Little girls and chalk in black and white

I’ve been really intrgued by black and white photography lately, especially if its in a photojournalistic style. So that’s been what I’ve been trying to create with my photography, and here are a few pictures of an attempt I made a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

-Bianca

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By my phone

A while back I had been taking a lot of pictures with my phone, due to a shortage of SD cards for the camera. While the quality frustrated me I kept it up, since I was just too lazy to go empty memory cards. Hence, I have way to many pictures on my phone and some of them are actually nice enough to display. The following are from spring. I guess that just goes to further prove how far behind I am in posting.

 

The above are from March when our aunt and grandma from Texas came to visit. Precious memories!

I’ve been doing more photoshoots lately and that means a Lot of editing so all my spare time is leveraged to that. Though I do want to post more I’m kinda thinking it won’t happen very frequently in the near future. Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself and do regular updates, but for now it looks like the blog will have to sit rather neglected until this season passes. Until then,

Bianca

 

 

 

 

In the Matter of Drudgery

Get A Move On

Get A Move On

In the Matter of Drudgery

You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. “Add” means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”

There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.

It is the “adding” that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.


I cuddle up next to the man I love as my favourite voice reads the words above. My heart drinks up each word. Drudgery, adding, diligence,  common stuff, character, routine, no thrill. These things are, oh, so familiar. We know them too well, this wonderful man and I. We want to do something great, we want to accomplish things in the kingdom. But each day we are faced with the common round, the trivial task. There seems to be no illumination, no thrill. We pray, we question, we tell each other we just can’t give up. We ponder whether we are in preparation or if there’s some flaw that we cannot see that is keeping us from the vision. And then we read this:

“Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.””

My soul cries, “Help me to be faithful in washing feet, Lord! If this is what you are calling me to, help me to see it as such and to remember that “Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration.” Help me to be happy with routine and to “learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.” Help me to be the “common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God”.

“If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.”

What power! How marvellous! I could ponder this for days and it still would be so wonderful to me! God wants to use me in the common round. He wants me to do the things I’m doing! He doesn’t see my tasks as trivial and unimportant! He has me right here for a reason, and that is to live by His power in the everyday moments! He has a purpose for me, right here, right now! He isn’t waiting for me to be in a different, “more important” spot to use me.

I am ashamed for being discontent. I see now that God has me here for a reason and I assumed that I wasn’t accomplishing anything and my life right now didn’t have much ‘weight’ in His eyes. But the opposite is true, when I live in obedience and I diligently add to my character, I am doing all God wants me to do. He wants me to be content, right here, showing others by my life, the power of His grace.

Learning to live fully in the present,

Yesenia

 

Mackenzie:: Birthday Session

I had the privilege of taking pictures for my cousin Mackenzie. I’ve said this before, but this girl is so wonderful in front of the camera! She’s a natural poser and we had a blast taking pictures together. God provided us with wonderful light, so it was just a gorgeous evening.

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This picture was my favourite one

 

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Cousins are the best!

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Sisters

 

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A heartfelt thank-you to my cousin Abigail for being my wonderful and ready assistant! She has a wonderful eye for details and saw the things that needed fixing that I would have overlooked. She also kept calm in the stressful situations, which was exactly what I needed! And another big thank you to my sister Imelda who offered helpful suggestions! You all are the best!

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And a behind-the-scenes-picture taken by Imelda. I kinda like it:)

-Bianca

Recognizing our Need of Him

(Guest post by Yesenia)

“And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3 ESV)

“No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:6 ESV)

“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9 ESV)

Confession: I have a problem. And it’s been a problem for years. No matter how self-disciplined I can be in a lot of areas, with my phone (esp. YouTube) I am NOT disciplined. I’ve gotten frustrated about it. I’ve prayed about it. I’ve confessed it again and again. I’ve sought victory, but I just haven’t found it yet. I’m not saying this because I don’t believe that there is victory. Yes, in Jesus Christ there IS victory and I am intent on finding it. I think I just haven’t been serious enough about it. And also, a lot of the time, while I am wasting that time, I don’t think about it as a sin. Afterwards I feel terrible and I know I have sinned but it has become an addiction that I’m ashamed to admit and embarrassed to share.

This morning was one of those mornings. I wanted just a bit more sleep before I started my day. But because I had hardly touched my phone on the weekend, I wanted to check my email, track a package, etc. I set a time limit for myself but, what do you know? Satan got me again! I wasted so much time! I could hardly forgive myself, much less ask for the Blood to cover me yet again. I didn’t want to start my (already late) day this way so I knew I had to come clear with God before I kept going.

The verses I have written at the top were in my mind already, and I started wondering, am I really a child of God? After all, the verse says, if I am His child, I won’t keep on sinning? But I absolutely cannot fall back into that trap of doubting my salvation. God has given me His Spirit, confirming to me that I am His child.

So I started reading and there they were, all three of the verses I’ve listed! What is God trying to say? Then it hit me! I was trying to be a child of God without God’s help. I was trying to make myself be a nice Christian person but I was failing because I wasn’t using the resources given me. And then I realized that what Satan meant for evil, God was using for good. Praise His Holy Name! I want to be more serious about my devotional life but just like so many other things that I know I should do, I don’t do it! So here was a startling reminder and a big problem that were showing me something so important. I know this so well in my head but the truth sometimes takes so long to stick!

If I don’t start my day with God and arm myself with His strength, I will lose every battle I face! 

I’m not saying the lesson’s learned now and that I will never forget this again, but I am saying that God showed me very clearly that I am in desperate need of Him and that without Him I am nothing. I’ve been praying that God would show this to me for years already because I tend to be quite self-righteous and I know that that is a sin as well.

So should I have wasted all that time on my phone this morning? NO!! Should I have spent all these months, not living in victory to learn this truth? Another NO!! Am I justifying my sinning and saying I can live in sin and God will turn it into something good? Of course NOT! Like I said before, I don’t want to live in sin! I want to walk in victory! I believe God would have way rather taught me that lesson without the sin and He probably had to go to Plan B because I didn’t learn it when He tried Plan A.

So here’s the challenge: First of all, let’s start our day with God and go into the day, armed by His almighty power. Secondly, let’s walk in obedience and seek His face so that He doesn’t have to use Plan B. Because if I had followed God in Plan A, I wouldn’t have had to live in this defeat for so long!

Today. Today can be the beginning of a new era. It can be a new start for me and it can be a new start for you. Let’s begin it with God!

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

(This was another verse from my devotions this morning and how fitting!)

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