May 13

Photography Q&A

2010 at 5:01 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

cameraYou have questions about photography? I probably don’t have the answers!

But given the volume of questions we’ve received, I thought I’d do a couple of posts about it. I’m happy to share what I know—it won’t take long!

My picture-taking career began in my senior year of high school. I took a photography class and hated it! Said I would never do that again. It was in the ancient days of film and I didn’t enjoy long hours in the darkroom. But over the summer—for some strange reason, which I still can’t explain—I began to miss photography, and yes, even the darkroom. Come fall I enrolled in another photography class at our local community college. For the next few years I took as many photography classes as I could. I even convinced my mom to let me turn my bathroom at home into a darkroom. (Thanks, Mom!)

Fast-forward a few years to the birth of my first daughter, Caly. By then I had purchased a digital camera and I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to photography. Google was my access pass and Caly was my guinea pig. Through research and practice, I learned more in the year after Caly was born than in all my time sitting in class.

And that brings us to the present. As time allows I still love to spend time researching and practicing. I took an online class last year. I also have a few friends who graciously answer my ignorant questions and share their knowledge with me.

Over the next few weeks I will attempt to share some of the things that I am still learning. But please be aware—I’m not a professional. If you hear or read something that contradicts what I say, assume I’m in the wrong! Many of you who read this blog know a lot more than me, so I would be grateful for any and all suggestions.

Look out for a photography post sometime next week.

May 12

I Give Up

2010 at 5:49 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood

When Kristin and I were teenagers, Mom took us through Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot. For us, that book dampened the allure of feminism, and sparked a delight in the beauty and glory of biblical womanhood. It’s fun to reread and see what I highlighted in pink when I was fifteen.

Last week, I was perusing the book (yet again!) and noticed a prayer in the preface—one I have prayed many times since I was a girl.

It’s a prayer written by missionary Betty Scott Stam, who stayed at Elisabeth Elliot’s house when Elisabeth was just a little girl and Betty was a young woman. She was on her way to China, to marry her fiancé John and join his mission work.

Elisabeth Elliot copied the prayer in her journal:

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Your will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to You to be Yours forever. Fill me and seal me with Your Holy Spirit. Use me as You want, send me where You want, work out Your whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.”

Betty Scott Stam meant that prayer. And God answered it. She and her husband were killed only a few years after Elisabeth first met her.

While most of us may not be called to die for our faith, we can all follow Betty’s example—by giving up all our own plans and purposes and joyfully accepting God’s will for our life.

God’s will—as Elisabeth Elliot reminds us, “is always different from what [we] expect, always bigger, and, ultimately, infinitely, more glorious than [our] wildest imaginings.”

May 11

The Snare of Compare

2010 at 11:33 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood

We’ve come to the end of our little series on envy. Sadly it is not the end of our temptation to sinfully compare! But how grateful I am that God has preserved these words to Peter—to show us the way of escape when temptation comes. “What is that to you?” and “You follow me!” are words of grace to us all. And we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, at work to purify us from all envy and help us to follow Christ.

If you would like to review this series or go through it with a friend, we’ve made it available in a downloadable PDF.