Oh my soul, do you not know?

by SomeGirl on February 25, 2014 · 4 comments

 

Oh my soul, do you not know that today is a gift from the Lord and tomorrow, let alone next year, is not promised?

Why do you worry yourself with questions about the future when you know The One who has ordained your days and written each one of  them before any has come to be.

You can trust in Him.

He holds your future and will guide your footsteps.

He will fight for you, you need only to be still.

Be still, oh my soul, and know

that He is God.

 

(Written after countless hours of thinking, worrying, researching, praying, and seeking the Lord’s guidance in education choices for my boys, one of whom was recently diagnosed with Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia. Thank you for any prayers you might pray on our behalf. I sure do appreciate them! How can I pray for you? Let me know in the comment section below.)

 

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YOU were created for a purpose

by SomeGirl on February 12, 2014 · 6 comments

 So, I was going to write a post about how God whispered His thoughts to mine yesterday morning, reminding me to ease up and be patient with myself. And then I found this post in my drafts folder… Guess my past self needed to preach to my present self today. Hopefully you will benefit from these words, too. ♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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created for a purpose tshirt

 

You know that person that you wish you were more like… she probably wishes she was more like someone else, too.

And did you know that there’s most likely someone right now wishing they were more like you?

It’s true. And it’s a never ending cycle.

None of us are perfect.

We all have things we wish we could do better, and we’re all insecure (even the ones that don’t seem like they are… many times they are the most).

Instead of trying to be like someone else, learn to be content with who you are.

God made you to be YOU… in all of your uniqueness!

It’s easy to focus on what you don’t do well, or what someone else does better, but stop that.

You were created for a purpose and your purpose is carefully tied to the way God made you.

If you keep comparing yourself to others and trying to be like them, you’ll miss out on cultivating the “you” that was “designed” to do great things… GREAT things!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –  Ephesians 2:10

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

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Mom cannot live on grocery shopping alone…

by SomeGirl on February 7, 2014 · 8 comments

Hey there, sweet friends! It’s your long-lost blogger, Michelle (aka SomeGirl).

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since I wrote my last real-post, “You Can’t Get The Time Back.

Now, that my boys have both gone to school full-time and I find myself twiddling my thumbs (or finding creative ways to avoid dishes and laundry – wink), I’ve come to the realization that I could use a personal outlet and a place to form some sort of accountability.

What better place, I asked myself, then here at SomeGirl’s Website? I know I haven’t been around in a while, but I swear it was for good reasons…

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one of our “fraddling” opportunities at a Living Water International drill site in El Salvador

One of these days I’ll take the time to share everything that’s gone on since we last met.

For now, my plan is to set aside some personal time each week  that doesn’t involve grocery shopping, meal planning, or researching” how to best parent a tween-age boy” (if anyone has good suggestions on the last item, I’m all ears!), and to spend a good hour each day or week writing here at the blog. Hopefully those hours will end with a decent post to share with you guys. :)

I hope you’ll join me as we delve into whatever the spirit leads in those hours to come. I’m looking forward to getting back into the blogging saddle!

With much love,

♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

 

By the way, I’m looking to set up/and be consistent with a chore system for my boys. If anyone would like to come alongside me as an accountability partner, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below! I’m a little ADHD and being consistent in this area has been HARD for me. Prayerfully I’ll find something that will work and be enjoyable (as enjoyable as chores can be, that is).

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Photography Classes Coming Soon!

by SomeGirl on August 17, 2013 · 4 comments

 

Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I last posted… but what a sweet year it’s been.

My little one (who’s not so little anymore) and I had some great “just us” days while my oldest was off at school.

My oldest progressed greatly with his reading and was deemed no longer needing vision support with prism glasses.

I learned lots of new recipes as we found out our food allergies/sensitivities through an iGG blood test. Unfortunately we found egg both boys are highly sensitive to eggs (yolk and whites) so we sold our sweet chickens. :(

Btw, once we took all of our sensitive foods out of our diets aches and pains we didn’t even realize we had disappeared! I had no idea my little one was having headaches most days and my oldest one’s eyes were burning near continually. Thanks be to God for this new found information!

