As Christians, we are invited by a loving God to die to self daily. This basic Biblical principal is unpacked in the book Killing us Softly by Efrem Smith. Mr. Smith examines what it means to die to self and how this is connected to our spiritual formation. He suggests that living right-side up in the upside-down kingdom of God is how the lost will be found and the hurting will be helped. Living this way is how we can better represent God's kingdom in the world around us.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.
This past Friday we took the day off school and work and headed up the mountain for some cross country skiing. The weather report looked decent, but when we got there it was warmer than we anticipated and the conditions weren't all that great. We skied anyway, and were rewarded with some pretty amazing views of Mt. Hood.
With Valentine's Day this week, I had fun creating some photos with hearts....
One of my 2017 resolutions was to practice my violin daily - it's going well and I'm really enjoying it, but it means less time for blogging and other things. I'm ok with that. Right now playing my violin daily feels right.
For the past two years I've posted black and white photos on my instagram account daily. There was a clever little hashtag (#bnwruary) and several others were doing the same. It was a good challenge for me and i enjoyed it. My approach the first year was to just post a black and white photo each day. Last year, I focused on creating photos that were mostly white with a little black. This year I decided I wanted to post photos that had really high contrast. I'm not posting daily, but here are a few I've come up with so far.
We've had such wet weather that I'm not able to get outside and photograph much, so it's fun to have this little project.
This past summer, one of the things I wanted to do was to subscribe to Lightroom and learn how to edit my photos. Other than a brightness or shapening adjustment that I can do in my basic photo program, I haven't played around with editing much. Part of me wanted to be able to take fabulous, straight out of the camera shots, and part of me just didn't want to spend the time to learn to edit. Well, the summer came and went and I never got around to it at all.
However, a couple weeks ago I was inspired to try a new phone app called Mextures. I still have so much to learn, but it's been fun working on a few photos and seeing how a few edits can really change a photo.
I'd love to know your thoughts about editing...and if you have any tips to share, I'd welcome them.