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Friday Feature ~ New Website

Feature FridayI have always loved photography, but several years ago I also discovered that I enjoy image work, especially using Adobe Illustrator.  I learned this about myself, when God called me to start a Christian jewelry and T-shirt business.  Since I designed my T-shirts, I spent hours in online tutorials learning Illustrator as best I could, in order to get the designs to print, and used my amateur photography skills for taking pictures of my jewelry for display on my website.  Sadly, the business did not make it (a story for another time), but I still love working with images.

On my current website, you may have noticed that I often post photos of mine with Scriptures imbedded into the files.  I also occasionally design a concept of a vector image that God puts on my heart.  I thought that creating a Face Book page would be a nice place to house this work, but the inspirational designs just seem to sit on my page with few shares.  My heart is for these images to touch as many lives as possible with the truth of God’s word. 

As a result, a few weeks ago I decided to launch another WordPress website for giving my God-inspired designs a home.  Wanting to keep things simple, I kept the name similar to this blog.  My Friday Feature today is a way to introduce my readers to my latest endeavor:

Heavenly Raindrops ~ Images

Heavenly Raindrops ImagesThe first thing I did was to create a header image.  My goal was to keep the concept of the raindrop consistent, and the photo above of one of my roses does have a single raindrop poised on the edge of the petal protruding to the right, but the image is so small that the raindrop does not show up.  I may eventually change this, but for now this is my new header.  At least the red rose on the black makes it look all the more velvety!

I wanted the new site dynamic, so I chose a WordPress theme called Oxygen.  On the home page, there is a six-image slider which continually scrolls back and forth to showcase some of my latest posts.  I have loaded some of my older images all week, and will have the slider full by the time this post publishes.  Below is a screenshot I took yesterday.

HeavenlyRaindrops Images screenshotOne of the features about the new theme that I have not yet resolved is how to enable readers to scroll infinitely.  The settings states that it allows for this, but since it does not appear to work correctly, it would be better to use my Categories option on the left column field to search for images.  I have several images imbedded under these categories, and will be adding more over the next few weeks of both old and new ones.

As I mentioned above, my heart is for others to freely share these images.  On each post, there is an option for posting them to Face Book, Twitter, etc.  I pray that others will do so.  I have the following disclaimer about using my images on each post:

Feel free to share or use on other websites ~ no fee.  Just don’t use for commercial purposes or monetary gain.  Attribution back to this site would be nice, but not required.

Since this new website is separate from my regular blog, to receive these regular posts, you will have to Follow me by clicking this button from the home page.  I would love to have my current readers also join Heavenly Raindrops ~ Images.  Unlike my regular blog, this new site will only include a photo or image with a short verse, a one sentence descriptor about the photo, a link back to the article on my main website and my disclaimer.  

For every one of my images, I allow the Lord to speak to me about what verse to use, so I trust that by viewing and sharing them you will find daily encouragement and blessing!

Let me know what you think!

Sue Nash/2013


Don’t Take a Vacation From God ~ Facebook

This photo was taken at dusk.  San Clemente, CA

This photo was taken at dusk. San Clemente, CA

I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

For most, summer break is here and vacations await.   If you get to take a vacation, wherever you go, have fun and enjoy your much needed rest.  However, don’t take a vacation from God.  He never leaves or forsakes! 

Just a thought.

Blessings on your summer ahead. 
Sue

BTW ~ I sometimes post pictures like this one on my Facebook page, but not on here. 

https://www.facebook.com/HeavenlyRaindrops

Would love to have any of my readers who also Facebook join by liking my page.  Trying to do my part in sharing Christ on social networking and would love to have your help.  Thanks!

Of Your Wonders ~ Facebook Page Annoucement

Of Your Wonders
I will speak of the glorious honour of Thy majesty, and of Thy wondrous works.

Psalm 145:5

My post today has a dual purpose.  I wanted to showcase a couple of recent photos and to announce my new Facebook page, Heavenly Raindrops.  It is my intention to use this site as a place to house my images.  Many of them will have links to blog posts which further expound. 

Because of sizing and positioning quirks inherent to Facebook Pages (which are driving me crazy ~ would appreciate any suggestions), I may also have alternate images on my blog.  For instance, the image above is the full view with the text overlaid in the way I preferred.  This is how I tweaked it for Facebook:

Of Your Wonders for FB

I have already posted this one on the News Feed, but it can still be accessed directly on my Facebook page.  My hope is that others will share these and participate in spreading God’s glory through social networking. 

As you may have noticed, I am not a professional photographer or designer.  I am self-taught, and a rookie, at best.  However, all God asks is my willingness to use the abilities He has given me, and to create what He inspires.  I am living proof that He uses clay!

I would love to have my blog followers Like my new site!  You can follow this link, or click the Like button on my home page.  

Now, back to the photo part of this post! 

My wild azaleas bloomed recently.  Though less spectacular than hybrids, they have a loveliness all their own.  Plus, they are maintenance free!  I just cannot get over the wonder of God’s majesty in them and all of His creation!

Close up and beautiful!

Close up and beautiful!

Blessings on your day, and always!
Sue

Hide or Seek

Facebook for wordpress

“So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For He will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”
1 Corinthians 4:5

Many of you are probably seasoned Facebook enthusiasts. I jumped on board only a few years ago and mainly so that I could keep up with what is going on with our children and grandchildren. My husband and I live quite some distance away from them and often it seems like we are the last ones to hear what is happening in their lives. Facebook has helped us stay more connected. At the very least, we get to view all the cute pictures of the grandkids we would have otherwise missed seeing!

