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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is our view of God so important? Can I even answer this question.. For all I know is, I need a role model in life. A purpose for life. Mathew had fun testing us on God. Asking questions like Do we believe God is the same now, or how come we feel guilty when calling upon the Lord (when we’ve sinned). I believe the bible is for us to question. It is healthy to break the bible down. Chew each book verse by verse. From this I get a greater meaning of God's word, His word is the truth in my life. I know this book is the instruction for L I F E.
M A N has caused a separation from God. Our sin causes us to flee from God. What really happens is as we sin God draws closer to us.
Mathew taught on how the Lord is our shepherd and we are the sheep. I found out how dumb and stupid sheep we can be. Sheep are: directionless, defenseless and need T O N S of attention. If a sheep ever falls over on its back, the sheep will accept it’s fate. All it takes is for the shepherd to rub the tummy and the sheep will flip over. I’m so thankful for Jesus being the shepherd of my life. Even when I’m lost in the waves of life.
|Week 7| John Leach| Father heart of God
This one quote encourages me. Pushes me to be a better person, to put others before my needs and wants. How can I/we bridge the spiritual to the secular reality. By showing people grace, hope, and love found in the father. How? by simply a smile, hug, words of affirmation, buying someone coffee, and so much more.
|| Am I living ||
F O RGods approval
F R O MGods approval
To be transformed, I must renew my mind daily.
First speak the will of God (first thing in the morning)
Read the word (full of promises)
Meditate on God (listen and be still before Him)
This is something that won’t happen over night. It’s a life style. I have to live, breathe and yes renew for the rest of my L I F E. Is it worth it, is HE worth it.
"The one that you give authority to, is the one who is calling you towards a destiny". -John Leach
| Balance in Life |
You cannot get ‘fruit’ without being in balance. Mind, spirt, and body. All three need to be in balanced. If you don’t take the time to rest in any of the three. You will have a blow out.
I see the colors. Blue, green, brown, hazel.. mixed into one. Grace, love, and tenderness in His eyes. U N E X P l A I N A B L E His pupil’s like a mirror reflecting the world.. the universe bursting. Focused on the busyness of life. Yet.. there I was. In the amidst of it all. I Heather Nicole Morse mattered. Locked gaze Time stood still.. To let me know. I am L O V E D by Him.
This week in lecture we learned to co-create with God. Wow I’m blown away from the story behind this photograph. Our ‘assignment’ was to take a photo to represent and capture the love God has for the people in Kona, Hawaii. Jumped on my scooter and headed to the Keiki pond (a special place between the Lord and I) I simply asked Him to let me see something new. To open my eyes to creation. After setting up my camera and tripod. I started clicking away.. With each click I simply said words of praise. Thanking God for the air in my lungs, and all the little things in between. This curvy tree sparked my interest. In no time I captured this photo.
What do you see, do you feel any emotion out of this image? I would love some feedback!
We are a WILD generation full of dreams + passion! Called to transform the nations. I learned if I obey the Lord, He will direct my path. I am a caged l i o n wanting to be set free. How do I find my roar? How can I unleash the beast. There’s something we ‘hate’ about the cage, and something we like. I need to kick the cage in theface. I need step out of my comfort zone every single day. By ripping the labels I’ve given myself/and others. But most importantly to say yes to the Lord. The more convinced of His love, the more I am set free.
“My camera is my tool for evangelism” |Photography is a bridge| Should it make a difference if the person behind a camera is a Christian? My camera is a weapon and i’m part of a battle. -Justice, Equality, Freedom, Beauty, instead of ashes, restoration, and peace.
Psalm 144 “God train my hands for war, my fingers for battle”.
Each week I’ve asked the Lord to give me a word for that week.
Week one: Receive. In the prayer room He whispered ‘receive’, over and over again. I asked receive what, receive what. Later in the week we had a prayer session for Philip Lin my DTS school leader. Long story short he came into class with crutches (the past 10 years he’s had multiple surgery on his right knee). We all joined together as a class, and prayed for a healing. Joy a women of God in my class, prayed out she also struggled with having bad knees. I felt the Holy Spirit (physically tugging from the inside) telling me to confess I have bad knees as well. I felt released once I did..The Lord did a miracle on my Knees, I know he transformed my knees. HE HEALED ME! I know for a fact that HE strengthen my knees. After standing up and praying again for Philip I felt a numbness and shooting jolt go up my left leg. GO GOD! I know He wants me strong, and healthy for all the adventures and journeys He has for me. Lord you are the ultimate healer. To God be all the GLORY!
