Draw Near

Dear Reader:

How many times did I hear my grandmother remind me to “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you…”? (James 4:8) I think “Nigh” was my first “Biblical” word that I understood to mean near…just from Grandmother’s repeated admonishment to me when I stayed with her.

Now I understand that when we draw “nigh” to any of God’s creations… the closer and nearer we come…the more revealing is His Word  and His miraculous ways.

Anne and I, indirectly, were taught this in the international creativity class we took in Provence….our assignment was to use cameras to learn how to take close-up pictures of life…so they turn from pretty objects (so-so photos) into breathing miracles of life.

Now that I have a garden I see it every day…and depending on my distance from the flowers when I take a picture I can change the whole feel of my garden from a pretty little garden to an amazing display of God at work through nature.

Below are some examples of an okay photo I took (on the left) versus an amazing example of the beauty of life as I grow nigh to God. (The closer one gets while taking a nature picture…the more life we see within it…perhaps a bumblebee or drops or rain…an ant…there is always life within life.)

I could go on and on…but I think you ‘get the picture’….it is faith that draws us closer and closer to God through His creations to see His purpose for us unfold and display the magnificence of His love for us.

So until tomorrow…Let us all ‘draw nigh’ to God through all His creations…the closer we get to each other…the closer we come to God.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

We had a wonderful family birthday party for Rutledge late yesterday afternoon and evening. Walsh and Mollie gave everyone the best present ever with the jump room/water slide rental….the children never left it except to eat pizza and watch Rutledge blow out the candles on his cake…then it was back to the water slide.

Walsh spent as much time in it (with Eloise) than the rest of the children …Walsh is always a kid at heart and Eloise loved the water slide…pointing her finger to do it again and again and again. Throw in some watermelon and dance music and we had a fabulous summer birthday!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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8 Responses to Draw Near

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Wonderful pictures! I love your flowers. They are each a work of art-God’s art,❤️ And the picture of Walsh and the Kidos says it all ! Hope you have a great day!❤️


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love taking close-ups now that I understand the significance of such beauty up close and personal….I found that picture of Walsh and his family around 5:30 as I was flipping through them all one last time before deleting….edited it to get everyone in….and I agree…the best family photo ever! 🙂


  2. Cindy Ashley says:

    That last picture is a keeper! Needs to be framed.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Especially since six years ago it was Father’s Day….when Rutledge arrived….six years later and there is Walsh…Father of three adorable children and having the time of his life…great Father’s Day photo!


  3. bcparkison says:

    One of my blogs talks of a micro lense for pictures. Yours look pretty close.
    How did we ever grow up without jump and water slides?We used awater hose and still had fun.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Kids still love the water hose too…don’t think they will ever outgrow that….but their eyes about popped out of their heads when they saw this huge water slide…and bigger is better with humans too…last picture much more dramatic of Walsh and his family than the farther off small ones….closer shows expressions of being alive.

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  4. Patty Knight says:

    Loved all your pics. They always make me smile!!! Yes, draw nigh is a phrase that I love. Be still and draw nigh both bring such comfort and peace. Love you, Becky. How is Brooke???

    On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM Chapel of Hope Stories wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: How many times did I hear my > grandmother remind me to “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to > you…”? (James 4:8) I think “Nigh” was my first “Biblical” word that I > understood to mean near…just from Grandmother’s repeated admonis” >


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Brooke is having to take a little longer than usual to let everything heal before she starts rehab…she discovered that there was a second tendon that needed work on it when she went back to get her stitches out…so she and her family are going to their mountain cabin in Saluda and hopefully enjoy some cooler weather and take advantage of the delay…giving her time to “be still and draw nigh”…hopefully it will bring her peace and comfort too!” …


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