I had the delight in photographing the love between Leah and Cody. Leah and I have been friends since high school, and now I see Leah shine when she's around Cody. You two carry a genuine and authentic kind of love, fueled with passion. My heart for you both is to continue champing each other (especially in each other's giftings/talents) and growing in the area of taking risks in the act of faith. I send my blessings and love for this new chapter in your lives. Now let the festivities begin!
Words - thoughts - and ideas come into my head, and often I write the revelation down. This blog post is one the holy spirit has been hinting to me at. The process came when I dove into the water casting my work week aside to be refreshed. As I dive down I hear the Father speak this phrase to me, weightless - this is who you are. As I get this thought in my head I feel the connection. I was created to be weightless due to the cost Christ paid for. Which results in His endless grace He has for us. The burdens I've placed upon myself end up ripping Jesus from His full reward. When I allow God to fully take captive of my life, I allow the Holy Spirit to move in my life.
What causes weight in my life? As I ponder a daily (reality) struggle of mine is fighting insecurity. This territory is a real issue fighting off the thoughts of others and myself. When I dwell in this state of mind I allow fiery darts of the enemy, feeding me lie after lie. Festering on this issue of insecurity builds up a false identity towards myself. Leaving me isolated concerning my emotions and resulting in self-condemnation. I often try to live up to the success of my good deeds without realizing it. Leaving my faith to be religious, dry, and dull.
Where are the lies coming from and where is this root issue. To my discovery, I've let my worldview dictate my worth, value, and beauty. From the outside looking in I don't have everything together, most of the time I create a 'perfect' reality in my head. Filled with endless questions of 'IF I'
"If I get the perfect job, I'll be successful."
"If I move to another state, I can move towards my goals."
"If I go out on the missions field, then God can use me."
This state of mind is a turning hamster wheel, meaning there's no end to the possibilities. Getting stuck in this momentum is toxic, and hazardous to one's soul. At the end of the day, you and I were created to be weightless. The Father is wanting us to inhale courage, passion, and dreams. In exchange for exhaling fear, self-hatred, and doubt. To trade our yoke for his which easy and light. I find it best when I cast all my trouble upon the Lord I am weightless. I am weightless because Christ has paid the ultimate price.
Do you ever stop and think, that there are worlds within our world. This concept has been a mind-shifter for me. Often I find myself escaping into a world of imagination. Filled with different colors, zero limitations and time. Only currently has this revelation come true. Last month was a struggle for me, crazy right? even living in paradise you can lose inspiration. Even the slightest sin, causes major damage in our lives. Which then causes a distance from God, yourself, and others. What has shifted for me has been a change of heart.
After spending a weekend camping and enjoying fellowship around me, I was still feeling 'off'. When your heart is in a funk, the rest of your body and soul is affected. While hiking back on the black lava rock I started to make small talk with God. The conversation started like this "Jesus am I a big picture person? or am I small details person." Jesus talking back shows me a magnifying glass. Heather, you see the detail in others you are very observant. Seeing the small details is a good trait but can also be a downfall of judgment. In this case, my heart was sick from realizing uncovered sin, I was dealing with.
Rather than focusing on the big picture I often notice the little things. This shifted something in my heart, I've been focusing on the little details for the first 4 weeks in the school I'm currently taking. After spending the weekend on the beach, I knew I needed to have soul surgery. I knew I needed a fresh and new perspective on people, and on God's endless grace.
What put a 'pause' on my creativity was my pride and my lack of acknowledgment of my sin. My prideful self-was blocking my inspiration causing my creativity to suffer. There is nothing worse than being a creative and running dry of ideas, beauty, and joy. Moments like this feel as if you are walking against the current and working harder to achieve less.
My heart was touched by the holy spirit when he revealed the dark shadows in my heart. The Father's gentleness moved me to repentance and from my repentance, I continued to walk into freedom. Freedom releases the captivity from within while journaling earlier I wrote the words 'BE FREE' with a box around the words, without thinking. While looking back at the words the box around the words was 'blocking' and contradicting what freedom is.
"Sometimes I feel as if I'm not truly free, truly free as I could be. What is holding me back? my limitations and my flesh. For January 2018 I want to fully be set free, from all things coming in hindrance. This is what I wrote down in my journal. When we ask and yearn in our spirit the Lord listens, hears, and answers.
