Sep 23

Photography Talk: Take Your Camera Out

2010 at 4:12 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Photography

It’s been a while since we had a little photography talk. I asked Mike this morning what I should write about, and he said, “Tell them how you’ve started bringing your camera everywhere with you and how that has changed things.”

You see, I have this huge camera bag (it’s bold red, so I do really love it) but it weighs more than I do! And whether I was going on a date with Mike or spending the day at the zoo with the kids, I just couldn’t bring myself to carry it along. I’m already lugging a diaper bag, purse, and extra snacks. Adding a 200 lb camera bag just wasn’t appealing. But when I left it at home, I felt like I was missing so many “moments.”

And then I made a discovery. I found a girl on Etsy who makes purses specially designed for cameras. Purse on the outside, camera-safe on the inside. Fabulous idea! So I saved my birthday pennies and purchased one at the beginning of the summer. And I’m lovin it. My camera comes with me all the time now. And while I still use my red camera bag when I need all my gear, most of the time I only need my camera and one or two lenses.

Now the point of this post is not the purse. It’s about getting your camera out of the house a little more. And for many of you, your camera will probably fit—case and all—right into your usual purse or diaper bag. So toss it into your bag and go out and capture some new memories.

You could document each date night for a year or take a shot every time you and the kiddos go to the grocery store. You could take a picture during your lunch break at work or when school lets out for the afternoon. You never know what “moments” await your capture.

Sep 22

Effective Mothering

2010 at 3:36 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Fear & Anxiety | Motherhood

Faith toward God is the foundation of effective mothering. Success as a mother doesn’t begin with hard work or sound principles or consistent discipline (although those are all vital components!). It begins with God: His character, His faithfulness, His promises, His sovereignty. And as our understanding of these truths increases, so will our faith for mothering. But if our practices (no matter how useful) aren’t motivated by faith, they will be fruitless.

The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Fear is sin. And as my husband has often graciously reminded me – God is not sympathetic to my unbelief. Why? Because fear, worry, and unbelief say to God that we don’t really believe He is ‘merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’ (Psalm 86:15). We are calling God a liar.

Even in the most trying situations with our children, we have much more incentive to trust than to fear, much more cause for peace and joy than despair. That’s because, as Christians, we have the hope of the gospel.

To be continued…

(reprinted from Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood)

Sep 21

girltalk links

2010 at 1:07 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood

(writings and resources on biblical womanhood around the internet)

Women, Christianity, and Feminism - in case you missed it, listen to Carolyn McCulley’s 9Marks interview on “ministering to singles, Christian social action, and what it means to be a “crush catalyst.”

Eat. Pray. Love. - a summary by Justin Taylor of an insightful review of this popular movie.

Should Christians Practice Yoga? - Dr. Al Mohler considers an enlightening new book on yoga in America and its relevance for Christians.

Sep 20

A Mother’s Trust

2010 at 1:40 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Fear & Anxiety | Motherhood

A woman came up to me at a party last week, and after we chatted for a minute, she said: “My friend told me about something she heard you say once, and I wondered if it was true.”

I knew where she was going. I get this question with curious regularity.

“Did you say that your biggest regret as a mother was that you didn’t trust God more?”

Yes, I told her, it’s true. I wish I had trusted God more.

As I wrote in our book Girl Talk:

“For every fearful peek into the future, I wish I had looked to Christ instead. For each imaginary trouble conjured up, I wish I had recalled the specific, unfailing faithfulness of God. In place of dismay and dread, I wish I had exhibited hope and joy. I wish I had approached mothering like the preacher Charles Spurgeon approached his job: ‘forecasting victory, not foreboding defeat.”

What mothering fears have you battled lately? Whether you are pregnant with your first child or trying to steer your youngest child through the teenage years, temptations to fear (or to its opposite: self reliance) litter the mothering landscape.

Here at girltalk we’re beginning a new series: A Mother’s Trust. To be honest, we’re doing this for ourselves as much as for you. But we hope it serves you to listen in as we preach God’s truth to our souls.