These two chose to have their engagements on Anna’s family farm in Okemah, OK and despite all the crazy weather in Oklahoma that was forecasted we had a great session. Mike and Anna get married in October on the same piece of property and it is going to be beautiful.
I’m passionate about a lot of things, and health is one of them. In 2010 I decided to do my first Daniel’s Fast (you can read about it here, my focus was biblically based to grow in my relationship with Christ as a fairly new believer, that’s a whole other post), it was the first time I walked into a Traders Joe’s in Rochester, MI. I was told it was a “health food” store so I assumed I could get all the items I needed there. What I didn’t know when completing the Daniel’s fast is that it would begin my health journey and ultimatly lead to where I am now.
I know others who desire to make changes that benefit them long term. I was one of them. What I think others don’t consider a factor is…time. It has taken me almost nine years now to recognize what works best for my body and I am still on my own individual journey.
Through those nine years I have done it all and some things I am not proud of. In those times, I have birthed three children and obsessed over what my body looks like and I determined to change it. That has resulted in unrealistic dietary restrictions which resulted in stress (which actually affects your ability to lose weight) and depression, irritability and all this pressure to look a certain way. It didn’t help that during this time social media platforms were really taking off and everyone seemed to have it all together and it was extremely discouraging and made me feel the need to compare (yes, I know…super unhealthy).
I desire to be a voice for those who are struggling internally about their self-image but because I was still dealing with those internal battles I felt like a hypocrite and that I “shouldn’t try and be a voice when I still felt bad about myself at times. Over time, I have realized that there is always going to be opportunities to feel bad about yourself. It’s a daily fight, in the mind and a continual choice to cast down any thoughts that don’t line up with who Christ says you are.
I’m determined to inspire through experience in hopes to promote transformation, through the Word of God. When I first started this post, all I was going to talk about was Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Scones and here we are…
From now on, my desire is to still share plenty of my photography as I build business in a new market (if you didn’t know we moved, check out my life update on Instagram). I also am going to be wholeheartedly dedicated to helping YOU. Whether its planning your wedding or sharing here about a life experience I had that I’ve learned from that you can relate to or a recipe that encourages you eat a little better than you did before.
Time and time again I interact with others that are going through the similar internal battles or circumstantial disappointments and I desire to voice those struggles in hope to help others through theirs.
Oh, and those scones…AMAZING. Go make them. If you have any questions about the ingredients, reach out. I’d be happy to educate.
Monotony (and sighhhhhhh) according to the dictionary means:
- lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine.
- sameness of pitch or tone in a sound or utterance.
Yuck. Sounds boring and well...monotonous.
Why do we need new moments, new things, new WHATEVER to keep us in a place of contentment. Why can't we come to a place where monotony is looked at as steadfastness and faithfulness, loyalty, patience OR perseverance?
I was driving today and I wasn't in a GREAT mood, wasn't in a bad mood, nothing in-particular is going right or wrong. I'm pretty much just driving. In-between errands and I thought about Paul when he was in prison (more than one time too) and how we often consider ourselves imprisoned by our own situations and circumstances. I chuckled a bit because my circumstances are so glamorous compared to the majority of the trials others have faced in the Word. Needless to say my life just seems boring lately.
Being imprisoned would cause many people to become bitter and give up but Paul considered it as one more opportunity to spread the Good News of Christ. Paul realized that his current circumstances weren't as important as what he did with them. Even in prison (PRISON, guys!), Paul decided to be a light in what I would consider one of the darkest places yet we can't maintain ourselves when the white LED light flashes on indicating the cashier in front of you at Target needs assistance with the current transaction and you already unloaded your cart with your three kids (add, all of them are crying too....trying to come up with worse case scenario here) and yet that scenario is NOTHING in comparison to Paul's.
GUYS, WE'RE SPOILED.
I'm not making light of traumatic situations one may face. I'm talking about the daily grind.
The dangers of monotony is that it can be distracting. It can hinder ones ability to actually continue to persevere, to be steadfast, faithful, loyal and patient and most importantly LOVE others.
What's the point? You can't escape the mundane, the responsibility of well...just being responsible. Doing what's right, working hard, etc. How do you handle those seemingly low moments that are just, blah.
Paul could have become depressed, discouraged, or disillusioned. He could have wallowed in self-pity and despair. Instead, he regarded his imprisonment as being appointed by God. God used Paul's imprisonment in Rome to bring the gospel to the center of the empire, as well as to give Paul LOTS of time to write letters that would one day end up in the New Testament and give us all this amazing teaching and encouragement.
Do you have difficulty accepting your station in life? Do you resent where God has placed you? Although education and focused effort may enable us to take a new role or get a new job, God, many times, puts us in a place to serve. Whether its in an actual prison or a place that feels like one, God wants you to serve Him faithfully and joyfully.