Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Freedom is only the beginning of the Story

Above, Kutty (third from left) with his family and IJM staff members on a day of celebration.

A message from Saju Mathew, IJM Director of Operations - South Asia //

The first time I saw Kutty, he was shaking with fear.

His face was haggard, and his eyes showed the toll years of forced labor had taken on him. Kutty was the first slave I ever met. After more than three years of bondage, Kutty's owner didn't even need barbed wire or high walls to entrap him. Kutty was that scared. "I have four kids in the rice mill working... Even if we are sick, we have to work. We cannot go to our home village for any occasion, or the owner will come after us," he explained. Intimidated by the owner's threats, Kutty shared with IJM the simple, terrible truth that had come to define his life: "I am really scared of him."

Because of support like yours, my team and the local government rescued Kutty and his family from slavery in 2008. His family's life changed forever: His kids went back to school, he and his wife secured good jobs in freedom.

But that's just the beginning of this story...


Note: This is an really encouraging and inspiring story, and I hope you will take a little time to read and it. And if it has touched our heart as it has mine, please feel free to pass it on!

Hope you have a blessed Tuesday!

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 IJM | All Images © 2012  IJM 

Monday, March 26, 2012

World's Longest Word

A little something fun I came across this past week. 

Did you know that the longest word is not
but rather pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'" A condition meeting the word's definition is normally called silicosis

It occurs chiefly as an instance of a very long word. The 45-letter word was coined to serve as the longest English word and is the longest word ever to appear in an English language dictionary. It is listed in the current edition of several dictionaries.

Well now you know, and don't you forget iiiiit. 

All text © 2011 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2011 Hislight Photography

Sunday, March 25, 2012

If These Were Silent

"I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." - Luke 19:40

But could the stones cry out? Assuredly they could if He who opens the mouth of the dumb should bid them lift up their voice. Certainly if they were to speak, they would have much to declare in praise of Him who created them by the word of His power; they could extol the wisdom and power of their Maker who called them into being. Shall we not speak well of Him who made us new and out of stones raised up children unto Abraham?
The old rocks could tell of chaos and order and the handiwork of God in successive stages of creation's drama; are we not also able to talk of God's decrees, of God's great work in ancient times, in all that He did for His church in the days of old? If the stones were to speak, they could tell of their breaker, how he took them from the quarry and made them fit for the temple. And aren't we also able to tell of our glorious Breaker, who broke our hearts with the hammer of His Word, that He might build us into His temple? If the stones should cry out, they would magnify their builder, who polished them and fashioned them into a beautiful palace; and shall not we talk of our Architect and Builder, who has put us in our place in the temple of the living God? If the stones could cry out, they might have a long, long story to tell by way of memorial, for many a time a great stone has been rolled as a memorial before the Lord; and we too can testify, stones of help and pillars of remembrance.
The broken stones of the law cry out against us, but Christ Himself, who has rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb, speaks for us. Stones might well cry out, but we will not let them: We will silence their noise as we break into sacred song and bless the majesty of the Most High; we will spend all our days glorifying Him whom Jacob calls the Shepherd and Stone of Israel.

I just had to share the morning devotions from Friday. Just think about it.

Seek Him First,
All text © 2011 Charles Spurgeon, edited by Alistair Begg| All Images © 2011 Hislight Photography

Saturday, March 24, 2012

RECIPE || Gluten Free Mini Doughnut Muffins

Baking is my recluse, my getaway from the stress of the day. Just to have fun, experiment, and be me. You ever feel like that? Well here is a little yummy recipe that I came across and tweaked a little to make d'licious (gluten-free) mini muffins. Enjoy!

These are the gluten and diary free muffins, and they are really quite delicious!
I inserted frosting into the middle, decking the outside with glaze and sprinkles.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 Degrees C). Lightly grease a mini muffin tin (if you prefer a donut pan, go ahead).

2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and butter. Beat together until well blended.

4. Next, fill each mini muffin cup (or donut cup) to about ¾ full.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before moving from pan.

6. To make the glaze, mix together confectioner’s sugar, hot water and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Dip mini muffins (or donuts) into glaze when serving. Add extra garnishes such as sprinkles, fresh fruit, jams and jellies or other oddities you might have in your kitchen.
7. Now consume, but be sure not to eat them all in one sitting. 

For those with gluten or lactose intolerance (such as I), switch out the flour for rice flour {or with your favorite alternative flour or combination of flours), switch out the milk for almond milk (soy milk, etc) and the sugar for sucanat or honey crystals (I would not recommened using Splenda, Stevia, or other alternative powdering sugars because of the consistency and chemically sweet taste). Although not quite as fluffy as the original recipe, it is still just as delicious. 

