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About Mandy Pallock

Mandy used to travel the world teaching photography and digital imaging classes with a Christian photography school. Now she’s settled in San Antonio with her happy little family, running her own photography business and helping run the Life Purpose Planning organization. She writes and shares and drinks coffee, not necessarily in that order. Mandy’s goal is to live purposefully and passionately through each phase of life. She passionately believes people who understand and live out their God-given purposes will change the world.

Places of Worship

This summer, I taught at the Lamplighter Guild, a weeklong artistic pursuit for Jesus-loving artists. I was so glad to teach photography, and dive into documenting God at work in hearts and lives. (Check out the photography class’s awesome work!) It was a hands-on faith adventure, as my husband and I prayed through whether I should teach, whether I should travel, [...]

By |2020-10-04T10:30:22-06:00October 4th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

What’s in Your Trash Can?

My screen is taken over by the notification centered in the middle of the monitor: "Your startup disk is almost full. To make more space available on your startup disk, delete some files." Why? Because I’m using my trash can as another storage device by default. Here's what happens: I'm happily working away on my computer, writing or editing photos. [...]

By |2020-09-26T14:57:19-06:00September 23rd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Music Under Tension

My curious Kindergartener's fingers had just brushed the strings of a guitar. Instead of hearing sonorous sounds like the kind that stream from the speakers in our kitchen, an atrocious sound filled the air. *Thwump* "It sounds terrible! Why does it sound so bad?" For a guitar to make beautiful music, its strings have to be tight. When a musician [...]

By |2020-08-23T15:17:10-06:00August 22nd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Messages from the Master

We love him so much more than C3-PO. Friendly, witty, helpful. He's the sidekick droid you always wanted. In fact, R2-D2 was the robotic ally for many of the heroes in the Star Wars universe. Han. Leah. Anakin. Luke. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rey. Yoda. That chirping droid saw—and knew—everything. He carried messages, collected data, and navigated intergalactic conflict with resilient humor. [...]

By |2020-07-26T12:46:12-06:00July 26th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Worry Is Wasted Energy

The street light's yellow glow wafted through the window panes in the dark night. Surrounded by books, notes, scribbles and outlines, I was eight hours from the end of my last college semester. I wish I could tell you that I had responsibly mapped out my projects, planned out my papers, and scheduled out my time. But no—it was officially [...]

By |2020-07-09T05:56:13-06:00July 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Does My Life Qualify as Canon?

When the books in the New Testament were initially penned, I wonder if the writers knew they were the Holy Spirit-inspired authors of holy Scripture. Like many things Spirit-inspired, I wonder if the act of picking up a pen or dictating a sentence to a scribe  was simply a natural, dedicated, and focused part of their day. Surely Matthew and [...]

By |2020-06-07T11:47:14-06:00June 7th, 2020|Devotion|2 Comments

Do Justly, Love Mercy

On February 23, Ahmaud went for a run. By now, you know the story. Two men chased him down in a truck. They eventually drove away, but Ahmaud was left bleeding out on the road. No one was arrested for 74 days. My husband and I have a dear friend—a Jesus-loving, country-serving, life-saving doctor friend. He also likes to run. [...]

By |2020-05-08T21:10:27-06:00May 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Negative Space

Clouds of chalk floated through the dappled light. Three children, tongues out with concentration,  filled in shapes. Triangles and trapezoids covered the weathered wood fence, hemmed in by painter's tape. Fingers gripped coral pink and seafoam green and sky blue and soft yellow, rubbing them up and down the wood. When rain drizzles truncated the project, we pulled off the [...]

By |2020-04-18T14:08:49-06:00April 18th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments