. Unlike the overly stressful, super competitive & frantic prep & shopping marathons that have become part & parcel of the days leading up to the commercialized Christmas season, Advent ushers in, with a sacred hush, a peacefulness & a serenity, inviting us to slow down. Calling us to be intentional about looking deep within our hearts to once again, make room for Jesus, asking ourselves questions like: •What spiritual junk have I been hoarding all year? •What raggedy attitudes have I allowed to accumulate? •What sins have I refused to acknowledge & own, but instead, kept stuffed & hidden away in the dark corners of my soul? •What all FINALLY needs to go into the trash bin this year? Deep thoughts, these. But necessary. So no, Advent isn’t a countdown to Santa Claus’s arrival on Christmas Eve, but a time to wait as we ready ourselves & prepare our hearts for the joyful arrival of a very special infant Who would grow up to change & save our world. Savior. Messiah. King of Kings. LORD of Lords. Prince of peace. The long awaited, precious gift of Love, coming down to us. Divine grace, swaddled in dirty cloths, gift wrapped in human flesh. Jesus — the reason for it all. #advent #Jesus #preparehimroom #comingking #waiting #beready #Immanuel #Godwithus

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You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run." — St. Augustine #qotd #saintaugustine #prayer #saintlove #onfire #return #repent #God #love

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‘For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:6-7, NASB #votd #scripture #God #morningmeditation #morninginspiration #fearless #gift #giftofGod #spirit #autumnleaves #iphonephotography #prayergarden #latergram

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‘The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.’ ~ Author unknown #letgo #surrender #qotd #firstlight #fall #autumnleaves #autumnal #nofilterneeded #nofilter #beautiful #treesandsky #shine #iphonephotography #njphotographer at Deutzville, New Jersey

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While being on our knees may appear to be a weak, submissive posture, in reality, it is NOT. Because praying isn't passive. Prayer is one of the best weapons we have in our arsenal when waging war against the enemy. ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions & praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come & settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.’ ~ Philippians 4:6-7, The Message at Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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The world is full of love that goes unspoken It doesn't mean that it's felt less deeply Or that separation leaves a cleaner wound. Its beauty and its pain are in its silence ~ Jennifer Worth #love #qotd #rose #petals #beauty #pink #flowers #flowerstagram #floralphotography #floral #iphonephotography #iphonephoto #njphotographer

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'A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds.' ~ St. Teresa of Avila #prayer #stteresaofavila #saintlove #nobounds #soar #qotd #lookup #pray #skyview #aerialphotography #njphotographer

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"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you." — St. Thomas Aquinas #saturday #morningmotivation #God #qotd #saintlove #wisdomfortheday #faithandflorals #waterlily #waterlilypond #flowersofinstagram #instaflowers #millhillgardentour #beautifulthings #latergram #iphonephotography #njphotography #njphotographer #clarendon

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'Let nothing, O Lord, disturb the silence of this night. Let nothing make me afraid. For You are with me, and I am with you. Let me not be shy in Your presence. Rather, let me speak with You in confidence, trust and love. However undeserving I am, I humbly ask You to fill this night with the gifts of Your love; with the gift of Yourself. For if I have You, God, I will want for nothing. You alone suffice.' ~taken from 'Let Nothing Disturb You: A Journey to the Center of the Soul with Teresa of Avila' #evening #devotional #qotd #teresaofavila #mystic #God #love #silence #contemplative #benotafraid #silhouette #sufficient #blackandwhitephotography #iphonephotography #njphotographer #latergram

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Sept. 11, 2001. I remember this day's tragic, frightening events all too well. So much heartache & loss. The girl whose mom ran my kids' daycare up the street: she lost her best friend. A coworker across the hall from my office: he lost his daughter. My son's teacher, who is also a friend of mine: she lost her good friend & neighbor, who was one of the pilots of the plane that crashed in PA. My neighbors' daughter made it out alive, but turned to look back at her building (one of the Twin Towers) & saw many of her coworkers leaping from windows to their death. She has never been the same vivacious & carefree young woman since. How COULD she be? I also remember the days & weeks afterwards, when churches were filled to overflowing with those looking for answers, hope & consolation; when love & unity were prevelant among us all. We looked anyone & everyone right in the eye, holding conversations with total strangers we saw passing us on the street, in grocery stores, on elevators, as if we'd known them all our lives. Fast forward to 2018. Like the old Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway tune asks: "Where is the love?" Where is it now? Every year, as 9/11 approaches, we say, "Never forget." But we have. Oh, not the horrific happenings of that day. Those we remember. But we've forgotten things like love of God & country. Respect for authority, leadership, & for one another. And so sadly, we have forgotten the love, unity & compassion that was practically a tangible entity we witnessed thriving among us afterwards. 💔 #september11 #911 #inmemoriam #thereishope #rip #twinlights #tributeinlight #libertystatepark #mercercountypark #911memorial #grandoldflag #loveoneanother

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When you spend YEARS giving what you considered your best, doing what you believed to be the all the right things, & having people whom you admired & respected tell you as much, only to see with your own eyes, & be handed concrete evidence that all of it SEEMS for naught, that everything you did & said, out of LOVE, didn't stick, but just slipped away like eggs off a Teflon pan...well, it's devastating & heartbreaking, to say the least. However, I used the word 'seems' here, because I can only see what I see in the here & now. I am not God, Who sees & KNOWS our beginning, our end, & everything in the middle. He is well aware of what's up ahead on each of our timelines. He knows what's waiting for us, just around the corner, so to speak. So He's not surprised, worrying, or fretting about the things that we worry, fret & often weep over. Because we're flawed human beings, with finite minds. The gift (and yes, it IS a gift) of free will that our Father has bestowed upon us, we too often use poorly, foolishly, wastefully. 🙋🏻 But be encouraged. Take heart. While there will be those in our lives who will mistreat us, disappoint us, & outright reject us, the Lord God NEVER will. It's a promise He gives to us over & over in His Word. He IS our Rock, our Redeemer, our Refuge, our Strength, our Salvation. Let me tell you, it took me a mighty LONG TIME, hard headed & hard hearted woman that I've been, to get to that place of understanding of just Who Jesus is to me & from what exactly Jesus saved me. I'm blessed & fortunate to be alive, despite the many seriously stupid & life altering & threatening choices I selfishly made that took me down dark paths from which, without His constant, loving pursuit & divine intervention, I probably wouldn't have returned. He's REAL, folks. So...return to Him if you've turned away. He won't shame you, make you feel like crap, won't hold your sins, mistakes & flaws over your head til the day you die, like some people do. If you don't know the Lord, but want to, or think He's just some nice guy/teacher/prophet, or just some fairy tale main character in a long-winded, boring book, DM me. (See more in comments)

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'To live without hope is to cease to live.' ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky #thereishope #word #qotd #dontgiveup #presson #hope

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'There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.' ~ 1 John 4:18 You can't force or frighten people into sincerely surrendering their lives to Christ. Love is the key; the driving force; the dealbreaker; the #heart render #love #bethelove #loveisallyouneed #preach #votd #scripture #nofear #loveneverfails #jesussaves #iphonephotography #njphotographer #sunset #delawareriver #latergram #nofilter at Delaware River

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