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Inadequate…To The World

Inadequate…To The World

Do you have feel that you are just not good enough? In anything? The other day I was sitting thinking about all that I need to do for the film…Casting, budgeting, wardrobe, crew, locations, shoot schedule…and I started to feel SO overwhelmed. I am not […]

Filmmaking…And So It Begins

Filmmaking…And So It Begins

“…for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” ~Matthew 17:20 It has been almost 3 months since […]

Routines Help My World Go-Round…Well Sorta.

Routines Help My World Go-Round…Well Sorta.

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So I am the most chaotically organized person ever…Yes, it’s a thing. I am the kind of person who HUNGERS for routine but then it will start to get boring so I allow my world to get really chaotic for a moment, then I stress over the chaos and the cycle just starts all over.

1…Getting up early…so I have ALWAYS been an morning person. For me the quietest time of the day, even with 3 crazy dogs, is first thing in the morning. I love being awake before the world and watching it come to life. I get up at 5:00 every week day whether I am going to the gym or not.

2…Quiet time…I try to get my quiet time in during this time of the day. I love starting my day with the Lord and letting Him lead the rest of it. I have found that if I don’t get this time in then the rest of my day is honestly kind of a mess. Not to say I always have perfect days when I spend time with the Lord but it is ALWAYS worth it.

3…Gym time…I don’t go to the gym every day. I actually only go 3-4 times a week and since this is a newer routine I am having to feel it out along with my new morning routine for work. Plus I am feeling out the gym itself, trying to find the right time and day that isn’t crowed beyond belief so I can get a good sweat in.

4…Work….Granted I don’t have 100% control over this any more since I am expected somewhere now but every day at 7:45am I get in my car and head on into work for the day.

5…Dishes…We don’t have a dishwasher so everything needs to be done by hand. I go out of my way to plan my meals so I don’t have a ton of dishes on nights were I know we have stuff going on. I also try to clean as I cook. This doesn’t always happen, but I try. Dishes need to be done at night though, waking up to a clean, empty sink simply makes me happy.

6…Meal Planning…I will be speaking about this a little bit more at another time but let me tell you, it makes my life a MILLION times easier if I have all the meals we are having written out and when I go to the store I know EXACTLY what I am getting…It saves my brain.

7…BED…I am an old lady, even if I didn’t get up at 5 every morning I would still be in bed no later than 9:30 (10 on the weekends if we go out for a date night). I start shutting down around 8:30pm. I try to not have screen time while I am in bed, I read a little and then pass out. If I do have screen time I can tell the difference in my falling asleep habits so it has become a no go for me. I plug the phone in and leave it on the dresser on the other side of the room so I’m not tempted.

All the rest kind of falls into place. Laundry, food shopping…anything else…all happens on the weekends now along with any social media accounts that I still manage or film work and photography that need editing and exporting. I go week by week with the extras, it all depends on if we have our women’s bible study on Saturday or if Adam has a full weekend off or just Sunday. Because of the above stuff though, I am less stressed, I am not overwhelmed and I get things DONE. I am honestly going to give it ALL up to QUIET TIME, without that time with the Lord, my life would ALWAYS be chaos.

 

8 Years Of Married Bliss…Seriously

8 Years Of Married Bliss…Seriously

Pintrest Photo This film has been one of my all time favorites since I was about 15. The romance, the fashion, the Audrey. To me this woman was the definition of class (right next to Grace Kelly and Julie Andrews). I love the fact that […]

Writing My Heart Out

Writing My Heart Out

  There is no ONE WAY to write….no ONE WAY to get organized or get into the zone or 5 steps to becoming a better writer. I have found only one really important thing for me…Time with the Lord. My writing time in the morning […]

In The Working World Again

In The Working World Again

So recently I got an out of the house JOB…

Wait…What???

I know what you are thinking…But Christine, you hate working for “the man”…what are you doing? Well Life…It happens. I have spent the last couple of years either being a VA or being a social media manager and the bottom just started dropping out. I still have a couple of Social Media clients here in town but I am not getting the amount of clients I need to not work outside of the home.

I did share some of this in my Sunday Glory post on how this job came to happen. I will let you check that out and leave it here simply saying…GOD. I mean it really is that plain and simple. The Lord told me to listen to my husband and then he came to me and made the comment that I should look for something for the time being and I did.

It is so strange working outside of the home again. I mean I have had a couple of jobs here and there…working for Victoria’s Secret (here and in AZ) a photo studio here in ND and in AZ…and that is about it. A giant chunk of time while I was going to school Adam and I didn’t work because we were getting our GI Bills and that paid all we needed every month. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! So I haven’t had a real 9-5 (or in the case of this job, 8-5) since I was in the Air Force…4 years ago people….What???? So to say it was an adjustment is putting it lightly.

But I am finding it to be really fulfilling. I get to spend my days writing and creating, I work on TV spots and documentary pieces. I am getting my juices flowing and have been told by many people, my direct supervisor for a start that this is a GREAT jumping off point. We don’t know where we are going to be in a year…Mainly because we NEVER know where we are going to be in a year, we have moved almost every year of our marriage so…But this job is such a great place to learn and grow in this world. It is mainly advertising and I never actually pictured myself in that place but it is really fun writing mini-shorts for different companies to promote their brand and get their name out there.

