Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NAMETAG EXPEDITION

For several weeks, I have been reviewing photographs I have taken, trying to find a suitable visual aid for one of my First Place 4 Health memory verses.  After praying for ideas several times, the word "Nametags" scrolled across the screen in my mind.  It started me thinking about all the nametags I had worn on my various expeditions the last several years.  The one foremost in my memory, during the Winter Olympics now in progress in Russia,was the nametag I had for my trip to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver four years ago.  There are blogs about those experiences in my archives, for March 1 and March 4, 2010.
The nametag I had for a Travel Trade Show called "Go West Summit" is a reminder of the blogs that I wrote dated February 18, 20, 27, of 2012.

Being a part of the Media for the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore provided material for blogs published June 22, 24, and 28 of 2012.
One of the most unique nametags I had was for the Teacher Conservation Tour, sponsored by Project Learning Tree, and the Arkansas Forestry Foundation.  It was made from a "tree cookie", which is an actual slice of wood.  That experience provided information for blogs published on June 28, 2013.

Attending the Bienvenue Quebec Travel Trade Show provided material and photos for blogs published November 14 and 15, 2010 ; plus March 22, 2011.

The nametag pouch for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman event I attended was extremely useful, and the experience provided blog information for a September 3, 2011 article.
A tour sponsored by the Lake County, Illinois CVB gave me material to publish articles on my blog on October 12, 2010.

Likewise, when the Grapevine, Texas CVB led a tour to their annual Grapefest, I had material to publish articles and photos on September 24, 25, and 29 of 2009.

My Road Scholar nametags gave me tons of photographs and experiences that I wanted to share.  I wrote about my adventures in Sedona, Arizona, in articles published April 30, May 3,4,7,8 of 2013.  The hiking adventures in Illinois were published on October 13, 26, 27, 27, 28,29 of 2013. 

Traveling with Diamond Tours to two popular tourist destinations was a delightful experience as well.  I wrote about the Nashville show trip on September 21, 2010 and January 5, 2013.  The Smokey Mountain trip provided information for an article published October 7, 2011.

Having the privilege of wearing the nametag of a volunteer with the Arkansas State Parks enabled me to tell about some of the volunteer opportunities at state parks, in a blog published June 20, 2013.

Another great volunteer organization that has been a blessing to be a part of, is the Arkansas Master Naturalist organization.  You can learn more about their projects in my blog dated May 1, 2010.

It was fun wearing the nametag saying I was "Warren Buffet's Partner", and I wrote about my experience attending a Berkshire-Hathaway Stockholders Meeting, published on September 8, 2008.

By far, the nametag that has had the most profound effect on my life, is the one I wear as a participant in a program called "First Place 4 Health" (www.FirstPlace4Health.com ).  The reason for its significance is because it has caused me to study God's word, and to work at committing it to memory---which brings me back to why I started this particular blog post in the beginning!  Here is the verse I am working on memorizing:  "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."  Psalm 9:10 .  I challenge anyone reading this to give some creative thought on what kind of image they would use to illustrate this verse!  (Maybe then, you will have some empathy for the difficulty I had coming up with an illustration!)  Another First Place 4 Health alum, Esther Hunter, has come up with some extremely creative ways to show and tell about the names of God.  You can see photos of them on her blog,   www.namesofgodonrocks.blogspot.com/

After seeing photos of the various nametags I have worn, maybe you will know my name, and trust that I will keep writing about my expeditions (from the viewpoint of a member of the "baby boomer" generation), and (based on the will of the Lord, my "CyberShepherd") will not forsake those of you who might seek out my blog!  FYI, the "nametag" for First Place 4 Health is based on the word "first" in Matthew 6:33, and  I know that if I keep applying this verse to how I live, it will give me "MILES OF SMILES"!  Tricia