Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TobyMac - I just need U.

Here are the beginning lyrics to I just need you.

"Last night put the heavy on me
Woke up and I'm feeling lonely
This world gotta a way of showing me (showing me)
Some days it'll lift you up
Some days it'll call your bluff
Man, most of my days I ain't got enough
And all I know
Is You're my only hope
When I'm up when I'm down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I'm losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain't gon' change
I just need you..."

Good days or bad days, I always know where my hope is. I hope you enjoy this song! Thanks for stopping by. 
Keep believing!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Career Expert says the Golden Rule is at the Heart of Creativity

What is the Golden Rule?  In Matthew 7:12 (NIV) we're told: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

I grew up knowing this rule. I recently began studying what's best next by Matt Perman with a good friend, Sherrinda Ketchersid. We began with the timeline of one chapter a week. We're learning so much that we now tackle one chapter a day. I've included a link if you're interested in learning a little more about Matthew Perman and what's best next

Have a great week!

Sherrinda Ketchersid

Setting Up Your Desk

Last week I mentioned I'd started reading what's best next by Matt Perman. I looked up his blog posts and found tips on setting up your desk for maximum effectiveness.

Here's a picture of my desk before. Printer, pens, highlighters, coffee, stapler, calendar, index cards, and you can see some of the other junk.

Matt Perman says clutter will take away our creativity. He suggests our desks should be like a cockpit.

I wasn't born an organized person. I often tried, but it doesn't come naturally to me. I have to WORK at getting and staying organized.

He suggests we know what we need as far as equipment, supplies, and decorations. I've combined decorations with supplies. I have a small crystal bowl for jump drives. I have cute containers for pens and highlighters and a pretty lamp on the corner of the table. The table I use for my desk was an old table my Uncle Proc made. My dad dug it out and refinished it. So it has sweet memories for me when I sit down.

As I continue working through what's best next, I'll let you know if I learn to decrease the clutter and work more efficiently.

Monday, July 1, 2019

How to Help the Homeless

A friend recently gave us a bag to share the next time we came across a homeless person asking for help.

I've heard the debate plenty of times. If you give them money, they'll buy beer. But if you give them money, at least you're trying to help. The argument goes back and forth. That's why I was excited when our friend gave us this bag of goodies the next time we were faced with the opportunity to share with a homeless person.

Matthew 25:34-40:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

What can we do for the least of these?

Here's one simple thing.

Take a gallon plastic bag and fill it with a few items.

A few easy items you can place in your bag are wipes, a fruit cup with a plastic fork, peanuts, a toothbrush and toothpaste, peanut butter cracker and breath mints, because we all like minty fresh breath.

Get creative and change it up.

I'd love to hear if you try this and what response you get.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sea View Inn

We recently made our first trip to Sea View Inn in Pawleys Island, SC. We went to the inn for a Saturday morning breakfast. We arrived early and sat in rocking chairs on the covered porch and drinking good coffee and looking at the ocean.

When the dinner bell, or breakfast bell in our case, rang we walked inside through a sitting area full of comfortable furniture and books of shelves. From there we walked into a dining room full of good smells and wooden tables and chairs. Breakfast was served at 8:30 for all of the guests staying at the inn, and those of us who made reservations.

We were served toast, homemade jams, eggs, sausage, grits, pancakes, and fresh fruit. There was also cereal and yogurt available. It was all delicious, and the staff was very welcoming. We'll be sure to go back to Sea View Inn, and if you're in the area I'd encourage you to stop by and visit.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Pawleys Island Chapel

Pawleys Island Chapel sits on the actual island. From Memorial Day through Labor Day different ministers lead a non-secular church service at 10:00 every Sunday.

The chapel is also a popular place for scenic weddings where it overlooks the marsh. The land was donated by Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Porter. It originally stood in Georgetown, SC. In 1946 the chapel was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt on Pawleys Island. In 2005 the chapel underwent renovations including air conditioning.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

Psalm 150:6

Monday, June 10, 2019

Taking Good Pictures

I'm starting to write a series with a photographer. It's also summer, when many of us take more pictures. So, today I thought I'd share some photo tips.

In the evening on the beach, we often see people taking family photos. The sun is gentle, and there is less squinting.

If you take pictures on your iPhone and want to balance your shot go to settings. Choose Camera and switch the Grid on. Then when you take your next picture, you can line it up with the grid before snapping.

This turns into this.

My kids taught me the next tip. But be sure you tap the screen of your smartphone before taking the picture. It'll help focus on your subject and improve lighting.

The last tip also comes from my kids. DON'T zoom in. It's better to get closer to your subject. Zooming can make your picture look blurry or grainy.

Whether you travel or stay home this summer, I hope you have a great time!

TobyMac - I just need U.

Here are the beginning lyrics to I just need you. "Last night put the heavy on me Woke up and I'm feeling lonely This world...