Friday, February 24, 2012

My G&F Author Interview

On her blog today, Staci Stallings of Grace & Faith 4 U has kindly posted an author interview she did with me. Go to the link below to check it out.

Also, we are having a giveaway of 3 books: Fearless, Love Letters, and Life Lessons from Grandparents. Fearless is my own book, my testimony of how God delivered me from fear. Love Letters and Life Lessons from Grandparents I have a published story in. Together with Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing, I designed the book covers.

These are great books that will bless you. To enter, you only need leave a comment and an email address below the article.

My G&F Interview

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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, February 22, 2012

Can You Hear Him?

Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. (Jn 12:28-29)

Two chapters previous to this point in Jesus' life, He uttered the profound statement:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (Jn 10:27)

The people tried to stone Him for those words. (Jn 10:31) Then just days later, as if being stoned was not controversy enough, He goes and raises Lazarus from the dead. (Jn 11) You'd think this miracle would make them see the error of their ways, but no. It served to only make them angrier.

When we come to the events of John 12, Jesus is having dinner with Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary pours expensive ointment on Jesus' feet - again more controversy, "How could she WASTE that?" - and then the Scripture makes an even more mind-blowing statement.


Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death. (Jn 12:9-10)

You have two groups of people here - the rubberneckers and the haters. The rubberneckers only came to see Lazarus. The haters take it a step further; they want to put Lazarus to death.

SERIOUSLY?

It's no wonder then when we get to verse 27, all the people hear is thunder. Just think about that.

You've witnessed a man being raised from the dead. You can see the guy sitting at the table with Jesus eating a meal, so you know he's alive and healthy. You then watch Jesus enter the city to great acclaim. (Jn 12:13) When suddenly, the voice of God speaks from the sky, yet all you hear is thunder.

"Hmm, it sounds like rain."

Standing there, witnessing such marvelous events, they missed God entirely. Why? What makes the difference?

"SUZANNE! LISTEN TO ME!"

Each of us has at one time been that deaf. It isn't that God refuses to speak. I always have this visual image of Him shouting at me; you know, like you do to your children when they aren't listening. Somehow more volume will reach into their brains. Or we resort to begging. The Bible refers to God as "pleading" with us. (Is 43:26;Is 51:22;Jer 50:34) So God is definitely speaking. Yet we're not hearing because we've become like the crowd. We're there to rubberneck. We want to view church and not actually participate. Or we're too full of hate and pride to listen. We tear down the ministry instead of building it up, and God can't get through to us as a result.

More than anything else, I need to hear God's voice. Only by hearing His instructions will I know what steps to take in faith to follow Him. Only then will I receive the best He has for me.

I want to be the person in the crowd who says, "Wow! Did you hear that? It was GOD!"

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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.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Neighbor


[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it--a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil. (Hebrews 6:19 AMP)

The death of pop star Whitney Houston has me thinking, but perhaps not along the lines of everyone else. It's hard to talk about death and not step on someone's toes, and that is not my intent here. Her death is sad, yes. I refuse to pass judgment on her life or whether or not she had the life of Christ in her or not. I can make my own guess, but in the end, I know no more than anyone else.

My thoughts turn instead in another direction. I do this each time someone famous passes away. Whether it's a Hollywood star, a national political figure, or a local service man of some sort, I always find myself thinking about the unknown people. You know the type. They are all those who have passed and no one remarked on it.

I watch the news and see horrific stories about tragedies involving families and children. There have been a couple aired lately. What of those children? What of that wife or mother? Was anyone paying attention to what was happening in the days that led up to their deaths? How many people stopped and mourned for them?

What about the homeless man or the prostitute or the gang member? What of those on foreign soil? Who mourned the child in Africa who couldn't find food? Who mourned the orphan? I think these thoughts and I find myself convicted.

Kenneth Copeland said in his book, "THE BLESSING":

Rather than seeing ourselves as the people in need, we should see ourselves as the ones who meet those needs because we have inherited Jesus' ministry.

This thought convicts me. There is always so much left undone, so many lives we could have helped and yet...Yet we didn't.

Hebrews 6:19 speaks of a sure hope, a steadfast anchor of the soul. I rejoice in this. God has delivered me from so much in my life, yet despite all of that, this hope is not mine alone. This steadfast anchor of the soul is for everyone else. It is for all those unknown people.

I remember an occasion a couple years ago. I was at Walmart in the checkout line when I witnessed a couple and their four children being escorted out the door. The children ranged in age from an infant to perhaps 7 or 8. Dirty and unkempt, their clothing stained, my heart broke and I heard the Lord's words in my heart.

"Who will pray for these children?"

I will, Lord. And I have. Every time I go to pray for myself, I see their faces. For prayer is not meant to be selfish. Jesus said, "Go the whole world over, and proclaim the Good News to all mankind." (Mark 16:15 WNT) All mankind includes all the unknowns. They are the people I avoid, the people I don't get along with, the people who pass away silently and no one notices.

I am sad for Whitney Houston's passing. I am sad for Bobby Brown, who I heard ran off stage during his performance. Perhaps their lives were not what they should have been. But again, it's not my job to judge. However, neither can I let the light of her passing overshadow that of my neighbor.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (Luke 10:36-37)

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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.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Steve's Digicams - What I Learned Joining A Stock Photography Site

My article for February 2012 is now available at Steve's Digicams. In this article, I take a humorous look at an experience I had recently with stock photography.

What I Learned Joining A Stock Photography Site

On a side note to this article, you can now find my work for stock photo purchase at Bigstock.com.

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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, February 8, 2012

Call Me By My Name


Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Depending on my need, I call the person who can meet that need. I also call the person with the authority to meet that need.

I remember years ago a door-to-door salesman was roaming our neighborhood. I didn't wish to speak to him, so I didn't answer my front door. Well, to my surprise, this salesman then knocked on my back door as well. When I didn't answer the back door, he went out to his car and called my house. He actually left a message asking why I didn't come to the door!

Now let me tell you, I was upset so I called the main office for that company and asked to speak to the boss. I wanted to talk to the person in authority over that service, the one who could respond to my need backed by the strength and the power to correct the problem. I wanted the one who was in charge.

WHO'S IN CHARGE?


Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 3:1)

Many of our prayers aren't answered because we haven't called on God for who He is. We haven't used the power and authority He's transferred to us. (Mt 28:18-19) Instead, we've begged and pleaded faithless prayers out of fear and desperation, wishing and hoping God would somehow do something.

No, the Bible tells us to come boldly to God's throne with faith in His power and authority to bring the answer. (Heb 4:12,16) We are to call on Him as Lord (Victor), Christ (Anointed One), Apostle (Ambassador of the Gospel), and High Priest (Administrator). Here is the key!

Jesus defeated Satan. (Col 2:15) He then put him underneath our feet. (Eph 1:22) So when we call upon Him, we call in the knowledge that He has been given the power over death and all the effects of death - sin, sickness, poverty. (Heb 2:14;Rev 1:18) This is why we'll see great and mighty things!

We only have to ask!

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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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