Let The Light Shine

Month: January 2015

Film Friday 2

  *I am getting ready to move so developing my own film and uploading isn’t an option right now, so I thought for this Film Friday I would share something interesting that I recently found. I LOVE HISTORY. You might not notice because I can’t […]

2015 Goals Update

Looking over my New Years goals once a month to see if I am sticking to them or not is the best way TO stick to them (or so I have read). So here is my month in review for my goals so far: I […]

Wordless Wednesday 4

IPSY Products
15 Jan 2015: My favorite time of the month, my IPSY Delivary!!
Bible and Cup outside
16 Jan 2015: Out at the park with my coffee, the Word and the BEAUTIFUL sunshine!
Two Dogs
17 Jan 2015: Walking Barney and Penny
Glass of wine and a bottle
18 Jan 2015: A good night with good wine
Palm tree and Orange Tree
19 Jan 2015: The sun shining through the trees
Sunset through a camera
20 Jan 2015: The sunset last night was breath taking
A dog rolling
21 Jan 2015: Penny rolling in the grass…silly puppy


Being a Submissive Wife

What do you do when your flesh is SCREAMING that you don’t want to be that submissive wife that God has called you to be? (Now I know what you are thinking, SUBMISSIVE? You aren’t letting him walk all over you are you? No, being […]

Sunday Glory: Walking in the Spirit

Sunday Glory: Walking in the Spirit

What does it mean to be “walking in the Spirit”? I am sure that extremely charismatic churches come to mind, with people dancing in the isles, screaming in tongues and falling over from healing. That is NOT what I am talking about. The best example […]

Film Friday

This week’s Film Friday is going to be images that I have shot with my film camera The Olympus OM-1. This camera was introduced in 1972 but I am not 100% what year my specific camera was made. I bought this camera the summer of 2013 from a neighbor of my Step-mom’s mom. Along with this camera and 2 lenses for it, I purchased a second camera and 2 lenses for that one. The gentleman that I bought them from also had an entire darkroom set up, he used to work for the newspaper back in the 60’s and 70’s and did his own printing. Well luckily for me NO ONE wants darkroom equipment anymore considering most of the school’s today don’t teach darkroom techniques so he just GAVE it all to me. I don’t have a space to use the darkroom stuff yet BUT that didn’t stop me from bringing it home, I will one day have a space and I can’t wait to use it.

For now I am simply taking my film in to be developed and getting the negatives scanned onto a disk so that I can put them up online. The ONLY editing that I have done to any of these images is either playing a little with the contrast or slight exposure editing or dodging and burning since those are things that can be done in a darkroom. The film that I have been using is older film that I got when I received the darkroom set up so it is rather grainy but I can’t image it any other way. I LOVE using film, I am not sure how to explain the joy I feel when I hit the shutter release and you hear that click and the wind up of the film as you advance it.

Let me know what you think of these images in the comments below, is it worth the film???

Never Have I Ever Link Up

This month I am linking up with Kiki from In Its Time blog to talk about my “Never Have I Ever” list. I have many things that I would love to do but are still on my list of “Never have I ever”. Here are […]

Sunday Glory: The Holy Spirit

Sunday Glory: The Holy Spirit

I am going to try some a little different with the Sunday Glory. I want them to be more like a mini devo then anything else. The main reason is so that I am getting into the word and into topics I feel I should be studying but also it will keep me accountable, if I have a devo I am doing then I will keep with it as opposed to just a random image and verse. So monthly I am going to have a new theme and within that theme each week I will have a new word or phrase to study and understand more.
For the month of January I am going to be studying THE HOLY SPIRIT and this week is going to be “WHO IS HE?” It isn’t going to be a crazy long devo but I want to learn as much as I can. Throughout the week I am reading scripture and diving into the word chapter by chapter of different books, this way I am getting a bit of a different study and I am going to share it with you. So let’s get started…

Arizona Landscape SunriseThe Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Most of the time we think of God the Father and God the Son and for some reason almost forget about the Holy Spirit and His roll in our lives. Yes I say He, you might think that the Holy Spirit is more of a “spirit” than a He or a Being but in fact that isn’t the case, He is a Being and our helper. Christ said that He wouldn’t leave us without a helper in John 14:16-18:

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” 

We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and the one who speaks to God for us and speaks to us for God, He is just not the in-between but is God and is part of us. We are considered to be Holy Temples where the Holy Spirit dwells, that sometimes blows my mind. I am reminded that maybe Christ isn’t with me in FLESH but that the Holy Spirit is with me, daily, momently and in every situation that I am in. It is in the moments when I feel that I hear God speaking or nudging me in one direction or another that I know it is the Holy Spirit.

