Dapper Fellow :]

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“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalm 119:9

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Summer Sweetness ❤

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joel!!!

Dear Joel,

Seeing today is your BIRTHDAY I am making it my goal NOT to embarrass you in this post. :D  And seeing I am thoughtful like that, I definitely won’t bring up your ability to make an exquisite cup of coffee/latte & these outrageously delicious triple chocolate cookies! I will refrain from telling how you just happen to be an extreme outdoors man & pretty experienced in the fishing/hunting realm[camo is definitely your color!;)] I will leave out the fact you have so valiantly protected me from the ravenous squirrels that conspire to do me harm during my morning walk[let's just say he has a few recipes for squirrel soup he would be willing to share if y'all are interested ;]! ;D I would love to mention how you eat ghost pepper salsa without breaking a sweat, your always ready and willing to lend a hand where its needed, and  that your constantly thinking about the needs of those around you before yourself, showing yourself chivalrous beyond measure… but I will refrain! ;) Plus, on top of all that, you are a budding[would you call a guy "a budding"?? ] photographer and make a fantastic second-shooter at weddings! :D And I will leave out that part about taking applications for future-sister-in-laws… though I always welcome applications and do request a small donation be made upon applying. ;]  So, since I am trying my hardest not to cause you to turn 15 shades of red from embarrassment , I will just wish my sweetest, handsomest, hardest working 15 year-old brother a tremendously HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :) Blessed constantly by you. So thankful your my brother and IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY. May the Lord richly bless you today and all the days of your life!  :)

Much love,
Rachel
P.S. watch out, insanity is contagious! ;)

May you have hunter’s luck
to shoot a mighty eight point buck
when luck like this is in the bag
You’ll have reason then to brag ;)

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper….”
Psalm 1

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The glory of man as the flower….

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Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
1 Peter 1:23-25

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Life Abundant || Birthday Recap :)

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10

Well, not only have I been blessed with that abundant life given through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God has also so graciously blessed me with family and friends who go out of their way to constantly bless & encourage me. And just when I think I couldn’t be any more humbled by the kindness of those God has put in my life, my birthday comes and I am showered with birthday blessings. I am so extremely humbled by the goodness of God. Thank you all for each blog comment, email, & card that made my birthday all the more beautifully fantastic! To my family who poured tons of energy into making my birthday extra-special, it truly was the best yet! God is so good and I am soooo thankful for each and every one of you. :) And here I am, 25 years-old[or 25-years-young depending on your age! ;] The Lord has tremendously blessed me and I am thankful for this abundant life He has given me through salvation. His grace is sufficient and mercy is unending! Though I know not what the future holds I do know WHO holds my future. Whether storms or sunshine are ahead, trials, tribulation, or ease, THE LORD REIGNS[Ps 97:1] and HE is faithful[Lam 3:23]! My prayer for myself this next year comes from my favorite hymn, “let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine” and that my life would sing His praise constantly. For the young ladies who may stumble across my little spot on the web, I want to encourage you all to continue seeking the Lord diligently[Heb 11:6] and trusting HIM with ALL your heart[Prov 3:5-6]. Keep your gaze upon the Lord and His Word and don’t take it off[Heb 12:2]! (:  I look forward what the Lord has in store in the days to come and sharing bits and pieces of it with y’all via my blog, Lord willing! :)

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8

Well, how about a birthday recap plus randomness from my week in pictures? :) And it really can’t be called a birthday  as I’m just now finish left-over birthday cupcakes and still very much enjoying all the blessings from the day. So I like to refer to it as my :birthday-week:! ;) I enjoyed a delicious frappe and thrift-store shopping in the morning and then my sisters and mom made dinner for me. Afterward a walk was enjoyed then presents & cupcakes were consumed. Besides that, the little people continually presented me with “early” birthday surprises all week long. Abel drew me a picture of me and my “future husband”[thanks Abel ;], Bekah made me the cutest card, and Ruth presented me with a lovely lovely drawing!! Micah remembered my weakness for fresh fruit and bought me an entire bag of oranges and peaches! :-D Lots of delicious food & fun. So, how about randomness from my week via the camera and iphone? :) Hover from descriptions and enjoy!

