I love this quote...

She is clothed in fine linen and purple.
50mm, 1/200, f/3.2, ISO 1000 (with Kenko tubes)

“All the saving events and all the saving blessings of the gospel are means of getting obstacles out of the way so that we might know and enjoy God most fully. Propitiation, redemption, forgiveness, imputation, sanctification, liberation, healing, heaven — none of these is good news except for one reason: they bring us to God for our everlasting enjoyment of him. If we believe all these things have happened to us, but do not embrace them for the sake of getting to God, they have not happened to us.

Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.”

— John Piper
God is the Gospel
(Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2005), 47


A friend just shared this video of Laura Story singing "Blessings".  Tonight was the first time I ever heard it, and I was really touched by the lyrics and her story behind why she wrote it.  In the song, Laura asks, "What if your blessings come through raindrops?  What if your healing comes through tears?  What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you're near?  And what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?"  If you're walking through a trial right now, I hope you are blessed by this song.

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Pet Week

Sweet dreams Charlie!  You must be tired from all the tricks you've been up to this week like learning how to open the bedroom doors so that we can't lock you in there anymore when we have company.  Oh and lets not forget how you learned how to jump on the gate to escape from our backyard.  Yes, you must be tired.  I hope you're not dreaming up any more devious things! :)

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I Heart Faces Photo Challenge - Beautiful Eyes

He steals my heart daily...
85mm, 1/200, f/3.5, ISO 800 (with extension tubes)

These are the beautiful eyes of my baby boy who is almost ONE!  I was photographing the flowers around my yard with my new macro extension tubes when I decided to take a picture of my cutie who was sitting in his swing.  I'm so glad I did, because I love this shot of him.  It's such an honest expression of who he his - my sweet, happy, content little bubs. :)

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Let your light shine...
50mm, f/1.8, 1/200, ISO 320 (with Kenko extension tubes )

Abby threw a tantrum this morning.  Why?  Because I offered her a cookie.  But she didn't want the cookie I had.  She wanted another kind of cookie and couldn't trust that my cookie would be better than the one her mind was stuck on.  Obviously she wasn't given any cookies because of her reaction, and she received some discipline instead!

But oh how she reminds me of myself.  For me, it's not about cookies.  It's about other, bigger, more grown up things, but my reaction toward God is often the same.  As I was chopping some garden veggies for dinner tonight, I had this song playing in the background and was so stirred by its honesty.  I felt the Lord speaking to me through one particular part highlighted in bold text below.  Like a selfish child, I so often murmur at what God has appointed for my life even though I know that what He has appointed is best.  Best!  I fully know that His will is best and desperately want to follow Him, but in my heart I still have seeds of ungratefulness.

Lord help me to fully trust you and rejoice in Your plan for my life.  Remove me from the equation and allow me to be content in You alone.

Here are the lyrics below.  And if you'd like to hear the song click here.  It's really beautiful.

I know the Lord is nigh,
And would but cannot pray,
For Satan meets me when I try,
And frights my soul away,
And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
Though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can never relent
Till Jesus makes it soft,
Till Jesus makes it soft.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would but cannot love,
Though wooed by love divine;
No arguments have power to move
A soul as base as mine.
A soul so base as mine.

I would but cannot rest,
In God’s most holy will;
I know what He appoints is best,
And murmur at it still.
I murmur at it still.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

Meet Yoselin!

Yesterday I told you about Kimberly, our newly sponsored child from El Salvador.  At the end of my post, I mentioned that when Abby and Timmy get older, I want them to have their own sponsored children as well.  But the Lord immediately convicted my heart when I wrote that.  These children need help now.  So I went back to World Vision's site and did a search for a little girl that was born on the same day as Abby.  When I saw Yoselin, I just knew that I had to sponsor her too.  She's also from El Salvador just like Kimberly!  And those pigtails did me in... They reminded me of my own little pigtailed girl. :)  Now I just need to find a little boy with Timmy's birthday... hopefully from El Salvador too so I can visit them all one day!