105 ~ Bonneville, Washington
Jennifer Lynn Joy © 2016
Luke 6:38, NASB, “Give,
and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed
down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will
be measured to you in return.”
09.24.2016 – Saturday - The day before a friend called wanting to
know if I had time for her to photograph the Worship Flags. Of course, I said, “Yes!” while
waiting for the details to become known.
I arose this
morning at 4:00 AM to pray. Then my friend called at 7:00 AM and found a place
for us to meet in Bonneville, Washington. The Bonneville Hot Springs Resort
(now a rehab facility) near the Columbia River, near the Bridge of the Gods and
Cascade Locks, which is a place I have prayed and poured oil before. It is not a
surprise to me that the Holy Spirit is directing my path once again to the
Columbia River. I prepared salt, wine, and oil for the Columbia River again
I met Karrie about
3:00 PM, we checked-in, took a tour of the facility, changed rooms, and went to
an early dinner of lamb, fresh vegetables, and all the embellishments one could
As we were walking
to the vehicles to unload, she said with urgency, “Get the flags, the light is perfect!” I
did not begin to understand the concept of “perfect light” to a trained photographer. We were
blessed with about 15 minutes of “perfect light – daylight” to shoot photos.
The Holy Spirit clearly had gone before us, prepared the place, prepared the
background of natural green forest and a natural pond of water in addition to
preparing the perfect light. Even the grass had been recently mowed which
helped with the movement of the flags. Not exactly like a dance floor but very close.
uploaded the photos and went to spend time in the outside soaking tub with
mineral water, while I answered emails and unpacked.
09.25.2016 – Sunday - Sunday was a very casual day of rest and
relaxation at the Spa. After sharing breakfast in the great room by the fire place,
we worked on editing photos from the night before. Any professional
photographer knows the hours this takes.
Then we moved outside into the glorious early fall sunlight and ate lunch. The Spa is just beautiful with
waterfalls, foliage, light, peace, green plants, flowering plants, sculptures,
and majestic trees.
We decided to stay
a second night to be able to complete the photo shoot. And sometimes that means
waiting for the "perfect light."
Staying a second
night meant moving rooms as the person at the front desk lacked all forms of
diplomacy and could not realize that it was easier to change the room of the person who had not
yet checked in than to move us to a new room. Gratefully, Karrie handled all
of this…confrontation and diplomacy are her gifts.
The afternoon held
massages with essential oils, then the lighting became perfect once again, and she shot 1400 photos for 3-plus hours. There was no wind, no rain, no
mosquitoes. Only GOD!
While the photos
were uploading, we shared dinner/communion again. Another lovely evening with exquisite
cuisine. We edited photos after dinner until early morning.
09.26.2016 – Monday – I arose early and went downstairs to the
Coffee Bar to wait for it to open…nothing quite like a coconut milk hot
chocolate to begin one’s day. Karrie drinks much stronger stuff…straight
coffee. A few years ago, when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis I alleviated
all highly caffeinated drinks from my life.
Then I returned
upstairs to the room and Karrie was up working on editing photos. It truly
takes hours upon hours. We shared breakfast in the downstairs great room once again by the
fire place and finished editing about 10:00 AM.
We went into
Portland for shopping at antique stores for a few hours and then shared dinner
at restaurant with an outdoor patio in downtown Portland. Then we drove to Multnomah Falls, one of my
“GOD” places. A place that I absolutely love to visit. The sound of the waterfall
is just like the waterfalls in heaven. Beyond powerful. Beyond Extravagant. Karrie
walked up to the first Bridge, my feet simply could not navigate the trail so I
waited at the first level. My hope is to someday have feet that will climb that
09.27.2016 – Tuesday – Arising early, I repacked the flags and
then we reviewed the photos one last time. Although the Worship Flag Project
was not completed we had made great headway. Obviously, without Karrie’s professional
photography skills and training none of this would have been possible. And her willingness
to provide a place and a time for the photos to be taken. All GLORY to YESHUA!
We then headed to
the Columbia River to pour out the oil, salt, and wine that I had prepared.
Gratefully, Karrie could climb down the steep hill to the river’s edge. We
poured oil and prayed blessings near the Native America Fishing places. Then returning to the Spa to pack and load the vehicles. Departing about 9:30 AM, I arrived home at 1:30 PM with many things on my to-do list
as I was leaving in just a few hours to fly to Tennessee.
Yours for YESHUA, OUR
Jennifer Lynn Easton Joy, M.Div., Ordained Minister
©JENNIFER LYNN EASTON JOY