A shift had happened in my heart, I started to notice every single person is going through some sort of hell. Life is difficult and full of many trials. The shift of perspective is how I can make a difference in the world. As a creative, I have my camera as my tool to make a difference, to shine and reflect light into areas of darkness. Making a stand to empower people and the potential to shift a culture of transparency and authenticity. I have been questioned about my vision and mission during the week of Joseph Avakian teaching in the area of communicating as a creative in the area of media.
Two words: Reflecting Light
Seeing through a different lens, the Father has shown me that this world is BIG, and so is my imagination. Shifting my perspective I'm able to start dreaming again and having my eyes set on the wonder of God. The wonder of life, and the wonder of my imagination. Little glimpses of joy have made me be like a child again, for example waking up at 6 am and starting the day off by diving into the water, to be refreshed and renewed for the day ahead. Every time my face hits the water, I'm overcome with a giant smile - talk about being child-like. Not only do moments like this renew me, but the act is a declaration between Abba Father and I. Moments like this I feel the peace of God, I feel his shalom over my life. Here's to creating with the creator, discovering the light and reflecting his hope to those around me.
Tj + Sha
On December 10, of 2017 Tj my cousin, and his sweet bride Sha exchanged wedding vows. Let me tell you, there was not a dry eye to be found, as Tj bent down and gave summer (Sha's daughter) a ring as well. Saying "Not only am I marrying your mom, but you Summer as well." Tearing up behind my camera, I noticed how special the human heart is. I noticed how tender moments can be if we allow God and His spirit to be one with our spirit. Tj you catch yourself a keeper, not only Sha but Summer as well. I know you three will make a wonderful team. Congratulations you guys, I know your marriage will be the greatest adventure yet, filled with laughter and many bumps along the way.
Bill Johnson, heard a word from the Lord about twenty-seventeen being a year of breakthrough. I can testify that this year was my greatest breakthrough, which led to some of the best decisions and highlights of this year. For me 2017 has been a year of the unknown, and unexpected. This year has been one of the wildest rides I've been on. From my breakthrough, I was able to make my dreams a reality.
I want to share some of my personal goals and dreams for 2017
- Laugh More.
- Discover more about Jesus.
- Travel to other nations, and capture moments.
- To live to the fullest.
- Pray for healing, and see it.
- Treasure the little things.
- Live out of love instead of fear.
This year I have met some of the most wonderful people, and friends who have impacted my life greatly. Friendship's I will cherish for the rest of my life. The beginning of this year was rough and some of the most painful months of my life. In one flip of a switch, my life had changed for the greater.
During the school of photography that I attended in Kona, HI (which was the beginning of this year) I was sitting and chatting with my best friend Daisy about traveling and seeing Europe. I was laughing and saying Lord "send me" dreaming away. God saw this passion, this dream in my heart and put my passion into action. Just a few months later this dream became a reality.
As the end of summer approached, I packed my bags and headed to Switzerland. God opened up an opportunity for me to attend a traveling bible school with youth with a mission. To study the word of God and discover and see the locations and history first hand. Two amazing dreams unfolded at once. For three months I became a traveling gypsy, or more biblically sound a sojourner.
The things is... I can go on, and on
about the amazing things, God has shown me for this year but Instead, I will let my images create a story for you.
Without the testings and trials, I wouldn't be the woman that I am today. 2017 has been a year of growth + dreaming BIG. Every single year the Lord outdoes himself. Every year with the Father is greater each coming year. I'm so undone with the faithfulness of Abba Father. God, I thank you for this wild journey you have taken me on. I have been so richly blessed with friendship, laughter, and many memories. I like to say I am the wealthiest person when I'm in the will of the Lord. Again I'm so u n d o n e of HIS faithfulness, I can burst into tears on how good the Father truly is. My heart is full of all the memories, behind these images. 2017 you have been my favorite year! Here's to dreaming even bigger in 2 0 1 8.
Goodbye 👋🏽 2 0 1 7
"From the head to the heart
You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you."
What do I see: The reflection of myself, smiling the joy which is bubbling up. From my balcony, I see the bay the ocean right at my fingertips.
