The right hand of God symbolizes His power[Ps 89:13], victory[Ps 18:35], protection[Ps 63:8], and every-constant never-failing presence[Ps 73:23] in the life of a believer! He takes us by His right hand, teaching us to walk by faith, bearing our burdens, leading us in His presence, providing for our every need, keeping us from falling, and promises to receive us into glory. The perfection and power of the Hand that upholds us is beyond our comprehension and in His hand we will find all we need! As we rest in the protection and plan of the Lord and trust in His grip, we will find “pleasures evermore”[Ps 16:11]! Truly only in the hand of our great Redeemer, who is our life[Col 3], will we find the satisfaction our souls desire for He opens his hand and satisfies the desires of EVERY living thing[Ps 145:16]! :) “Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee“. Happy Thursday! :)
“Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and Thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.”
“ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
“Nevertheless I am continually with Thee:Thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
“My soul followeth hard after Thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Because sometimes you just find yourself needing sand on your toes, the ocean breeze, and a little vitamin Sea! ;) After a wonderful weekend in North Texas photographing a wedding, I immediately hopped in the bus and headed down the highway with a dozen of my favorite people. Our Destination? Port Aransas for a few days of sunshine, seashells, sunrises, sunsets, swimming, Ice cream, and LOTS of coffee!! It was a wonderful time and I’m so thankful[and blessed!!] for a few days away with my family. Yes, we all returned a little redder than the average lobster! So, how about a few pictures to prove it? :)
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.”
“ These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.”
Yes, it’s true! Some things are just better in sets of 4…. Like kittens! ;) My family tends to have kittens miraculously appear in our yard and become permanent guests! :) So just when we found ourselves “catless”[due to a set of unfortunate events :-|], providence struck and not just 1 but 4 kittens made their way down the old river road and into our backyard. What can I say? God truly does provides in mysterious ways… even in the small ways like cute kittens! ;) Squeals of delight could be heard from the kitchen as the kiddos collected the fury felines. Cans of Goats milks were unearthed from the pantry and dusted off. And you can only imagine the sheer happiness of Emmi! She agrees…. some things are better in sets of 4! :)
“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.”
33 years of mothering, 14 kiddos, 11.6 years of pregnancy[because my mom tends to carry the her babies an extra month ;], 22 years of homeschooling, somewhere around 70,000 loads of laundry, approximately 61,000 diapers changed, countless hours of child counseling[there is truly no better counsel session than a long talk with your mom♥], house cleaning, late night feedings, early morning dentist appointments… phew! Needless to say, It’s true that the WORLD’S BEST MOTHER can be found here!! ;) 🎉 My mom’s super powers include baking chocolate cake, organizing the ugliest of messes, gardening in Southern Texas[y’all, that’s a feat!], and solving all my problems. ;) What can I say… I’d be an unorganized, chocolate deprived, mess without my mom! :) To the world’s BEST mom, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!! We are SO thankful to the Lord for you. Really, every day should be mother’s day! :]
♥ Happy 33rd Mother’s Day Mom!! ♥
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
“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.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”
Bitter vs. Better…. One letter can change a lot, can’t it?! ;) In my early teens my family faced a trying situation and I remember my parents telling us one of two things could happen; by this trial we could become bitter or better. They continually encouraged us to, by the strength of the Lord, seek to become better. This exhortation stuck with me over the years and has been used by the Lord over and over again in my life. So, when you find yourself being broken and chastened by the Lord, you will be faced with a choice and it is the choice that has only one letters difference. :) Will you choose to become bitter or will you allow this chastening to make you better? In Heb 12:11 we are told, though the chastening will be uncomfortable and at times down-right-painful ;), we are promised the peaceable fruit of righteousness if we are trained by it.
