Aug 23

Summer Nell Photography

2012 at 2:18 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Photography

If you live in the Louisville, KY area (or will be passing through at some point!) you’ll be happy to know that Janelle’s photography business, Summer Nell Photography, is setting up shop here in town. You can check out her new website to view her portfolio and get info on booking sessions for children, couples, and families (including a discount option for seminary students!).

Not only will Janelle provide you and your family with creative, high-quality pictures, but your kids might actually enjoy the photo shoot! And each package comes with complimentary “Milestone Art” for each of your children like we’ve been featuring on the blog these past two weeks.

Here are just a few examples of Janelle’s work from her site:

Hurry and book your session, ‘cause you’re gonna to have to compete with me for a time slot!

You can also visit Summer Nell Photography on Facebook.

Aug 22

The (Online) Snare of Compare

2012 at 3:48 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

If you identified with Peter in last week’s post, and find yourself tempted to sinful comparison—especially when using social media—then let me encourage you to watch (or re-watch!) Mom’s message on “The Snare of Compare” from the recent Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference. Even though I have heard this message many times now, I never tire of it. Maybe that’s because I so easily give into this temptation to compare myself to others, no matter what my season or situation in life. And so I am in constant need of our Savior’s gracious, perspective-restoring rebuke: “What is that to you? You follow me!”

The Snare of Compare (John 21:15-22) - Carolyn Mahaney from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

You can also download the PDF of our series on this topic from a couple years ago.

Aug 21

“This Incomparable Woman”

2012 at 5:12 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood

My friend Kristin is a friend of Diane Schreiner‘s and she sent me this post last night, written by another young woman who has been greatly influenced by Diane. This is a wonderful glimpse into Diane’s life and why she is so loved and admired by so many. Reading this, I couldn’t help but think she is the kind of woman Paul must have had in his mind’s eye when he penned Titus chapter two.

Here’s an excerpt:

Let me tell you about this incomparable woman. Aside from her unwavering devotion to Christ, this woman loves her family more than anything else in the world. This is the woman who, after being married for I’m assuming at least 30 years, still skips to her cell phone when she hears her husband’s Johnny Cash ring tone and answers with a flirty, “Hi, Tommy!”- to which Mary Ellen and I consistently laugh out loud- to which she always grins back. This is the woman who has raised her children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and couldn’t be happier with the godly wives that all three of her sons have chosen. This is the woman who can’t talk about her daughter without grinning from ear to ear with pride. This is the woman who truly loves her neighbors and knows their names, as she intentionally seeks to meet them during regular walks. This is the woman who smiles with embarrassment when she is late to her meetings, but it’s only because she has been painting the toe nails of sweet, blind, elderly women. (Read more…)

Kristin said it well: “May God make us like this as we grow up!” Amen.

Please, may we ask you to join us in continuing to pray for Diane’s full and complete recovery? I know you will. Thank you.

Aug 20

WSJ: “Are We All Braggarts Now?”

2012 at 4:01 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

Last week, while we were talking about the temptation to compare ourselves to others when using Facebook or Twitter, Elizabeth Bernstein of the Wall Street Journal was examining the other side of the social media coin—the rise in online bragging and how we respond:

“Clearly, the Internet has given us a global audience for our bombast, and social media sites encourage it. We’re all expected to be perfect all the time. The result is more people carefully stage-managing their online image….

‘It’s become a phenomenon where if someone posts a status update and 500 people see it and no one objects, it must be true,’ says Jennifer Mirsky, 45, a digital content strategist in New York.

‘But could it really be that everyone else has a husband as thoughtful as the heroes of romance novels, children who combine the brilliance of Einstein with the winning charms of Shirley Temple, and jobs packed with wall-to-wall glamorous events?’ (Read More…)

As Christians, our Facebook wall should not be a boastful façade, but a true reflection of who we are in Christ. We should not present ourselves as “perfect all the time,” but as striving for holiness because our Savior was “perfect all the time.”

Instead of “stage-managing” our online image we should focus on serving others.

In other words, our Facebook feed should display humility born of the gospel.

So before you press “publish” ask yourself:

~Does this post paint a true or false picture of who I really am and what my life is like?

~Am I seeking to serve and edify, or to impress people with this tweet?

~Does this content draw attention to me, or to my Savior who has been so good to me?

Let’s not be braggarts now, or ever.

“Do nothing [on Facebook or Twitter] from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Aug 17

Please Pray With Us

2012 at 4:54 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Prayer

We just received word this afternoon that our friend Diane Schreiner, wife of Tom Schreiner, author and professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was in a serious bike accident today. She is currently in surgery.

Only last week we were blessed to be in Diane’s home and on the receiving end of her gracious, joyful hospitality. She is a wonderful, godly, woman and we want to ask all of you to pray for God’s healing, wisdom for the doctors, and peace for the entire Schreiner family.

UPDATE, Friday Evening:
From John Kimball, pastor with Tom Schreiner at Clifton Baptist Church:
A brief, but good update on Diane. She’s out of surgery, and it went well. Post-op CT scan will be soon. Vitals are good. The next 24-72 hours are crucial to determine long-term effects. Thank you for your continued prayers!

UPDATE, Saturday Afternoon:
We covet your continued prayers for the Schreiner’s. Here is the lastest update from their family:

Diane is doing pretty well physically for which we are very thankful. The main concern is bruising in the brain which affects speech and comprehension. It is possible that it will be quite severe. They just don’t know yet, and hence your prayers would be appreciated. We believe our God reigns and are very appreciative of the outpouring of love we have received.

UPDATE, Saturday Night:
RT @pj_schreiner: Mom just woke up for the first time and seemed to recognize us. Praise the Lord! We were all weeping with joy!