Since I am relatively new to social networking, and due to a general lack of interest, I am somewhat uninformed about many of Facebook’s features. Although the List setting has probably been around for quite some time, I only recently discovered it. I was researching information about privacy settings for Facebook as it relates to personal timelines and pages. While searching, I came across this whole concept of creating lists as a tool for customizing what one shares. By their own Help definition, “Lists give you an optional way to share a post with a custom audience or exclude some people from a post.” 

Once generated, lists act as filters for personal status updates or posts. One can even view how their personal timeline appears to each category of listed individuals. The whole concept seems rather benign on the surface. Very likely, most who utilize this Facebook feature do so because of privacy concerns. Some may even want to separate their personal lives from business for similar reasons. Others may simply organize their friends into categories of close friends versus acquaintances. However, plenty others may create segregated Friend lists in an attempt to compartmentalize their lives based on aspects of their behaviors or views. Some on their List can know certain things they say and do, while others cannot. 

In essence, Facebook Lists enables users to screen or hide certain aspects of their lives from others. When done for security issues, the filters are always justified. When utilized for communicating extremely personal sentiments to closest friends only, lists are understandable. However, when created for the sole purpose of hiding particulars of one’s life, lists then become avenues for secrecy and automatically arouse suspicion. Lists used for this reason epitomize a person trying to live a compartmentalized, secret-filled life.

With these Lists, keeping secrets can work. Children can cleverly hide from their parents any subversive behaviors or inappropriate posts. Employees can cloak from their superiors unacceptable off-duty choices or unethical remarks. Spouses can disguise from their mates unfaithful relationships or suggestive gestures. With Facebook, secret profiles may work. On God’s timeline, they do not.

God sees everything. One day, each of us will stand before His throne and give an accounting for the things we have done. In Mark 4, it is clear that God is our judge and nobody else. Before Him on Judgment day, all secrets, whether sinful in nature or not, will be revealed. So will the motives behind them. Since we will each stand before Him, it would behoove us to keep our lives undefiled. It is certain that nothing kept hidden ever goes unnoticed by God.

Those who generate Facebook Lists in an attempt to cover up portions of their lives are only fooling themselves into believing that nobody knows. They can continue to play a game of ‘Hide’ by using custom categories of Friends, but God sees every hidden Status Update and all components of their Personal Timelines. In the end, they will discover that what they tried to hide, the Light will fully reveal.

What is of particular concern is when Christians resort to such secrecy. Our lives are supposed to be like candlesticks with the light of God’s presence shining openly. Luke reminds followers of Christ,

 “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither [any thing] hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” Luke 8:17

The gospel should not stay hidden in Christians, nor should they be hiding secret sins.

What everyone should be doing is seeking God, not hiding. We should be seeking His face, seeking Him while He may be found, seeking Him like for hidden treasure, seeking Him with all our heart, and seeking Him first.  When seeking Him becomes our focus, hiding secrets will not be our desire. Sins we commit will be brought continually before the throne in order to be cleansed, allowing Him to make every area of our lives like an open book anyone can read. There will not be any devious compartments on Facebook which only certain people can view.

More than anyone else, we should want to Friend Jesus. He wants to make us His own and to call us friends. In His Book are the names of those friends, but He does not separate them into lists of those He loves more. Because of that love, we should want God’s friendship and to spend our lives seeking Him first.

Facebook is fine and a great way to stay connected with family and friends. God wants to stay connected with us, too. Knowing that, is there ever any reason for hiding secrets that would separate us from a True friend? 

Things Jesus Never Had

Mustang GT

As far as I can tell, based on my understanding of Scripture and of historical evidence, there are things which Jesus had and things He did not. As God, He could have ‘called down angels’ to provide for any of His needs but He chose instead to live among us, as one of us. In spite of hardships, though, there is no mention in the Bible that Jesus ever complained or felt sorry for Himself.

Below, I have listed some of these ‘things’ as a reminder to myself for whenever I start having pity-parties, begin wishing for what I do not have or stray into questioning why things have not worked out the way I wanted. No matter how bad I may think I have it, I am truly blessed! God doesn’t mind us having things. He just wants us to love Him more than those things! As you read through the list, may your prayer be as mine:

‘Father, forgive me for my ingratitude of the blessings You bestow daily and the privilege of being born in an era of technological conveniences and comforts. Teach me to be more like You and to love people more than things!’

THINGS JESUS NEVER HAD:

*Bottled water to drink whenever He became thirsty
*Indoor running water to use when His feet became dusty

*A Sleep Number bed on which to lay His head
*Fluorescent lamps to illuminate the scrolls that He read

*An iPhone to stay connected with family and friends
*Facebook to ‘Inbox’ His next of kin

*A Mustang GT in which to drive around town
*’Microwavable meals for the disciples to pass around

*A Stetson hat to be stylish and give Him shade from the heat
*High-speed internet so He could broadcast what He’d teach

THINGS JESUS HAD:

*Dirty, unpaved roads on which to walk
*Highly outspoken critics who rarely heeded what He taught

*Crowds of followers, all needing help
*Little time to be by Himself

*Power to save and see sick people healed
*Enemies who plotted diligently to have Him killed

*Genuine friends who stood by Him to the end
*Betrayal by one supposed to be closest to Him

*The certainty of facing death on a cross
*Love for all mankind no matter the cost

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him…” Isaiah 53:3

Note: these lists are in no way meant to be exhaustive; rather, just a way to keep me grounded in gratitude!
**Photo by Chuck Stephens