Thursday, March 29, 2012

THIS DAY || giving thanks

A photo I took while walking down the road.
WHAT I'M THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY

qarm sunny days accompanied by a lovely breeze / friends visiting from Massachusetts / celebrating my sisters birthday / strawberry lip balm / bright colored socks + moccasins / musical muses / a walk down an old country road / toes in the grass / family / reading my favorite bloggers posts / unending, amazing grace from my Father

What are you thankful for this day?

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

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...

READ MORE HERE.

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, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,  but rather pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a 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."

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.
Hosanna by Michael Card on Grooveshark


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


Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!


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.

INGREDIENTS:
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

INSTRUCTIONS:
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. 
:: SIDE NOTE ::
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

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DIY Mustache Stamp || I mustache you a question...


The gals over at Fernweh were kind enough to share my Mustache DIY with their readers. So head on over and take a peek. And plus, I know you want to try it out.


Okay, well, that's it. 

THE END, 'n all that.




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

Monday, March 19, 2012

mused.




"Let God have you, and let God love you!-and don't be 

surprised if your heart begins to hear music you've 

never heard and your feet begin to dance as never 

before."

-Max Lucado



What a beautiful thought!


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

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Christian Thought.





I have written for those who are willing to take the trouble of thinking, & of forming opinions of their own on theological questions. It has been no part of my aim to spare my pupils or anyone else the trouble of intense thought. . . . You were made to think. It will do you good to think; to develop your powers by study. God designed that religion should require thought, intense thought, & should thoroughly develop our powers of thought.
-Charles Finney


What is it like to think deeply as a Christian?



Seek Him First,
All text © 2011 Charles Finney | All Photography © 2011 HisLightPhotography

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Captivating Beauty /// Guest Post


   Were I to compile a list of the flaws I see when I look in the mirror it would be as long as your arm. Girls and women of all ages are much the same, depressed and disillusioned by the unattainable dream of being beautiful. The mirror is unkind and cameras never lie, and when I step out into the world I am beset by images of slim, pretty, perfect models and even real girls who look like that. I begin to believe that people won't like someone as repugnant as myself, who has bad hair days and doesn't wear makeup yet, a girl with over-sized features who looks to be about thirteen years old. Underweight, overweight, ungraceful, uncaptivating.

Bethany Dillon captures our heart's cry perfectly in her song “Beautiful”:

“I want to be beautiful / Make you stand in awe / Look inside my heart / and be amazed / I want to hear you say / Who I am is quite enough / Just want to be worthy of love / And beautiful"

   Just want to be worthy of love! Just want to be noticed, pursued, adored. That is what we long for, so we follow the incongruous rules and search high and low for beauty. Tooth whitening, hair dye, manicures and pedicures, dieting, high heels, clothing that shrinks or pads in the right places. Some employ desperate measures: surgeries, anorexia, permanent make-up, creams, pills, powders. An endless race; for the older we get, the more weight and wrinkles we contract and the harder it is to lose them.

   How many tears have been shed in desolation and longing? Longing for Kiera Knightley's figure or Taylor Swift's hair, for well-coordinated clothes or smooth, acne-free skin. Health is endangered by attempts to be thin. And it only gets worse as the years go by. Is this inner longing from our Creator? Was it meant to be this way?

Yes and no.

God did not set this impossible standard for physical perfection. He created us in His image, each one of us unique and beautiful in His eyes. How many times have you heard this? Sometimes it just doesn't penetrate, and we have to repeat the well-known words again and again before our emotions catch on. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14, NIV) But there, whether we realize it all the time or not, lies the key to true beauty. “I praise you,” the psalmist says; or as it is in the King James Version, “I will praise you.” Your creations are wonderful! This works simply because it turns our focus from ourselves to our wonderful Creator. Step aside from the world's stereotypes and patterns: let your mind be transformed by God.

Read how Bethany Dillon ends her song:

“You make me beautiful / You make me stand in awe / You step inside my heart, and I am amazed / I love to hear You say / Who I am is quite enough / You make me worthy of love and beautiful”

   Let God step inside your heart and set you free from the lies you have believed. Instead of pursuing an unreasonable goal, pursue righteousness and you will find true beauty, a beauty that makes you captivating.

XOXOX, Anna Allison 



All text  Typeface, written in 2009 | Images © 2011 Hislightphotography

Sunday, March 11, 2012

O Sacred Head now wounded




“They …twisted together a crown of thorns.”

Mark 15:17


          The writer of this ancient poem sought, by means of his medieval imagination, to stand before the cross. For me, it is the finest lament to be found in the hymnal. It moves from empathy to contrition and finally to thanksgiving.

          The Gospels tell us that the only followers of Jesus to actually stand before the cross were the disciple John and the women who had followed and supported Him all along. The detail is also given in two of the Gospels that they were standing “at a distance” (Luke 23:49). (It’s hard for me to imagine Peter not being there as well, since he and John seem to have become constant companions after the arrest.)

          What they witnessed was more than a man being tortured to death. As Jesus pushed up, again and again on the nails that had been driven through His feet, gasping for enough air to utter one of those seven last words, the witnesses also were seeing the death of all their dreams. Until we understand this, we will not “get” Easter. To stand before the cross and watch Jesus die was to become painfully aware that it had all been for nothing. He would not save Himself, nor would the Father. Good Friday does not mean the death of Jesus; it is the death of all hope.  It was a lived-out lament. As Buechner says, “The miracle of the cross is that there was no miracle.”

          The medieval poet found his way to this hopeless place and put words to his experience for you and me. We cannot count how many believers in the past have arrived at the foot of the cross with the help of the desolate words of the first few verses. Only by means of their dark cloth, does the brilliance of the diamond of the final verse shine.

          There is no language, nor are there words, to thank Him for His “dying sorrow”. The only appropriate response is for us to give ourselves completely to Him, to ask that He would “make [us] Thine forever.”

          This is a wonderful example of the end of lament. The joyful place at which this hymn finally arrives could not have been reached any other way except through the darkness of lament. This is not simply a catharsis; it is an example of worshiping God as well.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me Thine forever!

Seek Him First,


All text and images Michael Card © 2011 | Organized, adapted by Charity Klicka

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A child at heart

my attempt at
a bit of poetry work.


A CHILD AT HEART IN SOME WAY
by charity klicka

Of course we will grow day by day
But for now I want to remain
  A child at heart in some way.

  I like the way that children play
They dress their dolls as Jack and Jane.
  Of course we will grow day by day.

  See, they don’t care what people say
  They skip and dance down the lane
For they are a child at heart in some way.

They jump up and down the stairway
And pretend they are traveling on a voyage to Spain.
 But of course they will grow day by day.

 They stand in the ocean and feel the spray
 Choo-choo as a train, or fly as a plane
 For they stay a child at heart in some way.

 So when I am older and go on holiday
 I’ll fly through the sky in a real airplane
 For of course we will grow day by day
 But I will stay a child at heart in some way.


How do you remain a child at heart?


All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 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
THOUGHTS?

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

Donuts - A story


There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States.

Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution.


Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going onto seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him.

"How many push-ups can you do?"

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mused Traveling Photos || England & Wales

I came across some of my moms photos from her trip to England and Wales this past year. I thought I would edit a few and share some of the highlights of her trip. Although I did not go, I am planning on traveling across the pond in the not too distant future.


Although they did not actually go to the Les Mis showing in England, they did see this.
 




What are your favorites from these pictures?

If you could travel anywhere at all, where would it be?

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Tracy Klicka