He was sent to be our helper, our guide (not our conscience but something more). He was sent to be the Truth and to speak the Truth into our lives and the lives of everyone in the world. John 16:13-15:

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

My challenge to you is to reach out in the Holy Spirit. Don’t be scared, I know a lot of people hear the phrase “HOLY SPIRIT” and slightly freak out that whomever is speaking is going to become this crazy person jumping up and down and speaking in tongues and pushing people over in healing…Well that isn’t the case, the Holy Spirit is here for a reason, has a place in our lives and a place in our relationship with God. He is our Helper, our Guide, our Truth. Trust Him and where He leads you because it is ALWAYS…ALWAYS…ALWAYS towards God.

Let me know in the comments what you have learned, studied, read about the Holy Spirit and how having a relationship with/through Him has helped in your walk with the Lord in general.

Word and Verse for 2015

Every year I pick a word and a verse that I feel I want to strive for and cling to. For me this year the word was easy….I want to be PASSIONATE. Whether it is in my relationship with the Lord, my marriage, my VA […]

A Wandering Nomad of sorts

Where is home? Is it the place you grew up? Is it the house that has your measurements in? The place you learned how to ride your bike and fell for the first time? For me that isn’t the case. I don’t have that. My dad was career Air Force and so we moved around a lot when I was younger and after my parents divorced I still moved around. I don’t have a home; I don’t have that one thing that defines me. I lived in New Mexico the longest in my life and yes I am a Green Chili girl through and through. But that isn’t my home. I love New Jersey and everything about it but that isn’t home. North Dakota holds my heart but again…Not home.

While I was driving over to NM for Christmas I saw a sign on the highway that said “Red or Green?” I smiled at this as I knew I was getting close to that spot in my stomach that is ONLY satisfied with Chili. Now if you don’t understand that question then #1 I am sad for you because you have never experienced the pure joy of New Mexico Chili and #2 it is kind of hard to explain but chilies are sort of like hot peppers but so much better. But I am not just a girl from New Mexico.

I lived in New Jersey for my “main years” I call them. I graduated high school and went to college there. I had my first love there and met my 2 best friends there. My step dad’s family is there and I still say “water” strangely (Well to us it isn’t strange but most people make fun of it) and day dream about WaWa Coffee…if you haven’t experienced it, you haven’t lived.

I never thought that I would say this, but I also feel a part of me will ALWAYS belong in North Dakota. I met Adam there, I married Adam there, we have friends and what we consider family there. We bought and lost our first home, adopted the puppies and grew as a couple. I also say “about” like a dang Nodak…yes I pick up accents rather easily.

These are just the main places; I didn’t include Washington, Wyoming, Holland, or Texas (but do Basic training and Tech school count as living?? It was for like 6 months so I say yes.)

I feel like a nomad wondering around without a place to call home. I have never had that; the closest I have is wherever Adam is. Right now Mesa is my mailing address but my heart is still in Minot with my husband. I long to have a place that is ours, a place that my kids will grow up in, I love to travel but I want to be able to come home at the end of the journey and share it with the people I love. I don’t like uprooting and not knowing where I will be in the next year, and that is the place that I am at right now.

We are in a season of uncertainty and that both excites me and terrifies me at the same time. I know that God has a place for us and will always have a place for me to lay my head…I mean even Jesus had a place as a baby, God provided a humble start but there was a place for His head. Maybe that is where He wants me, in a humble place, a place of trust and relying on Him to provide my pillow. I am not comparing myself to Jesus but maybe, just maybe, God doesn’t want me to have “a home” because I need to be reminded that in Him is my home, wherever He places us, that is where we are meant to be, whether for 9 months, a year, 7 years or the rest of our lives we will always have a home in Him.