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They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:23-24

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*;-_* Cue Confetti *;-_*| 25th

*Ahem* *clears throat* *tap-tap* is this thing on? Oh, yes, it is……. Well, hello everyone!  I don’t know if you are as excited about this day as I am!!!  In case you don’t know, July 16th is the one day of the year that I (Grace!) am allowed to hack Rachel’s blog and write whatever I want. *sinister glance to the right and left*  But there’s something else about this day that’s really special… can’t — quite —- put my finger on it —- …..oh! that’s right!!!!! … it’s also…

RACHEL’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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Rachel.  Where does one begin?  The facts about Rachel could trail into a list of infinity-long, but I’ll share a few of my favorites:

  • She can whip out a dinner for 13 in under an hour – and does so pretty much every night.
  • She invents recipes – one of my personal favorites is her Eggnog Cupcake recipe… let’s just say these cupcakes are so moist and delicious that sometimes — just maybe — I have dreams about them — or at least day dreams — because only people with problems dream about food in their sleep — *ahem* moving on!
  • She does the aforementioned with patience enough to let her 2 and 5 year old sisters bake alongside her and learn the tricks of her trade.
  • She is a mind reader.  I’m not kidding.  It’s a little scary sometimes.
  • She is small, but really, really strong.  When we moved to Texas two years ago, she was in charge of driving one of the 40 foot UHAUL trucks that accompanied our caravan.  She made it all 1,100 miles without any fender benders, traffic citations, injuries, or even road kill! (I think God’s grace had a lot everything to do with it.)
  • She can’t sew.  Which is why she made her baby sister this really adorable kitty apron.
  • Craft stores give her a headache.  Which is why she has a trunk full of fabric for special projects.
  • {As indicated by the two aforementioned} Sometimes she doesn’t tell the truth.
  • She’s happy, and makes other people really happy (re: Eggnog Cupcakes).
  • She shoots raw… and makes it look easy.  I personally prefer the mountain, or tulip setting.
  • She’s honest – ask her for her opinion when your ready for the truth, and you’ll get it ;).
  • She is really cute.
  • She is 25 today.
  • I could go on, but I’m done for now.

Rachel, I really hope your day – and the rest of your life – is wonderful; and because of the Lord I know it WILL be.  I pray that He will continue to give you the grace to praise HIS name – regardless of feelings, failures, or circumstance.  Happy, HaPpY, HAPPY Birthday!!!!!!

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“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”

Zechariah 13:8-9

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Kate + Nate = married ♡ || Preview

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Mark 10:6-9

Saturday I was blessed with the privilege to be the photographer for a sweet couple’s wedding day! Both the families and the entire wedding party made my job simply enjoyable and their kindness will never be forgotten. From the dresses to the flowers to cake & reception food, every detail was so beautifully planned and presented. The ceremony was graced with hymns, a salvation message, and rejoicing as Katelyn & Nathaniel  joined together and became one!  It was truly a God glorifying day overflowing with beauty and I am thankful & blessed to have been a part of it. I still have quite a few photographs to sort through but I couldn’t help but share just a few my favorites from the day! :)

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“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
Isaiah 61:10

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Brotherly Love ❤ :)

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“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”
Romans 12:10-12

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31 years! || Happy Anniversary

31 years ago these two tied the knot! So thankful to the Lord for preserving their marriage these 31 years and all the blessings that have come from it. Annnnd since they never had an official “get-away” car 31 years ago and they were headed out for  their “staycation-honey-moon-day-out” early this morning, we decided to take it upon ourselves to give them one… even added a little rice throw for the exit. ;)

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Psalms 126:3

31 years and, yep, still married! :) Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad! 

