Seasonal Photo Tips—Using Natural Light To Capture Fall Colors

Mother Nature is putting on quite a show in our neck of the woods. The trees are exploding with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. I’ve already tried to snap a few pictures of my daughter frolicking amongst the leaves. But most of them are still clinging to the branches so I’ll have to wait a couple more weeks before I get a nice shot of her popping out of a pile of leaves. I love this time of year. Not only because the weather turns crisp and the leaves create breathtaking backdrops, but autumn provides wonderful opportunities to use natural … Continue reading

Create Your Own Light Box for Scrapbooking

Light boxes can be expensive. In fact, they range so drastically in price, you almost wonder what the huge difference is, since they can so inexpensively be duplicated or created at home. Making your own light box or making something else work as a light box is really very simple. Here are my four most favorite ways to create your own light box. Windows This is so easy. Hold your papers up to the window, just as you would if you were placing them directly onto the light box. Go ahead and trace. You have a free light box at … Continue reading

Gospel Doctrine: Wandering Through the World

As disciples of Christ, we must seek to put Him and His kingdom first. This becomes clear as we study Matthew 6:22-23 and 7:13-14. In the first section, we are told to keep our eye single to the glory of God, and in the section we are reminded of the narrow gate and the strait path we must follow to return to His presence. It becomes clear as we study these four verses that the presence of God is not something we can just “wander” into. First, let’s look at the verses in chapter 6. Make sure you take note … Continue reading

Gospel Doctrine: A Light to Darkness

As I prepare for Sunday’s classes, I try to break each lesson down into smaller parts and study it throughout the week. This helps me to ponder the various parts of each lesson more fully, and to do more in-depth study of each section. It also makes the larger parts easier to handle. The first two scriptures I found in the first Sunday School lesson of the new year gives me an overview of Christ’s life and mission. What a way to start the new year and a new way to study! Isaiah 61:1-3 was a quote that Christ actually … Continue reading

Who is Watching?

Are you living your life as if someone is watching you? You should be. There are many who are watching how you live. Who is watching how you live your life? Your spouse and children watch how you live. Your friends watch how you live. Your co-workers watch how you live. Strangers watch how you live. Why does it matter who is watching how you live your life as a Christian? There are several reasons it matters who is watching how you live your life. First, your children will be looking to you as a guide for how they should … Continue reading

Being “Jesus” to Someone

As you go about your day, please don’t forget to bring Christ with you. It’s too easy sometimes for us to get caught up in our rituals and lose sight of what is really important; so often forgetting to take Jesus with us as we head out the door to go about our day. As you get up in the morning, don’t forget to say hello to God and pray for a covering over your day. Pray and ask Him to inspire your actions and your speech. Whether you are going to work, heading to the grocery store or bank, … Continue reading

Bible Stories: This Little Light of Mine

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus states: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good … Continue reading

Sharing the Peace Within

Someone asked me a question last night. She wanted to know how the hard-won peace that existed within could be spread to those around her. I told her I’d have to contemplate that a little before I could answer. Well, apparently that’s what I did in my sleep last night because I have a pretty clear idea this morning. We work so hard to establish peace within our souls. With the chaos of the world battering us at every turn it takes every bit of effort to keep peace within our homes and our hearts. There are many things we … Continue reading

Reclaiming Unused Spaces: Lighting

A basement is one of the most difficult spaces when it comes to lighting, because even if you do have some windows, you won’t get as much natural light as you do in rooms on upper floors. Natural light is of course the best lighting, as well as the most economical, but you will need to add artificial lighting to make your basement attractive and welcoming. As discussed previously, bright colors will help with the lighting issue because they reflect light instead of absorbing it. Reflection is a good resource in any poor lighting situation, and another method for providing … Continue reading