Monday’s Musings #170 & Taking Better Photos of Your Family

As a photographer, I am always learning. I fell in love with photography at the young age of 14. My first camera was a 110 with a flash cube? Remember those? Since then, I have owned a few different cameras, have always read about photography and practiced what I learned. That’s how one grows and gets better, right?

Although I photograph other people (my clients), my favorite time to shoot photos is when my family is just being themselves. Like hanging around the house, spending time together on vacations, laughing and goofing off, and recording our homeschool journey. It’s the best time to capture who they are! So, I ask you: do you desire to take better photos of your family? Listen to what I have to share with you today.

If you desire to take better pictures of your family, I have good news for you! My friends Ryan and Steph at Ultimate Bundles have put together an incredible product to help with your photography woes. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition), and it contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer.

All the resources have been provided by professional, world-renowned photographers who are experts in teaching others – even complete beginners. You won’t need to switch up to a more expensive camera to make full use of the bundle (even if you just use your iPhone for photographs), and you don’t need to neglect your family for weeks upon weeks of training! You can learn everything in little chunks – whenever you have a spare moment.

Here’s a complete list of the books included in the beginner’s edition of The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle:

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Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.

Now, let’s share our favorite posts this week. So glad to have you here. Truly.

MondaysMusings2014

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #169 & Before Bedtime Routine

Before Bedtime Routine and Why I have One | What Joy Is Mine

So, here’s the thing. Without a before bedtime routine, my day doesn’t start off as smoothly as I desire or need it to. One of the best things I do for myself and my family is be ready to face the day with energy, readiness and JOY! This is accomplished by sticking to my before bedtime routine which I first heard of doing through FlyLady.net several years ago.

Now my routine has changed over the years to fit the season we’re in as a family but for the most part the basics have remained the same. At this time, I am working through Crystal Paine’s 14-day online course: Making Over Your Mornings. (If you haven’t heard about it, check it out HERE.) Day 2 of this course, like Flylady, stresses the importance of a before bedtime routine to encourage a much more smooth running morning. I agree! I have found I am better prepared with a better attitude when I stick to my nightly routine.

Do you want to know what my routine looks like? Here you go!

1. Make sure our kitchen is clean and no dishes are sitting by the sink. My family helps with this agenda. There’s nothing like waking up to shiny sink and clean kitchen. Seriously!

2. Take care of me. Wash my face early on in the evening & get into my jammies or comfy home clothes for the evening. Right before bed I brush my teeth & remove my contacts then snuggle in for the night.

3. Prepare my ice water, read and pray. I keep ice water by my bedside and try to read before closing my eyes. Reading is calming and helps me fall asleep relaxed. I also say a little prayer.

4. Aim to be in bed by my set bedtime. I operate better with a good night’s sleep. I function more productively with at least 7 hours of sleep so that’s my aim. If I don’t get my 7 hours, I at least have done the other three steps of my routine which still encourages a better rise and shine.

Keep in mind our children are grown and get ready for bed on their own so this season of life finds my routine different than when they were little. However, two of them still live at home so our lives are still full. I need to be on my game to maintain our schedules and get accomplished what I need and want to get done. That means my before bedtime routine must give my day a good head start.

I believe a before bedtime routine is a necessity to encouraging energy and a good attitude for a new day. For me, it has worked successfully when I am sticking to it. And if I don’t stick to it, for whatever reason, I find I am not on my best game as I begin my day. So, do you have a before bedtime routine?

Thank you for sharing wonderful posts each week. What do you have to share this week?

MondaysMusings2014

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #168 & Impossible to the Possible

Impossible to the Possible | What Joy Is Mine (Plus Monday's Musings Link Up)

Faith is an incredible thing. When it is shaken, we are challenged to the very core of our being. We no longer view our situation as one with possibilities. “It can’t be fixed.” “It can’t be changed.” “It will never work out.” Faith takes a back seat in our circumstance.

Yet we are called to “walk by faith.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) It is then we will see the impossible become the possible. Faith defined is “an entire confidence or trust in God’s character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation.” (1828 Webster’s Dictionary) Simplified, it means we trust wholeheartedly in God and what He is doing and can do in our life. It’s believing, without doubt or fear, that God will bring about what is perfect for us in any given moment when we seek Him with all our heart.

Does this mean the Lord will make happen what we think should happen? Not necessarily. He will do what is best for us, sometimes it is what we desire. Other times, it may be far from what we were hoping for. Remember, he keeps in mind what will grow us in Him and bring Him glory. Faith is trusting God to bring about the impossible….change a heart, provide a job, restore a relationship, fill a need, heal an illness, etc. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.(Matthew 19:26) We serve a possible God and we must have faith in that truth when we’re placed in the middle of situation that challenges us.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.‘  (Romans 1:17) God can take the impossible (that which cannot be done) and make it possible (that which may be now or come to pass). Let’s learn from Abraham in Romans 4: “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.

My Life: I hope you all had a fabulous week. I finally got my veggie/herb garden planted and everything has settled in. I still need to add flowers in the pots that sit in the front of our house. We also put up a new bird feeder which has drawn not only birds but a family of squirrels. The not-my-favorite news from this week is that summer temps have hit and it has been extremely warm. We had to switch off our heater and turn on our cooler. I also spent some of my week finishing up editing some baby photos I took. And this little baby is so stinkin’ cute that I have enjoyed editing his photos. Maybe I’ll share some on here after I get them to his mama and daddy. Well, that’s it for this week.

Its time to share once again. I’m grateful to have you here. Truly.

MondaysMusings2014

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #167 & How Do We Rest In God?

Monday's Musings #168 & How Do We Rest In God? | What Joy Is Mine

I am the worst at worrying. Sometimes my worries get the best of me. I’ve always been that way. I stumble and I find my worries flood over me. It’s so discouraging. Yet thankfully, God is faithful. In my weakness, He is strong. He draws me back into His arms, gently reminds me to lean on Him and I find rest.

So, how do we rest in God when life is throwing us difficult and trying times? Let me share what I have learned and try to live out.

First, prayer is so very important. Placing ourselves in God’s presence through prayer allows us to rest in Him. Knowing we can place our worries in His hands simply by doing so through prayer gives us peace. We’re reminded to not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Second, read through Psalms. There is much comfort to be found there. I read the praise Psalms like Psalm 33, Psalm 66, and Psalm 147. Putting our mind on worshiping God takes our focus off of ourselves and our worries and places them on a sovereign God who loves us so very much. Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (Psalm 100:2)

In addition to prayer and reading through Psalms, hiding God’s word in my heart is huge in calming the anxious soul. Don’t just read it, hide it. Take the time to memorize it then think on it often. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.“(Joshua 1:8) If worry starts to creep in, recite verses to bring about peace.

Resting in God does not always come easy since in the moment, we are so focused on what is occurring in our life. Trust me, I know. However, I know the Lord I serve is a faithful and loving God. He doesn’t want me to worry but to instead trust Him. He wants me to give Him my burdens and reminds me of this in Matthew 11, verse 28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

With that reminder, I want to thank all who prayed over my Love and I. We have felt much healing and had a real good week health-wise. Praise God! It’s good to be on the other side of things and I am ever grateful for God’s answer to prayers lifted up for us. I am also so thankful as well for this community each and every Monday. Having you all come and share each week is awesome. Thank you! Now enough mushy stuff. Let’s get to the link up.

MondaysMusings2014

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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