MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment

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A beautiful photo book of various, colorful flowers from my gallery that I designed on Shutterfly and ordered recently. It went to someone whom I felt would appreciate the beauty of the flowers and expressions as much as I do. 🙂
From my heart   to yours !
Maxine 🙂

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I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.


One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

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Do you like to give and/or receive greeting cards? Although they are usually given on special occasions, they are also sent to express gratitude or other feelings. Today, I’m sharing with you six that I received just today from my Zazzle collection for my personal use. All contain images from my Nature’s Finest photo gallery and inspirational words written by me and/or Scriptural quotes.

To browse and shop my Zazzle store, just click here.

All of these beautiful cards plus more are available for purchase in my Zazzle online store.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂



MOUNTAINS“Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains shout joyfully together.”  (Psalm 98:8)


In addition to writing, I also love poetry.  Poems inspire us, make us think, and stir within us certain emotions.  One of my favorite poetic passages from the Bible is the verse mentioned above.

Now, while we know that it is not to be taken literally, doesn’t it paint a very vivid picture of the awesomeness of God’s natural creation?  It also helps us to appreciate that in a figurative sense, simply their sheer beauty and splendor shout out praises to His name.  How so?  Well, most of us have heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  So, if a picture can tell a story just as well as a large amount of descriptive text, then how much more so can the marvelous things that our Heavenly Father has created!

When I was younger, I used to write poetry.  What about you?  Have you written any?  If so, you are actually painting with words.  Imagine that!  And simply writing a few lines expressing what’s in your heart could in fact brighten the day of someone who really needs some encouragement.  What are some things you do to compose your thoughts in an imaginative and heartfelt way?  Please feel free to share your concepts and ideas.

Well, that’s all for now.  Good night, and HAPPY READING!

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


(Mountains Photo-Courtesy of Clip Art)