Life gets messy. Our ability to withstand the pressures we face will inevitably shape our future.
Stand on the word of God and you will not stumble. What are you learning from the Bible today?
“God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind. And when you can’t trace His hand, you can always trust His heart.” -Charles Spurgeon⠀
It’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking we have control especially when things are going well or the way we want. But in reality, none of us are safe from unexpected change. I don’t find change particularly fun and my immediate reaction is to fight it and rebel. However, the entire narrative changes when I cling to wisdom, goodness and trust. If you’re slightly uncertain or unsettled, too, I hope this brings you some peace as we head into a new week. 💛
Let me tell you, medicine and photography are both so dear to me...and they’re a lot more similar to each other than I realized...bc ⠀
1. I have to earn my patient’s and clients trust so that I can do my best work⠀
2. They’re both intimate. For a patient encounter, I’ll ask them about their injury, their family life, sexual history, if they use illicit drugs, etc.⠀
And for photography...I direct my couples through various prompts including PDA, and other intimate moments (like this image), and I need to be behind my camera capturing that. ⠀
3. Both requires a ton of communication. Communication so that I can correctly document a patient’s history, and communication so that I can correctly capture a couple’s personality. ⠀
And dang that’s so freakin cool.⠀
Now that you have a little glimpse into some of the similarities, can you guess any differences? Let me know below!!! 👇🏻👇🏻
One of the things I really appreciate about photography is the fact it forces you to really look at what is around you. To imagine different perspectives, different angles and different lighting conditions to really capture the essence of what you are seeing. When you really start looking, there's virtually limitless opportunities around you to capture unique perspectives of the same sights we see every day.
Photography is also a little about living in the moment. I captured this shot from my car, while sitting in traffic on my way home. I drive the same way most days but on this day, the sun was setting at just the right time. The clouds looked perfect and you could see a bit of Jersey off in the distance. What you can't tell from the photo is the reason I was able to appreciate this scene, and even take the photo, was because the traffic was so bad, I was hardly moving at all.
Life can be like this too. Sometimes it feels like you're stuck or in a season of life that you just want to get out of. But if we become too distracted by what's at hand, we fail to see everything else around. We lose our sense of gratitude and we don't always immediately ask what God is trying to show us in the here and now. I shouldn't say we because I'm really referring to myself but I'm sure others can relate. There's beauty in all of life's moments, even if we may be too distracted to see it sometimes.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
// From when I took pictures of @sarakatlyn3 and @lcsoup14 and we managed to stumble upon a spider field. Literally huge spiders and webs everywhere!
But we loved the spot so much that we continued on anyhow. It was definitely pretty cool to see the morning dew hanging off their webs. Real magical. //
Baby you can ride my car! Baby, I love you!😍
My Michael. A total peacemaker. Morally courageous with the highest convictions. A warrior-poet. A lover of the outside world’s beautiful creation. A steward of God’s gifts. A loyal friend even to strangers. A handsome hunk. My complete opposite… And yet l, TOTALLY my type.🌻
I love this photo SO much! I snapped it before our one year dating anniversary. Michael picked me up with a bouquet of a dozen roses and sunflowers in his Grandpa’s Cadillac. Little did I know Michael saved cruising in his grandfather caddie for the perfect time... to ask me to marry him!✨
It’s Friday. It’s 3 years of dating later. And I’m SO in love with this man!❤️
I wanted to take today to share with y’all what’s going on in my heart and head too I guess🤣🙈 Lately, I’m finding myself dread a lot of things because of how “busy” I am or feel like I’m “inadequate” however, those are just LIES 👏 LIES 👏 LIES👏 I’m believing!!
I want to share with all y’all what I am feeling grateful for and praising God for in this season even though it has been HARD.😬
1. A free MASTERS degree. It’s freaking free! I am SO lucky and fortunate for this opportunity and often forget that I am getting this degree in professional counseling that leads to licensure for free.🤓
2. I have a full time job at GCU where I rn have the opportunity to work from home 3 days a week (praise JESUS)!💗
3. Zac and I are plugged in at a church we LOVE and feel so cared for. God has moved so much in that way for us where we now have community and it has been so great even though it we are still “new-ish.”