1 Peter 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
Week two: Communicate. The prayer room is what I look forward to each week. It’s were I can feel Jesus and meet with Him face to face. He gave me the word communicate. He showed me my destiny, my ancestry. A flash of Morse code came to mind (the electricity running in my skull side to side, and front to back) making a Cross. He showed me the legacy that must live on! Did I mention how many goosebumps I had?! This week I’ve been needing to update to you all on how my time here in Kona has been amazing! So like above he told me to sit down and communicate with you guys.. aka my blog! Now that it is the weekend.. I have time to sit down and dedicate my time to you all!
As soon as I walked into the classroom, I knew I was home. The white board quoted “Paint with LIGHT’ which elaborated into being the LIGHT of the WORLD. (My favorite verse!!!) For the first week of DTS we had Susi Childers the founder of PhotogenX ministry back in 2005. What an amazing Women she is, We couldn’t have had a better speaker for the first week. SO Inspiring, courageous, adventurous, thrilling, and beyond imaginable. It’s every photographers DREAM! Here’s a short overview of the week. (I will upload podcasts from her testimony, You’ll want to hear it!) She talked about how our cameras are an easy ministry tool. Evangelism is all about relationships, how does my DSLR help? Its an easy conversation starter, which leads into sharing the good news! Each day has been testing me, and shaping me into a Women after God’s heart. The more I put in and press on, the more God will bless me. HE is forever faithful and oh so good.
Isaiah 45: 3 “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places”.
Being a ‘voice for the voiceless’ a vision and dream Susi had from God. To be a voice for the men and women around the world who are trapped. “When people are suffering and dying the world does not care, we need to stand up and be the light!” -Susi Childers
(↓ Interview of Susi’s life being filmed for bible tv in Germany↓) #behindthescenes
Who or what would I like to photograph? I had to pray and seek the Lord for help. I had a vision of a group of children, and me at knee level hugging child after child. The fullness I felt in that moment was Jesus’s love. Powerful.. Another vision I had was me standing on top of a hill. My surroundings were very green and tropical…(*hint* my outreach location pin points my vision!) How faithful My Lord is, I don’t deserve His love and grace… I encourage YOU to DREAM BIG, Nothing is to big for our Lord. Ask and you will receive.
“I believe that when you find something you love, you should do it your whole life”. -Steve McCurry
More from the |195th anniversary of the first church Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona| The last photo tells a story, of the Hawaiian culture. You can see King Kamehameha hoping and praying for the culture and for a blessing upon the Island of Hawai”i.
Jesus gave and is giving me visions. Today marks the first week of classes. Wow blown away. Susie Childers spoke, and shared how photography needs light.
What is light: Electromagnetic waves. Which gives us Color, Form and shape, creativity, warmth, and orientation. Jesus wants to be the light of the world for me, and to become a light source for others. And what has always been my favorite verse?! You could say this is most defiantly where the Lord has called me. Do you know what the definition of photography is? Phōtos=light
How can we carry the light of photography for others? How can WE shine? Gifts are given without request. Give glory always. “We should never have to copy from anyone else” -Susie Childers
The bigger the challenge the greater the fruit! When he calls us, HE rewards and also Guards us. When I asked the Lord for what dreams He has from me. He told me to be ‘real’ with everyone and especially children when I go on my outreach. To hug, be loving. To relate with people. To be passionate always. I envisioned standing on a hill and light beaming. A beam of hope for the hopeless. This Energy from the Holy Spirit is strong and electric. 'So powerful’ unlike anything else. Most importantly to never hold back. Lord you are most powerful, nothing is too big for you! Wow I can feel the Lord is changing me, and I’m so excited to experience his love in a radical way.
We made it. Today has come! 4-9-15.. The date I’ve been counting down for months. Was today emotional?.. Of course it’s still emotional! As I’m sitting here typing away.. It’s hard to keep back the tears, tears of joy and sorrow. No one told me it would be this hard. But as I begin to think about how exciting and how the Lord is going to use me. All my sorrow and sadness disappear. My tears show me how truly grateful and loved I am, I wouldn’t be able to do this with my bud Morgan. She truly is a gift from above, a true lover of Christ. I can’t wait to look back at my posts, and see and feel how I was in that moment. A mini time causal I guess you could call it.
Today is my last full day in my little town of Medford, Oregon. Will I miss it? Of course, all my family and friends are here. On the sunny side I’ll be where my heart has longed to be. To be apart of being the hands and feet of Jesus, and I’m SO excited to see how He uses me. But..
Today marks a bittersweet day. I know I’m going to miss out on some key life milestones. The birth of my Niece, and one of my best friends wedding. Will I be back? Of Course! In order for me to Grow and to Love unconditionally. I know this is the path God has placed for me. I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure! I love you all. I’ll keep
this blog up to date!