Friday, July 30, 2010

My Blog Title

Why "Speaking in Plain Shamish"? A few years ago I was looking for a new catchy title for my blog and I wanted to incorporate my nickname "Shamish" (Shannon + Amish = Shamish). A friend of mine said "You know that old saying "Speaking in Plain English"? How about "Speaking in Plain Shamish" - The Amish are called the plain and it goes perfectly with Shamish! And wallah, there you have it!

Daily Devotion - Glorious Day by Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns is amazing.... a ministry so huge! So huge that I can't even imagine how many people have been saved through their music! This song is right up there with the very best of their music! And another huge reminder just what Jesus did for us! The lyrics (especially the chorus) makes me emotional. I just know that when I get those chills and warm feelings that the Holy Spirit is working in me!


And I just found this!! Casting Crown's lists on their website all of the scripture associated with a song! This is what they have listed for just THIS song... wow! I can't wait to look these up in my Bible while listening to this song!

John 1:1 / John 1:14 / John 2:11 / Isaiah 40:5 / Isaiah 7:14 / Luke 1:26-38 / Ephesians 5:2 / John 3:16 / 1 John 3:16 / 1 John 4:9 / Romans 5:9 / 1 Corinthians 6:10-11 / Psalm 103:12 / Matthew 26:28 / Ephesians 1:7 / Colossians 1:13-14,19-20 / Psalm 49:15 / Galatians 4:4 / Philippians 2:8 / Acts 2:23 / Romans 6:4 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 / Colossians 2:12-15 / Isaiah 53:6 / 1 Peter 2:24 / Matthew 28:1-10 / Revelations 1:18 / Revelations 22:12 / Revelations 22:20

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Daily Devotion

One of the things I'd like to do with my new blog is to post a daily (or nearly daily) devotion for all my readers! There are so many great resources out there to share God's love with others! Of course, there is no substitution for the Bible, but I get excited everytime I see a different and new way that God's word is reaching people. My friend Tabitha's mom sends a daily email with God's word that has touched my heart for many years. I'd like to share some of those as well as things from other resources and things from my own heart. These devotions won't always necessarily be words. Anyone that knows me, knows that music is one way that God grabs my heart! So you may see YouTube videos, links to websites/blogs, etc. I am SO excited to see how God uses me to get his word to others!

So for my first, I am going to share with you a daily word from Tabitha's mom that touched me. I hope it touches you just as much! Have a blessed day!

Without God's mercy and comfort, you will remain lost at sea - unsure of your direction and with little hope of finding port.

The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PhotoShop Elements

I am having a blast learning PhotoShop Elements! I've learned the basics from from great Jessica Sprague classes but I'm also loving actions that you can get free and purchase from various digital artists! My friend Carley got married in June and I took some photos that turned out pretty dark because of the setting but with photoshop they can turn out amazing! :) I did some basic edits and then applied an action by Faith True called Midnight Coffee in her Urban Rainbow Photo Action set. I love how it turned out with the beautiful vintage look especially with her grandpa walking her down the aisle... and Carley loves it too!

This is before and after... don't you just love how it turned out?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Welcome To My New Blog!!!

It's been a couple of years since I've really blogged and I truly miss it!!! I just loved sharing about the books I've read, the pictures I've taken, layouts I've created and sharing Christ's love with you all! I can't tell you how many times I've had people asking me.... "So, when are you gonna blog again... I miss it." Well since you miss it and I miss it.... here I go!!! You'll hear about books, scrapping, my family, my dog, my fish, the Amish, photography and most importantly... Jesus! :) It's nowhere near complete yet... but enjoy!! And welcome back... my faithful readers!