Favorite part of a long day: crawling into bed with a good book, worship music, and my 49% introversion.

I had so much fun shooting engagement photos for my friends Chrissy & Ryan today! Such a beautiful (and extremely photogenic) couple!

God is good.

such a statement is simultaneously elementary and complex. his nature is full of good things such as mercy, love, grace, peace, hope, kindness, justice. and yet if we ask ourselves, “would God not be made better if he cured my sickness? or blessed me with greater wealth? would he not be a better God if he restored every part of my heart right now? or gave me a higher-paying job? or reunited my family?”

actually, no, he wouldn’t (and can’t) be made better since he is already fully good, and therefore the best. if we trust in his immutable goodness and believe that his ways are higher than our ways, then we can remain peaceful and joyful through the storms and fiery trials. 

Acts 17

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being.

blind

theplainjane:

Sometimes I wish we were blind.

Maybe then you wouldn’t notice that my hair is a little too oily today and I wouldn’t care that your shoes are outdated.

We could white wash the billboards and let consumerism rest.

We could enjoy music without the cleavage and flashing lights and youtube ads. 

We could start telling stories again.

We could be storytellers.

And hearers of cries. 

Maybe then we would notice that crowded college dorms are lonely places and small children don’t belong in sweat shops and teenage girls are worth more than their virginity.

The color of my skin, the shape of my eyes, the length of my hair, and my waist size. You could listen to me regardless of these things.

And if we were blind, maybe our faith would be as well. 

Q

Anonymous asked:

what are you thoughts on sex? does your christian faith bind you to believe a certain way or do you take religion as separate from the sex issue?

A

I follow hiede, a fellow sister in Christ (and also named Heidi!), on Tumblr who did an excellent job at explaining sex & intimacy from a Biblical (and practical) perspective here. I agree with everything that she wrote/writes on the topic! Her blog is pretty amazing - definitely check it out. 

Father,

teach me how to love you well.