Thursday, 03 February 2011
Alright... so, I've been inspired. These past two months have been a very awakening journey, opening up an entire world that I wasn't aware existed. This is a world enveloped by discovery, contentment, adventure... etc. All wrapped up into one itty bitty little package called "single". It took involvement with another to realize that I am called, for such a time as this... to be unattached. Single. Alone. Truthfully, we're never alone... and that is a promise made by the Most High God!
Do you realize that, no matter who you are, you have been called for a specific purpose RIGHT NOW? Not 10 years down the road when you think you have all that you want...
With all of that being said... It's easy to get carried away in "worldly freedom", but the crux of the matter is this: with this new found vigor, I can search and strive to "find myself", or I can run with endurance toward the only One who is and who will always be faithful.
What am I doing with the time I've been given? What are you doing with the time you've been given in this season of your life?
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" -Esther 4:14
Tuesday, 02 November 2010
This blog has found it's way to the back burner these past few weeks... months... okay, okay... this past year. What can I say? Other things have taken the place of updating on a regular basis. "Back in the day", Xanga held a pretty high status in my day to day life. Things change, I guess. :)
Hopefully, if all goes well, I'll begin to post snippets of photo shoots here on the blog. There are so many updates and shoots that I have yet to post, so it may take awhile to get all caught up. The most recent shoot was with Miss Emily Burge and I'll be posting a few previews of that before the week is over.
For now... check out these verses.
"When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand." - Ezekiel 3:18
Do you ever decide not to speak against someone's iniquity for fear of causing offense? When it comes down to it, it's the choice between my desire to "win friends and influence people" and the desire to lift up the name of the Lord and stimulate someone toward reconciliation with Him. Why is there any question? Jesus uses His rod to bring me to a place of dependency and brokenness. The growth and intimacy that come out of that discipline is something I wouldn't trade for the false pleasure that comes from living to gratify the flesh. Why would I not want that for others?
Alright all... for a change in pace, I'm going to upload some pics from a recent shoot. This is Rose...
*For some reason, Xanga is cutting off part of the pictures... sorry about that. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix that??
Monday, 26 July 2010
By Bethany Dillon
see relatedDay is drawing to a close. My eyes are tired from looking at people and computers for the past eight hours, but nothing can overwhelm this complete feeling of gratitude. At a time when I didn't understand and was searching for each and every avenue to connect myself with... my Lord continued to tell me to wait. "Wait for what I have for you. Don't you believe that I am capable of doing more than you can imagine? My love for you outweighs any idea or perception of love that you've held onto in the past. My thoughts for you outnumber the sand. Wait for My timing and I'll take care of you." So... needless to say, I waited. Not patiently, mind you... but I waited. That waiting paid off! He's given me a job that just... fits. Something that only He could orchestrate.
On another note, I thought I'd share with you a few little things I've acquired in the past month. These things were either free, or significantly marked down. Without bargains, I'd have to say my life just wouldn't be as fun.
New wall art that perfectly matches my room decor: Thrift store- $10
Colorful chargers that will soon be turned into plates for decorative rocks and pillar candles: Free.
Worn black chair: found on the side of the road- free. My "hippie bag"- passed on from my aunt
after she bought it at Marshalls, never used it and decided that she didn't have need for it: free. Lovely
CJ Banks winter scarf- passed on from my aunt as well: free.
I just recently found another chair that someone was throwing out... it's perfect for photo shoots and was beckoning to be picked up! I'll post pictures of that later, as well as this year's winter coat that cost... nothing.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
A Diamond in the Rough: The Jennifer Knapp Collection
By Jennifer Knapp
see relatedIn our back yard, the tall cottonwood tree stands and begins to "snow" in the early summer months. There are little piles of pure, soft cotton decorating our two acres. Believe it or not, it's one of my favorite parts about summer.
Couldn't resist putting the pup in here. He loves spending time outside on breezy summer days...
Yep, I did it. You know he looks cute...
Thursday, 27 May 2010
These Friends of Mine
By Rosie Thomas
see related"Remember that your life has been appointed by God’s wise providence. God as much sent Joseph to the drudgery and discipline of the prison as to the glory and responsibility of the palace. Nothing happens to us that is not included in His plan for us, and incidents that seem most tiresome are often designed to give us opportunities to become nobler, stronger characters.
We are called to be faithful in performing our assigned duties. Not brilliance, not success, not notoriety, but the regular, quiet, and careful performance of trivial and common duties. Faithfulness in that which is least is as great an attainment in God’s sight as in the greatest.