What do I hear: The sound of the waves crashing, noisy traffic. The sound of people the sound of life. I hear the background music of Turkish music, from the vintage tv in my 70's hotel room.
What do I smell: a musty scent, from years of the sea salt staining the walls. Lookout out at the bay, which is right at my fingertips I'm undone from the faithfulness of God. Woah I'm completely blown away by the opportunities he has given me. I'm 25 years old and I'm living the life most pastors don't even get to experience. I'm so undone by the faithfulness of God. Now sit back, and scroll down to experience and relive this journey through my images.
keep scrolling, just keep scrolling!
The past 8 weeks have been one crazy ride. Currently on my sixth bed, in my 5th country. From Switzerland to Italy, Italy to Greece, Greece to Turkey, and Turkey to Egypt. Oh, you guys the Lord has been showing me so many things through his word. Which is so alive and active in my life.
This experience has been life-changing, I see the word of God so differently now. I can see glimpses of this world, and how History points back to His Story.
The turning point is, I've always learned the Bible in a spiritual formate, not a historical formate. Yes, the bible is for us and for the word of God to change us. But likes I've mentioned before the bible was written for us, but not written to us. The bible was written for the original readers of the time. Relating and addressing matters such as head coverings, sexual immorality, worship of idols, and the list goes on. What has stuck out to me?
C O N T E X T - C O N T E X T - C O N T E X T
Yes, Context is very important. To really see the bible as a whole picture that points to one thing, Jesus Christ. A big revelation is that head knowledge is knowing the context and historical background of the Bible. In order to receive the heart knowledge of Jesus Christ. What is needed in order to study the Bible is to have a balance. A balance of heart knowledge, and head knowledge. The word of God is very powerful and uplifting which guides and points us to Jesus Christ. What I've learned is for my heart to never to run dry. Loads of information has been downloaded into me, I have learned so much in the past eight weeks. And now I see the Bible with new eyes, I won't be able to read the bible the same way again. Only to read deeper and deeper into his Word, and understanding.
Learning - Discovering.
Growing - Delighting
Applying - Becoming
The three words the Lord gave me at the beginning of this school are coming to completion. Discover, Delight, and Becoming. The whole process of this school is learning and learning how to learn. Growing while learning because of the solid truth of scripture and the men God has appointed to carry out his message into the ends of the world (In context this would be into the ends of Spain from Asia Minor and over). While reading and studying I'm seeing and walking where Saint Paul would have walked. Over thousands of years old, the countries I'm in have so much weight of history, which has defined society today.
This school would be a waste of time, energy, and money if I don't take what I've learned to heart. For personal application to sync in and completely change my life. Only by the Lord's Holy Spirit can this happen. After studying each book, I ponder and ask the Holy Spirit how I can practically apply this truth, power, and wisdom over my life. Quick to response the Lord comes and shows me how to walk in righteous, courage, and authority.
A big take away for me is whenever I seek Jesus, whenever I see another side of him. The bigger my responsibly is. My responsibly to carry out the gospel of the good news. To say the Kingdom of God is here. Here on earth, the floodgates of heaven have been opened once Jesus died and was resurrected on the 3rd day. Once the veil was torn, we now have the fullness of Jesus. This is wonderful news to share to the end of the earth. I'm willing to be a vessel for God, for the Holy Spirit to flow through me to speak to whoever. There's a willingness in my heart, that burns to be a torch for my generation.
I encourage you to take a moment and pause. See what responsibilities has the Lord given you, and in what areas do you walk in authority. Maybe ask God to show you, your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes our strengths can lead to our weaknesses as well...
Be blessed loved ones, I hope this has posted has encouraged you. If you'd love to hear more about my trip reach out! This post is one out of many. 3 months is a lot to cover in terms of 5 countries and all 66 books of the bible.
I'm here in Switzerland, enjoying the beautiful scenery all around me. I'm adjusting to my surroundings so much 'newness'. I'm so blessed by the Lord that I'm here, truly It is a dream. How can I explain Switzerland? Green, crisp air, clean, and classy. Here are a few images of the town I'm living in Lausanne, Switzerland. This city is truly charming and something out of a Disney movie.
