Wow…never thought of it to that extent….I will be printing pictures asap!!!
Originally posted on Mike Yost Photography:
They’re everywhere. In your phone, on your tablet, you have your point-n-shoot, and maybe even a DSLR. A few might even own a film camera. You can’t escape the selfies, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. People are deluged with photographs. And today, people are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.
The sad part is that few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. To many people, a “picture” is only good for the moment. Moms and Dads want to snap every little movement of that new baby. Grandma wants to see everyone one of those too. When you want to show off the new puppy, you pull out the phone. And in a week, none of them have any real meaning and might even get “deleted” just to make…
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This is a story I wrote for a contest on Faith Writers recently. Enjoy! :) ______________________________________________
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The other day, a friend and I were discussing the importance of asking YHWH into your life, and it struck me how many people ask YHWH into their lives, but yet are unwilling to let Him have total control in all areas of their life. They do not desire and trust with all their hearts in Him. YHWH will never, I repeat, NEVER, force Himself upon people. If someone doesn’t truly desire Him to lead every area of their lives, or is simply “pretending” to be a believer, YHWH will not impose upon you, until after much gentle nudging, you choose to fully accept Him in every area! Stop trying to take things into your own hands, because everything will fall into place in HIS time, not yours. Ask Him from the bottom of your heart, from the depths of your soul, to live inside you, and fully trust Him. (“And in all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22) Do not be another hypocritical Christian…we have way too many in the world already! (“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37) Here’s a secret: When you can’t get along with someone, a parent, a sibling, or a friend, or if someone is just plain downright hard to love, don’t ask YHWH to help YOU to love them, but instead ask YHWH to love them through you! If you feel lost as to what you should do or say, ask YHWH to speak through you! This is really putting the term “to be like Jesus” to full use, because you aren’t trying on your own to love or to speak, but you are simply allowing His perfect love to wash through you, and pour forth as purely as only YHWH can give it. His love is perfect in every which way, and can never compare to what we try to give of ourselves. Think of the Potter and a vessel. Allow His love to go where He wills it, just as the Potter pours water forth from his vessel, where he wills it to go. (“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”) Repent daily of your sins. Don’t think that because you said you were sorry last week, and generally do it once a week, or whenever you think about it, that you will get by. No! We sin every single minute, in thoughts, actions, and words. YHWH could appear at anytime, and if we aren’t ready at that minute, it will be too late. Remember…we are His bride…our hands must be washed clean of sin, and our hearts as white and pure as a bride’s white garments, and we must be wearing the crown of purity and righteousness, at all times!
Shalom my dear friends, and may YHWH deeply bless you, and may you learn to trust Him with your entire being.
My Epilogue to “The Bridesmaid”
Hi everyone! :) I have updated this blog and changed/added some things to it. :) If anybody emailed us at our Inbox account, I never got to see it because the account got deactivated because I didn’t log in for too long. Anyways, please look around and check out the things I’ve updated, including our About page!
My Grace is Sufficient
~Thought of and written down at 10:43 AM on January 4, 2013~
I was just laying in bed, thinking. Not about anything important, just some dreams I had that morning. As I was laying there thinking, a different thought popped into my head all of a sudden, apparently out of no where. As the thought became clearer, more visible, and was progressing, I felt that the Father was speaking to me and giving me something. By the way, this thought came in analogy form. When I had thought through the whole analogy until the end, I jumped out of bed, wanting to get this written down before I forgot any of it. The analogy is this:
Pretend that you are a picture frame hanging on a wall by a big, loopy string. Let’s say that at some point of your hanging there, the string breaks and you fall to the floor. So you try to tie and knot the ends of your string yourself until you think that it will hold. ~~~(I know that this may sound a little silly because that can’t happen, but just bear with me :) )~~~ When you’re done you feel great satisfaction in being able to fix it yourself. Then, much to your surprise and dismay, the string breaks again the very next day, and this time in another area. As you fall to the ground once more, your fall is worse this time and you land harder and more painfully. After thinking for awhile you realize that this time youneed the owner of the house to fix you properly, to give you a new, stronger string. At least—that’s what many people have been telling you. Except for a couple of your friends. They think that “you’re doing just splendidly on your own, and what a great job you did fixing it yourself; why on earth would you need to ask for help?!” So you are very much tempted to believe them, but finally you take the wiser counsel of your godlier friends. So you ask for help, and the owner of the house comes and carefully puts on a newer, stronger string, and you are very grateful and think you’ll never fall again now! Well…..three days later, guess what happens. :) But this time you know not to let your pride get the best of you —you’ve learned your lesson!—and you humbly call for help again. The owner comes running….
