Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Want Writing Help?

If you're like me, you've probably looked into a few writing conferences just dreaming...because you knew that it really wouldn't work into your schedule (or budget) to attend one quite yet. Well! A fellow author is putting together an e-conference! That's right... a writing conference that you can attend from your computer!

I will be participating in this conference a day or two. It won't be until March 20-24, but let's get excited already, can't we? :) Find our more details here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Scripture Graphics 23

"The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:7-9
So much in these verses!
- Is my path in uprightness?
- Do I wait, keeping in the way of God's judgments?
- Is my desire to God's Name?
- At night, do I let my thoughts wander or turn them to Christ?
- Do I seek God early? (Early in the day, early in a decision)

Do I put as much effort in *living* Christian as I do in trying to "sound Christian?" God can see through a facade. We may deceive others into thinking we're pleasing God, but He knows our heart and motives.
Do I search God's Word (daily!) for myself to see His standard for fear and honor? Or do I apply rules that man has set because it "sounds good for a Christian to do that?"

This was spoken to Israel, but it also applies to us. We tend to think if God answers "no" or "wait" to our prayers that maybe He didn't hear, or maybe we didn't pray hard enough or use the right words, or He didn't understand our request. But it easily could be that God is waiting because He is being merciful and gracious to us.

Instructions for all people: praise God. Instructions for older generations: make known God's truths. If these two pillars crumble, society will crumble. Which begs the questions: Am I actively praising God? And, even though I'm not a parent, am I making God's truths known to others?

"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour....I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." Isaiah 43:11, 25
What comforting words: "I, even I." Isaiah has several beautiful promises attached to "I, even I." I encourage you to look them up today!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The C Family | Photoshoot

Yep. Another "C" family. ;) And yes, they're also friends. :)

I had a super fun time with a "mini-photoshoot" around Christmas. A family of boys. :) I don't photograph those often, but they were real troopers and I *think* we all had fun! And, of course, an old train depot just added to the whole feel.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paper, Scissors... Cards!

It's that time of the year... The Christmas gifts are moved from around my desk to their respective places and it's time to write thank-you cards.

I know that writing thank-you cards are probably a little old-fashioned for some people, but I really like doing it (to the point of being a little perplexed that I can't send one to my friend overseas due to her location). If you want to read a post about my perspective of writing thank-you notes, I wrote one last year: "Why I Don't Write Thank-You Notes." ;)

Sometimes, I get to feeling a little crafty. Last year, I created a few printable thank-you notes. But this year, with more space (having moved into our new home) and a little more time (since we're not building), I took a few evenings to make some hand-made cards. It was like rediscovering a lost love. I enjoyed it so much! You'll see a decided musical theme for my cards. ;) I'm sorry... I couldn't help it. Music just makes a really good substance for cards -- and, music is so me. :) 

Have you ever made cards? What are your favorite things to use?

Now for the cards (excuse the pictures... I didn't feel like being fancy here and just took snap-shots)...

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