September 26, 2011

Courageous - Honor begins at home


The makers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof are releasing their newest project, Courageous, this Friday, September 30th! I'd encourage you and your family to find a theater near you, and maybe even invite another family to join you. I think that this movie is going to be a wonderful outreach opportunity as we seek to encourage the families in our communities.

For more information about the movie check out

September 14, 2011

Simply adorable

Several weeks ago we went to see our cousins, and I just happened to have my camera along. As usual, I enjoyed snapping photos of just about everything...but found one of my favorite subjects to be my baby cousin.

This photo is now one of my new favorites, but I can't decided if I like it better in sepia or black and white. Which is your favorite?

Babies just happen to be extremely adorable...

What's your favorite thing to photograph?

September 10, 2011

"Feminine by Design" - giveaway at Shining Stars

There is a lovely giveaway currently going on at the Shining Stars Magazine website! I have not yet read the book "Feminine by Design", but my mom has and she highly recommends it! I'm hoping to read it soon as it sounds like a wonderful book!

This giveaway ends on September 22nd, so head on over to the Shining Stars website and enter for a chance to win this book!

Click HERE to enter the giveaway!

September 8, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

It's easy to focus on the things that I'm not content about.

Someone has something that is "bigger and better" than me. 

It's raining when I want it to be sunny.

Plans fail. 

People disappoint. 

It's not too hard to make a long list of complaints and then dwell on those throughout the day. We even go so far as to turn around and grumble about the very blessings God has given us.

But how often do we go through life with an attitude of gratitude? Living with the "I wish this...I wish that..." mindset is just going to make our life miserable. If asked what I was thankful for, you may hear, "God, family, Bible, house, food, etc" know, the same stuff that everyone says. And its true, I AM thankful for those things, but God often places in our day other little blessings that we overlook. Little things that we are too busy to notice. Things that we forget to thank God for...

My littlest sister running up to me and informing the that she's Jessie the cowgirl (from Toy Story) and that she's going to ride on me because I'm Bulls-eye her horse - she won't be little forever...

Cool breezes signaling that autumn is near...

My dad and sister doing chores for me if I'm gone for the evening...

Sisters to laugh with...

Getting an encouraging note from a friend...

The warm sunshine on a beautiful Summer (or Fall) day...

The rain which nourishes the plants...

If I really start looking, there are so many little blessings in each day! One suggestion that I heard from someone was to start a gratitude journal and record the blessings that God places in your path, both large and small, and then to keep that as a reminder of how blessed we truly are.

Now here's the hard part for me. When things don't go the way that I planned, sometimes it's easy to forget that God has a purpose in it. It's easy to be thankful and praise God when life is "easy" and things are going according to plan, but what about when hopes are shattered or everything seems to be turned upside-down? Can we lift our hands in praise amidst the storm? In our walks with the Lord it's important to learn to praise and thank Him not only when things are going "our way", but also when things are hard. We have to remember that He is in control over everything, and that He will use it for His glory. It's often the storms that God uses to draw us closer to Himself, so let's praise and thank Him even if the rain is falling.

Whether the sun is shining or the road is difficult, let's seek to live life with an attitude of gratitude, thanking the Lord for all that He has done, all that He is doing, and all of those little blessings that He gives us.

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1 

Photo challenge at "A Ray of Sunshine"

This week I'm linking up for a photo challenge at "A Ray of Sunshine", the theme for this challenge being Nature.