Sisters, I am sure you’ve already guessed the interpretation of this analogy. But whether or not you have, please let me explain anyway.
As you can see, the picture frame represents you or anyone in this situation. The flimsy, broken string represents problems you could be going through, past or present hurts in your life, or anything that is making you struggle. You know that you can’t continue without some kind of mending because you’ve fallen and need to get back up. After a little while, you figure out a solution to your problems—a quick way to “patch things up” (albeit temporary, as you will find out). So you “tie and knot the end,” so to speak, thinking you’ve got it, “everything will be fine now, I’ve taken care of it myself” because you managed to keep yourself afloat (on the wall ;) ) for a little while longer. Oh, dear friends!!! That is when we are at our weakest, thinking we can fix ourselves and our problems in our own strength! Then the Godly people in our lives tell us that we need to turn to The Master Builder, The Owner of the house, THIS house—your body, which is His temple—and also the earth. Since He created you, He knows the right way to fix you—permanently.So after a few days, before we hear enough wise advice to sway us just yet, we fall again, but harder and more painfully this time, and now there’s another “break” or wound and all your old problems still aren’t solved, so now you really need help. All the Godly people in your life who can see your obvious need (even though you can’t or refuse to) are praying for you and keep telling you Who you need to turn to for real help. Then there’s these other, more worldly friends, who, after hearing what happened and what you did (or tried to do) told you that you were “doing just fine, you have no reason to listen to those ridiculous ‘religious’ friends of yours.” Quite obviously (or maybe not so obviously! He can be verrry subtle), that is the Enemy speaking through them. He doesn’t care about your soul(unless there’s another good way to get it before God does!) and he doesn’t want you to have everlasting peace and contentment through Christ. SO, to make long analogy short…. :)
You think about your situation, and finally give in to the wiser advice. Broken and humble, you cry out in desperation to your Heavenly Father, begging Him to mend your life, while giving Him all of you forever—never looking back! He will always come running when you seek Him with your whole heart. He gives you a peace you’ve never known, one that transcends all understanding, and little by little you see Him working in your life, drawing you with cords or “strings” of love, and putting a “new string on your frame.” You might begin to start feeling a little proud at how well things are turning out and how you did the right thing, so He decides to give you a little test. The string breaks again one day and things unexpectedly go awry. You fall—again. But this time (hopefully!) you realize how smug you became and that pride really does go before a fall. J So, once more you seek His Face, asking Him to forgive you, and once more He comes a-runnin!!!
Sisters, I sincerely hope that if this analogy describes you, you will quickly realize what a mistake it is to try to fix yourself on your own and that it is only in His strength we are made perfect. As I was writing this, The Lord gave me a Scripture verse that I had forgotten about until I came to the end of the analogy. Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless The LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” So friends, I will leave you with a few more verses of encouragement. And remember, I needed to hear this as much as you. We are growing every day together. Maybe I should go back and read it all over again! :)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness’…” ~2 Corinthians 12:9
In His Name,
This post was originally written by me (@missjenny42) over four months ago(!), and it’s been sitting in the drafts for that long! It never got published before because I wanted @hannahd to be able to add to it and edit it, if need be, but she’s been too busy to do much of anything on this blog, so I’ve decided to just publish it already! :P So anyway, here’s our newest post, with most of it being four months old. :roll: :lol:
Whether you read our blogs or are friends with us on Homeschoolblogger, you may have had numerous questions about us. Well, I would like to answer them! Here are the three major questions about Hannah and me that I shall give explanations for…………………
Q: I’ve noticed that @hannahd and @missjenny42 are constantly saying that they’re real-life friends, yet they don’t live close to each other at all (in fact, they live many, many states away from each other), and they constantly talk about “seeing each other again.” Why do they say they are “real-life” friends if they don’t get to see one another?
