i love to hang out with people who are more knowledgable than i am, on different topics...like literature, movies, politics, photography, design, cooking, etc...i just love to soak up info. i asked my friend tammy, who happens to be a journalist, and has written for the local paper for many years, and knows good writing, about books and authors. she talked about max lucado, and how she loved his writings. when i was at goodwill, after that conversation, i found a yearly devotion book by lucado and picked it up. it is so rich. at first i was a bit indifferent to his writing style, but after almost a year, i must say that he has grown on me. in my readings today, i think i reread this paragraph 5 times:
"let me be clear. hatred will sour your outlook and break your back. the load of bitterness is simply too heavy. your knees will buckle under the strain, and your heart will break beneath the weight. the mountain before you is steep enough without the heaviness of hatred on your back. the wisest choice-the only choice- is for you to drop the anger. you will never be called upon to give anyone more grace than God has already given you."
is that not powerful? the thing is, i don't think i'm a hateful person-BUT, i recognize how insidious anger, bitterness and hatred are. being aware of how hanging on to that destroys a person. i don't want to even let a tiny bit of it in. i've seen the effect of bitterness on too many good people. reading this, made it so much more clear to me. i think it's because he writes in a way that i can visualize. when i see a spirit of hate in anyone, it breaks my heart. hate destroys. whenever i think about this world and all the hate, i think about billy graham. he seems to always rise above the hate, and is ruled by love. and if you read the Bible and read of Jesus' life, it's all about love...not this ugly self-justifying hate, that so many well meaning people have going on. i pray that i can live with that kind of attitude. recognizing that i will never be asked to show more grace than God has given me.
yesterday, i posted about how i really enjoy meeting with people i'm going to be photographing, and trying to get into who they really are, before i shoot. when i sat down with bekah and keri, before shooting bekah's senior photos, i immediately got the vibe that she was a classic kind of girl...the kind of girl who could fit right in, in the 40s, or 50s, as well as being totally hip now. very fun girl. smiley, quick to laugh, complex, well adjusted attitude, pretty much an all around great girl-
oh and she's gorgeous too!
classic beauty, right?
i am really behind on my family photo editing. i haven't even edited harper's 2 year photos from july 15. wish tara lived closer. i was looking through some shots i took one day recently when brooke stopped by with the kids. i love them.
this is him. his temperament is just like this. calm, content, sweet.
if you don't insist on having them all in one shot, they'll usually all join in on their own.
and i need to get some recent shots of miss addison may edited-
she thought it was fun to throw the chalk.
so every day this week, i've been a shopping enabler-but today, i'm just going to share something that might inspire you creatively. check out the fiskars project calendar for september. a new project every day...and i think there are some really great projects! here's mine from september 17:
i'm still lovin' my canvases! so free and fun to make.
the week is flying by! i hope you're having a good one! God bless!