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Posted on 11. Jul, 2013 by maryanne.
I am grateful for the prayers of God’s people. So many people have sent lovely notes expressing concern and prayers for me and my dad during this very difficult time. During my morning coffee as I readied for the drive to the hospital, I read another sweet email laced with love and scripture. Warm cup in my hands, leaning on the counter of my oldest and dearest friend, I felt it. My soul drew in a life-giving breath. I am not sure when I breathed last. Why? Fear? Control? Grief?
Any athlete can tell you the importance of learning to breathe correctly. It is one of the first lessons in learning to endure. Air in, air out. Air in, air out. It is a skill that is necessary and yet it seems silly to have to learn such a thing. Surely we know how to breathe! Evidently not. I had to learn this just recently as I have begun to train as a runner for the first time in my life. Not just to remember to breathe, but how to take it in properly so my body can use it.
Evidently the spirit needs the same discipline. And permission. It’s okay to breathe. It’s okay to let go, and trust that God is in control. I breathe in his name again this morning and my shoulders release the weight one more time.
I cannot make my daddy well. My guilt and worry cannot heal him. I cannot stay in Virginia to make sure he gets every bite of food and that everyone is attentive to his needs. This I have to release to God. I have to learn where my part ends and God’s begins. And I have to pray to the one who knows exactly how many gray hairs rest on his head.
I have to breathe.
Psalm 62:5-8 ~”Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him; Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Posted on 08. Jul, 2013 by maryanne.
My dad is very ill and I am here in Virginia to see what I can do. Tonight as I sat by his hospital bed listening to his labored breathing, I realized how little control I have to change things for him. I bring love, and all the sunshine I can muster from the inside out. After all, he has called me Mary Sunshine since I was a little girl. I covered him in a blanket of prayer and scriptures. I sang songs trying to quiet his anxiousness. He is not well. He knows me one moment and then speaks of things that don’t make sense the next. My heart is breaking.
I ask the One who flung the stars into place if he will heal my dad. I ask again. I wait to see what his answer will be.
I know one thing and I learned it from my dad: God is good and he can be trusted.
Tonight I entrust the One who can be trusted with the one who taught me to trust him. I hold tight to the words of life.
Philippians 4:6,7 ~”Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (The Message)
Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by maryanne.
I am deeply grateful when parents like Sean and Cassie Myers open their homes to me and allow me to capture the sweetness of a new baby in their lives. Baby Beckett is as precious and snuggly as you would imagine him to be. He cooed softly to his mommy and daddy as they talked to him in a wash of window light. Sister Ella was close by to help with any details that needed big sister attention. She is already a good one, and a daddy’s girl through and through. I loved listening in on their conversation and play time, her little girl giggles delighting in her daddy’s focus. It took me back to those days that seem like just yesterday for me. Precious, beautiful moments now captured in photography for them to have and remember.
Here are just a few from my time with them.
Posted on 01. Jun, 2013 by maryanne.
I am excited about this post for many reasons, the first being that I have a NEW STUDIO! It is everything I could ask for, this little space in downtown Jefferson, Georgia. Natural light, old wooden floors, and the vibe of downtown are a few perks of my new place. I have been dreaming about a new path for my photography for some time and this studio space is a step in that direction. I am so excited and I hope to share more about that soon. But for now, I will share some images of two stunning women, Ana and her mom, Mary.
Ana is a beautiful dancer. You may have seen her lovely senior photo session we did last fall. She is leaving for college next week and her mama is already feeling the grief. I know it well. When daughters move away there is a tearing that runs deep. I am grateful that we were able to capture Ana dancing before she leaves, along with some sweet mother-daughter images for Mary too keep. I am honored that they were my first session in my new studio space.
The result of our time together is dreamy and soft. So special.
Best wishes to you, Ana. I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Mary, I will pray for your mother’s heart this week and in the days to come. Blessings are on your horizon, I just know it.
Psalm 126:1-3 ~”When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
Posted on 09. May, 2013 by maryanne.
I remember it so well, the day God gave me the clarity I sought so desperately. I wanted a mission statement, a purpose on paper from him. I was reading Ann Voskamp’s photography version of One Thousand Gifts. Tears fell onto the beautiful pages as I prayed and savored each word she had written. She was retelling the story of the man born blind in Luke 18. When Jesus asked him what he wanted, the man bravely said “Lord I want to see.” In her own book, Ann is empathizing with this man in her spirit. Yes, we want to see, not just with our eyes, but with our hearts. We want to see the Kingdom of God here on earth. We want to see the glory. Everything clicked into place for me in that moment. That is it! I feverishly began to write. It wasn’t anything I could practically explain. God had just deposited a truth in my spirit.
I want to see, but not just see — share! My purpose, the passion that drives me, is to see the glory, God’s glory, and to share it with others. That glory is everywhere. When I am gleaning the beauty with my eyes and my camera lens, I am gathering treasure. I am in worship. I am in deep awe of my creator God. I see him in dewdrops and also in the eyes of women who do not know their own worth. Just like the blind man, he gives me eyes to see that I would not have had otherwise.
I find God, and I want to show him to you. See? There he is,shining like diamonds on the tips of the strawberry leaves. He moves like the weeping cherry that stretches fingertips up and then down to the earth again. He glides like the puffy summer clouds and surprises us with the vibrant colors of the bluebird on the spring green grass. He shines the brightest in the eyes and spirits of people. I see him there. He is kind, gentle, strong and loving.
I want to see more everyday, because when I see I worship, bowing low and soaring to new heights every time. When I share what I see, I become a visual evangelist, sharing the good news with everyone who will dare to see with me. God is alive, he is infinitely good, and he wants to love you if you will let him.
James 1:17 ~ “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Posted on 06. May, 2013 by maryanne.
I had such a great time photographing this stunning young woman. Taylor is graduating high school this month and she and her mom wanted to celebrate with a fun portrait session. We decided to adventure to Atlanta for our shoot, and it was well worth it. Taylor is an outgoing, confident girl, with a gentle and kind spirit. When she laughs everyone around her can feel the sunshine. She is a joy.
Congratulations, Taylor! I wish you the very best. The world is waiting for you.
Posted on 04. May, 2013 by maryanne.
In the rain, there is hope. The earth is given a clean slate, softening it’s hard places allowing new life to emerge.
I love the rain. I long to for this new place, a fresh start. I thank God that his mercies are new every morning. Today we can love again. We can our hope in a God who saves, redeems and forgives.
See how the rain clarifies the glory?
Lamentations 3:22-23 ~ “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Posted on 28. Apr, 2013 by maryanne.
It’s raining outside, so come on let’s play. Let’s fold colorful paper into paper boats and slip on our rain boots. We will get wet, but I don’t care. We are alive.
Let’s rest our knees in the cool water and race our boats until our hearts are soaked with joy. Let’s be children again.
Come on! Let’s go!
“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 by maryanne.
I had such a great time photographing David for his senior portraits this week. Although the rain tried to chase us away, we persevered and got some great images of this amazing young man. David is genuine and a lot fun to work with. As you can see from his images, he is a real natural in front of the camera. He reminds me of my Johnny, who also finds himself at ease in front of my lens.
David is a musician and hopes to work in film and video someday soon.
I wish you the very best David! I sense there are great things for you on the horizon.