A: When Hannah and I first met, we did live close together, and we did see each other in real life. Allow me to explain……
Over eight years ago, Hannah’s family moved to a town not very far from mine. They needed to buy some furniture for their new home, so they went shopping at a furniture store that my grandfather worked at before. After learning that this family he was selling furniture to homeschooled, my grandfather thought that their daughter Hannah, who just happened to be my age, might like to meet his homeschooled granddaughter. ;) So he gave them our phone number, and after Hannah’s mother called us and got acquainted with my mom over the phone (and of course she had to explain how she got our phone number, lol), they invited us to their house!!! :D We become kindred spirits at the first visit! So we played together often and became super best friends. I never met anyone who had so much in common with me before! It was a dream-come-true to have such a perfect friend! :D :D :D
A few years after that in 2005 (this is where it gets sad :cry: ), Hannah’s family moved away to a state that was a large distance away, and then to another state where she currently resides. Due to the long mileage to travel, my family being afraid of planes (and my father not having enough vacation time from his work), Hannah’s family not having sufficient traveling funds (this list of excuses is just pitiful :roll: ),we haven’t seen each other since she moved away almost six years ago. :cry: But! :) We are still best real-life friends, because we talk on the phone for hours every week, and it seems we share every thought with each other, so that’s why we still act as though we’re as close as neighbors. :)
Okay, next question……………
Q: Why is it that Hannah’s first account had the username @vanessa123? Her name is Hannah, not Vanessa! Plus, why is it that a while ago she was calling herself “2 Sisters?” And why doesn’t she use that account anymore?
A: Okay, before I answer the question, let me introduce you to Vanessa! A few years ago Hannah’s father introduced her to a girl via telephone that was about one year younger than her, named Vanessa. Those two girls have so much in common! They became fast friends, and they still are friends today (though they haven’t met in person, YET)! When Hannah first found out about blogs, she became an avid follower of many, and then she got Vanessa and I into reading blogs as well. At first Hannah and I wanted to start blogs of our own, but we were apprehensive of doing so at first. Now Vanessa, being the out-going girl she is, volunteered to make a blog first, which I think you will enjoy, called “The Blessing Corner.” Hannah, being a little less out-going than Vanessa but much more outgoing than me, then wanted to make a blog of her own. But being a little wary of starting one by herself, she asked Vanessa if she would like to start a blog with her. Vanessa agreed to the proposition, so after choosing which server to use for her blog (HSB), Hannah and Vanessa created an account together. Hannah intended to make an account and a blog that they would share equally, so she named her username after Vanessa, called their blog “Sisters for Yah”, and for a while set her name to “2 Sisters”, so that everyone would know that the account was being shared. At first Vanessa posted on the Sisters for Yah blog, (You can see Vannessa’s profile in the About Us page, and you can read posts by Vanessa on this blog here and here). After only a short time, though, Vanessa became very busy, and her access to the Internet was limited, so she stopped posting on this blog, and only posts now on her own blog. :)
A few months ago, Homeschoolblogger had a spam glitch that mistook many members for spam, so it wiped out people’s accounts, including Hannah’s @vanessa123 account. It was later recovered, but before it was she made a new account, @hannahd, and decided when she got @vanessa123 back that she would use her new account for almost everything instead, since the username of her old account was confusing people.
Q: Why does Jennifer sometimes refer to things that happened on HSB before she joined? How would she know what happened on here if she wasn’t on here?!
A: Before I joined HSB, I was skeptical of making my own account at first, so Hannah gave me the password to her @vanessa123 account so that I could see how fun HSB was and decide if I wanted to join myself. I mostly logged in to read what was happening on Hannah’s groups that I wished to join but couldn’t since I wasn’t a member. I did this for quite a few months until I “mustered up the courage” to join HSB myself. (Just in case you’re wondering, I never posted or commented a single word on HSB through Hannah’s account, I only logged into it to see what her friends would say on updates and groups.)
Alright……….I think that I have answered all of the major questions our online friends have had. Without any further adieu, it is now time to finally click that “publish” button! :D
How does everyone like my new playlist on the side?!! :) I hope you enjoy listening to all the songs I put up. If you would like to hear a Christian song that I don’t have, please feel free to request it! I may, however, not choose to put it up for personal reasons.