Into the Nations, and Beyond

"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! 

Checked Vatican City and the Sissten Chapel off my list! Vatican City, Italy

Checked Vatican City and the Sissten Chapel off my list! Vatican City, Italy

Night life Roma, Italy

Night life Roma, Italy

Trevi Fountain - "Hey now, Hey now this is what dreams are made of" Roma, Italy

Trevi Fountain - "Hey now, Hey now this is what dreams are made of" Roma, Italy

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

Made it to the iconic Colosseum! Roma, Italy

Made it to the iconic Colosseum! Roma, Italy

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. 

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Studied the letters of Corinthians in Ancient in Corinth, Greece

Studied the letters of Corinthians in Ancient in Corinth, Greece

Downtown Athens, Greece

Downtown Athens, Greece

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.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Downtown Istanbul 

Downtown Istanbul 

Spice Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Spice Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Stand in front of the Celtic Library, Ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey

Stand in front of the Celtic Library, Ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey

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. 

Abroad

Bonjour!

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. 

Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story
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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  

Temporary Temple

"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.

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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. 

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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. 


Clean Eats

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. 

Limitless

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. 

READ BELOW FOR A RECENT REVELATION

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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Mystery

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. 

For the mystery of our heart is the mystery of the bride. And the bride can only find her completion in the Bridegroom. And the Bridegroom of our souls...is God

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."

-Ephesians 3:9

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. 

Footsteps

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
— James 1:12

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 

Custom Design

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. 

One step forward & two steps back 

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.

Here's to stepping forward and not looking back, to new beginnings and new adventures. 

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?

Young & Free

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
— Romans 6:4

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. 

Oneness

Echad, 

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. 

I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.
— John 14: 18-20

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,

-Heather

Corey + Camrie

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. 

2016

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. 

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Farewell 2016, heres to new adventures!

 

 

The Harvest is Ready

There’s a yes in our hearts and it carries through eternity, simple obedience can change history
— Lindy Conant

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."

 

Living Waters

Pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper
I want to know your heart
I want to know your heart
— Bethel Music

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 Francis

 

 

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.   

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
— 1 Corinthians 13

Photo Credit: Tj Orton 

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Photo Credit: Tj Orton

Happy ever after Mr. & Mrs. Francis! 

Vendors:
Makeup + Hair: Brooklin Keeton
Flowers: La Mera Gardens
Catering: NoHo's Hawaiian Cafe
Second Shooter: Tj Orton
Location: Red Lily 

The three I's

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.
— John 4: 13-14

God is calling us (the body of Christ) to go deeper, draw closer, and to chase after His heart. This is something I've personally felt God speak to me during this season of life. About three weeks ago during a looong car ride home from Southern California, I was getting wreck by God. I was listening to some worship and I felt a sensation in my throat, I tried drinking water but nothing.. my thirst wasn't quenched. I simply asked the Lord what He was saying I heard "I'm your living water, nothing else will satisfy you like I do." wow my hungry and thirst for him was manifested in the physical. 

Reppin' my State of Jefferson hat! Thank you Isaac for your patience and for the shot! 

Time after time when I focus on the future or what I think is best for my life, I miss the point. My life isn't to just follow God, but to do life with Him. Often I'm reminded of my time back in the amazon. My prayer to God was to focus on the now, to live in the moment and to love who is in front of me. As of lately God bring's this memory this prayer back into my life.

A couple weekend's ago 14 of us headed up north to Portland, Oregon. What a memorable trip filled with laughter, loud train noises, and sweet fellowship. The theme I got from God was Where the spirit of the Lord is.. There is freedom. That night at Bethel's Night of Worship freedom was released in the room. I felt a activation afterwards and a few divine appointment's happened. During the concert the Lord laid on my heart to pray for man named Jeff wearing a hat. The crazy thing is I met Jeff later that evening. A homeless man approached Isaac, Olivia, and I asking for a few dollars. After giving him some money we chatted and found out his name was Jeff and he was from Medford, Oregon. We prayed for him and spoke love into his life. After the prayer we saw a difference in his countenance from shame to joy. I know for a fact I was interceding for his salvation during the concert.. oh and by the way he had a hat on! It's one thing to watch in films, and read in books but having/seeing a God encounter is something else!  

A good friend of mine shared what he's learn from anthem a supernatural ministry school. He shared about the three I's: intimacy, identity, and inheritance in that order. Here's my revelation of what a child of God looks like.

Intimacy: Spending time with God, Co-creating with Jesus, living and breathing his Word. Partnering with the Holy Spirit, and learning his language.  

Identity: When you know God you know you are a daughter/son of the most high (a saint before God) and the fear of man doesn't have a hold anymore.

Inheritance: From this we know our eternal reward heaven, we awaken and live out the call to be beacons of light, and to become the salt of the earth. All to be a example of Christ.

Overlooking Castle Lake - a wonderful hike up to heart lake in Northern California. A great way to end my birthday weekend! 

The other night God revealed this to me " I want to give you a reward, a reward that is eternal." I can't wait to be in the wedding feast with Jesus, the feast of the perfect lamb the one that was slain for me. 

Fruitful

Being back in Kona always w a r m s my heart. This place is full of excitement, passion, and adventures waiting to be revealed, like the Father's heart. I finally have time to relax, and process what has been happening since I've been back home. Thank you Lord for this time here in paradise, and for the Holy Spirit giving me the words to write this. Its your words not mine! 

