“God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention,
what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made.
And then, leaning over us, He whispers, ‘Let’s go do that together.”
bob goff ~love does
i’m a fan of the back story. sometimes the back story isn’t even known or it’s only known to a select few. sometimes it’s discovered well after the story has already unfolded. often times the back story is what makes the final chapter a beautiful compilation of something simple yet profound. there’s times in our lives, chapters in our own story, that might look mundane or sometimes even painful, but later we get a glimpse of what’s springing forth from all those little pieces. often times simple and yet profound even still. glimpses of when HE creates good for his glory. when we can see HIS hand was orchestrating a sweet creation all along.
so here’s a back story for you. a few weeks ago a couple precious friends of mine made a year long hope & desire a reality for me. for most folks it wouldn’t be considered that big of a deal in the first place, much less monumental. but for me, it was. when i told dan about what was going on, i told him i wasn’t going to accept these gifts. it would be too humbling. he gently reminded me that sometimes god’s using someone and their resources to answer our own prayers. the acceptance can be just as important as the giving. for several days i spent time just pondering how the lord so many times just blows us away with HIS love & provision and HE often times lets just regular folks be part of the process.
sometimes we overthink the entire gifting gig don’t we? like, well what i have to give isn’t all that extravagant. or the flip side, what if what i give isn’t even appreciated? whatever. i heard this last week at the grove and i like this mindset a lot better~~ “god is paving a runway of faithfulness in your life where your giftings can become your offerings”. well alright. my giftings, my talents, my time & resources…all of it, i can offer those back to HIM. an offering of praise to HIM, for HIS glory. i’m in.
so in response to thinking about the graciousness i’ve seen in the hearts of several friends, my daughter & my always-giving husband as well, HE put something on my heart to do. logistically i have no idea, no idea at all, how it’s going to shake down. i have no idea if it’s going to be a flop. i have no idea if i’ll hear from no one or if the requests will be so overwhelming that i can in no way keep up. and honestly, all that unknown makes it even more exciting for me. a runway of faithfulness in the unknown right?
i didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my heart, in the blink of an eye, i heard him say~ paige, just give what you have of your time & passion to ME. the gift of your photography, i want you to give it away.
so once a month i’d love to offer a photo session to someone who currently isn’t in a place where the investment is a possibility for them.
i’d love for you to send me a little bit of their story via email. again, i’m not sure how it’s all going to unfold as each one of these has the potential to be simple or could involve some creative logistical maneuvers, but let’s go for it. i’m calling these the lovewell sessions. lovewell because i want to be a person who looks for ways to love others and i bet you do too. lovewell because HE loves us and from that love flows rivers of living waters. lovewell because HE’s created us with passion & purpose and sometimes just doing the next thing right in front of us is a ministry of how to lovewell and use those for HIS glory.
i’m a natural light photographer here in the atlanta area. you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just over on the right sidebar you’ll see a “get in touch” button…that link will send you right over. please use #lovewell in your subject line.
“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence.
It’s a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.”
bob goff ~love does