As soon as we arrived, all 20 of us in my bible core course, hit the ground running. Learning study methods, history, literature, culture, and theology about the bible. One big key is knowing and addressing that the bible was written to us, not for us. Which is why knowing the context of each book of the bible is valid. This week was slower, and I know next week September 4th (my 25th birthday) is going to be slammed packed with reading, studying and more reading and studying. I almost feel like the apostle Paul encouraging and addressing you that I am well, and thanking you the 'church' for supporting me financially. Noted that the last 3 books I read were 3 letters from Paul while being imprisoned in jail.
I can't wait to share more with you, and of course more images and revelation of what Jesus is doing. My love and blessings
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destory the temple of God, God will destory him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Everyday life with Jesus means a constant flow of fresh revelation and insight on this journey with Christ. Follow along on my 'footsteps of faith' and read to see how our bodies are a temporary temple here on earth. Unlike my other blog posts, I'm going to tie in physical wellness with spiritual wellness and how the two go hand in hand.
A bright light idea 'popped' into my head while having quality time with my friend. We were out on the lake in a kayak enjoying the evening and trolling a fishing pole behind us. While paddling across the lake we stirred some issues up. Talking about different insecurities within our physical bodies. While approaching the shore the thought occurred. We have a 'temporary temple' what we say, what we eat affects us. Effects how we function through life.
Lies destroy our temple
Our souls are within us - and yes we can do major damage. Words can either bring life or death to yourself and others. What lies have you been told? Physical appearance is a h u g e issue, with the way social media is you can access anyone or anything. The big issue is, Satan is after our identity. He doesn't want us stepping into our created destiny: Roles as sons + daughter, as mothers, and fathers. To be men and women.
Ladies the enemy is after our femininity. Questions of "am I not girly enough? , what if I don't like dresses? Question after question about our sexuality. Questions like this can easily turn into lies from the world, lies we were never to question. God has a design for each male and female. A custom design for your life, your lifestyle, and choices. It's time to tell the world to shut up and just be you. Be who God has created y o u to be. Let our testimonies of the past not define who we are today, let the devil know NOT TODAY, because we have over come by the blood of the lamb (Revelation 12:11). It's time to speak life and truth over yourself. Declare God's promises over your life, speak to body parts you've cursed. Ask to be made new. The blood of Jesus cleanses our sin as far as the east is from the west. Call upon the Spirit of Christ to wash you clean.
The past month I've decided to go vegetation. Over time I have started cutting meat out of my diet. Simple changes from ground beef tacos to black beans tacos. I started to acquire the taste of veggies and prefer them over meat. God intended us to eat clean, in order to feel good and live healthly. Our temple is a beautiful piece of machinery made to function with clean eating. Straight from the garden not overly processed with corn, starch, wheat, and sugar. I hope this journey of mine encourages you, here's to starting a new season!
Ps. I'm now living in Lausanne, Switzerland taking a bible seminar with Youth with a Mission. I can't wait for all the amazing things God has in store for me. This is such a big dream of mine. Follow along and look through the lens of Jesus as I capture his fingerprints.
You, me and 10 billion others make up this world. Who are you- what is your story- what do you believe in, and why. Life is full of many questions and answers which lead to more questions. Like existence and purpose. Refill your coffee mug get comfortable and read on how we are 'limitless'
Every single day is a battle, worth fighting with love. The weapon to fight with is an abundance of joy. Yes, struggles + trials are a real thing. I just finished reading the book of Job. Which deals with much suffering - and the list goes on "then why do bad things happen to good people". There's no such thing as good people, we live in a fallen world. When bads things happen - how do you react? Do we take it out on loved ones? Substances. Why do we let painful outcomes determine who we are? We were never meant to carry the baggage of self-hatred.
Let me tell you something. I limit myselt.. shocking. I limit my dreams, I limit my ability which means I limit God. When I limit myself I create boundaries, within myself. My safety zone. Jesus has shown me to erase the line and use the gift of discernment. In order to create healthy boundaries.
The only reason I have air in my lungs is because of Jesus, and how He has saved my soul. He set the captive free within me and now I'm fully alive and living for His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. As I'm discovering life with Jesus I've realized it's okay to be broken. I'm better off knowing I'm broken and the only person I run to is my Father. He fixes me and makes me whole. He makes all things new in my life. If I choose to, its always a choice wiht Jesus. His charatcer is never by force.
