Monday, September 4, 2017

bring the fullness of God

Sometimes our situations can look hopeless. We could have fears+ insecurities that keep us bound, struggles & insecurities we want to try & hide.
But we can CHOOSE to bring our emptiness or we can choose to bring God's FULLNESS into every situation we face.

Choose God's fullness. 

{quote by Lysa TerKeurst, rephrased by me}

Saturday, September 2, 2017

choosing to choose joy

When I pulled this book off the self to read it again, I randomly chose this bookmark for it. Later I thought about how much this bookmark goes right with the book. It reminded me of how much Katie taught me about joy. REAL joy. 
Before reading this book several years ago I hadn't really thought much of joy at all. But oh how this book & the stories + challenges within changed my life!
After reading Kisses From Katie is when I began my "joy journey with Jesus." I started finding & loving verses on joy. I started choosing joy each day, even when it was hard & I didn't feel like it.

Joy was my new word. A word that God used to change my life.

I actually don't think this bookmark was randomly chosen. I believe God chose this bookmark to remind me of the past things He taught me, how He cultivated a selfish girl's heart into one that began choosing to be selfless & choose joy always.

It's not always easy to choose joy, nor do I always want to! But the more I see God's hand in the good times & the hard times, the more I want of His joy. His joy & the strength from it gets me through.
I'll end with my favorite verse on joy, one that can get you through any hard day:
The joy of the Lord is my strength. }} Nehemiah 8:10

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

two friends & lots of laughs | FHP photo shoot

Back at our Lehigh family get together for Easter, some sisters + cousins + aunts + the boyfriend & I snuck away from the family for a bit to take some pictures for an article for the summer issue of Forever His Princess Magazine.

The sister + cousin did a fabulous job in posing for me! 

Thanks so much for helping, girls! Also, thanks Nelson for being my second shooter. ;)
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A friend loves at all times. }} Proverbs 17:17