MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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ANOTHER DAY IN THE PARK

PARK BENCH 3Hi, everybody!  Today, I took my first walk in the park in over two weeks.  I’ve missed my walks.  It was so refreshing to be back out there again even though it was a little hotter than usual.  I hope you enjoy some of my photos from today and a couple of weeks ago, including a few of my own plants.

In the third one below, look for the little, star-shaped, black and white insect on one of the leaves on the right.  I was so fascinated by it because I had never before seen anything like it–so fascinated that I got close enough to take this picture–whereas, any other time, I would have hurt myself trying to run from it :).

And finally, the last three are some of my outdoor plants.

Have a wonderful evening!

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

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MAGNOLIA FLOWER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALLA LILY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HYDRANGEAHENS & CHICKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MUSCLE OF WILLPOWER

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MUSCLES (Poor)

I watched part of a very interesting program yesterday on the PBA television channel featuring Dr. Ben Carson where he spoke on the subject of brain health. One of the things he mentioned that caught my attention was that our willpower is stronger when we understand the consequences and effects of our bad actions or conduct.

It’s been said by some that our willpower is very much like a muscle. The more we use or exercise it, the stronger it becomes. On the other hand, if we rarely use it, it will grow weak.

MUSCLES (Exercise)

In my book IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, Darryl loses his willpower to go on after he becomes physically disabled. He has to make some very important decisions in his life–ones that not only affect him but also his wife and child. Everyday we are faced with decisions–some big, some small–but no matter what the scope, at some point in time, we must make them. What, though, determines how we make our decisions?

ISAIH

It’s not always easy to make wise decisions and carry them out. However, it is a process that can be learned which brings us back to exercising or training our senses or perceptive powers to not only discern both right and wrong but also to actually carry out what we should. (Hebrews 5:13 & 14) In doing so, we continually exercise our muscle of willpower, thereby making it stronger and firmer yet flexible to the proper degree when circumstances allow.

MUSCLES (Good)

HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com