Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015 #fmsphotoaday Collage


I Bought It


I bought this bowl a few years ago from a yard sale. It's one of my favorite bowls. I like anything with heart shapes :). #bowl #fmsphotoaday

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Looking Out

Looking out my living room's window, what did I see? I saw this deer staring at me :). #lookingout #deer #window #fmsphotoaday

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Looking In

Looking in my bird feeder, what do I see? A nest with wasps! #lookingin #wasps #nest #fmsphotoaday

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book

One of our birthday gifts for our daughter was a book by John Maxwell, "The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know". #book #birthdaygift #leadership #fmsphotoaday

Friday, July 17, 2015

Special

This is a special coin my daughter gave me when she came back from her AFROTC Field Training. I'm indeed a proud Air Force mom :)! #special #coin #AirForce #mom #fmsphotoaday

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Starts With T

Trashed trucks and tires among tall trees on a trail #fmsphotoday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On My Mind

Gratitude to God is on my mind. I'm so thankful for the gift of seeing. Two weeks ago, I had a laser surgery on my left eye to fix a retinal tear. I love God's creation and I love taking pictures. I'm truly grateful every single day that I'm still able to see and enjoy this beautiful world around me! I never want to take my vision for granted. I don't take wild flowers for granted, either. They are beautiful to my eyes. #onmymind #grateful #thankful #gratitude #eyes #vision #beauty #creation #fmsphotoaday

Monday, July 13, 2015

Calm

"The Lord will either calm your storm...or allow it to rage while He calms you." (Unknown) #calm #CraterLake #fmsphotoaday

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Early




















When I get up early on Sunday, I get to see hot air balloons from my home. They are up from about 6:30 am to 7:30 am. #early #hotairballoons #fmsphotoday

Friday, July 10, 2015

My Story

My story is a testimony of God's amazing, inexhaustible grace. By His grace, I am who I am today. I am a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins. Now I live from grace to grace and live to show & tell about God's redeeming grace. "I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." (Acts 20:24)

I grew up in a Buddhist family in Thailand and studied Buddhism in school. Even at a young age, God allowed me to get a glimpse of Him. My mom’s aunt who was a Christian invited us to visit her church, Emmanuel. My mom took my brother and me there several times. I remembered that the songs they sang were peaceful & beautiful and made me happy in my heart. I heard about God in their Sunday school class but nothing stuck with me. For some reasons, we stopped attending the church. When I was in junior high school, my dad left us. It was not a big shock since we rarely saw him even when he lived with us (he was hardly home). 

When I was in high school, I started to take an English class at New Vision Baptist Church. On December 15, 1985, my brother and I went to the Christmas celebration at that church.  They set up lots of exhibitions that presented facts about Christmas. A Christian man named Daeng (it means red) took time to tell us about Jesus and salvation and he read from the Bible the relevant verses. My brother and I listened and asked questions.  Later that night, when a preacher finished preaching, he gave an altar call and asked us to raise our hands while closing our eyes if we would like to ask Jesus into our heart. My brothers and I did. At the time, I decided to ask Jesus into my heart because I realized I was a sinner and I needed a Savior so that when I died, I could go to Heaven, instead of Hell. I thought it would be crazy not to take this great offer. That’s pretty much it...I just wanted a free pass to Heaven since I could die any moment. I felt peace about my decision. 


Sadly, my life wasn’t changed after that, except I attended the church on Sunday. My heart wasn’t changed because I still continued to live in sin and live to have fun and to please myself. No true repentance. No desire to live for God. No desire to pray and read His Word. No full surrender to Jesus’s Lordship. However, God was so merciful to me; He didn’t leave me alone in that lost state. Somehow (by God's grace), in my senior year in college (1988), I got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. I helped the American students who came to my university to share Christ's love and message with the students as a translator. I became more enthusiastic and open about me being a Christian. I was encouraged by several Christians who seemed to be excited about sharing the Gospel with non-believers. The Lord led me to meet Eric, my future husband (he was one of the American students who served during summer with Campus Crusade for Christ). He has been my biggest influence in my walk with Christ. His life demonstrates what being passionate about God and faithfully following Christ look like. When I came to America to study for my master's degree, I was separated from my family, friends, and familiar culture/society. It turned out to be a blessing from the Lord. Eric was my closest friend then (and still is). He took me to church. He exemplified Christlikeness. I spent more time reading the Bible and praying because Eric constantly read the Bible and prayed.


I don’t know when exactly but I do know I finally placed my trust in Jesus Christ not only as my Savior, but also as my Lord. I desire to please and honor Him in whatever I do. I have failed many times and still fail at times. But God is my Guide, Strength, and Joy. I now love what God loves and hate what God hates. I delight in Him and in His Word. It has been a journey that every time I look back, I can never thank God enough for watching over me, for pursuing me, and for His relentless love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, faithfulness, and abundant blessings throughout my life. Forever grateful!  


#grace #mystory #testimony #faith #cross #God #Jesus #Christ #life #salvation #redemption #fmsphotoaday #photography

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

My Name

My first name, Urailak, is a Thai name meaning "golden appearance" :). And my nickname is "A".
#name #fmsphotoaday

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Red, White, Blue

#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #red #white #blue #courage #purity #justice #fmsphotoaday #photography

Friday, July 3, 2015

Outing

For our outing today, we went hiking more than 6 miles (round trip) in the Opal Creek Wilderness. #hiking #OpalCreekWilderness #outing #fmsphotoaday #photography

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

24 years ago I married my best friend, the love of my life. It's a lifetime covenant not only between my husband and me but also between us and God (who brought us together and keeps us together). So thankful for my husband and my marriage every single day! Soli Deo Gloria! #marriage #fmsphotoaday

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the House

I like to have freshly cut flowers in the house so that my family and I can enjoy them more. #flowers #inthehouse #fmsphotoaday