Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
I tend to think of serving God in terms of grand, heroic acts -- but serving Him daily, in all the everday and trivial events of my life, actually requires far more discipline and commitment. Something as ordinary as doing the laundry or cleaning a bathroom can lead my heart to God, so long as I offer everything I do up to Him.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Momentous moment when small form
First feels life in itself.
When new eyes open wide
On an old, old world.
When tiny hands handle air;
Touch tenderness and love.
When ears first wake to sound
And silent lips find voice and food.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
but it will fan a stronger flame into a still greater blaze.
"That you may [be] blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine as lights in the world."
Monday, September 18, 2006
God might not work by your clock. He works in His time and even though it would seem He does nothing, He is either testing us or waiting for the perfect time to intervene so you will realize it was not you who did it, it was your Heavenly Father who let you do it.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Sorry I haven't blogged for a few days...I've been busy sorting through the 800+ pictures I took last weekend. But I thought I'd post this one for fun --
This photo begs for a caption -- ideas, anyone?!
Monday, September 11, 2006
How beautiful the feet that walked the long dusty roads
How beautiful the radiant Bride
who waits for her Groom with his light in her eyes.
How beautiful the humble hearts give
How beautiful the feet that bring
the sound of good news and the love of the King.
How beautiful the hands that serve
the wine and the bread and the sons of the earth.
How beautiful is the body of Christ.
Many thanks to Ragnar and Angela for giving me permission to post these for you to enjoy after they viewed them yesterday.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Praise the Lord!
And thank you, thank you, thank you!
What an encouragement it was to know you all were praying -- thank you again so-o-o-o much. It was an incredibly huge day, yet the Lord answered so many prayers. I can't list everything tonight as I am going to hit the hay shortly, but I just wanted to let you know that God did exceedingly above what I had ever thought.
I'm posting one picture, just to wet your appetite...I'll hopefully post some more next week. In the meantime, sleep well and have a blessed Lord's day tomorrow!
Friday, September 08, 2006
This weekend I will be photographing my first wedding. Truth to be told, I'm a little nervous! But God has already answered so-o-o-o many prayers.
To share a quick testimony of the Lord's goodness just yesterday --
Last month I noticed in a couple of my pictures a little 'fuzz' line. I thought it was a piece of dust, and didn't think much of it. This week it appeared again, only much more noticeable, especially when taking pictures with white somewhere in them (not a good thing when photographing a wedding!) I cleaned the lens, and tried to carefully air blow the inside of my camera.
All to no avail.
Panic started setting in. Ahhh -- was something scratched?! I've heard horror stories of how hard and expensive that kind of damage is to repair. I tried cleaning everything again, took some more pictures...and it always showed up, the same place in every picture. By now I was almost frantic! Not only do I have a wedding coming up, but this is my good (and only) camera! Questions like "what now?" and "I have 24 hours to figure something out?!" started surfacing.
I prayed and cried out to the Lord, then mentioned to Mom that something was wrong. She called a photography store in Lincoln, (the only photography store in Lincoln) and we headed in. We weren't sure exactly where it was, so when we were in the general vicinity, we stopped at a gas station to ask where it was.
"The Photo store?! You can walk there from here!" the man at the desk told us. (Should I be surprised?! He is faithful -- all the time!)
We walked into the camera store, mentioning that we had called in earlier. The man looked at my camera, messed with some settings, blew the inside out, took a picture to check it, and -- it was fixed! Totally completely clear! No little black smudge appeared on the pictures anymore!
Panic turned into praises.
Isn't my God good?!
And now the wedding is tomorrow. If you think of me, I'd appreciate prayer:
-for clarity and peace of mind
-wisdom with lighting and technical details
-catch the moment, the emotions, the details
-Ragnar and Angela blessed
-above all, that God is glorified
My sister, Rachel, is also doing all the piano music, and would appreciate prayers as well.
Thank you all so much, and may God bless you richly!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
As I was catching up in my journal, I noticed my little six year old sister busy writing and coloring.
"Who is your card for Alaythia?"
"My best friend," she replied.
"Your best friend?! And who is your best friend?" I asked.
And with a little imp-ish grin she replied, "I'm not tellin'."
Tonight as I prepared for bed, I noticed something new pinned on the bulliten board in our room:
In our family (and especially with our grandparents) we have this thing of saying "I love you," and "I love you bigger."
I love you many biggers, too, Alaythia!
Friday, September 01, 2006
Well, kind of.
For today, anyway. If you've been keeping up with our family blog at all, life has been busy! Yet in the midst of the "busy-ness," what a wonderful thing it is to always find peace and rest in fellowship with my Heavenly Father.