Soul Restoration

Originally posted on Ruth Graham's Blog:

Psalms 23 is a “go to” Psalm. We use it in so many situations – illness, funerals, uncertainty, sleeplessness…we turn to its familarity for comfort. Not only the familiarity but its truth that has stood the test of time and echoes down through the ages to our hearts in today’s world.

This morning I was reading it. There is a progression. First He is my shepherd. The all-mighty, all-knowing, Potentate of time is my shepherd. He knows me. I am His. He calls me by my name. He knows the very number of hairs on my head. He is tender with me. He delights in me.

He knows I am weary and tired. Tired from trying too hard. From uncertainty. From loneliness. From noise. From too much. Too little. Just weary. He knows so He makes me lie down. Sometimes when we get busy, running to and fro, we are…

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Overcoming barriers to grieving after abortion and other painful loss

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Originally posted on cradle my heart blog:

Cradle My Heart Radio welcomes counselor Rita Schulte

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Unrecognized grief drives emotional and physical problems after we suffer the loss of a loved one. And the challenges to recognizing and releasing that grief are even greater if the loss includes abortion.

According to Focus on the Family, unfamiliar emotions while grieving go far beyond feeling sadness, and may include:

  • Feeling physically drained
  • Sleeplessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inappropriate risk-taking
  • Lethargy and over-indulgence
  • Becoming withdrawn and apathetic

Raising awareness of the source of these changes is the beginning of our hope for healing.

This week–practical help from professional counsler Rita Schulte for the spiritual and emotional challenges we face in overcoming unrecognized grief. Rita is the author of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through Losses of Life.

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From Rita’s bio:

Rita Schulte is a licensed professional board certified counselor with a B.S. in psychology and a master’s…

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Corrie ten Boom’s Tea Cup: Revisiting the Hiding Place

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This weekend marks the nationwide release of the film Return to the Hiding Place – sequel to the 70s World Wide Pictures release of The Hiding Place. 

Make no mistake, this is not a digitally remastered version of the first, but rather a true story depiction of Corrie’s “youth army” workers, from the perspective source of the late Author, Hans Poley, who served alongside Corrie during the underground of the Dutch Resistance to Hitler’s regime in the Netherlands.

The film is spell-binding and loaded with action, suspense, tears, laughter, joy, and more – well worth the trip down memory lane to join that of The Hiding Place and also captures a superb account of the Holocaust from behind the scenes. All ages and races would benefit from this blessing of a film!

Four years ago I was asked by Spencer Productions who wrote, produced, and directed this sequel, to act as Publicist for the film – an undeserved privilege and position of honor of which I can never fully convey the gratitude.  Dr. Peter Spencer, who wrote and directed,  was introduced to Hans Poley in the mid 80s and a true brother hood of the spirit joined them for the work that lie ahead. They were fast friends until Hans went to glory in 2003 well aware of the efforts made for the film – all of 20 years in the making. Yes, 20 years. Dr. Spencer and his entire family have woven together a beautiful depiction of this story on film. Their labor of love and devotion to this piece is highly evident while being viewed and the exit interviews with remarks and exclamations of a job well done can be heard across the nation. Superb to say the least!

This request to do publicity parlayed out of the work done with Pam Rosewell Moore, who served as companion and nurse to Corrie ten Boom in the late 70s and early 80s. We met at a women’s conference in 1995 where Pam spoke a captivating and purely anointed talk from on high. Her book Safer Than A Known Way has influenced and changed lives for eternity and still plays a role in keeping the memory of Corrie’s ministry and message alive. A ministry that bears much weight and held in holy reverence by those that know and love the story she told surviving the concentration camps and learning forgiveness of the Germans. For more information see link: http://www.pamrosewellmoore.com

Fast forward 17 years and I found myself called by the Lord to go and “help her” (Pam) as I heard the Lord direct and soon before we knew it, there was an undeniable knit-at-the-soul union between us as sisters and co-workers in the ministry. Life has never been the same, hence, how I inherited a handful of priceless Corrie memorabilia along with her tea-cup, a treasure I will keep close to my heart for life. After a trip to Haarlem in The Netherlands with my beloved sister Pam, where I did some publicity work to promote the film from the scene of the action in time itself during the soft release in May 2014, we are now promoting the hard release this week in March and on into April 2015 for the US release found on http://www.rhptickets.com

On opening day of March 6th, yesterday, I imbibed deeply on my tea from Corrie’s cup, drinking to the honor of my beloved hero (who never wanted to known as a hero) and reflected with indescribable respect the story of Hans Poley. Two people who gave their best on behalf of those that truly did appreciate it. So many lives were spared while so many lives were given for the cause.

On behalf of Spencer Productions, we cordially invite you to participate in supporting this film with your attendance and please do know, this is beneficial to the believer, the unbeliever, the Jew or the Gentile, young or older. Get your viewing and be blessed: http://www.rhptickets.com. Theaters can be requested to show film in your area – see link for details.

From Dusk till Dawn: A Night Photography Tutorial

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

By day Marcus Kazmierczak works as an engineer for Automattic on new product research; by night he heads out for photography. He writes about night photography at night.exposed. You can find more of his photography at mkaz.com.

The sun going down doesn’t mean you have to put your camera away. Night photography offers up an opportunity to take unique photos — often with surprising results. With long exposures, the camera captures light and scenes in ways that our eyes can’t; this makes night photography fascinating to me.

This guide will help you get started with night photography, including a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up while shooting at night. So if night is the only time you have free for yourself and for your photography, you can still get out there.

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Getting started

Tip: I wear fingerless gloves, which allow…

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