Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Birthday + Rainy Day GIVEAWAY!

So some of you might know, and others might not know, that yesterday was my birthday. I'm now a fresh little 19-year-old that still has a great deal left to learn. But in light of that particular day and the implications it generally provides, and because of these past few days being some of the rainiest, dreariest, coldest days here, I've decided to conduct a giveaway. I'd like to give back to you all as you've been such splendid readers, and besides what better way to brighten a rainy day then to brighten your day with lovely gifts!

All the items I've chosen for the giveaway are ones I love. 

1. 100% recycled notebook. 
2. Your choice of any custom hand-painted art piece of any quote (from Infinity Designs). For more ideas on my typography, look at some of my art samples.
3. 4 tea bags of delicious fair trade green tea from Archer Farms.
4. Full color collector's edition of The Last Battle (C.S. Lewis); one of my very favorite books.

ENTER down below for a chance to win! 
The GIVEAWAY ends May 8 at midnight.

Do something splendid this rainy day!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We have the Victory!

"'O death, where is your victory? 
 O death, where is your sting?'

 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 
 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

-1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Today is Easter Sunday. One of my favorite days of the year! Why? Well because I am reminded today, that much more, of what my Savior has done for me. If you've been reading this blog at all, you'll know that I am absolutely nothing without Him.

There are multiple, multiple posts under my Inspired category that detail the times I've been succumbed with utter dread or overwhelming worry at the status and situation of my life, and the surrounding events. No, my life is not awful or unbearable; but there have been times where I've had no idea how I'll make it to the next day. And you know what? God's grace and love are the only things that have gotten me through. I find Him through beautiful music dancing with words of glory and love; I find Him through a jolly good book filled with courage, truth, joy, and trusting; I find Him in the beautiful, bright faces or truth-filled letters of the dear hearts He's placed in my life; I find Him in the morning as the dew glistens off the grass, in the noontime when a cool breeze blows and ruffles my hair, in the evening when the sun sets in gorgeous arrays of purples, pinks, and oranges. I know Him and find Him in the simple yet glorious things.

Today is one of those overwhelming days like what I mentioned above. One of those days where I just can't see how I'm going to make it to tomorrow. But guess what? Today isn't about me. Today is that glorious day to remember in full detail the awesome, absolutely marvelous truth of Christ dying to redeem us from our sins and His resurrection three days later. Oh dear heart, doesn't that thought overcome all other thoughts you might have of worry, overcome all your fears and frets, all your heart-aches and hurts? 

He is greater still.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Regardless of where you're at or what you have to do today, or next week, will you take a moment with me to simply breathe (you must go outside for this to really work) and marvel at the awesome things our glorious Savior has done? 

He died, that we may live. He took on the full wrath of God so that we didn't have to. How glorious! How wonderful! Sure I am stinkin' overwhelmed with upcoming tests, big projects, assignments, and other responsibilities that I must do in the next few days. But see, I also know a wonderful Savior that gave up everything so that I could live forever with Him in heaven one day. 

Now certainly child, that's something grand to celebrate! Eternity with our Savior, the author and perfecter of our faith, forever.

Go outside, dear heart, marvel in our Lord and let your worries and frets go. They have absolutely no significance when compared to the goodness and greatness of our Lord! We have victory in our Lord Jesus Christ! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, April 18, 2014

our spirits are filled and lifted - Good Friday

"He himself bore our sins...on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. 

By his wounds [we are] healed."

1 Peter 2:24

He died, for me. What a blessed thought: that Jesus Christ died a horrific, inhumane death on a cross for you and me. He died for us, we who weren't even born yet. He died for us, we who nailed Him to the cross. What a beautiful, incomprehensible thought. I know that our human contrivances, our fallible minds can't even comprehend this glorious thing: a Savior, so perfect and Holy, died for the sins of a human race so undeserving. And on the third day, He rose again because although our sins held us down...they couldn't keep Christ down. He arose, conquering death and promising His children that He would come again.

Each year, when Easter rolls around, I feel like it's quite easy to get caught up in the whole "festive" feel of the holiday. But Easter isn't just a holiday where you eat lots of discounted chocolate bunnies, paint eggs, or buy a spankin' new suit or spring dress for Easter Sunday. For me, Easter is a more glorious and celebrated day out of the year to remember God's unfailing love and his indescribable grace. Yet I don't just wait for Easter to celebrate in the goodness of our God. Each day of my life is a celebration of his faithfulness and His love. Each day I get to glory in my Redeemer for what He has done for me: for dying on the cross, and for redeeming me and making me His. Isn't that something we should be celebrating every. single. day. of the year? It's more than I can comprehend with my mortal mind, and more than I could ever. ever put into any form of human eloquence.

Love so amazing, 
so divine, 
demands my soul, 
my life, 
my all. 

-Isaac Watts

I'm sorry I don't have a new way of explaining Easter, nor a profound spiel on the simplicity of the Gospel or the relevance of it's truth. I'm frankly at a loss for words when it comes to who Christ is and what He's done. HE is greater than anything and anyone, and no words nor actions will ever do Him justice. My only thought and prayer this day is that you will know what Easter truly means for you. 

He had to suffer, so that we could be free. He had to die, so that we could LIVE. 
"Observing the rites of Passover and Easter, we’re linked in time to the ancient origins of our values and to the unborn generations who will still celebrate them long after we’re gone. As Paul explained in his Epistle to the Ephesians, 'He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. So then you were no longer strangers and aliens, but you were fellow citizens of God’s household.'
This is a time of hope and peace, when our spirits are filled and lifted. It’s a time when we give thanks for our blessings—chief among them,  freedom, peace, and the promise of eternal life." 

May you dear reader, this good Friday, remember and know (even in part) the glorious thing that Christ has done for you! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 :: Jewel Peach Photography