Lifestyle Photography

I don’t have much to say, except that this woman has great talent, and I wish my pictures would look like hers. They’re very real, gentle, emotional, etc.. I love lifestyle photography, and need to dabble in it more. My pictures are too posed, I’ve decided.

So without further adieu, click here for her lifestyle photography page… and feast your eyes on those many wonderful photos.

Thank you, Gina Zeidler, for inspring me.

Peace In The Present

Recently, so many things were up in the air for me. There were several options open to me that I could take, decisions that needed to be made, waiting for one job to start, wondering about things like marriage (everyone is asking me about it, so I figured I might as well not act like I don’t think about it  :P)… Needless to say, my mind was busy, cluttered, disorganized, and at times felt overwhelmed.

I was displeased, frustrated, and impatient. So many things were in line, ready to just happen – but why weren’t they happening? What was the hold up? Thankfully, through lots of conviction, prayer, and surrender, God brought me to a place of contentment and joy. Now, I’m enjoying my present, rather than comparing it to the future. Sure, I still think about the future at times, but it doesn’t cause me feelings of angst. I’m not freaking out about the switch in jobs. I don’t feel worried about the lack of income. There aren’t nearly as many sad feelings about my bare ring finger. I’m also not struggling as much with jealousy, and am able to rejoice with my friends who are entering into engagements & marriage.

I guess all this can boil down to three things:

  1. An obedient heart is a delight to the Lord. He answered my prayer for a change of heart so quickly!
  2. When your eyes are set on the things from above, eternity becomes much bigger and more realistic to your eyes. The things of now seem more minuscule.
  3. Your future is gently & firmly held in the mighty and caring hands of our God, who promises to provide for you. Who are we to worry about it? Worry is a rejection of God’s promise to provide. We may have plans, but they don’t always unfold like we envision. We must know and trust that no matter what, God will provide if we seek his righteousness and kingdom. It’s his promise to us.

Once God brought me to the place I needed to be, things started to happen, and God showed me why he took the time that he did. I found myself asking, “Why did I even doubt his timing, or get wrapped up in my confusion? What a waste of time.” Things with my jobs got worked out. My mind feels less cluttered. I think I am going to work harder on getting a photography business started. I am fully enjoying where my and Jay’s relationship is right now, learning more about each other and ourselves. Of course I so much look forward to being engaged and then married someday, but I’m loving where things are. I’m in such an interesting part of my life, and it’s so temporary. In fact, it will probably be the most short-lived stage of my life! Once things change, it’ll never be like this again.

So, I’m enjoying where I am now. I am learning more about obeying my Father. God’s training my mind and eyes to focus on the things from above. I’m resting in his perfect provision.

And it is so, so good.



“The Lord looks at the heart.”

I see so much emphasis lately on outward beauty amongst young Christian women. Girls are always saying to each other, “Hey, beautiful!” or “You’re gorgeous,” and “God thinks you’re beautiful!” This concerns me.

1 Samuel 16:7 says,

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

Outward beauty isn’t eternal. God is concerned about your heart, not how pretty you are. In fact, I’d be so bold as to say that God doesn’t sit up in heaven thinking about how beautiful you are outwardly. So why tell girls that he thinks they’re beautiful? Why tell them how pretty they are over and over? Why continuously bring their attention to their outward appearance? Our identity in Christ has nothing to do with how pretty we look. If we want to give girls a confidence boost that will last, remind them that God loves them. Remind them that God is pleased with a woman’s heart that is adorned “with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:4). Tell them that true beauty is to be a living reflection of Christ.

I understand that a lot of girls (I am in this category) struggle from time to time – sometimes very often – with the way they look. But isn’t that just showing a lack of confidence in who we are in Christ? Don’t place your confidence in something that isn’t eternal – and outward beauty is not eternal. Showering an insecure girl with compliments on how she looks isn’t ultimately going to give her confidence that lasts.

Please don’t get me wrong – it’s not wrong to tell a girl she’s pretty, lovely, beautiful, gorgeous, etc.. It’s not wrong as girls to wear pretty clothes, do our hair, or even wear makeup. However, it is wrong to place our confidence in the way we look. We shouldn’t bring so much attention to ourselves and our appearances. It isn’t right to place such value on something that is not eternal.

I know it’s a popular verse; one that you’ve heard over and over, and maybe have grown tired of… But don’t underestimate the truth in its words.