And to top everything off we went on a wonderful journey around the midwest this summer… 6 weeks exploring Estes Park, The Black Hills in South Dakota, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Moab (which was HOT, HOT, HOT), and Gunnison, Colorado. One of these days I’ll get on here and share vacation photos, but if you’re interested to see some now check out my instagram account and scroll down just a bit. :)

Now… both of my boys have started back to school and left me at home wondering what to do with all of my free time (other than dishes, laundry, errands, and cooking). I contemplated coming back to blogging on a regular basis (and I still might do that). But, God has laid upon my heart to use my giftedness (teaching) and my interest (photography) to serve the Thirsty and further His kindgom.

So, I’ve decided to offer private or small group lessons on “How to move out of Auto on your DSLR” in and around the DFW area in an effort to raise money for Living Water International (you know how much I love their work of providing clean water and sharing the Gospel all over the globe, right?).

If you know anyone who might be interested, send them this post!

I also wouldn’t be opposed to video chat lessons, if you’re interested in that or know someone else who might be. :)

Thanks for helping spread the word!

I haven’t determined a price yet (suggestions are welcome), but I do know that all proceeds from my lessons will go directly to Living Water International.

I’m super excited about spending an hour or two doing what I love in order for others to hear the Good News and have life-giving water for generations!

 

Here are a couple of referrals I’ve received from former students (more to come soon…):

 

“Michelle makes complicated photography jargon simple and easy to understand.  She gives clear, useful directions and encourages you to practice what you’re learning while she teaches you in a conversational, hands-on style.  Friendly, helpful, and eager to teach, I highly recommend Michelle Debenport as a fantastic photography teacher for both beginners and more advanced photographers alike.” – Michelle from Intentional.Me

 

“Michelle patiently explained the exposure triangle in a way I could understand while giving me some rules of thumb to remember for different settings. Her quick, easily absorbed tutorials changed my photography game, as evidenced by immediate results!” – Michelle from So, I Married a Mennonite

 

Yeah, Michelle is a pretty popular name. ;)

 

“When my camera was so new, and my skills so poor, it was Michelle who first took me under her wing. She made complicated concepts easily understandable, empowering me to capture pictures with light and beauty in a way I hadn’t been able to before.” – Jacque from Mercy Found Me

 

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Turning my passion for teaching AND others’ desire for learning how to use their DSLR camera INTO clean water and The Gospel message being shared around the world!

Let me know if you’re interested in a “How to move out of Auto” DSLR class. All proceeds will go directly to Living Water International - providing clean water in the name of Jesus. || Private lessons offered in and around the DFW area.

 

 

 

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You Can’t Get the Time Back

by SomeGirl on September 10, 2012 · 8 comments

You can’t get the time back.

That is a thought that has run through my mind many times as a parent of young children…

You can’t get the time back.

When my oldest son was 5 and we had recently moved to a new city with a new baby, I kept him out of preschool and spent lots of long hours out in the yard exploring and rocking on the porch all because of those six little words…

You can’t get the time back.

Now that my youngest is 5, that last year of being a toddler (wearing 5T), and moving into elementary age on the edge of losing his first tooth, I find myself thinking the same thought…

You can’t get the time back.

And so, I find myself in the yard, on the floor, at the table, in the kitchen, at Target, on field trips, everywhere but on the computer lately, trying (but not always succeeding) at making the most of our moments together because…

You can’t get the time back.

I hope this explains a little of where I’ve been lately and why I don’t have plans to come back and blog for awhile. My little one won’t be little for long and I’ll have lots of time to share and receive thoughts here in the future. But for now I’m going to be focused on fraddling with my little guy and praying that God will use our time together to build great character in his life. I’m setting my heart and mind to be very intentional with the time we have because, as you know…

You can’t get the time back.

 

Lots of love to you all!

 

♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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Can you hear me squealing with excitement??

by SomeGirl on August 27, 2012 · 0 comments

Can you hear me squealing with excitement?? I just came home from a live TV spot promoting our new e-book, Be Free: A 14-Day Challenge of Food Discovery. One of these days I’ll have to tell you what a God-thing this was… to have us newbie, nobody, just published two days ago, e-book authors appear on a huge show like Good Morning Texas! But, at the moment I’m spent (as I’m sure you can understand after pushing to finish our book, co-hosting the wonderful Mamas Write conference, teaching a photography class to dozens of bloggers, and getting up super early for this (watch our interview from GMT below):

 

 

I’ll come back soon to tell you more of what God is laying upon my heart…
Lots of love to you all!!

♥ Michelle

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