How have you limited yourself? Today I release the power and ointment of Jesus' blood to break you f r e e. The burden of self-hatred to be gone and to never return in the name of Jesus. I pray you lean forward today, release the backpack of 'burden' off your back and walk in full freedom. This fight this war was never meant for us to fight. I speak healing, love, joy, and a new filling of the spirit of God over your life.
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Running with Jesus is always so exciting, most of the time I cannot put into words. You guys in one month I leave for Switzerland to discover the vast beauty of God's creation. I can't wait to love on the Swiss people and see another side of God's heart. Which by the way is HUGE. This is for the few and faithful that read my blog, thank you for taking the time to read this crazy beautiful story I have with Jesus.
A few months prior a friend of mine referred a book to me. "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. I just finished the book and let me tell you how this book lines up with this season of my life. Let me give you a summary of the book. The main character, Much-Afraid, takes a journey up a steep and rocky mountainside to develop “hinds’ feet” in order to reach the “high places.” She is encouraged on her way by the Shepherd, who comes to her aid whenever she calls and is accompanied by the companions he chose for her, Sorrow and Suffering.
Mountains, valleys, and hilltops is how God speaks to me. Through his creation over and over and over again. As I finished the book the next chapter was about the author and how the book came to be. I got more out of this one chapter than the rest of the book. Here's the cool thing Hannah the author she wrote this book while spending time in Switzerland during a big season of change during her life. As a missionary. YEP, and where am I going next month?! The timing of right now .. this very moment.. this very season. SO Jesus. I literally pulled the book away looked up into the sky with a big grin and laughed. I can hear Jesus saying YES - YES - YES I'm here. I'm mapping every little detail out, and you have nooo idea. I would recommend this book for people who feel stuck. Who needs encouragement to press on and to over come the darkness in life. We all are capable of having "hinds feet" to endure hard trials in life.
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What is hidden, who is hidden and for what reason. Life is full of mysteries waiting for lifelong answers to be fulfilled. I've been hung up on this mystery. The past 3 months He has been hinting this word to me. I've recently been given 'the book of mysteries' by my grandparents funny right?
While reading from the book of mysteries by Jonathan Cahn I came across this passage.
The one that can fulfill our soul is the one who created it. Every single day is a mystery a treasure we can either discover with great j o y or we can neglect it. The choice is ours. I've been studying Paul's epistle's to the early church and again I read about mysteries of God and His doing.
"and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things."
" that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints." -Colossians 1:26
J e s u s is the hidden treasure - Jesus is the revealed mystery to both the Gentile and Jew. Isn't that great news Jesus is the way, the truth, and the l i f e. Not a truth, but the truth. The living truth made flesh to walk among us, and to die in place of our suffering.
What mystery in your life are you struggling with? Reach out to me I'd love to hear from you, coffee is on me.
Read below for a fun side story / recent revelation.
Footsteps of Faith really began April of 2016. I was asked to be apart of a college group retreat, up at Hyatt Lake. I spent the weekend with dear friends of mine seeking for truth and wanting to e s c a p e the world to meet with Jesus for two days. I ended up pouring into a hand full of friends of mine. For breakthrough, for dreamers to dream again, and for the dead to come alive spiritual that is (let's not get too weird...). Sure enough God met us, healed our hearts, and freedom was restored. Sunday evening was fading and I was drained from the drink offering being poured out. Our sweet time was ending and I decided to take a walk with Jesus grumbling because I was tired - but Jesus, on the other hand, was so excited to take this walk with me. As I'm walking by the water to my left I see footprints in the snow. "Lord it's as if you are walking with me" "Yes Heather I am, and if you stay on this path I will align everything". I didn't know how prophetic this walk was until only 4 months ago. As I'm walking I see Isaac on my path, I walk past him and see a tree with its roots exposed this tree symbolized how my relationship with Isaac ended. As I kept walking I stood on top of a tree stump and start declaring God's goodness over the lake. This season right now - the month of June of 2017 I've deiced to speak out 100 declarations a day. Jesus brought this to attention the other day and my mind was blown... You guys the creator of the universe is speaking to me and cares about every little or big decision that happens in my life. The same is for you, God died to have a relationship with you, with me! The great I AM the author of salvation, my friend, my father, and my lover. When you don't think your life matters... IT DOES. Cry out to Him, He saves, He heals, and He comforts the hurting heart + soul. Not only comforts but restores and makes all things new (Revelation 21:5).
