Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Treasure of Grandparents

After spending a couple of hours editing photos this morning, some of which included part of my family and the other a four-generation extended family shoot, I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. 

I don't have many digital photos of my grandparents.  But here are a couple that I can share:

This is my Grandpa Keller.  He was just shy of his 100th birthday when he passed away, quite a joker, this one!  It was very rare to snap a photo of him without him crossing his eyes or sticking out his tongue.

This is my Grandma Hanretty.  She was an amazing woman, strong and hard-working, loving and kind.  I hope that I will be half the woman she was.

...and my children with Grandpa Jim, Grandma Sandy, and their cousin, Roman, next to the house in which my Grandpa and Grandma Hanretty lived.

What I'm realizing is that, in this age of digital photography, I still don't take enough photographs.  My children have other grandparents and yet, I have no recent photos of them.

Be warned grandparents, I will now be coming equipped with my camera in hand!

Lastly, this is a sweet photo from a recent session.  This precious moment brought tears to my eyes.

Tell me...what are some of your favorite memories with your grandparents?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Explosive Power

When you are praying, do you pray God's Word?  Other than praying the Lord's Prayer, until a few years ago, that was a new concept to me.  To be completely honest, I've been quite inconsistent about it.  This morning, in my quiet time, I read this in Beth Moore's devotional "Breaking Free Day by Day", "When we unite the power of the Word with the power of prayer, we ignite them with faith in what God says He can do."  That hit me like a ton of bricks!

Here is what else I feel we accomplish by praying God's Word back to Him, removing selfishness from our prayers and acknowledging His greatness.  For instance, if my prayer is:

"I am the beloved of the Lord.  I rest secure in You, for You are my shield all day long.  The one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders." (Deuteronomy 33:12)


"I delight myself in You, Lord.  You will give me the desires of my heart." (Psalm 37:4)

I am praying His promises over my life.

Let me be really clear on this, I am not asking God to be my magic genie.  If the desire of my heart is for worldly things, I'm barking up the wrong tree.  I am asking God to change the desire of my heart to match His.  Maybe God will bless me with earthly wealth, maybe not.  As the Apostle Paul wrote, it's about learning to be content regardless of my circumstances.

Yes, please continue to bring your personal requests before God.  He wants to hear from us.  He wants us to be real with Him.  Paul also says to pray continually and to bring our requests to God.  In the midst of that, let's not forget to remember His greatness and goodness.

Here is my added bonus, I begin to memorize Scripture.  I am terrible at memorization, always have been.  But when I pray these verses over and over, they become part of me.  Now, I may not be able to tell you, "This is verse such and such from this book of the Bible", and I may not get the words exactly right.  I just don't think that is what is most important.  Truthfully, these words have been translated multiple times from their original Hebrew and Greek.  So, I feel that if I am keeping true to the original meaning and just getting a few of the words wrong, I think that's okay.

To end today's post, I want to share a verse that has become one of my favorite verses to pray each morning.

"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.  Show me the way I should go for to you I life up my soul." (Psalm 143:8)

Do you have favorite verses that you pray?  I would love to hear them.

Be blessed today my friends!