Seek Him First,
All text © 2011 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2011 Hislight Photography

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Can it Truly be?

   Earlier this week as I was working on a school assignment, I came across the old hymn written by Charles Wesley in 1738. And I was just reminded again of how much Christ as truly done for us. It really is a beautiful song, and a beautiful reminder of the Gospel. Of the amazing Grace of God for you and me, that He would send His only Son to shed His blood for us. What an amazing, beautiful concept to take to heart again and again. 

And Can It Be by Sandra McCracken on Grooveshark
[Although not my favorite version of this song, this is the only one I could find.]

   Remember dear child of God, there is no condemnation in Christ! You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ! You can boldly approach the throne of Christ and "claim the crown, through Christ [your] own."

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand, and Charles Wesley | All Images © 2012 {Google}

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day - a bit o' Scottish Heritage

Some of you may know, others may not know that I am currently learning Scottish-Gaelic, and my goodness do I enjoy it. I went to a camp last year and at that camp I met a fantastic girl who has been taking Gaelic for four years. Well, we started talking and I asked if someone could still learn Gaelic. And she said YES!

My response:"Yes? Really? I have always heard that the Gaelic language was extinct."

Well her answer was that the Gaelic language is indeed going extinct, yet nevertheless it is still taught in certain places. And that is when I got the Gaelic bug. I have been interested in Scottish, Irish, and Celtic heritage for ages. Interested in their language, culture and the like, and even more so, in Gaelic . And when I heard that I could learn it, boy, I nearly jumped out of my skin. She gave me the contact information for her Gaelic teacher, and I talked with him and we set up a class. Now every Tuesday night, I have a personal Skype class with him and we learn Gaelic

Have you ever had an epiphany that you have wanted to do, or see, and then it comes true and it BLOWS your mind. Yes? Well now you know how I feel. My grand epiphany came true. 

If you have an epiphany that you think will never happen, don't let go of it. God works in mysterious and wonderful ways. Trust Him with that epiphany and watch where He will lead.

Furthermore, if you have any questions concerning Scottish-Gaelic, I would love to answer them. As well as direct you to Gaelic and Scottish resources (just e-mail me!).

And don’t forget to wear GREEN.

All text © 2011 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Unsplash, Graphic Design by Charity Klicka

like a LION

"The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend lion. 
All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” 
–Charles H. Spurgeon

Seek Him First,
All text © 2011 Charles Spurgeon | All Images © 2014 LION | king of the jungle, graphic design © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, March 9, 2012

Blog Branding - Collages and Muses

First off, I want to incorporate more of my branding into the blog. 
I have not forgotten about this blog and you grand people!

And although it is no good excuse, I have been rather busy as of late. Work, photography shoots, and finishing up getting my license have been keeping me on my toes.

What has your week looked like? Hopefully a bit less busy than mine.

So I've been dying to tell you all that I've got some exciting plans for Footprints in the Sand. S0 keep a lookout for those!

I also have some upgrades to this blog that will be implemented in the next couple of weeks. 

I'll be gone next week for camp, but I hope to have a few good posts to share with you while I am gone (good ole' post scheduling, you know). 

   Here are a few additions that will be coming soon to Footprints in the Sand:

  • MORE Weekend Findings! I know, I know I have been so bad at keeping up with these.
  • More recipes and DIY's. Got some already lined up.
  • Personal artwork! Which will include custom typography pieces and watercolor paintings.
  • Many more posts on bookish things. I love books and literature too much to post only a few times a month. So keep your eyes open for book-related posts. And if you have suggestions in that area, I'll take 'em!
  •  A whole revamp to the blog look. Color scheme below. New tabs/categories (not all new, but am taking away one or two and adding a few new ones). 
  • and MORE
To keep you inspired for the following weeks, here are a few photos of some epiphanies of mine for the revamp of Footprints in the Sand.

^ this color scheme | and this verse = mission

So there you are! I would love to hear your thoughts on everything and anything. 

Hope you have a super week!

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Friday, March 2, 2012

A little 101

Welcome to the new 

How do you like it? So I am sure you are probably a little confused as to what everything is and how it works, huh? I am doing a new setup where every post will be posted under a separate category. Categories include: 
If you might be wondering what each tab is all about, go to my tabs page.

Also, there is a handy-dandy FAQ page to the side that will answer most of your questions about the new and improved blog. If they don't, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

And since I would love to meet all you new folks who might attend to this blog, it'd be grand if you headed on over to my guest book and said "hi". 

And well, that is the basicsDo you have any questions? Of course you do! Go ahead and send 'em my way

All text © 2012-15 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012-15 Charity Klicka Photography