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Corrie Ten Boom Prayer

Corrie Ten Boom had a way of getting right to the heart of a matter and making folks re-evaluate their priorities. Her quotes never fail to bear fruit in my heart.

These insights by C. S. Lewis follow a similar theme . . . 

“We regard God as an airman regards his parachute.

It’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.”

“If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer.

He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him,

And come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ now to be had.”

Their words bring to mind how God gives grace after grace in response to my heart’s fickle yearnings.

And I am grateful.

“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” John 1:16

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Remember This

Renee Ann Smith —  July 22, 2015 — 8 Comments

Feelings C S Lewis

“The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference;

And, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins,

At whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” ~C. S. Lewis~

“Feelings and feelings and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.” ~C. S. Lewis~

“Don’t bother too much about your feelings.

When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them.

When they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered.

In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you.

What matters is your intentions and your behavior.” ~C. S. Lewis~

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ~C. S. Lewis~

“Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.” ~C. S. Lewis~

I’m thankful that God understands our hearts so well and makes sure to show us again & again that we can trust His.

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The People God Uses

Renee Ann Smith —  July 15, 2015 — 13 Comments

Ability Corrie Ten Boom

 “Embedded in the larger story of redemption is a principle we must not miss: God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the lives of others.”
~Paul David Tripp~

“When you are beyond your ability, God has you right where He wants you.”
~R. Thomas~

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”
~C. S. Lewis~

`”Your ordinary story bears the fingerprints of an extraordinary God.”
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If you’ve spent any time around here, you can tell that I enjoy playing with graphics—especially when it comes to sharing quotes.

I rely on God-breathed Scripture to convict and change me. But wise words hold power as well.

Many times in my life God has used the words of others to open my eyes to His truth or apply it to my life in a new way.

So I often feel compelled to pass those quotes on in hopes that they will bless and encourage others.

My tools of choice for creating graphics have been iPhone pics, the wonderful photos from Unsplash—which has a very open license (The site says, “Do whatever you want.”)—and, of course, PicMonkey, a site which lets me edit to my heart’s content.

With PicMonkey, I usually begin by cropping my photo to be square or Pinterest-pin shaped. (Graphics that are wider than they are tall don’t seem to show up well on my favorite sites—my blog, Pinterest & Facebook.)

While at Basic Edits, I check to see if my graphic needs to be sharpened, over-exposed, under-exposed, or color-enhanced—whatever will complement the quote I have in mind.

Then I click on Effects, where I can age my graphic, posterize it, turn it into a Poloroid, soften the focus, etc.

What’s nice about PicMonkey is that the arrows at the top of the pic always allow me to undo what I have done. Also, I can save my work along the way in case there’s a really great look I want to use at a later time.

Once I’ve played with Effects, I click on Text and copy & paste my quotes onto the graphic. Once I’ve done that I can change the alignment, color, and size of the words.

Then I get to play with the fonts. Some fonts allow me to “Bold” or “Italicize” them. Wider fonts are great for layering, which enables me to give the words a 2-D look.

My last step is adding a Frame. I pretty much always finish with Drop Shadow—even if I’ve used another frame before that. I feel like Drop Shadow makes my graphic “pop” when on my blog or in the Facebook stream.

***Recently, I discovered a new place to grab free graphics: Death to Stock Photo. I signed up for the free tier and have received two batches of photos so far.

Just click on the graphic to view sharing choices.

Charles Spurgeon qutoes Take a stand on the Bible

For this great Charles Spurgeon quote, I layered italicized Roman Antique font, white over black. The background originally looked like this before I cropped, enhanced & posterized. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized from the Unsplash site.)

Unsplash free graphic

Lifting othersHere, I layered the Special Elite font, white over black. The background originally looked like this before I cropped & enhanced. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized from the Unsplash site.)

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Death to Stock Photo

The font for this graphic is Cardo bold. The graphic originally looked like this before I cropped, enhanced & posterized. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized by signing up to receive emails from Death to Stock Photo.)

Death to Stock Photos

I hope you’ve been encouraged by the quotes or helped by the how-to tips.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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This week the world said good-bye to one of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century, Elisabeth Elliot. Her life and writings greatly shaped my faith journey.

Here are some of my favorite Elisabeth Elliot quotes:

Elisabeth Elliot quotes

“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”

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“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

“God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy.”

“There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today.”

“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”

Elisabeth Elliot quotes

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”

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“Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”

“If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!”

“Failure means nothing now, only that it taught me life.”

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.”

“We are women, and my plea is let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.”

May her wise words encourage you on your own journey. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

Follow this link to view the posts I wrote about this humble servant of the Lord.

Elisabeth Elliot on to glory

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Delight yourself in the Lord & He will shape the desires of your heart. ~Psalm 37:4~

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ~Matthew 6:21~

Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding. ~Proverbs 3:5~

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. ~Proverbs 4:23~

My son, give Me your heart & let your eyes keep my ways. ~Proverbs 23:26~

May the words of my mouth & the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock & my Redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14~

May we trust Him with our hearts now & always. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Clothed in JOY

Renee Ann Smith —  May 13, 2015 — 16 Comments

Proverbs 31 woman who fears the Lord

“She is clothed in strength & dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” ~Proverbs 31:25~

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God is faithful Proverbs 31

“When my skin sags & my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm & faithful.” ~Psalm 73:26~

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I love the bottom pic of my sweet mom during her last days, looking through her jewelry and remembering. The people and events that eluded her struggling mind here brighten her Heavenly days as she waits for the family reunion to be complete.

God was faithful to her. He is faithful to me.

No matter what has gone before or what may come, He clothes me with joy and gifts me with laughter.

May He do the same for you. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Why We Write

Renee Ann Smith —  May 7, 2015 — 9 Comments

My Book Therapy Online Storycrafting

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Typically I design my blog posts to inspire folks as they live their everyday lives and to encourage them to read Christian fiction. 

But the real reason I blog is that I want to interact with people—either my former students or friends far away or the new friends I’ve never met in person.

I blog to connect. 

Isn’t that the same for you, my fellow bloggers?

Each week you search your life for some spiritual lesson and struggle to put it into words that will resonate with others. You type up your thoughts, press publish, and pray that the seed you sow will find fertile ground in another’s heart. 

I, too, write to connect with others’ hearts. And one of the best things I’ve done to become a better “connector” was joining Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy, which is now at learnhowtowriteanovel.com. (This is an affiliate post about her program because I believe in it that much!)

Yes, the focus of MBT is fiction. However, Susie’s principles for writing scenes and putting a story together have helped me teach better, read better, write better, and blog better.

What’s unique about this writing program is how Susan May Warren
focuses on the emotional journeys that characters take
and how the lies they believe,
about themselves and about God,
shape how He shows up in their stories.

Isn’t that what our own faith journeys are all about?

Maybe that’s why the program has even helped me better understand how God works in my own heart & life.

You used to have to travel to a retreat to hear Susie teach—and go more than once if you really wanted to apply her teaching well. But now Susie has moved her program online.

Why don’t you check it out? Registration is open now until May 13. If you purchase the online Storycrafter’s course, you receive, training videos, various materials, and access to writing coach.

Access to a coach is HUGE! That’s why I’ve paid to to to writing retreats and seminars—so I could get my questions answered by a real, live person! Books are great. But a coach is better!

So although this course requires a financial investment, I think the quality of the teaching & the access to a coach make it more than worth it!

You can check out & register for the online Storycrafter’s Program at this link.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite Susan May Warren quotes from her beautiful novella Evergreen.

Online Storycrafting Susan May Warren

May you continue to flourish in abundant life for Christ!

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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