Free To Be Me. 

I didn’t fully grow to love myself until I grew in Christ. It wasn’t until I learned His word that I stopped believing and relying on the words of people. I so often held onto people’s words. Looked for that compliment. Reached to be seen. People pleased to be liked. Dressed to be noticed. Put down others to feel better. Avoided me because it was too hurtful. Too hurtful to deal with my insecurities. Too “complicated” to figure out how I could change. Too deep to start caring about others. Too numb to even care. 

When I finally made up in my mind that I wanted more of Jesus, the deliverance started to take place. When I seeked Him more, my attitude changed. The more I read His word, the more I lived His word. My thoughts changed. My walk changed. My talk changes. Soon I began to look in the mirror and love what I saw. Soon I began to believe. Believe what He said about me. No longer did I need the words of people to validate me. Nope! I was free. Free from broken relationships. Free from selfishness. Free from pain. Free from shame. Free from hurt. Free from the feeling of not being enough. Free from ME! 

I See You – Part 2

Dear young lady,

You are loved! I know, I know. I can hear your question…I am loved? I can hear your “yeah right.” But don’t stop reading. Please, hear me out. I know things my be a little rough. I know life seems unfair. Yeah, it’s hard to smile genuinely. No one sees the pain you carry. No one hears the “help me” through the fake laugh. No one hears the “I’m over life” when you say “I’m ok.” So you think….

Your eyes tell your deepest secret. They long for an ear to whisper to. They reach in hopes they will find an individual that will care. You don’t say “help me” with your mouth because you don’t want to be a burden. So you stay burdened. Hindered. Stuck. Depressed. Down.

But, I see you!

“No you don’t”, you say.

Yes I do. How? Because I have been in your shoes. So please know that there is hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is a hand reaching out waiting for you to grab. This hand wants to save you from sinking any deeper. This hand is being extended by Jesus.

He is the way. The truth. The life. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. No weapon formed against us shall prosper for We are more than conquerors through Him. His joy is our strength.

Reach out and grab His hand. He loves you. He cares. Trust Him with your life.

Behind the camera.

Want to know a secret? I go through the same process everytime it’s time for me to photograph.

I book a photo session months in advance.
I am fine. No biggie.
The week of, I’m fine. No biggie.
The day of…yup you guessed it. Perfectly fine.

But the hour of the session, I get nervous.
I pray.
I quote scripture.
I breathe.

Then…I arrive at the location.

All of the nervousness ceases and I go into “I can do all things through Christ” mode. It’s like my superpowers are released. I’m in a totally different zone.

I pose. I shoot. I laugh. I cry. I encourage.

Then its all over…done.

I look at the images thankfully because Jesus trusted me with this amazing gift. Because He talked me through it. Because without Him, I suck. I am glad I still get nervous. Because in that nervousness, I pull on Him even more.

I would like to share with you guys a few images of a wedding that were taken on 6/10/2016. Enjoy.

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Wheres my cape?!

Want to know a secret? I go through the same process everytime it’s time for me to photograph.

I book a photo session months in advance.
I am fine. No biggie.
The week of, I’m fine. No biggie.
The day of…yup you guessed it. Perfectly fine.

But the hour of the session, I get nervous.
I pray.
I quote scripture.
I breathe.

Then…I arrive at the location.

All of the nervousness ceases and I go into “I can do all things through Christ” mode. It’s like my superpowers are released. I’m in a totally different zone.

I pose. I shoot. I laugh. I cry. I encourage.

Then its all over…done.

I look at the images thankfully because Jesus trusted me with this amazing gift. Because He talked me through it. Because without Him, I suck. I am glad I still get nervous. Because in that nervousness, I pull on Him even more.

I would like to share with you guys a few images of a wedding that were taken on 6/10/2016. Enjoy.

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Milk or meat?

Lately I’ve had the joy of enjoying an almost 30 min drive to work. I don’t mind the drive most days, because this is normally a quiet moment to commune with Christ. Well, today was no different than what seems like every other day. I turn the music off and just think, worship, talk, pray, or simply take the view in.

As I was thinking, God began to speak. We started to have a conversation about maturity. Because we never stop growing in Him, right?!
So, after a long day I knew I needed more quiet time with Him and His word (Bible).  I had no idea what I was going to read, but the Holy Spirit placed Ephesians 4 in my spirit.

And what was it about?? Maturity!

I ask that you read and let the Lord speak to you. Let us grow in Him. Let our daily walk align with His word.

Be blessed. Be encouraged.