26 photo sessions including but not limited to~
1 live birth session
5 newborn in-home sessions
6 senior sessions
1 wedding reception session
1 sorority graduation session
1 engagement session
3 noonday trunk shows
1 high school graduation
1 graduation party
1 college graduation
1 8th grade banquet
1 8th grade awards night
1 high school senior awards night
1 totaled car
& just life. a very busy, full, good, exhausting, emotional life.
all in the last 60 days.
all the above in the last 60 days.
let me tell you what there’s not been in the last 60 days.
waking early with my soul rising to Him.
oh i’ve been waking early alright. but only to come down to my studio & get things rolling. answering emails, scheduling sessions, placing noonday orders, making sure all forms & such were filled out for my girls-each in four different schools. waking early to head to the gym or back out to work.
but no real time with jesus in the morning.
and no sabbath as many sundays not only did i shoot, but many i missed church so i could get in a rescheduled-due-to rain session.
not only is sabbath defined as a day of rest in the jewish or christian culture, it’s also defined as a period of rest.
my heart & soul have not been at rest. not because of worry or fear as many times that is what i allow to rob my heart & soul of rest, but just because of busy-ness and perhaps a tad of me overcommitting. did you get that? stress, whether good or bad, will always be a part of lives. but we can choose how we’ll filter those into our day.
while this week marks the end of may which each year i sorta think will take. me. out. ha! and while a restful vacation is not on the calendar in the next several weeks, i will make a few changes to how i spend some of my morning time.
this week, she reads truth dropped a 5 song EP on itunes. it goes along with their current Hymms plan both available on line as well as via their app. ya’ll. these are beautiful. i can promise you if your soul is dry, listening to these powerful hymms will help usher you into a place of worship. a place where your soul can be nourished.
because i may never be able to say the following line again….when we were in africa together (still pinch me that trip occurred) raechel & i were sitting together at dinner while on the other side of the globe, the she reads truth app was launching!! ( raechel & amanda are two of the amazing gifted women behind SRT!). i have watched in AWE as this app & this website have made spending time in the word so easy. so relevant. and gosh, they even add beauty to go along with the studies. i text her often with stories from friends, young & old, of women who have been changed because of it! when she sent the preview of the EP i was running out the door to another session. my inbox was full & my floors were dirty. i probably should have shampooed my hair & spent some time with jesus first anyways. but i sat down. downloaded the file and mentally “shut-out” everything else. as ellie holcomb began to sing Amazing Grace i truly felt His grace just blanket me. blanket my busy mind. blanket my soul that was over-due for sabbath. blanket my failures & flaws. blanket my calendar of just so much the last 60 days.
i’m not sure what your calendar or your hair looks like but i’m betting this morning you can use some grace as well.
its there for the taking my friend. it’s there for the taking.
“It is because of God’s grace that I am able to see my weakness, my pride, and my not-enough. It is His grace that is more than enough to meet and cover me in all my broken, messy places (2 Cor 12:9). And it is His grace that brings me rest, as He tenderly instructs my heart to worship Him alone (Ps 86:11).” ellie.
so with the help of a few classic hymms, an amazing app on my iphone, as well as the inspiration from all the lovely art from my favorite, lindsay letters, i feel a total refreshing of my heart. i may not be resting on a chaise near the water or a beautiful woven hammock out back, but my heart can find rest.
i’d love to take a moment to give a shout out to lindsay. i found lindsay’s site a couple years ago & fell completely in love with her art. as i’ve gotten to know her a little more, i’m now completely smitten with her! she’s tender & generous. wildly talented. loves her little family & honestly, each season blows me away with her releases. today i’m sharing pieces from her delicious spring line! the “my soul will rise” as well as the “peppermint moss abstract” canvases may be found here. shown in both of those are the largest options. & the “sweet sweet sabbath” print is on sale!