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Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
Proverbs 5:18

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Happy Birthday to my Colorado Cowboy :)

Y’all, this handsome fella turns 11 years old today! Nathanael is the guy who has perfected bird calls, can make a pretty dangerously delicious quesadilla[dangerous because it's not known as the healthiest ;], can folk dance better than any other, is always up ready to face the day with a smile and looking dapper, and the first one out to take care of the chicken in the morning! His take charge go-gettem’ attitude & overly-contagious smile add a huge spark of energy to my day and his perseverance & work ethic inspire me! I will always remember his motto, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”! He is in every way a joy to be around. (:

“Why Colorado cowboy?!” you might ask! :) Well, ’cause Nathanael has always dreamed of one day riding off to the mountains of Colorado, building a snug cabin, living off the land, and perhaps lassoing himself a little lady who enjoys steak as much as he does ;) then raising a dozen or so cow-kids. ;) Whether or not he finds his way to the rugged mountains of Colorado, only God knows but today I am very thankful he is here with me… and it’s HIS birthday! To my Colorado Cowboy with the world’s best smile, happy Birthday! Blessed to have you as my brother. :)

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jeremiah 17:7

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” The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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Independence Day: A call for God’s people to pray!

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Proverbs 14:34


We, as a nation, murder{sacrifice} 9 children every 4 minutes by abortion (Psalm 106:37-38), we openly embrace fornication & homosexuality (Jude 1:7), we call evil good & good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Our nation will face judgement for it’s bloodshed & idolatry (“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7). Please dedicate time today to earnestly pray for our nation. For true repentance and God’s mercy on our country!


“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Matthew 23:12

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.-2 Chronicles 7:14

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Teach me to do Thy will…

Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

Psalms 143:10

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“He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.”
Psalm 147:15

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Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

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That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 6:18-20

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Take time to smell the flowers :]

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“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28-29

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Dashing ;)

Can’t help myself, a few more. :D Dashing, isn’t he?!! So what do you say, does the mustache suit him? ;)

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Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 1:1-2

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I will run || A Random Post :)

I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.”
Psalm 119:32-33

My verse  of the week has been Psalm 119:32! It instantly reminds Hebrews 12:1-2 which then reminds me of 2 Cor 9:24! :) Today I want to encourage you all to keep on running this race with endurance, laying aside the weight and sin, and don’t take your eyes off Jesus!! Sometimes running hurts[or is it just me?! ;] and often times it feels gravity(or in the spiritual realm -the world- :) is against you[which it is ;] but remember Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”! Continue to take in His Word which will guide you[Ps 32:8], strengthen you, and refresh you!  We are running the race for an incorruptible crown[1 Cor 9:25], let’s run to win! :) And what if you find you aren’t in this spiritual race I’m speaking of[saved?] Seek the Lord with all your heart. He promises “And ye shall seek ME, and find ME, when ye shall search for ME with all your heart.” Jer 29:13

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12

Well, this post has been a long time in the making! Every time I sit down to put it together  I either find myself lacking words[which isn't unusual for me] or lacking time. But it’s time to catch up on posting a few pictures! :) I have so much to be thankful for this week. Besides the immense spiritual blessings that I get to enjoy every second of the day, God has graciously filled my days to overflowing with so much random goodness. Aaannndd, today is the last day of Spring y’all! Goodbye spring–>>Hello Summer! :) Needless to say, I’m super excited about all that summer holds! So, randomness from my week via the iPhone and a few from the camera. Spring evening walks, lots of work, birthday celebrations, grocery shopping, coffee breaks with my sisters, goofy mustaches ;), and PEACH season!! Doesn’t  get much sweeter than that. ;) Enjoy! :)

“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Proverbs 4:26

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Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful”
Psalm 119:137-138

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2 special celebrations for 2 Special guys on 1 fantastic day!

Well y’all, two monumental occasions in 1 day= a SUPER post!! ;) It’s Father’s Day aaaannndd Abel’s birthday!

