Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Honor of a Christian

"Prayer is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian." 

-Charles Spurgeon

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Student Ambassador Trip ::: Canceled

Dear Readers, those Who have supported my Fund, etc:

First off, I want to thank those of you who have supported me and spread the word about my Fund! All your help did not go unnoticed

The main reason I am writing to you is to let you know that after much thought, I have decided to not go on the People to People Student Ambassador trip. Apart from the expenses being incredibly high, I feel God calling me to other areas of mission where I can place my sole focus on serving Him!

However, although I will not be traveling with People to People to Europe this summer, I am looking into traveling with other fellow Christians to Scotland to minister there (whether in the community or local church). I feel that if this were to turn out, my time would be better spent serving God fully by working with the people of Scotland rather than trying to fit in some evangelical time into the busy schedule of the P2P trip. 

I would ask if you could continue to keep me in your prayers, as well as be on my mailing list should I decide to travel to Scotland this summer. It is completely up to you to do the latter, but I would be most appreciative if I could count on your continued support. Just email me and let me know if I can add your email to my mailing list. I would only send 1-2 emails tops about the criteria of the trip should I go on one in the next couple of summers. If I do not travel to Europe, I will not use your email for any other purpose. 

I feel rather foolish that I jumped into the People to People trip so quickly, when instead I should have sought God and His counsel on the matter. As of now, I am not traveling to Europe this summer. I have canceled the trip with P2P, and am putting my trust in God to guide me where He wills.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mr. Washington, Sir

“. . . that he [God] would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

Circular to the States, 8 June 1783
-George Washington

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Desktop Lately

Well I've decided to start a new ::mini:: series. Desktop Lately. It will be a post about once every 1-2 months (or so), of images (screenshots) of what's happening lately on my desktop. Make sense?

For example, this week I wrote three essays for World History, started using my Lightroom Photoshop 4 to edit photos, etc, and down below I've included photos of aforementioned activities plus other happens in the life of my screen. I promise future posts from Desktop Lately will have more interesting photos!

Whatcha think?

Tumblr musings of February.
Three essays in Progress. All on gender relations and labor systems from 1750-1914. Fun right?
Editing photos from a shoot with my sister and soon to be brother-in-law.  
Pinterest /// of course. Funny how my random pins onto random boards can begin to look like a mood board themselves. 
Woot! The ::NEW:: Les Miserables Soundtrack is on Pandora

And now I leave you with some inspiring lyrics from The Bishop, performed by Colm Wilkinson in the new Les Miserables Movie (2012). 

But remember this, my brother, / See in this some high plan. / You must use this precious silver / To become an honest man. / By the witness of the martyrs, / By the passion and the blood, / God has raised you out of darkness: / I have bought your soul for God.
-The Bishop, Colm Wilkinson 

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Green + Gold Muses

I scanned the lovely images and items that flood the internet, and came upon a few specific items that perfectly fit a gold/darker green theme. So here is a little inspiration board. 
Do enjoy!

1. So I completely adore this bag. Something about the funky geometric print, and then there's the colors of the bag (of course). Technically it is a Navy blue, but who knew, right?
2. You can't get any better than hand-painted notecards, well really than hand-painted anything. So sweet and simple.
3. This is an inspiring image from a talented Flikr user. Something about the foaming water and the deep color of the rock overhang is just gorgeous (and really quite inspiring). 
4. Okay, so who wouldn't like this adorable hand-painted folk owl mug. Just find me one person.
5. A gold lace pattern. Intricate and so gold.
6. This lovely card selection is from Calligraphy Wedding Invitation Collection from Hazel Wonderland. The sweeping fonts are gorgeous, and the colors add a boldness to an elegant set. 

P.S. There is this fantastic dress, here, that fits the theme quite well (but which I didn't have room to include above). It is called a Green Paloma Embellished Dress, by Oasis. 

What kind of color inspirations have you found this week?

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography

Monday, February 18, 2013

Brain on Vaction

So my brain went on vacation to some remote location, I can't seem to find it anywhere. And there are three essays and an exam with my name on it. And all are due tonight. 

Is this what I get for saying "Bring it 2013!"? I feel as if it were. Well played.

So I am writing this post just as a little update, and to ask for prayers. I am rather stressed, as procrastination can do that to you. And I have so much on my mind, and would rather do anything but write essays (or take an exam). Literally, I want to paint, and write (as in letters), and photograph, and blog (which I am doing currently and shouldn't), and sing, and laugh, and sleep (oh glorious sleep), and really anything else.

Earlier today I was having difficulty writing and bringing history to mind (still am), and so I opened up the Word. The chapter I happened upon was Psalm 16. Although seemingly found at random, the chapter was certainly not so random in how it affected my heart. A few verses specifically stuck out to me, and really encouraged me. 
"I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:8-11).
Through each trial, including essay writing, God gives me strength. I can take Joy because my God is at my right hand. I know the Lord will not abandon me, in school, in relationship, in love, and in life. God is my security. 

So I pray you can take hope, dear reader, that whatever you go through you have security in God. I hope you can find encouragement in my procrastination and stress, and find Joy in He who always holds your hand. 

Have a really jolly evening drinking tea, reading a good book, or just relaxing! Something I cannot do tonight. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Muses

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A little valentines love. 
1. Gorgeous blooms to brighten up your space. 
2. A delicious cake (which I made last year, and it was A-mazing) to sweeten up your home. 
3. A romantic accessory to make you feel loved this Valentine's. 
4. Some pizzazz and glitter to add sparkle to your Valentine's celebration. 
5. A cute pair of studs to show off on your date night. 
6. And this photograph, to remind make you feel all and fuzzy inside.

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography