I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to watch “behind the scenes” shows. Â To see how a tootsie pop becomes a tootsie pop can fascinate me. Â
Ok so you know how there are verses in the Bible that when you read them, they just roll off your tongue so nice and sound so beautiful. Â But in all reality to live out what they mean is just plain hard. Â
Moments. Â It’s what my profession is all about. Â Capturing that single solitary moment so that time and memory can never steal it away. Â
1,966 miles later and I did it, I experienced the IF:Gathering. Â Together withÂ 2,500 women “live” in Austin and thousands of others across the globe via simulcast, we wrestled with the question: “If God is REAL, then what?” Â
IF. Â It’s such a small word, just two letters long, but yet those two letters can be so powerful when put together.
It was about five years ago now and I was dating my beloved Kyle at the time. Â We had decided to spend our evening together just kicking back, relaxing and watching a movie. Â My mother has a great selection of movies andÂ as we were paging through them earlier in the day, The Bucket List, jumped out at us. Â If you haven’t seen the movie its a story about two gentlemen from very different paths of life that find themselves in the same hospital room. Â After a few days they discovered they both had the same gloom future with only a few months to live. Â So they make these bucket lists. Â
Well friends, it’s almost Christmas! Â I suppose it’s no secret anymore just how much I adore this holiday. Â But I love it for more than just getting a Christmas tree, more than just buying gifts, and more than just baking cookies. Â But five years ago my Christmas was turned upside down. Â I would love to share my story with you…I hope that’s okay. Â Although, I must warn you, that I may go over my typical paragraph in length.
Twenty-eight.Â Itâ€™s the number of days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.Â And if you’re like me there is a lot of shopping to be done, cookies to be baked, and presents to be wrapped in those 28 days.Â And don’t get me wrong, I love every bit of it; but before I know it, I am rushing from here to there trying to fit everything in.Â But today as I was having lunch with some dear friends I was reminded about something so important, rest.
I know this may surprise you but I am going to deter from my holiday craze and just write whatâ€™s on my heart today…I hope thatâ€™s ok with you!
I can’t tell you how manyÂ people I haveÂ photographed over the years, or the number of images I have captured through my lens.Â But I can probably count on one hand the people that were actually comfortable looking at an images of themselves.Â At first, when I would be doing a presentation of my images, and I would hearÂ â€œoh yuck, I don’t like that one,â€Â I would take it really personally.Â But as year after year went by,Â I began to feel differently when I heard that;Â instead of taking it personally, my heart would sink because I knew they weren’t criticizing my work, but rather criticizing a flaw that they saw in themselves.Â And it happens ALL THE TIME in my profession, especially with women.Â And now Iâ€™mÂ not picking on anybodyÂ -Â I promise I can put myself in this same boat.Â I can look at an image of myself and just want to photoshop out all of my so-called “flaws.” Â But the other day as I was working through my Bible Study, we were studying beauty, and something just struck me so strongly.