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A Photos Worth

I sit here in the middle of many projects, clients images and even a few videos – Working both in my business and on my business – goal setting and dreaming dreams for the coming year and beyond.

I come across this photo from Sean & Rebekah’s wedding last week at Rippaville here in Nashville and it stops me dead in my tracks. What a touching display of how these two families are coming together as these two are becoming one. Honoring this in quite prayer before God and requesting His blessings on their marriage as Sean & Rebekah are asking for wisdom as they walk out the unknown together.

 

Tennessee Rippavilla wedding

 

The meaning of this photograph truly is so very special. I’m in awe of how meaningful what I get to do is and I never want to take that for granted. Every time I’m trusted to be the keeper of memories for a day as monumental as the beginning of a marriage, I am so humbled and honored.

 

“Weddings are a microcosm of everything good in this world. Not in a Hallmark sort of bull—- way. But for real. A wedding is people, community, and love. It’s a beautiful mess of everything we thought we needed mixed with everything we didn’t know we had with a dash of everyone who cares thrown in for effect. It is a potent thing we play with.” -Spencer Lum

 

Weddings are the gates being flung open on the walls of the heart. Your groom cries his way through your vows as you two become one – You share a dance with your daddy as tears are streaming down his face – Laughing ’til your belly hurts as your best friends share their toasts – Not wanting to say goodnight, so y’all dance a little longer – It’s the end of some things and a brave waltz into the unknown with your better half – A deep expectation of the great things to come. It’s a great day 🙂

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My Hope Is

As many of you know, I have a connection to the Columbine tragedy of 1999.

I’ve spent a good part of the last 8 years traveling the US with some of the family members of Rachel Joy Scott (the first girl killed there that day).

Through this great adventure I’ve seen first hand that God can bring great good out of unspeakable sadness, from ashes to beauty.

It takes those that are willing to do the hard work though, it’s not an easy path to take. The path is forgiveness… Choosing to let go of the hate, the hurt and the pain. To walk on in Love and owe no man anything but LOVE.

Rachel’s family are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever know, challenge me every time I’m with them.

 

This is my hope for those left from the unspeakable tragedy of Aurora CO. I have Hope that God WILL bring great good out of this terrible day. I have great Hope that His name will be ultimately lifted up.

Beth, Rachel’s mom, has often told me “The devil overplayed his hand that day”. She is so right.

The devil also overplayed his hand in Aurora on 7-20-12, he may have thought he had won a great victory however I am expectant for God to do GREAT things through this for many years to come.

 

I’ve seen around 14 school shootings stopped, dozens of suicidal kids set free, broken hearts mended, rival gangs call a truce, families put back together all because Rachel’s family is willing to walk in forgiveness and be used by God.

I am believing for this and even greater things to come out of Aurora…

 

Henry Ford once said “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

God is in the business of us “taking off” but we must be willing to forgive.

 

Henry Ford airplane

 

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justice, to love kindness,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

My Hope is in the Lord my God.

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