First off, to a Dad truly like no other, HAAAPPPPYY  Father’s day! I could try to describe how much hard work, patience, practicality, prudence, and perseverance have been pumped into the last 31 years by my Dad.  I could let y’all know that he has SURVIVED 140 months {11.7 years} of pregnancy, maintained a stable level of sanity in a house that holds 7 females[which is pretty much unbelievable! ;], changed thousands of diapers, spent dozens of sleepless nights either working to provide for his family or walking sleepless babies but that wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how spectacular my Dad is and how thankful we are to The Lord for him! 31 years and 14 kiddos later and my Dad is still going strong. ;D So, a simple but tremendously heartfelt “THANK YOU” will have to do. You have truly given your life to raise you children and have blessed us all so much!❥

23 years ago! 3 older siblings, me, & dad. ♥

23 years ago! 3 older siblings, me, & dad. ♥

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”
Proverbs 20:7

ABEL!!!!! Your day has finally come! It’s the day you have been waiting for for and talking about and counting down for 364 days… believe it or not…. IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! I dubbed you Mr. Happy way back and still think the name is quite fitting ’cause you have definitely added a quirky smile to my life. :) You’re the first one awake each morning and always the first to wish me a “howdy” when I roll out of my room early in the morning[you get to see me in my raw state of "simi-awakedness"]. ;) Your style is super classy, your famous pb&j quesadillas are… quite interesting, and your diligence is extremely inspiring! One day I see you riding off and becoming a missionary to some far off land, marrying some blessed little lady, and raising up a brood crazy kids but for today I am super thankful your here with me and blessed to have you as my brother! Happiest of birthdays to you ABEL! I look forward to seeing what The Lord has in store for your future!!

So, to Abel & Dad:May your belly never grumble, may your heart never ache, may your horse never stumble, may your cinch never break.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalms 1:1-2

P.S. Dash[the dog] photobombed your photos. ;)

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The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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Announcing…..

Announcing…..*Cue confetti and blow horns* LFCS(’cause even homeschools need a good acronym sometimes;) 2014 Graduates!!!!!! Grace Leake, proving academic excellence isn’t confined to an age[she was dubbed a mastermind at the age of 2] and  entrepreneurial genius doesn’t have to wait until after one graduates. ;) Congratulations to Grace, you made it! :) Excited to see what lies ahead for you. Don’t blink and remember, “Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning”! ;)

“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Proverbs 16:3

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Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
Proverbs 5-9

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Little Miss Sunshine! :)

SP Bekah 5.5.14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven
Matthew 5:14-16

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Y’all don’t forget… it’s national donut day!! ♡

That’s right, its National Donut Day!!![or is it "doughnut"?!] Just thought I would remind y’all to grab a donut or two today because you can’t pass-up National Donut Day. ;) The little people’s donut of choice today, powdered donettes! :]

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“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103

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Life Lately :)

Life lately! Busy with work and tonight I sit here editing the last of the images from a Gracious May shoot[ but finding myself distracted by random photos and this blog post ;].  As summer quickly approaches, my time is spent either working, cooking, or enjoying the beautiful weather! Posts have been randomly non-existent but, Lord willing, they will become overly frequent as we enter into what I call our “birthday season”! :) In the next 2 months there will be either a birthday or anniversary celebration at my house almost every week. Lots of cake and plenty of posts with a plethora of images to go along with the festivities that these celebrations hold. ;] What are y’all looking forward to this next month? :) Until next time!

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 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalms 90:17

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mustard seed faith || Mid-afternoon Meditations :]

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:20

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Romans 10:17

My view for the afternoon or in the hashtag realm #fromwhereistand ;)

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And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Ecc 12:12-14

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Faithful God || A whole lotta randomness ;)

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
Deuteronomy 7:9

“THE Faithful GOD”! It is SO true. He is faithful! Every promise He has kept[and will keep!]{Titus 2:1}, He has met our EVERY need[and will continue to]{Phil 4:19}, and His lovingkindness reaches to the thousandth generation with those who love Him{Deut 7:9}!! We often overlook those little{which really aren’t that little} things in a day’s time and forget how tremendously faithful He is in the “everyday” and how exceedingly blessed we are in the “every-moment”. :)  It is nothing short of a miraculous blessing from the Lord that we get out of bed each morning or make it through each day He has ordained for us, each day your heart beats -by His grace alone- approximately 100,800 times, and every breath breathed is a tremendous gift from Him! We serve a faithful God whose faithfulness is truly and abundantly new every morning{Lam 3:23}! Today I am giving thanks that I serve a faithful God whose grace is sufficient for every moment of every day! What are you thankful for? :)