4. Photography is picking up and I’m so grateful for all the seniors, couples, brides+grooms, and families I’ve met so far! It makes me SO excited for when I can go FULL TIME!! Hopefully soon, right? 🤔😅
5. Friends. That’s a hard one to say and write out for me but for some reason this has been a TOUUUGH season with friendships bc so many of my friends are now working full time and schedules just don’t match to catch up or hangout OR they live in Indy and Oregon (@_gabymoore_ @kaehouse ) With that being said, God has provided immensely and really answered my prayer with new friends between co-workers (shout out to @mariah_allyse @selahmac @alethiaevelyn), classmates that turned into friends aka hi @kaiti_roush 😉, and of course other friends (YALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE😛😈)
As I was writing in my journal and then reflecting, I know I could give ya so much more and I felt like I wanted to stick with this and needed to share it! What are you feeling grateful for lately? Let me know!! I would love to hear in the comments☺️🖤
Wait nothing?! That’s what that verse says...don’t do anything for my own selfish ambition. Talk about convicting. If I’m not purposely seeking to give God glory and serve others, then my natural tendency is to do everything for my own selfish ambition...(even social media😳) which is totally opposite of who I’m called to be. Only by God’s grace can this become a reality. That is real victory. Also there’s so much hope...I know God can completely transform my natural tendencies. Little by little🙏🏼
// Wednesdays feels... I'm really kind of sad.
I scroll through my newsfeed and see so many people who are hurting, hurting for a plethora of reasons.
Maybe they've lost loved ones, maybe they have cancer, or maybe they struggle with depression or struggle with finding a reason why they should continue on another day. Some of these people plainly state their troubles, while others try to hide it, but the hurt leaks out in forms of anger or other manifestations of pain.
This troubles me.
Let me tell you, I'm having a pep talk to myself as I write this. The few out of thousands that I've had the opportunity to actually connect with tell me that people distance themselves from them or avoid them because they really just don't know what to say to the person who may be hurting.
The sad part is people don't know how to handle other people's pain because they're too focused on themselves and self love and self care. Possibly entertaining time to sit and listen to someone express to you that they really just struggle with finding one reason to continue living could damage the self care they've worked so hard on.
I know this is a bit harsh, but I promise you I'm preaching to myself on this one. When I'm being selfish, no, I'm not going to make time for hurting people. When I'm centered on Christ, I really could care less what happens to me in the backlash of bearing another person's pain and anguish.
My heart breaks for this.
Model...me. :] Amazing photography by the gorgeous @sarahbfotography!! Lovely makeup by the sweet @katielombardomua //
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
Wow, what a powerful verse. This morning I woke up confidently going to a 9am appointment. Little did I know when I got there the receptionist informed me that I was late and missed my 8am appointment. I was furious. I had this appointment scheduled for 2 months on the calendar and remembered it was a later 9am appointment then my usual 8am ones. I wanted to fight back with the receptionist but I knew I needed to hold my composure. I got it rescheduled but I remembered walking out the door of the office and all I could hear was God saying “My timing, not yours”. 😯
Sometimes we think we can control everything and get mad when it doesn’t turn out how we want it but that’s not how it’s suppose to be. I wanted to go to that appointment this morning and get it done with but I couldn’t control it. God makes our plans and future and puts us exactly where we need to be ☺️
It’s all about that one big moment. All of the craziness, to-do lists, phone calls, booking vendors, inviting people... it’s all leading up to this one moment. And then none of it really matters in that one moment. Because it’s just you & him or her, and the world stops turning for 4 seconds. How amazing is that?
// Morticia Addams in the house!
My cousin @e_liz_abeth821 is so gorgeous, seriously she could model. Today was such a blast. It was the first time I had spent any significant of time with her in years! Which is totally not okay, but it was amazing to reconnect.
Hair, makeup, and model: @e_liz_abeth821
Trying to beat that evening rain but that midday sun won’t stop us!!☔️☀️ These two are THE sweetest and I loved hanging out with them so much!!💛 Cannot wait for your wedding in February lovers💍💓 Also, their black lab BUBBA is the cutest!! 🙊😍
Bark that fell off a tree.
When I thought that my life was falling apart, I learned at that moment that God was more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Less of me, Lord more of you.
2 Cor. 12: 9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of God may rest upon me".
There is something mesmerizing about watching the city shrouded in fog. It is alluring to watch nature surround and envelope some of mankind's greatest works.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Wow wow wow. 😍
It was a JOY getting to know these two on their honeymoon, and hearing their story of how God brought them together and worked in their relationship.
One area where God was evident: Macy flew all the way to Arizona to go on her first date with Garrett after being introduced to him a couple weeks earlier. Whut. Another God moment: they unintentionally booked their wedding on her Grandma’s 50th anniversary. Which is super special.
Another wow moment was when she realized that she shared a birthday with her wedding photographer. And after talking we also realized that we have THE SAME birthday, and we’re born on the same year. And that we are both interested in medicine, and have similar personalities.
My mind is still blown.
But I wanted to ask you guys to encourage these two newlyweds by double tapping + leaving some advice + encouragement below!! Thanks fam! 👇🏻👇🏻