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.

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.

anger, anxiety, emotions, faith, fear, loneliness, marriage, peace, personal relationships, sex, testimony, trust, unbelief

life is short, but you can’t rush healing. 

I stopped my cousin mid-sentence yesterday because she said something that totally took me back. She was telling me about her plans for next week, and she said she'd be doing something on the first of September. And that the first of September is next Friday. I interrupted her to ask "how are we already… Continue reading life is short, but you can’t rush healing. 

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. 

emotions, fear, girl stuff, love, marriage, personal relationships, romantic relationships, salvation, sex, testimony

the kiss we waited 30 days for (and what waiting for it taught me).

I’ve been married all of not even two weeks but something that has always been a topic for me to write on is intimacy, purity, and sex so it’s only fitting I think that the first post that comes from my heart after my lifelong commitment to the man of my dreams be one about… Continue reading the kiss we waited 30 days for (and what waiting for it taught me).

Christ, girl stuff, modesty, personal relationships, romantic relationships, salvation, sex

here is something most people don’t want to hear about their sex lives:

Here is something most people don’t want to hear: “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans who do not know God…”… Continue reading here is something most people don’t want to hear about their sex lives:

Christ, emotions, salvation, sex, testimony, unbelief

what having a cross tattoo has taught me about a cross and the Cross, being lukewarm, and evangelizing.

I’ve been pondering something lately, and that is my lack of patience with people who adorn themselves and their homes and their Facebooks/Twitters/Instagrams with Christian propaganda (be that a cross necklace/tattoo/something similar, a scripture poster or status, a Christian meme, or share about Jesus or whatever). It doesn’t come from hatred, I assure you. It… Continue reading what having a cross tattoo has taught me about a cross and the Cross, being lukewarm, and evangelizing.

girl stuff, loneliness, love, personal relationships, romantic relationships, sex, Uncategorized

sex, engagements, and “talking about marriage.”

Young adult, single (as in not married) Christians- The following question is one that has been posed to me recently, and I have a few people around me in some of the scenarios I’m about to describe, so there. There’s my purpose for this post, but this is for you (and a little bit for… Continue reading sex, engagements, and “talking about marriage.”

emotions, loneliness, personal relationships, Uncategorized

life’s too short to date people you’re trying to change.

Not so long ago, I was having a conversation with an old friend and we were talking about his relationship with his girlfriend. I've never met her, but the story I was getting was that she was pretty rude and unsupportive, and they'd been together for almost 2 years! I asked him quite frankly if… Continue reading life’s too short to date people you’re trying to change.