P.s April 2016: My one-year anniversary with knowing God on a personal level. All started with my disciple training school in Kona, Hawai'i.
Step by step is all it takes. Come closer you can do it. Don't look back focus on me look here. I'm right here. Lock gaze with me, you can do it I believe in you.
This is my path to freedom, change. Change is hard, difficult and uncomfortable. I'm learning that life is a mountain, either we are hiking up to the top or looking at the valley below. It's hard to see clear climbing up but once you do, you level out and see the view with a gasp it was worth it. The pain and suffering was worth it. Embrace the season you are in observe, rest, and grow. Take a deep breath and have a victory chant look at how far you've come. Only by God's strength that I/we keep moving forward.
God gave me the idea of calling this journey 'Footsteps of Faith'. With my head up, I move forward without looking behind. I lean forward and let Him take the weight off my back, trade my yoke with His which is easy and light. Now moving forward together step by step.
The past 3 months have challenged and have grown me as women. I've learned and have seen first hand what it looks like to be used by God, and how our plans don't go the way we think. In the end its always greater because we go from glory to glory.
God proves himself daily-constantly to me.
What does faith look like... stepping forward into the unknown without hesitation. As He calls step forward draw near as Peter took his steps on water to walk to Jesus. Footsteps each step takes you farther than you could have imagined. What holds me back? Being comfortable taking the 'easy routine' but where is the fun in that. Where is the sense of adventure God has called us to discover? Not be comfortable that's for sure, it's the risk, the test, which makes the journey. The journey of faith of trusting Abba Father.
This season God has highlighted a great mystery for me to unfold, scroll down to read more.
I'm here in Southern Oregon for the next 4 months, I keep hearing the word trust.. This season is going to be filled with trusting God. Which is easy to say but putting into actions is another story. Many of you have asked whats next for me, heres my exciting new! I have just been accepted to join YWAM Lausanne, Switzerland for a bible school starting August 29th, 2017. For 3 month's I will be studying all 66 books of the bible studying abroad traveling and following Paul's Footsteps. My trip will include studying on the historical pyramids of Egypt, visiting the early churches in Greece, following Jesus' footsteps in Israel, prayer parading in Turkey, and walking the streets of Italy. For more information and a short video about BCC on location Click here.
God has to lead me to this course, and I'm in need of raising around $6,000 USD dollars for the covering of my class and mission. I'm here on the mainland working and selling personal items to help cover the cost. If you feel led click here to make a donation. I couldn't be more excited to learn first hand studying God Word.
When you think your mountain is too big for you just keep walking step by step. Don't look back keep moving forward next thing you know you've summited the mountain.
P.S Medford friends I would love to catch up with you, give me a call and I'd love to share more with you in person. Coffee is on me!
There's nothing that Your love won't do
There's not a mountain faith can't move
There's power in the blood
The power of the cross
There's nothing that Your love won't do
There's not a mountain faith can't move
There's power in the blood
The power of the cross
Lyrics: "Old For New" - Bethel Music
Do you often feel stuck?
Wanting to move forward but something or someone is holding you back? Are we waiting for an answer or is God waiting for us? Will my outcome be from others telling me what to do- or will my outcome be what God is telling me, and the promises He has for me.
It's one thing to sing/say about laying my life down, its a whole other thing doing. Friends I have been challenged in many ways the past 8 weeks. My heart has been broken and is in the process of being restored and being made new...
I'm only strong because of Christ, in my own strength I am weak. If it were up to me I would walk away, and go back home to Oregon. Staying here and finishing school is a painful and growing process. The second week of January I asked God to challenge me during the 12 weeks I am spending in Kona. Why did I ask Him that? I have never been so challenged spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I know at the end of the day I asked for this challenge because my faith will be made stronger. Testings and trials shape and make us (The potter and the clay). Before coming back to Kona; (back to YWAM) I started to map out my life. I jumped to conclusions and started planning the future. But I left God out of the plans, His plans, and His ways are better than mine.
