In case you couldn't tell, my blog got a bit of a makeover!! I'll probably end up changing and tweaking it some more, but for now...I think I like it. (: SHARE THIS POST

{pictures in the rain}

It's been raining like CRAZY here lately!! I don't really mind... it's a perfect opportunity for some unique pictures. So, yesterday I headed out and took some in the pouring rain. (: I have to say I loved it. I hadn't done that before, but definitely will be doing it again!! Here are a few of the results. Happy Friday!!

See how the individual droplets are hitting the puddle? I love that...



For Such a Time As This

I want to write about an orphan I read about today. You probably know who it is, but it might take you a minute to realize that you do. Here are a few hints.

She was beautiful.
She was brave.
She was prayerful.
She was a wife to a king and a daughter of the King.
She became queen at a vital time in her nation's history.
She literally saved TONS of lives.
Her name begins with an "E."
And yes, she was an orphan.

It's Biblical Esther. I had completely forgotten for the LONGEST time that she was actually an orphan. Her story has inspired me, and doubtless many, many others...in fact, there have been more manuscripts of that book of the Bible found than any other . The main theme that resonates with me from her story is "for such a time as this". Because we ALL are here, NOW, for such a time as this. Whatever time that is!!

Esther had two names. The first is her Persian name, Esther, which means star. This reminds me of this passage of Scripture, in Philippians 2:15-16: "so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." I LOVE that passage!! Esther really lived it out. She shone like a star in her country, in her time, and in her position.

Her other name was her Hebrew name, which meant "myrtle." Myrtle is a plant that has, you guessed it, a STAR-SHAPED FLOWER. It is very fragrant, but has a bad taste. (: This reminds me that a lot of times, the things we are called to do seem difficult, but are really fragrant as an offering to God. Again, I think Esther lived that out.

Something that makes Esther's story in the BIble unique is that in that entire book, in all 10 chapters, God's name is never used...DIRECTLY. He is still present, though never directly mentioned. But even though His Name is never directly mentioned in the book, He is CLEARLY the MAIN CHARACTER in Esther's story. Don't you want that too? Don't you want GOD to be the main character in YOUR story? Because YOUR story reaches many others...and so God will too, through your story, if He is involved in it.

I had forgotten that Esther was an orphan. She was "adopted" by her cousin, Mordecai, who had an incredible influence on her life. What would have happened if he had not "adopted" her and had this influence? Would thousands of Jews have been saved from a mass-killing that Esther helped stop with God and Mordecai? The influence we can have on somebody can have an amazing, unexpected affect...regardless if it's for an orphan or not.

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? -Esther 5:14 SHARE THIS POST


Around our house and other places I go, I look for unique textures to photograph.

Notice the wispy spiderweb in this one?

This one's from a shed in our yard.




You name it!! (: This one is actually from when we went deep-sea fishing last summer...the dock was pretty different-looking. I loved the contrast in the directions of the wood. (Yeah, I'm weird like that.)




{some random photos}

Just a couple of random photos... (: SHARE THIS POST



Chew on this today...

Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words. -St. Francis

It is so simple, but it is so true. YOU DON'T NEED TO USE WORDS TO TELL ABOUT OUR GOD!! I love this!!

I am challenging you to live this out. Happy Mothers Day, too!! (: SHARE THIS POST


{black and white}

(: I love black and white...makes a picture more dramatic!! SHARE THIS POST


something heavy...

I've had something that is heavy on my heart lately. That's the orphan crisis. My heart ACHES for those who just long to be loved, cherished, wanted... it just hurts me to think that they feel this way. That they even have to. I just want to tell them, to show them, that they're loved and cherished by our Father. I want them to all have loving, caring, supportive homes where people show the love of God to them!! My heart just aches for them. I've been on my knees for these children a lot lately. My parents and family have always shown me the unconditional love that I long for every child to know, taking my hand and cherishing every dream and moment we share together. I want every child out there to have this too. I love and pray for these kids, even though I've not met any of them. I hope they know that our God loves them like no earthly parent ever could, though they long for a family more than anything at the moment. Please be praying for these kids with me... and help me advocate for their cause, because WE KNOW that OUR GOD, our GRACIOUS and LOVING GOD, sets the lonely in families.

Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 82:2-43 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the week and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. SHARE THIS POST



Just a few more pics...

Happy weekend(: SHARE THIS POST