Rest in Him

         Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my website and blog! I am so happy to have you here for a visit and hope you bring your friends along next time. For those of you who are new to following my fine art photography. Welcome! This is a passion of mine. I love creating stories or emotions through my photos in order to relate to another person and most of all encourage them. This is my newest photograph in my "Come Away My Beloved" series. Throughout this series I will be placing different rooms that you would find in a home in various places outside. It's a collide of God's creation and man's home. The idea that I had behind a man's bedroom was that is was his place to "rest".  Lately in this season of my life I have been struggling with what it looks like to really rest in the Lord. It's funny, because on Saturday when I was getting everything together for this photograph I was really anxious that it wouldn't come together as I had planned. I was worried that the bed wouldn't work because it was older (side note: the bed frame was my Grandaddy's from when he was younger and the wheels on it were made out of wood!) or that the lighting wouldn't be right, my camera would fail or that the whole thing would just be WRONG! As I was making a list of all the things  I needed to bring I began to ask the Lord to cover me in His grace and take my thoughts captive. I began to praise Him for this opportunity and this idea and then I began to laugh thinking about how all day I was having such a difficult time resting in the Lord. He kept emphasizing in my heart to trust Him!  Over the course of these past few weeks I have been praying that He would show me how to rest and what that looked like because I was't exactly sure. The topic came up the other day between me and my sister about how there are some families we know that are just always weary or things seem to always be difficult. Just like anyone else our parents have been through seasons of hardships but you wouldn't see them walking around as if they had an anvil strapped to their back or their faces discouraged. If anything people looking from the outside in wouldn't even notice if their business wasn't doing so well or that we were struggling with family conflicts at a certain time. Sometimes me and Molly barely notice they are struggling. This piqued a question within me? What makes them different than other people who go through the same things but who just look beat up if you know what I mean. The answer I found was resting in the Lord. Both of my parents know Jesus, yes, but they also have learned what it means to daily seek Him and lay all of their burdens at His feet and walk away with HOPE! I found in one of  the Psalms as I was looking up different references to rest that hope seemed to correlate with resting. In Psalm 33:22 it says, "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.               When trying or difficult times form in a new season of your life the Lord says, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 It is so easy to become overwhelmed by our circumstances and let our minds race over the what ifs and how comes rather than coming to the Lord and laying our burdens at His feet and then walking away believing the promise that if you've come to Him, He has given you  rest. Thank Him for this! Constantly give yourself over to Him and then be hopeful in what He has for your life. "AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM, WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE." Romans 8:28 Remember and rely upon these promises today! :)

        Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my website and blog! I am so happy to have you here for a visit and hope you bring your friends along next time. For those of you who are new to following my fine art photography. Welcome! This is a passion of mine. I love creating stories or emotions through my photos in order to relate to another person and most of all encourage them. This is my newest photograph in my "Come Away My Beloved" series. Throughout this series I will be placing different rooms that you would find in a home in various places outside. It's a collide of God's creation and man's home. The idea that I had behind a man's bedroom was that is was his place to "rest".  Lately in this season of my life I have been struggling with what it looks like to really rest in the Lord. It's funny, because on Saturday when I was getting everything together for this photograph I was really anxious that it wouldn't come together as I had planned. I was worried that the bed wouldn't work because it was older (side note: the bed frame was my Grandaddy's from when he was younger and the wheels on it were made out of wood!) or that the lighting wouldn't be right, my camera would fail or that the whole thing would just be WRONG! As I was making a list of all the things  I needed to bring I began to ask the Lord to cover me in His grace and take my thoughts captive. I began to praise Him for this opportunity and this idea and then I began to laugh thinking about how all day I was having such a difficult time resting in the Lord. He kept emphasizing in my heart to trust Him!  Over the course of these past few weeks I have been praying that He would show me how to rest and what that looked like because I was't exactly sure. The topic came up the other day between me and my sister about how there are some families we know that are just always weary or things seem to always be difficult. Just like anyone else our parents have been through seasons of hardships but you wouldn't see them walking around as if they had an anvil strapped to their back or their faces discouraged. If anything people looking from the outside in wouldn't even notice if their business wasn't doing so well or that we were struggling with family conflicts at a certain time. Sometimes me and Molly barely notice they are struggling. This piqued a question within me? What makes them different than other people who go through the same things but who just look beat up if you know what I mean. The answer I found was resting in the Lord. Both of my parents know Jesus, yes, but they also have learned what it means to daily seek Him and lay all of their burdens at His feet and walk away with HOPE! I found in one of  the Psalms as I was looking up different references to rest that hope seemed to correlate with resting. In Psalm 33:22 it says, "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.

             When trying or difficult times form in a new season of your life the Lord says, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 It is so easy to become overwhelmed by our circumstances and let our minds race over the what ifs and how comes rather than coming to the Lord and laying our burdens at His feet and then walking away believing the promise that if you've come to Him, He has given you  rest. Thank Him for this! Constantly give yourself over to Him and then be hopeful in what He has for your life. "AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM, WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE." Romans 8:28 Remember and rely upon these promises today! :)

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