Take up your work, then, you who seem to be nobodies, those tireless and faithful servants who draw little attention. Do it with a brave heart, looking up to Him who for many years toiled at the carpenter’s bench. Do everything as in His presence and to win His approval, Look for opportunities to cheer your fellow workers. Do not complain or grumble, but let your heart rise from your toil to God—your maker, Savior and friend.” -F.B Meyer
"For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ." -Gal. 1:10
"...for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God." -John 12:43
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." -Col. 3:23-24
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Everything Is Different
By Shane & Shane
see relatedO Lord, Thy all-discerning eyes
my utmost purpose see;
My deeds, my words, my thoughts arise
alike disclosed to Thee;
My sitting down, my rising up,
broad noon, and deepest night,
my path, my pillow, and my cup,
are open to Thy sight.
Before, behind, I meet Thine eye,
and feel Thy heavy hand;
Such knowledge is for me too high,
to reach or understand:
What of Thy wonders can I know?
What of Thy purpose see?
Where from Thy Spirit shall I go?
Where from Thy presence flee?
If I ascend to heaven on high,
or make my bed in hell;
Or take the morning's wings, and fly
o'er ocean's bounds to dwell;
Or seek, from Thee, a hiding place
amid the gloom of night-
Alike to Thee are time and space,
the darkness and the light.
-John Quincy Adams
"Who is like the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth? He raises the poor from dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap..." Ps. 113:5-7
We serve a Father who although "enthroned on high", bends His ear to our cries, keeps our tears in a bottle, and knows that we are but dust. "He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men." In spite of the fact that I am far beyond unworthy, He pursues me to the point that whether I am in heaven, in Sheol, on the wings of the dawn, or in the remotest part of the earth... He is there. His hand will lead me and His right hand will uphold me. His thoughts of me are "precious" and outnumber the sand. No, I can't attain to the standard of perfection that He requires... but through the blood of Jesus, I can come to the throne of grace with confidence, into the presence of a gracious, powerful Father.
I shared this quote with a dear friend this week, and it seems more than fitting to share it with you here also... because sometimes, while reading His word, it's easy to forget that in the midst of justice and wrath, the Lord is also full of mercy and compassion.
"Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus. Unlike Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, we need not hide all that is ugly and repulsive in us. Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don't have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazin' grace. As we glance up, we are astonished to find the eyes of Jesus open with wonder, deep with understanding, and gentle with compassion." -Brennan Manning
Tuesday, 04 May 2010
"The enemy violently opposes your finding complete satisfaction in Christ alone. He cares not what he uses, whether the world’s pleasures, or the Lord’s blessings, or even ministry. He wants desperately to keep you occupied with anything but the Lord Jesus." - J. White
"This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord." - 1 Cor. 7:35
"No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier." 2 Timothy 2:4
"Among the enemies to devotion none is so harmful as distractions. Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or shifts our life focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us--that is a distraction; and the world is full of them. Our science-based civilization has given us many benefits but it has multiplied our distractions and so taken away far more than it has given.... Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity; let us want fewer things; let us walk in the Spirit; let us fill our minds with the Word of God and our hearts with praise. In that way we can live in peace even in such a distraught world as this. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.'" - A.W Tozer
"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." - 2 Cor. 11:3
Monday, 01 March 2010
"To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He is gracious to us." Psalm 123:1-2
It's as if the Lord is calling with a soft, gentle voice to embark on this infinite journey with Him... a journey that involves much waiting and expectation... a journey that is sustained by the knowledge of His faithfulness.
Everything in my flesh prevents me from taking the strong hand of the Creator and walking by His side. What if the waiting doesn't pay off? What if He doesn't fully understand the "desires of my heart"? What if this course leads only through thorns and valleys?
But, why do I doubt? When I can't walk, You carry me. When my eyes grow dim, YOU are my light. When my heart aches to catch a glimpse of what You're doing, You give me rest and assurance- "I've never failed you. I will never leave you or forsake you. I know the plans I have for you. I AM. I LOVE YOU. Be still and know that I am God."
Friday, 05 February 2010
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
By Jane Austen
see related"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J.B. Priestley
"He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?" -Psalm 147:15-17
It's such a treat to be able to look outside and see the ground covered with a blanket of pure white. Although this isn't the first snow, it's the most we've had this season.
I have yet to take a lot of photos of the snow... I'm waiting for it to be finished, and then let the photos begin. :)
The melting snow on the window...
My warm refuge from the cold... complete with the new Pumpkin Spice candle from my awesome mom... :)
Friday, 29 January 2010
During the past week, I've been trying and trying to figure out the process of watermarking my photos. Perhaps, I was looking for some extravagant way to do that, but after much trial and error, I came up with what you see below. Nothing special, but it means that those images are and will always be mine and mine alone.
Without anything further, here are some freshly "watermarked" photos of our kids in 7th Hour. :)