Thursday, June 23, 2016

submerged


Have you ever considered the miracle that is Vacation Bible School?

A few weeks ago several people approached me at the park to offer bottled water and a flyer for their church's VBS when it dawned on me that VBS is just plain miraculous.

Congregations everywhere- so many VOLUNTEERS- give hours and hours and hours of their time to plan, prepare, and execute creative and engaging programming for kids of all ages all because they love Jesus.  And Jesus LOVES kids.  So churches do this thing in the summer to SUBMERGE the kids of their communities in this truth. It's incredible, right?

Asher is in week 2 of VBS (FBC, then Summer Grove, St Marks next week!) and it is marinating his sweet little heart in the truth of God's word.

"Mom, I want to go tell people about Jesus in China."

Man, am I grateful.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

nothing short of epic


 
You can have the best of everything in the world, but if you don't have devoted and inspiring friends that make you stronger and better, the best of everything in the world falls short. 

Our friendship with the Harrigans- it's nothing short of epic.  I'm leaving Fayetteville with a full and grateful heart. 








Prayers are appreciated for these amazing friends who are leaving for the Middle East in August.  Let me know if you want to help support these incredible people who love God in such clear and obvious ways- they are a light on a hill!

Shine on, Harrigans!  We are behind you all the way. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

fayettechill



So we're in Fayetteville with our friends the Harrigans and I go running and y'all... Northwest Arkansas running isn't Shreveport running.  It is hill training.  So on my last uphill, I was running out of steam, but I just felt like I should close my eyes and focus on the unseen.  I shouldn't look at the hill, but only my feet, the next step, or close my eyes all together.  The hill was still there and I knew it, felt it, but just taking the next step and fixing my eyes made all the difference.  

And wouldn't you know it... I made it up that hill without stopping.  

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith." Hebrews 12:1-2a 

and more of our fun day with our dear friends:









 

Monday, June 13, 2016

finding Jesus



 "Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants." Deuteronomy 32:2 

No better scripture for this morning's rainy day VBS. Prayers for Meredith and Heather as they lead our young ones to great truth! 






Saturday, June 11, 2016

blueberries and BeBe





Brad Pitt, right?  

We go to the blueberry farm every year to pick berries and eat popsicles after we've lathered ourselves in bug spray but can I just say that it is 1,000,00 times easier now that everyone is older?

Praising God for a new season of life- big kid season.  It's as sweet as a big fat juicy Louisiana berry.   

Monday, June 6, 2016

because I really want to know



When sharing pictures- something I am compelled by my Maker to do- I mostly share what makes gratitude swell in my heart.  I share what makes me smile.  I click with a "thanks God" on the tip of my tongue.  If you know me well, you'll receive all kinds of texts and talks about the whole of life- the struggles and the suffering along with the victories and the highlights- but when it comes to photographing and documenting life, I search for the light and the good and the lovely and that's what I share.  Because isn't that what Paul told us to do in Philippians?  Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things?  (Philippians 4:8)

Whatever is true.

I say this because I really want to know- is it untrue to photograph all the light and not the dark?

Isn't it a given that all of us struggle?  That ALL of us suffer to one degree or another?  Isn't it a given that life is hard and the world is fallen and everyday there are battles that we all face?  Do we need to show each other our darkness so that we can somehow look down noses at each other to feel better about ourselves?

Isn't there a fine line between realism and pessimism, authenticity and self deprecation?

I really want to know because that first thing that Paul said- and I've never caught it before now- is whatever is TRUE.

Truth sets us free and the truth is that my life isn't perfect, but it is redeemed and with every dark place there is a chance to look for light and maybe even a chance to give thanks.

The impetus for this picture was a photo prompt - "a case of the Mondays"- by one of the online forums that I follow.  I don't have a lot of photos like this, but my life is riddled with them and I'm sure yours is too.

My heart's eye is a light-seeking one but I don't think that makes it untrue or unreliable or even worse- inauthentic- but maybe there's more light-in-darkness photos to be taken, the hard eucharisteo.
Hmmmm.... we'll (hopefully) see.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

no better advice


1.  It was on the eve of my first semester of college that my dad gave me a bible with this written on the cover page.  It is- hands down- best note he ever wrote me.  I miss him and I wonder what he would think of my kids and my life now that he's been with Jesus for these 14 years, but I'm so thankful for this treasure- words that linger over me like a banner of love.

2.  I wish I would have tried harder.  At the time, it was received with a warm heart but no follow through.  Even now I haven't arrived but at least I try and I recognize the wisdom and truth here. Maybe this was him speaking over me, prodding me along on a journey that I didn't even know I wanted to take and if so I am so immeasurably thankful for the nudge.

3.  Isn't this such a great picture of the heart of the Father?  Love.  He wants the very best for his daughter and this is it:  to just do what He tells us to do. To trust Him on that.  It brings life and success.

Moses to Joshua, my dad to me, me to you...

There is no better advice.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

summer cycling

So far so good!  It's only June 1st, but I've yet to hear the dreaded "b" word! And number 4 has been a huge win. 

Happy summer everybody!