I've asked God how He can work on me. I heard the words strength and authority to lead. To first be a rock for Him before anyone or anything. To equip me in the art of photography. To be unified to help lead, to find my voice again, be trained, grow, watch others grow, encourage a transformed life, and to love deeper. To remember + apply the simple gospel + never give up and become the women God has called me to be.
I'm a fighter, God has called me to fight and to stand firm on what I believe. Not only stand but live out the lifestyle and this lifestyle is Jesus. He is holy, pure, slow to anger, but was also rejected and humiliated. I'm called to carry His message to any and all who are willing to listen.The beautiful thing about Jesus is the love he gives us, freely. No strings attached 'free will' to make our own decisions which shape and define our life.
I was willing to fight for Isaac, but he wasn't willing to fight back. The easy option is letting go, a re-do and learning from the mistakes. That's how most people function but for me, I am a fighter and I won't back down. Jesus tells me the best things in life are worth fighting for.
My relationship with Isaac was the first Godly relationship I've been in. I've learned to let my guard down, open my heart, and to be loved in returned. Isaac is now a part of my testimony, and I can smile and look back at the memories we've made.
We live, we learn, and we grow. Jesus has shown me that my heart is glass; transparent, seen, fragile, and most importantly protected. I have asked myself:
"Why has this happened?"
Reflecting and processing this question goes back to saying:
"God, use me, make and mold me for the sake of others."
It was worth the hurt in order for freedom to be released. Sometimes we have to be broken in order to love deeper; it is part of the process. The beautiful thing is my identity wasn't found in Isaac, my foundation wasn't shaken. I know later in life I can look back and thank God for His custom plan for my life. Like a beautiful melody, all the instruments have a part to play.
God has a custom design for us all. The question is: are we willing to surrender the pen and let Him write our story?
When you are in a classroom with 7 other photographers, ideas sparks. For me, my passion and Inspiration was re-ignited. I had an idea floating around for doing a projector styled photo shoot. As I bounced this idea around with my friend/fellow classmate Hayley Webb she was up for being my model. As I shut the lights out in the classroom I put on some Hillsong Young & Free, and we danced around while I captured the moments. Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and have fun. Enjoy the images.
I hear this word, I feel it in my throat 'Echad' which is Hebrew for one (unified). God has been calling me to the oneness of Himself. This current season is challenging but, the scary thing is that I prayed for this challenge. Being back with Youth with a Mission is different, a good type of different. The friendships, the sunsets, and the passions are re-igniting in my heart. The environment- aka the bubble is comforting, encouraging, and bearing much fruit. I've encountered healings here- and God has used my right knee (a word of knowledge) to pray for Laurelee's knee and the pain left both of us. Crazy moments are happening all around and it is wonderful to watch/do this experience with Isaac. The Lord is both teaching us things, and one of those things is becoming rocks for the Lord before each other. It's all about building on His foundation first.
What does being one with God look like for me? Giving myself up, surrendering my selfish wants and needs and coming to the Father. To pour out every fiber within me and onto the throne of Jesus Christ. To sneak away to the hiding place for intimacy. Intimacy is the key to being one with God, and intimacy comes from the hiding place which changes everything.
Side note I have been doing a social media fast for 6 days now.. and what a difference. I was spending way too much time on my phone, and so far the outcome has been freedom on hearing His voice more clearly. Listen to His voice when He calls you to come closer, to draw near. Nothing else can compare to Jesus and His presence. Continue to pray for fresh revelation and for my photographs to capture the Fathers heart.
I love and miss you all dearly,
Hot Chocolate, frozen fingers, and one adorable couple.
I am so honored to capture the love between Corey and Camrie. Who knew I'd be the one to introduce them? I'm so excited to watch them spend the rest of their lives together.
What a year it has been, as I sit and reflect on the year I am flooded with all the promises, goals, and prayers God has fulfilled in 2016. New friendships, falling in love, and growing a deeper compassion for people. This year has been one for the books. I came to God with a burning heart for unity, family, and for people to invest into my life. To not walk the Christian walk but run the Christian race. I am blown away by the blessings and answered prayers that took place. Two words: His faithfulness.
