anxiety, Christ, emotions, fear, love, peace, trust, worth

beautiful things.

I brought this big fella out of storage and into the nook where I do yoga a little bit ago. It's a shitty mat job (I did it myself years ago without the proper equipment - it's sad) but I love him. I called him 'the bone daddy' after Jack Skellington form The Nightmare Before… Continue reading beautiful things.

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Christ, emotions, fear, love, marriage, personal relationships, romantic relationships, salvation, work

I’m a Christian, and a photographer, and would absolutely photograph a same-sex wedding.

I wrote this piece in May 2016, but never got around to publishing it. Which sucks because I spent a lot of time considering this topic. So here I am, a year and a half later, not even really a wedding photographer (semi-retired), and ready to publish. Figures. Oh, well. It's a long one, though,… Continue reading I’m a Christian, and a photographer, and would absolutely photograph a same-sex wedding.

Christ, emotions, love, marriage, personal relationships, romantic relationships, sex, trust, worth

you see me. | a poem.

Sweet and scared, You see me. You recognize me. I don't intimidate you with my needs. You don't turn away from my pain. You embrace me. You look at me and you see me. You see all of me. And because you do, it's not just imperfections you see. You bring out my beauty. Your… Continue reading you see me. | a poem.

Christ, emotions, faith, fear, loneliness, love, marriage, peace, sex, trust

beauty for ashes, when we’ve totally crashed and burned. 

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3 NLT) I love tree pose and I love trees.… Continue reading beauty for ashes, when we’ve totally crashed and burned. 

anxiety, family, fear, love, marriage, peace, personal relationships, romantic relationships, satan, sex, testimony, unbelief

formerly known as having it all together. 

I'm Sam. If you're reading this, you most likely know me.  I'm going to share a lot of info here most likely, and while I'm not ashamed, there's a lot of mistakes I intend to cover that I don't want to sound proud of either. I hope that doesn't inhibit our friendship here.  A few… Continue reading formerly known as having it all together. 

anxiety, emotions, faith, girl stuff, love, marriage, personal relationships, romantic relationships, trust, unbelief, Uncategorized

He says what He means and He means what He says.

A few weeks ago, our church went through a major shift. We meet in a middle school auditorium and we’re just about to a point in our growth that we need to graduate from functioning as a church plant into an established church. Anyway, this post isn’t about that. This post is about something that… Continue reading He says what He means and He means what He says.

anger, emotions, girl stuff, love, marriage, romantic relationships, worth

“a helper suitable for him”: are wives really just “the help?”

***originally written for Something Beautiful Ministries, published on April 30, 2014*** Girls, I wanna talk about something a little scandalous today, something that I am learning a lot about STILL, as a wife and a woman made in the image or God.   I want to talk about gender roles. This is hotly debated, in and… Continue reading “a helper suitable for him”: are wives really just “the help?”