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
Let’s take it a step farther and look at another scenario. ;) How about when a friend wrongs you or you face rejection from someone you deeply care about? You are hurt, your heart is broken, and you just can’t believe it happened to you…. Will you forgive and forget allowing the wrong to make you better or will you meditate on the wrong and allow the root of bitterness to set in? Bitterness is [in the best example] a poison or cancer. It will completely consume you and defile you!
Bitterness: 1. In a figurative sense, extreme enmity, grudge, hatred…..
Stop, bitterness is defined as EXTREME enmity and HATRED!!! If we become bitter toward parents, friends, siblings or anyone else who we feel has wronged us, we are demonstrating hatred toward that person and we see throughout the bible that hatred is equal to murder! 1 John 3:15 says, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him“. Hatred is also classifies in Gal 5:19 as a work of the flesh and is in the same group as witchcraft and adultery!!!! As children of God, we are called to put to death the works of the flesh… including hatred[Rom 8:13]. So, what’s to be done when you are wronged, hurt by words or actions, or rejected? First stop and pray. Pray that through this difficult situation God would make you Better and that Bitterness would not take root in your heart. It is God’s will to refine you through these trying situations and He is faithful to do so[1 Peter1:6-7]! Then do exactly what our Lord commanded us to do in Luke 6:27-28:
“But I say unto you which hear, LOVE your enemies, do good to them which hate you, BLESS them that curse you, and PRAY for them which despitefully use you.”
We are called to love, bless, and pray for those who have wronged us. In John 13:34 we are told to love one another as Christ has loved us. This leaves absolutely no room for bitterness/hatred! And Christ left us a perfect example of this love. He was despised and rejected. Forsaken by His closest earthly companions! Mocked & falsely accused yet He demonstrated the greatest form of love as He laid down His life for sinners… The exact people who did Him wrong… me and you!! Yes, this is a challenge and a challenge you will fail at on your own strength but by the grace of God we can love those who have hurt us[Phil 4:13]. When you are temped to add up the wrongs done to you by someone remember 1 Cor 13:5 where it says LOVE keeps no record of wrong! As I memorized COL 3 a while back a few of my favorite verses in that chapter were 12-14:
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on LOVE, which is the bond of perfectness.”
We must remember that if a brother or sister in Christ has wronged us, we are told in the Word of God as to the actions we are to take. In Matthew 18:15 we are commanded to let the brother or sister in Christ know they have transgressed/hurt/wronged us and give them a chance to seek forgiveness. And we are to completely forgive and forget. :) We cannot store up resentment, allowing the root of bitterness into our hearts. Put on the “bowels of mercy” and love, which is the bond of perfect. As you find yourself in times of chastening or hurt by an action or deed done to you, choose to allow the situation to make you better[by the grace of God] and not bitter! That is my extremely random meditation for today. ;) I pray the Lord uses it to encourage you in some small way. :] Happy Friday y’all!!
“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.”
Last Saturday I was privileged to photograph the wedding of Travis & Elisha! A sweet spring day in North Texas filled with wildflowers, old country roads, and a stunning wedding party. Elisha was gorgeously radiant and the bride and groom’s beaming smiles pronounced their joy! The ceremony was a glorious celebration and proclamation of God’s goodness as two joined together to become one.… Their day was truly perfect and God graciously allowed all things to work together so wonderfully! Word’s cannot express how tremendously blessed I am to be able to witness the marriage and be the one capturing their wedding day! Congratulations Travis & Elisha. May the Lord bless the years ahead!
Travis + Elisha ♡
“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.”
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“with every fresh need has come a fresh supply.” Amy Carmichael
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…“
Abide= To rest, or dwell
Abide in ME
Abide in ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.-John 15:4
For without ME you can do nothing
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.-John 15:5
Abide in MY love
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.-John 15:9-10
That your joy might be full
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.-John 15:11-12
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
It is true! The little girl in the feather headband has baked her first batch of cookies… all by herself! ;) With great enthusiasm she conquered the dough and even successfully cracked the egg. Her favorite part? Eating them of course! Delicious. :) Happy Friday y’all! ♥
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour….