 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Acts 20:24

Well, it has been quite a week here as my days have been packed with photographing new products, lots of hours working on lightroom, plus the regular randomness that occurs in a day! :) And just when I started photographing, clouds and rain moved in[it never rains and clouds are always sparse in Texas... !] With the clouds came poor lighting which posed a challenge but after a very unconventional yet ingenious suggestion from my Dad I found that “happy lighting” spot and photographing commenced. ;) A few more days left and I should finish-up this round of photos, Lord willing! In the midst of the busy, God has been so good and continues to show me His faithfulness as my strength is small but His is GREAT. I am weak but in my weakness He reveals His strength more and more to me! :) And to make a busy week a bit sweeter just add cold stone, pizza night, and simply stunning sunsets, right!?! ;) Randomness from my week via the iphone and a few from the camera. Have a lovely week, y’all! :]

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil”
2 Thessalonians 3:3

Faithful One by Selah ft. Christy Nockels on Grooveshark

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

Hebrews 10:22-23

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Who wants to join me for a Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake?! || Recipe

Do you want to join me for a cupcake?! ;] A busy week ahead but I do have a random post coming{soonish, Lord willing!} Until then how about a recipe?!

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes on my Baking Blog this evening! :)

Scroll down for a little peek behind the scenes. Yes, I have photography assistants , doesn’t everybody?! ;)

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“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

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Morning Meditation —–>

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”
Psalm 86:11-13

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SP morning meditation 5.15.14.1

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 86:15

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I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims…

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul”
1 Peter 2:9-11

Complete In Thee by Benjamin J. Everson on Grooveshark
SP Sunset 4.14

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Happy Happy Mother’s Day to my mum! :)

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 31:28

Dear Mom!! :D
From my somewhat sketchy calculations you have changed somewhere around 49,348 diapers, fixed 32,850 meals, run approximately 58,000 loads of laundry, and cleaned more messes than you probably want to remember! ;) You have patiently allowed your ankles to swell for months on end and endured many hours of labored knowing the outcome was completely worth it. And as if that wasn’t enough, you even more patiently went through the routine of nightly feedings and teething and the terrible twos over a dozen times[with exception to me of course, I never went through the terrible twos.... or so you say. :| ;]! You have successfully taught 11 of your children to read and proven time and again that algebra is so much more than just x+y. ;) Though many have dubbed you “wonder woman”, I would have to disagree because of the simple fact that wonder woman doesn’t even come close to you! ;) So, to a mother who is beyond describing, we love you!!!! Thankful the Lord gave me you for my mother and blessed by the tremendous example you have been. We are forever grateful for all the sacrifices you have made for us! “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Happy Mother’s day

 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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Mercies anew || random :)

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-26

Wow, what more can I say?!!!!!!! “I will sing unto the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Ps 13:6! If your ever feeling a little low or down, read Lamentations 3 a few times. :) What awesome splendor is in these 4 verses!! His mercies are new [.EVERY.] morning{even in the midst of storms/trials}, HE is faithful, and He is good to those who seek HIM!  “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul” I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.“PS 104:33! :) Praising the Lord & rejoicing today in His Word and the beauty it contains! So busy with odds n’ ends plus an extremely unkind cold has found its way into our house but we are so blessed and I have many images piling up on my computer that need to be edited and exported… soon! ;] But for now how about a wee bit of randomness for this Wednesday?! :] Happy Wednesday y’all!

“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psalm 16:5

Mercies Anew by Sovereign Grace Music on Grooveshark
new recipes on granolagirlbakes.com

SP Coffee 4.28

Water fun-1

Water fun-2

Rose bushes SP

 “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
Psalm 73:26

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Who daily loadeth us with benefits || A cup of spring

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation! Selah. 
He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong escapes from death.”
Psalm 68:19-20

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Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness || Morning Walk

“Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness; and Thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.”
Psalms 65:11-13

SP Spring 4.30.14.13

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