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April 2012

What a feeling it was to have finished the book of Revelations knowing that a mere 3 months ago I had started the book of Genesis. Reading the bible, cover to cover, in such a short amount of time, was like taking a plane ride from California to New York. I got to see all the sights but without the depth of stopping at each one—giving me a chance to take note at what I may want to visit again later. What I love about studying the bible, is the study. The inspection of the details, learning about each verse, each word. But sometimes studying verse by verse I lose sight of the context. Reading each book as a whole helped me with seeing each book, each prophecy, each letter in context, as a whole—and seeing Jesus, as a woven thread throughout from Genesis to Isaiah through Revelations. I would highly recommend reading through the bible, maybe given 4 months rather than 3, it may have been easier to stop along the way and dig a little deeper, I just felt so rushed that there wasn't time to do that. In the summer of 2008, I started reading through the bible,

This last week of the Bible in 90 Days was really just a few days covering Hebrews through Revelations. While I may have said 1 John was my favorite previously, I really liked reading Peter's epistles. After an in depth study of the gospel of John with our bible study, I have looked at who Peter was in a different way. I never thought before about how much Peter is like me, like many of us. Fumbling through his walk, shining in one moment to be in total darkness in the next. Isn't that how life is? How life with Christ is? Struggling to be the best person you can be, the most like Christ you can, just to realize that you can never come close. But if you truly want to be like Christ, we have to suffer as He did. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4) Then, earlier in his epistle, Peter wrote

Here's to the third month of Photo A Day. I am still really liking the challenge of taking a photo each day—for the most part. Some are really frustrating if I have nothing to shoot, like last week at the BBQ competition and the prompt was toy. Uhhhh whaaat? This week I was at home mostly, but I still managed to get the photos done from the excitement of sorting the mail to my hubby who makes me happy. Anyway, it's been an uneventful week, that's for sure! And with that thrilling intro

1. Modern Wedding Invitation, Mariola and Alberto At first glance, this wedding invitiation could be mistaken a general graphic design collateral piece. It's so modern from its type treatment and tulip photographed on bright white. But it is a wedding invitation, and a very well created one by Hugo Blanes. Found via For Print Only. 2. CityMaps It's about time that a map was created based off logos. That really is an easy way to read a map nowadays with its ease to see quickly what is where. Bravo CityMaps. Found via Brand New. 3. The Work of Colin Hesterly In addition to the wonderful illustration work of Colin Hesterly, what I love most is the subtle and sweet Disney references throughout his pieces. His show reel is just inspiring. The depth of textures and color brings the viewer further into his work. Oh and he has a map of Neverland called "My Adventure Map." There isn't a piece in his portfolio that is just so-so. Love it all. Definitely a new fan of Colin and looking forward to more. Found via Veerle's Inspiration Stream. 4. Saloon Menu Ever since my hubby got into BBQ catering, I find myself saving menus a lot more often! And I

I was always the one with a camera in hand throughout middle school and high school. Because of that, I have folders upon folders of horrid photos of my friends growing up in the Elsinore quad. A couple weeks ago we celebrated my friend Brittany's 26th birthday. It got me thinking that we were there with her to celebrate her 16th birthday, 10 years ago! Whoa. So I just had to dig through old scans of our high school days. The above photo was from Freshman year, the infamous "I just love big bows" day. And this next photo is us on her sixteenth birthday

Having never just sat and read through the whole book of Romans before in one sitting, I finally realized why it is so many people's favorite book of the Bible. I loved not only reading all these amazing verses in context, but I found myself again and again being cut straight to the heart by Paul's words. Right off in chapter 2 I felt convicted by Paul's description of those who pass judgement on others. Without meaning to, I do this all the time! I may think badly of someone's actions and am in fact doing the exact same thing! 1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. We all need saving by Jesus, no matter if we have realized it yet or not! 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. The best part