#Islandvibes

#Islandvibes

The past few months have been some of the best months of my life. Being settled back in Medford hasn't been as bad as I thought, It may be the same town, same people, and the same old thing for most, But I came back with a different mind set. Prayer has been my number one game changer, my heart cried out for like minded friends and a community solid in Christ. 

Back in January I had to make a tough decision, either to go back and staff at University of the Nations or stay home and be a missionary in my hometown. Torn between the two, I felt God was blessing me either way.. I prayed, fasted, and prayed harder.. yet nothing. Now of course I see the outcome, but at the time It was the hardest decision I've made. I recently listened to a sermon by Brian Johnson and he was preaching about God 'on mute' when we make major decisions. When we are offered multiple offers we automatically think there's a wrong choice. There isn't a wrong decision, God is quiet because he wants us to make the decision, know he already knows the outcome. A relationship is built on trust, thank you father for trusting me.

I've seen many answers to prayers, from new friends, ministry, freelance jobs, and falling in love! To sums this all up.. HE is good, and HE satisfies my hunger daily for more. 

I can cry, laugh, and smile all at once .. because my everyday life with Jesus is refreshing & spontaneous! All because I'm slowly convinced of his love for me. Once you get a taste of the presence of God nothing else comes close. This is what a relationship with God looks like. This favor and harvest is for the everyday Christian. Let's awaken our walk with Jesus, it all starts with a pure heart, obeying when God speaks, and doing! 

So excited to adventure + chase waterfalls with my handsome! (Salt Creek falls, Oakridge Oregon)

So excited to adventure + chase waterfalls with my handsome! (Salt Creek falls, Oakridge Oregon)

Every Nation a new album from Lindy Conant & the Circuit Riders has been my go to tunes. What I've been talking about is summed up in this album click here and give it a listen! It amazes me that God's message and things on his heart are popping up all over the globe. Revival, love, injustice, and a movement so much greater than we can even imagine. Our God is on the move for every heart, soul, and nation. 

There’s a “yes” in our hearts
And it carries through eternity
Simple obedience, it changes history

We believe that You can do anything
I know that simple obedience, it changes history

Take courage, the harvest is ripe
Lift up your voice, cause Jesus is alive
— Take Courage | Lindy Conant

So to tie everything together. No matter where God takes me either in my hometown or into the nations.. He is my home. 

Yosemite

After 7 months I was reunited with some of my gals from DTS (Disciple training school). You know your friends for life when you can pick up right where you left off. 

Thank you ladies for a fun adventure and a time to rest in the presence of God together! 

Finally back together after almost 7 months apart #PhotogenXDTS15 (far left Jill, Haliey, Ali, and myself on the end)

Spent the evening looking, photographing, and taking in the sunset. 

How can I write down so many amazing memories with using only words... Now photos capture and speak when words cannot. As I'm sitting here and typing I'm having revelation. Is it super necessary to write down everything in words or can I let my photographs 'speak' for themselves. So here we go... 

Let my photographs tell y o u a story. 

Our little fury friends showed up whenever we had food. 

Brewed it up s t r o n g.

Some of best conversations always involve some of the best food.

@verseandventure

A trip full of laughter, smore's, and endless conversations are the best kind of trips. 

Do you see the double rainbow? (Vernal Falls) 

@Jillipino

@alexandra_mari8

PhotogenX world travelers 

Until next time Yosemite! 

Route 66

Here's some fun photos from my trip back from Southern California. We decided to take the scenic-desert route rather than the basic I-5. Good thing we had a map, because our smart phones didn't recognize route 66. Enjoy! 

Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.
— Jaime Lyn Beatty

Bottle Tree Ranch, Oro Grande, California. 

Woke up before the sun did, grabbed coffee and headed out onto the open road.

Homemade breakfast at Molly Brown's Cafe. A must stop! 

Are we there yet?

A little piece of American History. 

Route 66 is now checked off my bucket list! 

Back to Medford, Oregon! 

Made new

Exactly one year ago my journey with exploring God's heart began. Saying my goodbyes and stepping onto the United flight to Kona, Hawaii has been the best decision, I've ever made. Honestly a huge thank you to my girl Morgan Wright for saying yes to God, the countability of our friendship, and for making the journey with me.

It’s always like springtime with you, making all things new
— Matt Stinton

Reflecting on the person I was a year ago... is a night and day difference. 

God fully restored my old 'dead' life into a new creation, a new me. I had to up-wrap the insecurities I put on myself. I put up walls between Jesus and I. From hurt's and wrong I didn't even know affected me, and affected my walk. Breaking walls down and letting God heal my hurts gave me f r e e d o m. "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God". This song became my anthem during DTS. 

YWAM Kona was my next stop to complete a discipleship training school (DTS). "To know God, and to make Him known". From my experience saying yes to God has been so rewarding. Laying down 6 months of my life to ministry has changed the course and direction of my life.

Knowing about God is one thing...but drawing close to His heart is another. I can write for years about my experience and how God was in work for the past 6 months and now! I filled out a brand new journal front + back of all the promises of God. I'm now on a new journal symbolizing all the new things God has done and is doing here in my hometown. #comeon

To you dreamers don't give up. Pursue the calling on your life. For me stepping out of my comfort of home has been the best decision. When God opens doors its a direct access of the Father, and his will for your life. "His will, His bill". I encourage you to say yes to him. It may change the way you look at life, people, and so much more and maybe just maybe you could be a planet shaker, nation wrecker for Jesus. It all starts by saying yes.