FYI: Posts will be sparse around here until I replace my laptop.... Coming back to work after Christmas break apparently was too hard and it quit on me!

30 April 2012

song of my heart

change my heart O God
make it ever true
change my heart O God
may I be like You
mold me and make me
this is what I pray

(This song has been playing over and over in my head since last night...I think it is the potter song from the Donut Man, or something like that. ...)

26 April 2012

Glorious Light - a thankful thursday

365: extra time for a glorious sunset...because the car wouldn't start

366: grease on hands. wrenches, nuts, and late long night. bare toes on cold cement. a working starter for tomorrow's trip.

367: the strength to step out of my comfort is beautiful

368: simple joy - a baby tooth lost, leaving a big tooth sized hole and an even bigger smile on a little boy's face

369: golden light made even more glorious by previous days of April showers, both rain and snow

a self portrait..
lucia, etc.
entering the above photo

370: my God, the light of my world, in whom I have the light of life. (John 8:12) Glorious light!

24 April 2012

Tuesday's Tips - Customizing Post Title Format

(I've got a whole list of topics to cover for Tuesday's Tips, thanks for requesting them! It is time for me to get back on track with these...)

To customize the post title format you're going to look for this code in your template:
.post h3

The CSS inside the brackets {} following that code will control what your post titles look like.
You can customize the code however you'd like--be creative! You can use my CSS Basics posts on Borders, Backgrounds, Text, and Padding & Margins for specific codes. If you have any questions on how to do something specific, ask in a comment and I'll get back as soon as I can.

For example, my current post title code looks like this:
.post h3 {
  margin-top: -85px;
  color: #0586a2;
  font-family: Arial;
  font-variant: small-caps;
  font-size: 30px;
  line-height: 25px;
  font-weight: normal;
  letter-spacing: 1.5px;
  padding: 8px;
  background-color: #ffffff;
  border-bottom:0px dashed #8f8f8f;

.post h3 a, .post h3 a:visited, .post h3 strong {
  color: #0586a2;
  font-family: Arial;
  font-variant: small-caps;
  font-size: 30px;
  font-weight: normal;
  letter-spacing: 1.5px;

.post h3 strong, .post h3 a:hover {
  color: #8f8f8f;
  font-family: Georgia;
  font-variant: small-caps;
  font-style: italic;
  font-size: 30px;
  font-weight: normal;
  letter-spacing: 0px;

08 April 2012

Christ Has Risen!

Matthew 28:5-7
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

Christ Has Risen
matt maher

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You've bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven's will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer's crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He's alive! He's alive!

Happy Easter!

05 April 2012

His Goodness - a thankful thursday

364: the way He loves me so...
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
- Psalm 27:13

355: the joy in our Church - an april fool's joke played on us all by the pastors, "who's turn to preach?! not mine!"

356: Briella Mae, the way she practices her violin and makes it fun...

357: Marcia Anne, the way she wears her heels all over the house, just so that she can be taller than everyone else...

358: Mother, the way that she spends long hours in the sewing room, a labor of love to make a little girl feel special...

359: Jared Clark, the way he grins so proudly...

360: Grandma Jane, the way her hands tell the story that she labors long in the kitchen - making it always smell good and stay clean...

361: Grandpa Verlin, the way he is always willing to play a game, making great memories with checkers, wizard, and would you rather...

362: Daddy, the way he thinks of others, laboring in love...carrying wood in by the armful so that I don't have to do it

363: Titus Henry, the way he makes us all laugh, ever the cheerful entertainer

"The gift list is thinking upon His goodness -- and this, this pleases Him most! And most profits my own soul and I am beginning, only beginning, to know it. If clinging to His goodness is the highest form of prayer, then this seeing His goodness with a pen, with a shutter, with a word of thanks, these really are the most sacred acts conceivable. The ones anyone can conceive, anywhere, in the midst of anything. Eucharisteo takes us into His love."
--Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

01 April 2012

Psalm 103


Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities;
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit;
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The LORD performs righteous deeds,
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us;
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness
toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more;
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting
to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
To those who keep His covenant,
And [who] remember His precepts to do them.
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens;
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the LORD, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the LORD, O my soul!