Reflections

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

 

Psalm 27:13

 

 

 

Reflections are an interesting concept. Someone once said, “The mirror of a man’s heart is his actions.” How true that is! If you are utterly devoted to the Lord in your heart, it will show through in your behavior. Don’t mirror the world. The world will end. Mirror the One who created the world. He alone is eternal, and we are called to follow Him in all we do. Mirror His life. Fall so much in love with Him that it shows through in all you do and say. His reflection in us is what really matters.

 

 

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Time

Time is an invaluable tool, and as we draw to the close of this year, I find myself pondering my use of what time has been given me.
“Do not squander time. That is the stuff life is made of.” ~ Benjamin Franklin.
So many of us get caught up in different activities that we lose sight of the meaning behind the activity. Don’t waste what precious time you have on meaningless social engagements!
In our conversation, as well as our work, we should be conscious of how we spend our time. Are you busy with gossip? Or does your speech reflect that you are a child of God? Too often we end up judging the sins that we see in others without stopping to consider the sin in our own lives. Don’t be wasting your time on idle gossip. Don’t judge another. Judgement falls to God and to Him alone. It is not for us to decide just how sinful someone else is, rather it is our responsibility to realize that we are just as sinful. You as an individual can and should hold yourself responsible to a higher power, that is Christ the Lord. Leave all distractions to Him. He is the only one who can really do anything about it anyway! Focus on the things in your own life that you have power to change. So what if others aren’t living the way they should — that is between them and the Lord. Before judging another, stop to ask yourself if you’re judging yourself just as harshly. Remember that you are responsible for your behavior. Christians are not called to judge or critique others. We are called to love them, to deal justly with them, to be merciful with them, and to walk humbly with our God.
Micah 6:8 says “He hath shown thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Apply this verse in your own life. Can you say it is true for you? Are your actions just? Do you love mercy? It can be said that if you truly love mercy, you will practice it with others. Are you walking humbly with your God? These are the things that are required of us as Christians. You can improve your walk with the Lord and indeed you must. Walking in step with Him is the only way to walk. He is not an in-between God. He is not lukewarm. He desires us to be on fire for Him! Don’t lose sight of Him in your life! If you feel swamped or are running short on time, then remove something in your life that is weighing you down. Make time for your Lord and Savior! Time with Him is never time wasted. It is the best time you will ever spend. I pray that moving forward into the next year, I can truthfully say that I am walking humbly with my Lord.

A Photoshoot in Wrightwood

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I went to Wrightwood yesterday for the second time ever in my whole life, and it was so beautiful!! I went with my friend Sierra, her sister and fellow-blogger, Danielle, and their cousin Angelina. We took a whole bunch of pictures and tried not to freeze ;). Here’s some of the footage we got. 🙂

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Sierra (the photographer)

 

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Angelina & Danielle

 

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On a side note, posing for photos is awkward! Haha! But we had lots of fun and laughs (and shivers!).

There was this really breathtaking landscape view of the trees sloping down the mountainside, and there was all this mist moving around the treetops and spilling down into this wide ravine. I wish we had taken a picture of it! I’m simply amazed when I think of God’s creation! He is the ultimate mastermind! Genesis 1:1-2 says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Can you even imagine? Such beauty created out of absolute nothing! How great is our God! He has showered His creation with such stunning beauty all around! It warms my heart to think of it. 🙂

‘Tis the Season

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
Luke 2:14
Welcome back! You may have noticed some changes to my blog. I have decided to transition it into more of a lifestyle blog, with no specific scheduling for posts. However, I still fully plan on keeping up with the artwork and will continue to post more art for you. 🙂
This is something I did when I was experimenting with painting. I didn’t get very far with it before I got discouraged and gave it up. But I do plan on going back to painting and mastering it at some point in the future. 🙂
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Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog and Lord willing I will have another post for you coming soon. Merry Christmas and God bless! 🙂

I’m on Aslan’s Side

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“In your world I have another name… you must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that knowing me here for a little, you may better know me there.” –Aslan (C. S. Lewis)

I consider C. S. Lewis when he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia. The imagination required to think up a whole other world full of fantasy creatures and adventure and deep magic, all the while holding onto numerous biblical references. How incredible! But I’ll let his words speak for themselves. 🙂

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it: we’re just babies, making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a ‘play-world’ that licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the ‘play-world’. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as much like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. Not that our lives will be very long, as I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

C. S. Lewis was truly gifted with his words and his imagination and he put his gifts to excellent use.

To think that all of us have some unique gift/talent belonging only to us, and so few of us put it to good use. What will you do with yours?

“Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.” –C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.