This time last year I had to make a decision either to stay in Medford or go back to Hawai'i and staff as a missionary with YWAM. I felt the Lord was opening both options. I felt as If I was at an intersection and God was waiting to see which turn I make. Jesus is a wonderful Father who blesses many options for our life, It is part of the 'free will' He has given us. I am so glad I stayed in Oregon. Compassion is a word God gave me for 2016. This word has had a big meaning for this part year. I discovered a new compassion towards others and all the different walks/ seasons we have. To have compassions I realized I needed to be real and vulnerable with others. A big part is being honest with myself and before God.
I had a vision the beginning of 2016 Jesus showed me a diamond saying "Heather you will sparkle in new ways this year". I have discovered new things about myself this year, and being in a relationship with someone you love will show the imperfections in your life and how selfish one can be. I see such beauty from the ashes and healing of our mind, body, spirit, and soul.
To sum 2016 up God blessed me with so much love + favor. I've met people who have impacted my life for the greater. Most obvious is Isaac, my Island boyfriend. Isaac has been the best friend I didn't think I needed. God knew I needed not only a man to love but a best friend to share my life with and share the love of Christ together. To have a partner to run the race and for the Lord to write our love story together. Down below I added a few of my favorite images from 2016.
Farewell 2016, heres to new adventures!
The harvest is ripe and ready. Isaiah chapter 6 talks about the missionary and being sent off into the nations. Friends God has stirred my heart at such a time as this. TO proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ! YES the time is now while I'm still young and healthy. The world may seem like a scary place to live, but in the eyes of the Lord we are close to HIS coming. My mission is to introduce many people to King Jesus. January 5th Is when I headed back over to University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, to complete the School of Photography I. This is where I will be challenged to help grow and build up my business, and bring the gospel through photography. Only 16 students get accepted, and I'm one of the 16! I'm so excited to help 'Unleash' the kingdom through my artwork. I know God has a big plan for my life, through photography and ministry. From being accepted I know this is the next step.
The cost of my class is $5,460 for the first 3 months (living expenses, and class cost), and then there's a strong possibility to go on outreach destination unknown. The total cost will be around $10,000. I have been home for over and year now, and have raised enough for the first 3 months but I need your help with the rest. I would love if you would consider praying to partner with me. Not only would you be contributing to me. but also sowing into the harvest.
"The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." -Luke 10:2
You can make a multiple or one time payment to my secure and safe website for my support. CLICK HERE or a personal check to Heather Morse. Thank you for taking the time to read this over, continue to pray for safety, revelation, and for hearts to move in Kona, Hawai'i.
Much love, Heather
" Blur out the world, to focus on Him."
Here's a few photos of a fun business styled photoshoot, for my good friend Ezra. Ezra is getting into the real estate world, and I know God will take you far on your journey.
Jesus has been showing me His living water lately. It is a recurring theme, which I cannot shake. How do I describe this 'living water'? Here are a few words I can think of active, rejuvenating, and peaceful.
A deeper depth in my relationship with Jesus has been challenging, and lately the world has robed me of my time. I miss the sweet reunion of having endless time to fully submerse myself in the presence of Jesus. Yes life gets busy, things happen but I can involve Jesus in everything. He is the breath inside my lungs and sometimes I just need to b r e a t h e him in.
I love how Heidi Baker puts it "The spiritual water we need comes from immersing ourselves in the Word of God and His presence. This water is as essential- as vital to our survival-as natural water is to the physical life. We must drink of it daily."
Everyday is a blank canvas, and we choose the colors we draw with. Do we paint with vibrant colors, deep with saturated contrast? Letting light fill our canvas. Or do we paint with dark cold colors, bringing another side of life? Here's my advise give God all area's of your life, let Him turn your pain into j o y. Let the shedding of His blood wash you clean.
Brandon + Brittani, what a beautiful couple you both are inside and out. I am so honored to have captured your special day; I feel my photographs capture and tell an untold love story between you two. I love how brightly you both s h i n e for the kingdom of God, and my prayer is for your light to burn brighter over time. I love you both dearly! And a special shout out to my talented cousin Tj Orton who helped captured this wedding celebration.