Reflections on the past 4 years, change, and Christ

 

I have officially been out of college as long as I was in college! That feels like a weird thing to say. This past Saturday, Pepperdine hosted graduation, the same graduation I attended 4 years ago! Unbelievable. So, what have I done for the last 4 years?

1. Moved to Oklahoma
2. Worked for a hotel, AT&T, and for Caperton Photography
3. Got married <3
4. Got promoted at AT&T to Assistant Manager (after moving stores)
5. Left AT&T
6. Became a missionary
7. Moved to Germany

and in between watched friends and family get married, move, find dreams jobs, and have babies!

I suppose the greatest lesson I have learned in the last 4 years (or I guess you could really say 8) is that change is the only thing guaranteed on this earth. No matter how wonderful something is in this life- it will all pass away.

Which is why I am so thankful for this promise:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35

and this one:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Especially when, in 4 months for us, everything changes. No matter how much we love it or hate it or anything. In 4 months, it all changes. And at the moment, we have no idea what that is going to look like. We have no idea what the future holds, what God has in store for us. Despite our desperate prayers for answers, the only answer we have received so far is:

Wait on me.

Which why I am especially thankful for this promise:

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Because even though we don’t know what tomorrow holds. We know who holds tomorrow. And in a world that makes my head spin with change, I am thankful that my foundation is in Jesus.

 

Finding My Gifts: Photography

 

Photography is an expensive hobby,

…or job for those that choose to take it on. About 3 years ago, I finally decided that I wanted to pursue photography further than my point and shoot and finally purchase a DSLR! But I knew it would take time to save up for it. So, I spent that time researching and researching and picking out the perfect camera. I finally had saved up enough money, after 2 years. One would think that I would have been elated. Instead, I decided not to purchase on. I couldn’t spend that kind of money! That was way to frivolous. So, the money just sat in the bank account for nearly another year. We weren’t going to spend it on anything else because that was my camera money. But I refused to spend it on a camera. Until one day, my very supportive husband dragged me to the store and said, “Do it!” So, I did it. But, I knew it would just have to be a hobby and I couldn’t spend more money on it.

And yet, since that day that I made what I considered to be a very “selfish” purchase, God has opened the door to so many ministry opportunities through my passion for photography. This last week,  I just had the honor of photographing my first wedding for some friends we know through the church in Leipzig. Next week, we will be using my photography as a fundraiser for our new church building! It has been really amazing to see how God has developed this passion and continues to develop this skill that has been a blessing to me and so many others!

I love knowing that He knows me so well and wants me to learn my gifts and use them to serve Him. He gives me the passion and then makes opportunities available for that passion to be used. I can’t wait to see where this road leads and in the mean time, I will continuing enjoy the gift!

Here is an artistically edited shot from the wedding! Hopefully, more to come soon!

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