Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Life At A Time - Repost

Every now and then, the Lord reminds me of something I wrote in the past. Every day when I pray, I have this circle of children I pray for, my own daughter, the children of my friends, and even kids whose parents I don't know, but the Lord has laid them on my heart.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to lift their lives up in prayer. We can only change society one life at a time, and though we may not get any pats on the back for it, the rewards of our time spent in prayer are HUGE. I encourage you to read this article and then take time from your day to lift the children to the Lord in prayer.

"Lord, take these precious lives and today have one person tell them they are loved..."



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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Friday, July 22, 2011

How You Loved Me

I wanted to share this video. The words speak loudly to me tonight and become my gratitude - Thanks, God, for loving me.

Sidewalk Prophets
You Loved Me Anyway


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Write The Vision

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2)

Lately, I find myself totally uninspired. I can't write anything. I can't create anything. The ideas do not come to me. I do not know where to begin. It's like I have hit a mental brick wall.

It came to me this morning that part of my problem is a lack of vision. Until I know where I am headed, I cannot begin. With anything creative, I must see it beforehand. Even laying out all the requirements of the task doesn't help. They become just so many items on a list, almost making the job harder instead of easier.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)

I try thinking it out, sorting what needs to be done. Sometimes I take a general stab at it. But I don't really know where I'm going, what I'm trying to do, and it's time spent wasted. It leaves me with a headache, exhausted.

I refuse to become frustrated because this happens to everyone at some point. Waiting is the only therapy. I must sit patiently and ride this out. I sit knowing each day is time I should spend being productive. Yet there is no other option; I must believe that the vision will come.

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Matthew 4:28-29)

I rose up this morning with finally the grain of an idea in my head. It has taken me days to get this far. But that one grain is right now like a great light. It gives me hope to complete what is set before me. For today, it is enough.

Maybe tomorrow I will complete this. Maybe it will be the day after. Who knows! In the mean time, I will allow this idea time and space to grow for ideas germinated are always way better than those forced into being.


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Steve's Digicams Article - The Basic Truths of Editing

My July 2011 article, "The Basic Truths of Editing," is now up at Steve's Digicams. In this article, I discuss how you can know when you've done enough editing. I also describe something I call "overkill."

I encourage you to visit the link and take a read!

The Basic Truths of Editing

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Grandmother's Banana Bread

Banana bread recipes are a dime a dozen. This one belongs to my grandmother, Juanita, and is the best, in my opinion, but then I am prejudiced.



1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients.
Add bananas. Stir well.
Stir in pecans.
Bake in greased loaf pan at 325 (F) for 55 minutes.
Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Cool 2-3 minutes before slicing.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Who am I?

Who am I?

Sometimes I am a confident woman. I know I can do it. The weather's great; the sun is shining. All things work in my favor.

But sometimes, I am a girl curled-up, sniveling on the couch, waiting for the world to pass by. I am the one making irrational decisions, not thinking clearly. I am trembling and afraid.

Then again, sometimes I am the loudmouth who just said the wrong thing - again. I hate being her! My words like darts are aimed at my family and friends.

Who am I? Am I a composite of events, thoughts, and feelings? Am I a photographer or a writer? a mother or a daughter? a wife? a Christian? a friend?

I am a collection of images - the down-side of me, the hater, bitter and angry; the cry-baby, unsure, ineffective, and inept; the up-side of me, things are grand and I can handle it. I am productive, determined, and successful. I like one side of me more than the other.

Who am I?

I am the things I hide. The stories I never tell. The pictures I don't take. I am all these things. I am the people who don't like me, the situations I don't handle correctly, the mistakes I will make.

But more than any of that, more than any one side or piece of me, I am forgiven. Jesus Christ gave me that. He took all the fragments that make up me, the bad, unpleasant, and ugly, and reconciled them together. I laid them at the cross, and He removed them.

Now, I am loved, and I am free.



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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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