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.
My first week in Brasilia has been incrível (amazing). I didn’t know what to expect from this culture. I’m in l o v e with the people. Arriving from the airport Igor’s family greeted us with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. His mother Celica is wonderful, she may not speak much english. But she feels like another mother to me. His dad Jay is a wise, genuine, and funny. Carol his sister is beautiful inside and out. The very moment we met she offered her room to us, and even offered her bed. Carol has show us around her city, and has taken the time to teach us about the culture. His family has embraced us with such hospitality and FOOD.
Now in being in brazil for one week. I’ve learned many things. But the love language for the Brazilian’s is food. All sorts of new and different food and traditions. Almost everything is f r e s h. Every meal that is served has some sort of cheese and bread. Queijo minas (Minas cheese), cream cheese, and Requeijão (cheese spread). Now a mix of both worlds. Cheese bread is HUGE. The cheese is baked in the inside of the bread. Even McDonald’s serves and sell this delicious and tasty treat! Meat is another staple. From all sorts beef, chicken, and pork. All seasoned so well with many different favors from rosemary to garlic. Last but not least rice and beans is another tradition sprinkled onto with farofa. The Coffee or café is strong you only need half of a cup to drink. Compared to the coffee at the YWAM base we are completely spoiled.. haha.. When they make the coffee here, they don’t use a ‘coffee maker’. It is all hand made from boiling the water to straining the coffee grounds.
This week has been JAM packed with some many activities, gatherings, ministry, and evangelizing. I have SO much more to blog but have such limited time. So cherish every post.. ! I love and miss you all! Keep the prayers coming our way. Next Saturday we will be in Belém aka the A M A Z O N. A long 56 days it will be… but I’m SO excited!
//Hearing God’s Voice// 4.13.14
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
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“Blur out the world, to focus on HIM”
Isaiah 64:7 “You are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter: we are all the work of your hand ”.
And I sit here in my warm bed, I’m pondering and thinking about what’s ahead in the future. Now the Lord tells us to not worry, but my heart is worried for a loved one. The world tell us we are to define ourself, or worse yet we some how believe others can label us. Trick us into thinking something we aren’t. Why is it easy to label others? Does it makes us feel better about ourself. Maybe for a short amount of time. In this day and age we are living in the generation to ‘express’ yourself. Another 70’s movement.. Maybe.
What I’m trying to say is.. Don’t let the world get to you. Satan is alive and well In this world. But do you know our God is Greater our God is BIGGER than any problem. He knows the emptiness and degrading sin is, but yet He took His life for my sin. Wow.. Powerful.. How can I ever thank you?! By letting You use me. Today marks 10 now 9 days before I leave on my great and grand adventure. I know the Lord is using me to be a prayer warrior, and to show Gods grace by loving one another. Today has taught me: to love means to keep NO record of wrong. (1 Corinthian’s 13)
Let the Lord shape our life, most of the time I get molded out of place. But when I give my trust, hope, and faith in Him. He’ll hand craft my beautiful journey called life.