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give GRACE and GLORY: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.”
Reminded tonight of the above verses. ↑ What promises! The Lord will give GRACE & GLORY!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”
Or perhaps I should say it was love at first chirp?! ;) In a box they came, 2 dozen chirping chicks which woke the little girl with a big smile from her Saturday morning sleep! The sight was overly sweet. Fluffy, soft, and irresistibly cute, these chicks have Emmi’s heart! ♡ Beyond sweet smiles and chirping chicks, Ruth has been painting! She now has a NEW painting for sale at SongBirdCardCo.com! Take a look at her Robin’s Nest watercolor, it is one of my favorites! Lord willing, as the Spring months have come and life is returning to a “normal” busy, I look forward to blogging a bit more! :] But for today I leave y’all with a few pictures and best wishes for a very HAPPY SATURDAY!
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
1 Peter 1:18-21
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Happy Resurrection Day! ♥
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth”
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth Me.”
Some days call for cupcakes! :) Loved created this new cupcake recipe and I just blogged it! My new favorite Mochaccino Cupcake recipe over at GranolaGirlBakes.com! ♥
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”
“Because THOU hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of THY wings will I rejoice.”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
The shaodw of His wings = the protecting power of the Almighty who “is able to do all things for his people, and is “Shaddai”, all sufficient, as this word is thought to signify; has a sufficiency of happiness in and for Himself, and of provisions for all His creatures, and of power and grace for His own children”! The name El Shaddai has been a favorite for me lately and it means “The ALL Sufficient One”. :) The Lord God Almighty is all sufficient in all things! As I read Psalm 63:7, “Because THOU hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of THY wings will I rejoice.” my instant thought was “YES!” we[God’s children] truly can rejoice even in the darkest of trials knowing we are covered in the Shadow of His wings. No darkness has overtaken us that He is unaware of, there is no trial that He is not able bring us through[Is 46:4], and no need that He will not suffice[Phil 4:19]! He is El Shaddai. We can rejoice because He is our Help, our Refuge, and our Fortress! He promises to cover us with His feathers and He will keep and preserve us safe to His kingdom because He is faithful[1 Thes 5:23-24]! His TRUTH shall be our shield and buckler, His mercies our hope[Ps 147:11]! Simply abide in the shadow of His wings and trust His sufficient protection and plan. :) Happy Monday y’all😊!
“His Son, who is “truth” itself, John 14:6, and whose person, blood, righteousness, and salvation, are as a shield and buckler all around the saints, to secure them from ruin and destruction…. the word of God also, which is truth, John 17:19, every promise in it, and doctrine of it, is as a shield and buckler to strengthen, support, and secure the faith of His people” Gill
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.”
By the grace of God, another Spring Line has been photographed and launched! :) Each season I know it will be only by God’s grace and mercy that we complete and accomplish our goals and this Spring release was nooooo exception! By far, we faced more challenges this launch than any other before. I honestly sit here now in awe of God’s mercy this last week! I happened upon Psalm 59 right in the thick of things this week and, as I read vs 17, I was so thankful that in GOD alone do I find my strength and He truly is the God of my mercy! → “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.“ :) I could tell y’all about the fact that due to a multitude of what I will call “the unexpected” we were delayed in photographing until 2 days before we launched or how we planned the outdoor photoshoot for the day before we launched and that day we had flash flooding! I could try to describe my terror when my camera had a “Near death” experience ;). Or how our site had an outage right as our new line went live! Fiery darts seemed to continually fly at us BUT God’s mercies are new every single morning and HE brought everything together just in time! “ This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 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.” And I have complete confidence that even if all was “loss”, we didn’t release our new collection, and my camera never worked again ;), God is still the God of my mercy and I have the promise that ALL THINGS work together for good[Rom 8:28]! Whether it is our temporal or spiritual and eternal good, “ALL THINGS” is a promise and I know God is faithful! For we “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal“[2 cor 4:17-18]! Today I am rejoicing in the fact that we serve the God of mercy who “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will“[Eph 1:11]. ♥→“I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.“ PS 59:16-17
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies”
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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
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.”
