Wednesday, September 19, 2012

for this Day

This is a little of what my day looked/looks like. Warm yogurt honey waffles with maple syrup and fresh raspberries, Grapefruit juice fizz, a little bit of Sehnsucht*literature study of C.S Lewis and his craze for Northernness, a plethora of chapters and materials to read in preparation for my World History exam, and a messy desk that I haven't used since, I don't know when (simply because the desk is messy and these days I have not been in the best of moods to clean it). You want to help? 

When I think of traveling, of visiting places like Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, of the adventures that will befall me on such a journey, I get this sensation of Sehnsucht*.

In German, Sehnsucht means an "inconsolable longing", a kind of mystical yearning. Can I better explain what I feel? Surely not. A sort of yearning comes over me, likened almost unto C.S Lewis's "Northernness"1.

I now work on my essay on Lewis and his Northernness craze, whittling away the hours until the essay is due and anticipating bible study tonight. All the while, pondering on this sense of Northern calling accompanied with that thing called joy. My mind is fully engaged at this point, I can't turn back now.

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

1 Lewis on Northernness, "I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky, I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described (except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale, and remote) and then, as in the other examples, found myself at the very same moment already falling out of that desire and wishing I were back in it” (17). as Musings about this to come later, be looking. || *SehnsuchtSehnsucht is a German noun translated as "longing", "yearning", or "craving", or in a wider sense a type of "intensely missing". However, Sehnsucht is difficult to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Just Fantastic! - Book Exchange, watercolor painting, and London

Just brilliant. I would totally have one of these telephone boxes in my house! 

What is an odd, seemingly different item you would place in your house in an instant? Or what is some out of the ordinary item you might already have?

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11 - yet there is Hope.

   Although I was a young girl when 9/11 happened, I remember it quite clearly. It was all so surreal. Was this really happening? Were the towers really crumbling, with hundreds of people inside? And then came the real question, Why? Why did this happen? And even, how? How could it happen? This is America. All those innocent lives, all those dads never going home to their families, all those moms never getting to hold their children again, all those children never getting to see their mom or dad again (or both). It was hard to process. Even though I didn't lose a loved one in the wreck, I still felt like a little part of me went missing that day.

   Yet we can still have hope in the return of Christ. No more pain, no more hurt, all our tears will be wiped away. And we can also pray. Pray for those who have lost loved ones to 9/11, pray for those who carry on the legacy of those who came before them. We remember, and we pray.

"Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” 

--President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001.

We shall never forget. May those who live on, continue the legacy of those who have fallen, of the heroes who have gone before.

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Saturday, September 8, 2012

RECIPE || Almond Smoothie

So I am pretty stoked to share this recipe with you! Don't be deceived by its commonplace name, there is more to it than you think!

It is a delicious mixture of chocolate (everyone loves chocolate), bananas, and a healthy dose of oatmeal and Almonds (FIBER!). Great for a healthy and yummy snack at midnight, second breakfast, tea-time, afternoon snack and so forth.

Adapted from Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Smoothie on A Daily Something

1/4 cup almonds
3 tbsp raw oatmeal
1 cup water
1/4 cup Almond milk (Raw milk if you do not have Almond milk on hand)
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
2 frozen bananas
8 ice cubes

1. First blend the liquids, cocoa powder, oatmeal, and almonds. 
2. Then add in the bananas and ice cubes. Add more liquid as needed. 
3. Stick a spoon and stir the mixture just be absoltuely sure it as all blended together (DON'T do this while the blender is on! ;).
4. Pour into a funky glass (I love using mason jars) and slurp through a straw (You must have a straw!) 
4. ENJOYx100!

I have made this smoothie countless times. I am diary-free so I use Almond milk (which by the way makes it all the more creamy!), but my brother uses raw milk and he LOVES it. "Hey Charity, can you make me that Almond smoothie for breakfast, just a little glass?"

And the great thing about this recipe is that you can mix it up, try adding dates, coconut oil, other kinds of nuts, protein powder, and so forth. Make it your own. 

You must try it.

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Increase Your Joy.

Breathing in the cool morning air, I picked up the pace and pushed myself to sprint up the hill. As I the reached the top and started a slower decent down the other side, I breathed deeply of fall approaching. This is it. These are those moments you take in as they come. No, nothing fantastic was taking place in my life. No spiritual retreats renewing my soul. Yet here I was, running freely through the beautiful countryside as I thought of my savior. 

These were some of the thoughts running through my head yesterday morning as I went on my daily morning run down our dirt road here, in Hamilton. Yes, nothing fantastical was happening in my life and yet God filled me with an overwhelming sense of joy. As C.S Lewis said, "Joy is the serious business of Heaven." And indeed it is.

When I run every morning, I feel the joy of God. I breathe in the air He has provided. I think of those He has placed in my life. 

Within the past two+ years I have been working on my flexibility. As a child, I had always wanted to take ballet. Unfortunately, it never worked out. But a few years ago I resolved to (despite not actually doing ballet) learn ballet moves and stretches. I have worked to stay flexible, and to my surprise being flexible has helped in many ways.

I have been able to think clearer, injuries turn out to be not as painful and so forth. It has been one of the few blessings God has provided me over the last years since my father's death.

It has been a time to breathe deeply, relieve stress, and remember again to trust God. I have now, through stretching, accomplished both the right and left splits, and I can do various toe stretches with my hands flat on the ground etc. There aren't really any technical names for the sorts of stretches I do, but I can tell you they didn't come in short order. Through time, perseverance and stretching, stretching, and stretching flexibility was at last achieved. All that to say God has been watching over me, He has been leading and guiding me since my father's death and provided me a way to find a little joy.

To me, Jesus, meine freude*.

What does joy mean to you?

"The inevitable result of preaching the Gospel to yourself will be a pronounced joy, an infectious joy, a consistent joy. Like nothing else, the Gospel creates joy; it's both the source and the object of our joy." 
-C.J. Mahaney

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography | *Jesus, [is] my joy 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekend Findings


I used to feature a section on my blog called Weekend Findings.
The Weekend Findings were my muses from the weekend, including: crafts, inspiring blogs, fashion, home goods and more.

I am not doing Weekend Findings currently, but I might pick it back up again. If you would like to see past Weekend Findings, check them out HERE. Also, I would love to hear your feedback about Weekend Findings, Do you want it back? Did you enjoy them? Is it better I stopped doing them? Comment here or send me an email, I'd love to hear your opinion!