Wednesday, July 29, 2015

alive and moody - Formerly List

I can't quite tell you how much I love the above photo. It's so very alive and profound and blue. It's an odd thing to explain, really, but I get all moody and deep when I see it. (And then everyone was like, she craaaazy). I promise, I haven't lost my marbles *yet*. But there's just certain photographs that fill me with a whole lot of "life is worth living just for this" kind of feelings. 

And along those lines, this week has been a lot like that photo. A good deal of thinking, resolving, and of really being alive. Also something not easily explained. My formerly list goes along somewhat with how the last week or so has been (and how the week will progress).


Hero by Family of the Year
The One by Kodaline
The Alchemist by Russell Watson
Crash and Burn by Thomas Rhett
Castle of Glass by Linkin Park
Big Idea by AJR

The Big Short by Michael Lewis
John Adams by David McCullough
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

train for FR Hazmat Ops class
all the work things
go hiking/exploring/adventuring
read, because reading is good
finish signing up for college classes
be bold

Louie Giglio's Passion || 17 years ago he started a movement. Today, he's the one who has been moved.

a bit of London rain || UK Adventuring Part II
Deliciously Moody Skies || a collection of photographs
Homemade Crackers || RECIPE

All text and All Images © 2015 Footprints in the Sand

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Talking Tattoos || Verity Varée

Women for Women.

Jewel, working her magic. Be sure to check out all her amazing work. I also might be a tad biased because I got to intern with her for a year and a half. 

 The fearless, gorgeous, dear heart of VV: Emy.

The amazing Jess of LaRue Photography.

I was privileged to be a part of this magical evening. Verity Varée's out on Talking Tattoos, a photoshoot and interview with ladies from the greater Virginia area who have tattoos. They all got together to talk tattoos, eat delicious food provided by the VV team, and participate in a beautiful photoshoot with the talented Jewel Peach. It was a little glimpse into what it means to live Verity Varée.

Be sure to like Jewel Peach for more behind the scenes shots and so you can be notified immediately when all the photos from this shoot are live!

All text and All Images © 2015 Footprints in the Sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Idolatry? Here? || analyzing the human heart

In Isaiah 44, the prophet Isaiah speaks to the people and rebukes their idolatry. Now you might say, "Idolatry, I understand that happened in other countries, other nations, and in other points in history. But there is no idolatry now, is there?" 

Well, every day in a thousand ways I am tempted to make myself the center of the universe. I am tempted to make my problems, pains, desires, top priorities in my life. A priority over Christ. I become my own idol.

And then there are other kinds of idols. The idol of materialism, the idol of sex, the idol of significance, the idol of wealth, and so many others that are characterized and baptized into orthodoxy within the framework of contemporary culture. 
Isaiah 44:6 says, "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god."
What a staggering claim into our post-modern thinking. "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god."
"... Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any." -Isaiah 44:8
In Isaiah 44, verses nine through eighteen, Isaiah speaks on the folly of idolatry.
"All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame." -Isaiah 44:9
And then he says, the person that shapes a god and casts an idol, will profit him nothing and he and his kind will be put to shame. Craftsman are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand. They will all be brought to terror and to infamy (Isaiah 44:10-11). 

And then he goes down the line (He is having fun with this, as you see he illustrates it with metaphor and simile) and says look at man as he works with his chisels and his compasses, as he forms these things and puts them in shrines and so, goes out in the forest and gets a block of wood (Isaiah 44:12-14). But look, in verse fifteen it's man's fuel for burning: "Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it" (Isaiah 44:15). 
"Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!” They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand." -Isaiah 44:16-18
Now look at this wonderful line here, verse nineteen: "No one stops to think..." Twentieth century left us a legacy, if you like, ugly twins: mindlessness and meaninglessness. How does this feel to you? What does this mean to you? Which side steps any notions of truth? 

But when you come to the Bible, it confronts us all the time. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, "Wait a minute, half of this I use for a fire, I bake bread over its coals, I roasted the meat and I ate it. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?" (Isaiah 44:19).
"He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, 'Is there not a lie in my right hand?'” -Isaiah 44: 20
Now it is in contrast to that, that the Bible confirms that Jesus is the source, the sustainer, and the goal of all created reality. This is a staggering claim, but this is Biblical Christianity. 
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth..." -Colossians 1:15-17
"There is not one inch in the entire area of the human life about which Jesus does not cry, 'This is Mine. This belongs to me!'" -Abraham Kuyper
What are you putting your faith in? Are there idols in your life that you have been holding on to? 

All text from a post originally written in 2012, updated in 2015 © Footprints in the Sand, inspiration from Alistair Begg's sermon Jesus Our King part 1 | Image © 2015 Charity Klicka, taken of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Father

I'm so grateful to get to celebrate my dear daddy. I would truly not be who I am today without his love, his faith, his inspiration, and all the teaching he put into my life.

I love, and miss, him immensely.

And most importantly, today I celebrate my Heavenly Father. He who called me, redeemed me, and loves me unconditionally. It is He I live for, fight for, and will die for.

All text and All Images © 2015 Footprints in the Sand