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
Occasionally when I am supposed to be sorting through pictures in lightroom… I get distracted…. 😁 It’s true! 🙈 And when day dreaming starts generally random blog posting begins! ;) Whether it’s small home happiness or donut love or coffee craziness or [like today] camping…. To be honest, I’ve never thought much about camping but if camping looks anything like this, I think I may just be a natural-born camper. ;] So my question for you today…. who want’s to join me? ;) Do you enjoy camping? If so, where’s your favorite place to camp and do you prefer tent, camper…. or hotel ;)? Happy Saturday y’all!
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
2 Corinthians 5:1
images via pinterest.
“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.”
Yes, it is true! 2016’s first official wildflower has sprung with much delight and was hastily picked by the cute[and somewhat crazy] little girl in pink boots. :) We are welcoming the sweetness of Spring just a few weeks early here in Texas! :) (: The little girl in the pink boots wishes y’all a very Happy Saturday!
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
“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.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits”
Note:This post has been a long time in coming … Let’s see if it gets published! ;)
As I think back on the last few weeks, I am so thankful for the tasks the Lord has given me to put my hands to and especially for His mercies which are new EVERY single morning[Lam 3:22-23]! I am completely undeserving of the mercy of the Lord but in Ps 103 I am promised a mercy that is truly unfathomable, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him“. I have been reminded of Psalm 103:2 tonight, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits“. To bless the Lord means “To praise; to glorify, for benefits received.” So, [the question I asked myself] are we quick to remember and meditate on the benefits of the Lord, giving Him praise above all else… or [like the Israelite] are we prone to forget His goodness and blessings toward us…“And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.“Ps 78:11? Do we find our souls blessing or bemoaning the Lord? In just a few verses from Psalm 103 alone we find that our Lord is merciful and gracious[Ps 103:8], He is forgiving[Ps 103:3], He redeems[Ps 103:4], He satisfies the longing soul[Ps 145:16, Ps 107:9, Ps 103:5], He is righteous & just[Ps 103:6, Ps 145:17], He is slow to anger[Ps 103:8, Ex 34:6], He has removed our transgressions as far as the east is from the west[Ps 103:12], and His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting[Ps 103:17]!! What a wonderful Savior and how worthy He is of our praise and glory!💓 Random yes, but I tend to be an overly random person. ;) Today, bless the Lord and forget not His benefits!! :)
Whew, this has been a busy busy BUSY month! Though a million photos have been snapped over the last month, last Saturday was the first time I picked up my camera for personal “fun” use. But here I am! :) In the midst of work, fun kayak rides at the river, breakfasts out with sisters+mom+dad, ice skating, and Valentine’s day has brought lots of random excitement and many sweet treats! For my family, Valentine’s Day is a “non-obligatory” gifting holiday. ;) If you find something small that will be perfect for someone or a treat that would make sweet valentine’s, you gift it. Otherwise, you just enjoy the love-filled day! This year it seems everyone found something sweet to gift. :) Flowers from Grace[absolutely gorgeous and such a surprise!] and candy from brothers [they know my love for all things chocolate ;)]. Micah made me the most beautiful magnets for my magnet board and our mom made delicious Twinkie heart desserts! :) Plus a fun parcel from a sweet friend found its way to me just at the perfect time! I had been praying for Valentine’s day blog post inspiration and a sweet gift arrived containing delicious Red Velvet cupcake mix… needless to say, Emmi and I had fun mixing up a batch and photographing our valentine’s day cupcakes!♥ I chose gummy bears to gift with the true message “life would be unbearable without you”. ;) God has blessed me with so many thoughtful people in my life. I am truly undeserving of their love! But the greatest gift and love of all? Jesus Christ laying down His life for us! “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” So, how was your Valentine’s Day? :)
Short break for an announcement here! Y’all remember that lovely watercolor Ruth created for me a few posts back? Well, this print is now available in greeting cards and wall art on my card site → SongBirdCardCo.com and the site has a completely new look. Hop over and take a look! :)
“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!”
