Sunday, March 1, 2015

drive - Formerly List

My life is anything but peaceful. The photo above was taken during a spontaneous drive I took into the country. I had a lot on my mind, and needed some space. Those are the car rides where I have no destination, but simply just get in my car and drive. When there's big decisions you're facing, an overwhelming school load you're trying to balance with work, or the daunting prospect of change just around the corner, it takes a load of your mind to simply drive it off. Let it go for just 20 minutes, laying it at the feet of the Master and saying "my times are in Your hands" (Psalm 31:15). 

I've also found it helps to create lists of the little things in your life. I notice less my own circumstances and instead appreciate what I've been given and who He's placed in my life by documenting in list format such things.

So enjoy some of my formerly lists. And remember that even though you may be overwhelmed and may feel that you can't study, can't do your work, can't sleep for fear you'll run out of time, you can find comfort in the fact that 
you are not caught in the grip of blind forces,
you are not tossed about on the sea of chance,
for you are being schooled in the academy of God's providence;
because your times are in HIS hands.

And guess what? Through it all, He's making you more like Jesus.

___________ FORMERLY LISTS___________

Songs I've been listening to
Best of Me by Michael Bublé
Brother - feat. Gavin DeGraw by NEEDTOBREATHE
Dangerous (feat. Sam Martin) by David Guetta
Fire by Gavin DeGraw
I Need You by Daniel Doss Band
Vienna by Billy Jean

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Gordon Wood)
The Complete Father Brown (G.K. Chesterton)
The Lost Tools of Learning (Dorothy L. Sayers)
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (Gordon Wood)
Gentleman Captain (J.D. Davies)

Things I wish I was doing right now
going on an adventure, anywhere
reading the books I aforementioned
writing and researching for my fiction piece (details coming soon)
sitting on the seashore, watching the sun go down
anything. but. school.

Oddities on my bed stand

my passport
stack of notes on all manner of things
Sevenly stickers
a bottle of Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa (blood orange seltzer)
iPod and headphones (asK me what I'm listening to right now)
at least 12 books I'm sort of reading, a few of them mentioned above

Titles of Future Blog Posts (within the next week or so)
a bit of story writing
laughter - good for the soul
slow down you crazy child

All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Living Boldly - Muses

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Well, if you've seen my New Years' post, you'll know I've dared myself to live more boldly this year. I don't want to put myself in a box; if you would, I don't wish to put God in a box. I'm not going to let my fears cripple me and keep me back from being available for His purpose. 
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”Andr√© Gide

I'm putting my best foot forward and taking each step with courage in my heart and hope in my Savior. I will face failures this year, that is guaranteed. But I know that true courage rests in the willpower to continue despite all. For "[s]uccess is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts" (Winston Churchill)

Also in my New Year's post, I dedicated this year with the prayer by Francis Drake. One particular bit of his prayer clearly illustrates the cry of my heart going into this year: "Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas. Where storms will show Your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars."

Furthermore, I know the enemy will strike. He already has, and it hurt like heck. But the hard and the pain and the whisperings in my ear that I'm not good enough and shan't ever be have only given me the resolve to have "the courage to say to [my] enemies, 'There is a price [I] will not pay.' There is a point beyond which they must not advance" (Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964 Speech; A Time For Choosing), and to have the courage to say do your worst! I am not fighting this battle alone.

This year, my heart says courage (Joshua 1:9 & Deuteronomy 31:6). This year, I am choosing to not shrink under the weight of my fears nor under the lies of those who seek to destroy my resolution. I'm embracing the courage to have a "strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die" (G.K. Chesterton). I'm giving my all, holding nothing back.

Heart, take courage!
All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images ©  sourced above; and all chosen to convey a deep sense of courage and venturing on "wilder seas" (Francis Drake). 

Monday, February 16, 2015

There is no "could have been" | WEEKLY QUOTE

"All Christians are agreed that there is, in the full and original sense, only one "Son of God." If we insist on asking "But could there have been many?" we find ourselves in very deep water. Have the words "Could have been" any sense at all when applied to God? You can say that one particular finite thing "could have been" different from what it is, because it would have been different if something else had been different, and the something else would have been different if some third thing had been different, and so on. (The letters on this page would have been red if the printer had used red ink, and he would have used red ink if he had been instructed to, and so on.)
But when you are talking about God (i.e. about the rock bottom, irreducible Fact on which all other facts depend) it is nonsensical to ask if It could have been otherwise. It is what It is, and there is an end of the matter."

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 5 Ch. 6

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Monday, January 26, 2015

IJM + Sevenly - Let's end human trafficking in our lifetime!

I am so excited to see two of my favorite organizations come together! This week only, International Justice Mission and Sevenly are teaming up to put an end to human trafficking. 

If you didn't know, this month is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention MonthIt is a designated month to raise awareness to the atrocious forms of social injustice, specifically human trafficking, that are happening worldwide. 

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." -Proverbs 31:8-9

On December 31st 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 the President and The White House proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

A great way to help bring awareness to human and sex trafficking, and a great way to combat it, is by purchasing one of Sevenly's fantastically designed clothing. $7 from every purchase will go directly to IJM to help them combat social injustice. 

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IJM is making a difference. I've worked with them first-hand. They are rescuing and restoring girls all over the world from lives of oppression and sex trafficking. They are standing up for the oppressed, the widow, and the orphan. They are making a change, right here and right now. They are the change we wish to see in the world. 

So please consider supporting them, donating to their mission of proving that justice for the poor is possible, learning about them and advancing their cause! 

Will you join forces and be a voice for the voiceless?
Will you be a light in the darkness?

All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Sevenly