So for now I am beyond happy with my new job, it’s hard to be out of the house 8 hours a day and still get everything else done but that is for another post. I will leave it here and say, when the Lord calls you to do something, don’t think, just jump and trust Him enough that He loves you enough to make sure you land on your feet on the path He has laid out for you.

Wordless Wednesday: Out and About

Wordless Wednesday: Out and About

I had some photoshop fun with a couple of these. I love just going out and walking around, taking a drive somewhere and just finding something. I am so excited that the weather is warming up for some new photo shoot days!

Sunday Glory: Trust…A 4 letter word

Sunday Glory: Trust…A 4 letter word

Trust…It may have 5 letters, but for me it’s more of a 4 letter word. Not that I am not a trusting person, I think I am almost TOO trusting of people at times but where I easily trust people on a regular basis, I […]

Wordless Wednesday: The Morning Light

Wordless Wednesday: The Morning Light

Sometimes by soul simply can’t handle the beauty that shines through in the morning light. I honestly feel happiest when I am looking at the sunrise, whether over a snow covered field or as it creeps through our kitchen window. It is the most peaceful moment of the day for me.

 

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

My happy place…Sitting in the kitchen of my mom and stepdad’s house in New Jersey…A house that still stands but isn’t loved anymore the way it once was. Built in the 1700’s and has stood the test of time…Until now. That kitchen was tiny and […]

Sunday Glory: A Season of Decrease

Sunday Glory: A Season of Decrease

Lent started on Wednesday (March 1st). What a beautiful way to start my favorite month. I love the season of Lent, I love the thought of letting go of something we hold dearly, whether that is food like Christ did in the wilderness or as […]

Wordless Wednesday: Trash Walk

Wordless Wednesday: Trash Walk

*This weeks Wordless Wednesday is anything but that. But at the same time I felt that something needed to be said because obviously the trash isn’t speaking for itself.*

I went out to simply photograph the other day and found that I was surrounded by trash. It broke my heart that I this is the way we treat our planet, our own city but it is. People don’t care about the fact that the animals around us don’t know the difference and ingest it. Or that the trash that is filling our landfill is actually OVER filling it. We don’t seem to care that the trash we throw out of the car window or drop as we are walking home from the bar is making our town look like a dumb and the plastic and cans are being blown into our river by the wind and polluting our water. We have been called to take care of this planet…It was the first “Job” Adam had in the garden and the job he was given when he had to leave the garden and yet we are perfectly fine just watching it fall apart before our very eyes. We only have one planet…We need to take care of it. I am planning on starting up my weekly trash walks this spring. I hope as many people as possible can join.

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My Diary

My Bucket List

I have been following a few different blogs lately, and because of that I have been thinking a lot lately and there are a lot of things that I would love to do in my life before I die. I also understand that if God doesn’t have these in mind for me and Adam then I will also be perfectly fine with that, but I still would love to go and see some of these places and do some of these things.

My Bucket List:

~Go on a mission trip: I never thought that I would say that, mainly because I was lead to believe that to go on a mission trip you HAVE to go to Africa and that isn’t the case. Granted if God sent me there I would go but I am just saying there are so many amazing places to go, including Africa, in order to share the love of the Lord. There are PLENTY of places in the world that don’t know the Love of Christ.

~Adopt a child: This on the other hand is something that I have ALWAYS wanted to do. God placed it on my heart very young in life, I have quite a few friends who are adopted and know some people who have been such a blessing by giving their babies up to families that they KNOW will love those children because they can’t have their own. I have been told it could be really hard for me to conceive and so adoption has always been there. I know that if God wants us to have our own child He will make it so but even if He does we have been called to care for the widows and the fatherless in this world (James 1:27) so I am all for welcoming a child or even children into my home and my life as my own, with open arms, no matter where they come from. Hey maybe depending on the mission trip we might come home with a child, how amazing would that be?!

~Go to the Great Wall of China: Come on it’s the Great Wall, who doesn’t want to experience that?!?!?

~Visit England, Scotland, Ireland…Well Europe as a whole really: Same thought process, I have heard nothing but amazing stories of the beauty and would love to be able to capture just a glimpse of it!

~See the Northern Lights: So while living in ND I should have seen them but never took the time to go and capture them on camera…I want to try.

~Learn how to sail a boat: It would just be really cool in my book.

~Go deep sea fishing: What else would you do on the boat once you are out there??

~Write a book: I have a few stories to tell and would love to share them with the world!

~Write and direct movies: This is part of what I feel God has called me to in life. He has blessed me with this amazing passion for film and television that I would love to use that as a platform to share the Gospel!!

~Learn to speak French: I just love the language and didn’t really try after high school to keep up with it…But I am thinking that I would love to try again.

This might not seem like the coolest Bucket List out there but a lot of these things God has placed on my heart and He put them there then they will be done. There might also be other things that get added as I grow up and learn more but for now this seems like a good start…I just need to make sure to stay on His path and not stray…He knows what He is doing and what will be the best for Adam and I.