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
→”Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.“! :) You just can’t help but smile when you read this verse, can you?! What a Savior and what a love. ♡ It is everlasting, unchanging[Malachi 3:6], and never-failing love that truly cannot be fathomed! “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.“[Rom 5:7-9] There is truly no greater love! :) May your hearts be filled to overflowing this love-filled day as you meditate on the marvelous L♡VE of our great Redeemer! Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!!
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Thanks to a surprise from a super sweet friend, I was able to have a fun Valentine’s Day photoshoot with a delightful batch of red velvet cupcakes!😍💘
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
It is Monday!! Today held several hours of computer work for me but when there is christmas candy[ because chocolate is a must on Mondays ;] and earl gray tea involved, I don’t mind at all! ;) With all the madness that Monday tends to bring, this Monday brought a whole lot of God’s goodness, clean office[decided I’d share a peek into my work space with y’all while its clean!😉], beautiful weather, and a borrowed lens!!😀 I have wanted to try out a Lensbaby lens for years and today I finally got the chance. I’ve experimented with “freelensing” for the last year and love the effect it creates so I’m looking forward to experimenting with the lensbaby lens. But today duty/work called and I was only able to snap a few shot with the lens. I will admit, it’s a bit tricky to get the hang of using. Lord willing, tomorrow the lens will be put to the test! ;) So, I want to hear from you! Have you tried a lensbaby lens or freelensing before ? If so, what do you think about it? How was your Monday? Happy Monday y’all! ♥
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Yes, I have a random post coming soon ;) but y’all, we are entering the 2nd month of our 2016 Scripture Memorization Resolution[also known as 2016 SMR ;]! I’m pretty excited!! In the last month 220+ verses have been memorized by those who have joined me for this 2016 resolution. And it’s not too late for you to join! Sign up and jump right in. →This week I want to focus not only on memorizing the Word in my head but also taking the Words I memorize to heart! It is easy to be a reader of the Word but, as we are told in James 1:22, we are to be doers of the Word and warned that if we are only hearers of the Word and not doers that we are deceiving ourselves! And the Lord tells us that we are blessed when we not only hear the Word but also keep it → “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”(Luke 11:28)! So, today, I want to encourage y’all [whether you have joined the challenge or not!] to focus on being doers of the Word!
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“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock”
🎉 Let the celebrations begin!!!!🎉 →Today is LYDIA’S 20th birthday!!! One of the BEST days of the YEAR! :) As if beauty wasn’t enough, Lydia is one talented lady. Family party planner[she makes every holiday festively fun!], fashionista[it’s true!], stuffed chocolate cookie baker[DELICIOUS], extreme shopper[she can push 2 carts with 1 hand! ;)], SUPER hard worker, jewelry crafter, and latte connoisseur are just a few titles Lydia holds! On top of all that talent, Lydia is also known for her somewhat spunky & always joyful spirit, diligence, gorgeous smile, and constant kindness. She’s a gem of a friend + sister! ♥ She’s also pretty crazy about Coconut oil + the beach + Roy Rogers and may or may not have a voice to match Dale Evans! ;) With all this said, we know one day prince charming will come and sweep this little lady off her feet [now accepting future Lydia’s Mr. Right applications here. $25 application fee, all sales are final, inquire within.😋] but until then I am super thankful to have her with us and that TODAY is her BIRTHDAY! Happiest of Birthdays Lydia.♥ I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you this next year as you trust Him! May this new year be extremely blessed and always caffeinated! ;)