"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Ps. 37:4
I remember sitting in my web portfolio class, doing my weekly assignment of finding other photographers in the city who shoot the same things I do, and I'll never forget the moment my heart melted. I was on Allison Fowler Photography's website when I saw a gallery titled, "Elevation Church."
Curiosity had me.
As I scrolled through the photos, my heart began to melt. During the season of life that I was in, I was trying to figure out how I could serve the Lord with my photography, particularly in the church I was attending at the time.
I saw these images, and I knew at that moment, that's what I wanted to be doing. I wanted to photograph worship.
Despite what I wanted, without going into too much detail, the timing was off, but I continued to crave to be able to take my camera into a service and photograph what I saw in the church.
God knew what He was doing.
It wouldn't be for almost another year until I would realize that He was bringing me to the place where He was going to have me serve and grow through my photography.
It wouldn't be for almost another year until I was meant to walk through the doors of Freedom House Church.
Here's a bit of what the last four months have been like for me.
"...and I'm welcome with open arms, Praise God, just as I am..."
Baptisms. Guest Speakers. Vow Renewals. Worship. Worship. And more Worship.
I went a span of almost a year hearing God say that my time at my old church was coming to an end.
When I heard that, fear hit me like a ton of bricks. I was scared of starting over. I began to serve more actively in the church I was in, but quickly burned myself out.
Misery overwhelmed me, and I walked away from God.
When He drew me back, it was like a breath of fresh air. He said, "Are you ready to receive what I have for you?"
With tears in my eyes, he took me by the hand and said, "Trust me."
...and somehow I ended up at Freedom House.