BEAUTY RECAPTURED

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. RWE

Today

Taking a quick break between homework assignments to vent about life and its trials… Ha. But really, today has been painful. It has been full of ups and downs—so many emotions. Pain, sorrow, confusion, anger—but later on love, joy, happiness, peace. How God brings me some of my deepest sorrows yet simultaneously reminds me of my blessings and HIS peace………………………………………………………

Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart. Not with some of it. Okay God. But—there’s always a but. And today I am praying that he will make me forget the “buts” and just rest in his arms, knowing his plans are best. But the fear is so real and the dread so present in the room… How I can’t wait till tomorrow to know and to not have to wonder and to not have to trust. God, teach me to trust. Remind me how our lives rest in your LOVING arms, not in the arms of anyone else, just yours—so whether we live or whether we die, we are loved, we are blessed, we are safe. Life is in your hands…let us not cling to it as if this earth has more to offer than the beautiful new home you have made especially for us, your children… As if we belong here… as if this is our home and there will never be another. No… we live in temporary dwellings… and this is a blessing from You. Yet we sit down here and wonder why they must be temporary…

How are we supposed to avoid becoming so deeply in love with, so overwhelmingly admiring of, friends, family, strangers, whoever… how are we supposed to avoid this? We aren’t—so how are we supposed to do these things but still be ready to let go?

No one’s ever ready to let go.

But God knows that.

Some days, love is this simple.

Some days, love is this simple.

It’s been a frustrating few months as far as film photography goes… Bad film, improperly loaded film, wasted film, blehh. These photos are from the only roll that I semi-approve of. But it really has been a wonderful learning experience. I’m excited to keep improving. ;)

Such a beautiful place. I love adventuring with my love.

Such a beautiful place. I love adventuring with my love.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

—Pablo Picasso

Sables and wine till the end of time
oh you give me much more than that
Diamond rings and beautiful things
oh you give me much more than that
when you smile.

—Ingrid Michaelson