Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Living Out of Reality

About a year ago, I was sure I knew God's will for my life. I plunged full speed ahead into planning for "God's will." A month later that door completely closed I felt. Then a few more months later I felt God revealed his plan for my life in an incredible way! I was all on that thought too.

I realize now, a year later and in a completely different direction that I don't always have to know God's direct will for my life. I can do things and continue on with life, and go here and there and if God doesn't want me somewhere he'll make it known. Now I'm not going to go fly to Hawaii when I don't have the money too and say "Oh, who knows if it's God's will or not." ha ha! But I can go on trips, and LIVE life! Experience things, SEE things, love, feel, and know.
One of the books I received for my 21st birthday from my sisters was John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life. It changed the way I saw things. To sum it up in my own words; He talked about not just walking through life as someone who observes, like the fans on the bleachers at a baseball game. But being an experiencer (is that even a word, lol) jumping into the game and actually playing. Feeling the bat shake as it connects with the ball, seeing first base loom up at you as you race towards it. Hear the excited screams and shouts of your fellow team mates as you round each plate.
We are alive. We are here for a purpose, the main purpose to glorify God. In everything we say, and in everything we do!
I found I was spending way too much time & energy on my computer. On my phone. On my Nook. Well, you get the picture.
I found I was more of "living" out of reality. Most of us do this. Next time you go out, whether it be at church, a wedding or the store, observe how many people are on their smart phones. That's crazy right? We are so absorbed into what people are doing that we - Get this- aren't even with at the time. At the store a mother stands scrolling through her phone while her little boy talks to her excitedly and she just nods not looking up once. Friends are "hanging out" sitting next to each other but on their phones. It's awful really. You're sitting there trying to talk to them and their going "uh huh" while you exasperated just keep talking anyway. It seems to me as if those people on their phones are saying, "What I'm doing on my phone is more important than you." Although you are supposed to be spending time or hanging out with those friends. I know this, because I've been guilty of it myself! I have friends that don't have smart phones. And I've been the one friend who is texting rudely while my friend is trying to spend time with me.
We are disconnected when we do this! Which is crazy because all of this claims to help us actually connect more! Don't get me wrong, I like to instagram and tweet just as much as any other person, but you have to learn to balance it. I'm not perfect, I haven't arrived yet and I might never. I'm slowly learning though to put the phone down, have a real conversation with someone and connect with them RIGHT in front of you - verses with your 300 friends on facebook or texting your school chums that you see everyday. This person is here with you right now. Devote your time to that person while you are there with them.
God gave you THIS moment, right now. So put down your phone and dive head first into that moment, and live.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Don't Miss Now

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Neil & Christina

Became Mr. & Mrs. on 4/13/13

I was blessed to be able to capture two people who were so evidently in love on their special day.
Christina wore a red dress. Yes, RED! My favorite color as you know. :)
They were a lot of fun, and great to work with. Below I'm sharing a few of my favorites.
This is the second wedding I have ever shot! I have booked six total this year and I can't wait to share the love. :)


Neil and Christina
Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Dear Sawyer

I haven't done one of these in a while. 
Sawyer is getting to be so big! He says everything now and is super smart. He loves playing outside, puppies, Lady and the Tramp is his favorite movie and he still can't get enough Spongebob. :)

Can you believe he is only 2?! He acts and looks like a 4 year old. 
I love my baby cousin.

“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

-Winnie the Pooh

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hug X

Happy 8th Birthday to my handsome littlest brother! I am blessed to be his sister!
He loves sports, superheros, can bust the dance moves, is always quick to apologize when he's done wrong and has a heart to pray for others. 
Love you Matt-Matt!! 

p.s. I call him Hug a bug. Hug for short. lol! :)