I have decided to share something a bit personal, I mean, you want to get to know the real me, right? That way you know who I am for when we work together one day, right?
So this weekend I attended the Women’s Rejuvenation for the Soul at my church (the awesome Willowbrook Baptist Church) with a very amazing message from Renee Swope with the musical talents of Ashley Smith – I LOVE her voice (check her out, she’s got songs on iTunes). During the messages on Friday and Saturday, I learned a lot of things about myself as a person and as running my own business. It was so wonderful to hear that as women, we constantly compare ourselves to each other. I find myself wishing and hoping that I could take pictures like this person, cook like that person, clean like that person, I was a better mom like that person, or even more importantly, I wish I had a closer relationship to God like this person. The thing that struck me is, everyone has things that they would like to be better at. Maybe they’re better at it than I am, because they’ve put more effort into it. It gets so overwhelming sometimes. I’m a wife, a mother, a photographer, a student, a daughter, and what needs to be the first and foremost is being a child of God. I learned at the conference that everyone gets overwhelmed, but it’s what you do with those anxieties that makes a difference. Give it to God. He’s our Provider and Father and He cares. He wants us to come to Him with our thanksgiving, our fears, sorrows, hopes and dreams. That’s what has been running thru my mind over the last few days. And while I was sitting there at church, I was reminded of my sweet, tender-hearted little girl, Hope. How she (and Peyton too sometimes) just love God without questioning faith. They tell me every day while we drive “over the mountain” to go to school that Huntsville is God’s city, they get so excited when they see God’s City every morning in all it’s glory and beauty. And every single time we sit down to eat, Hope asks to “Pray Amen?” Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between she asks to pray. Sometimes she only speaks loud enough for Him to hear, other times she wants everyone clued in. But the simplicity and honesty of her prayers spoke to me this weekend, that’s what God wants from me. To speak to Him, come to Him with everything, no matter how important or mundane it may be. And to definitely bask in His Glory. I’m trying little by little. It starts with surrounding myself with Godly people. People that will encourage me in my walk with Him, and encourage me as a woman, wife, mother and friend.
Anyway, that’s what has been on my heart and mind. I hope y’all don’t mind too much about me sharing.And what would a post be without a few pictures? So here you go, my sweet Hope sending up some prayers.