In July I visited northwest Arkansas and DaySpring headquarters as part of our yearly (in)courage authors’ retreat. A lovely path wound through woods and flower gardens leading from our hotel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, so my camera and I took an early morning walk there the day I left.

Carrying a heavy bag and multiple lenses didn’t sound like much fun, so I limited myself to my macro lens, which still challenges me. When I get it right the results are worth the effort, and even more satisfying because of it. I decided my early morning would be worth it if I walked away with one good shot—just one—and I don’t throw away extra sleep without good reason.

I pray this calendar brightens your September days and reminds you of the One in whose shadow you rest.

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