Friday, November 27, 2015

Patiently Waiting -- Dreams, Expectations, Life, Faith

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Sometimes our dreams seem too big or too far out to seem realistic. Sometimes we forget what it even means to dream. Other times we are so busy following "the correct process" to achieve our dreams that we forget what we are even doing and why we are chasing after the goals we have. Over and over I realize that I get so caught up in this perfect idea of how I am going to reach my goal that I don't leave much room for variance. At the crux of this, I see that it is an issue of control. However, at the end of the day I know that God's got my back and that I don't need to follow the path that I have seen others walk down to reach a goal. My goal and my future is my own.

I do get frustrated because I look around and see that others may have reached my dream goal. I suppose I sometimes doubt my ability to reach a goal because it is taking me more time to get there. I don't know about you but sometimes I am so determined to reach my goal that I obsess and when I do I lose patience for others and even myself. I need to remember that this is life and I am not a robot. I do make mistakes, and some have been blessings in disguise. I do hurt others and get hurt. But at the end of the day(and really, in every moment) it is(or should be) God and me. I need to open my heart and embrace patience so that I can allow God to become a bigger part of my life... even if opening my heart means losing control. 

"24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. 
Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for 
what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit 
himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the 
Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the 
good of those who love him, who[a] have been 
called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew 
he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, 
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 
30 And those he predestined, he also called; those 
he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified."

Remember patience, and never forget what your goal is. You have a specific God-given purpose in this world. Don't take the chance you have at life lightly. Allow the Spirit to lead you, after all, God and Jesus sent the Spirit to be a helper to us in this world. You aren't in this world to live a purely hedonistic life. We all have dreams, or have had dreams at one point. Find your dream again. It may take a year or maybe even 5. When running towards this goal you may fee like you hit a ditch... and it may happen over and over. Just never forget that you do have purpose and keep your heart open to God. Perhaps you need to change those you hang out with, what activities you do for fun, add more God time in there, pick up a new hobby. Just never lose hope in yourself, God never lost hope in you.

Be wary of falling into the motions and losing yourself.
Be wary of becoming enamored with life itself and losing site of God.

Behind the Photoshoot
So my BFF Jas had the awesome idea for tea lights in the river, and that's were it took off! We actually did this photoshoot back in September and intended to edit then post them. However editing never happened and still hasn't, so I have decided to share the unedited photos because honestly, I think they are gorgeous. Hope you like them!

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P.S. To my friends Andrea, Nana, Danielle, and Brenden... hang in there, open your hearts and stay strong!


  1. This series is so gorgeous! love it.


  2. Christine .. I think you are well on your way towards your dreams... I am always very inspired with your blog posts of the things you have accomplished xox ♡

  3. it looks like a fairy tale or something!

  4. Such beautiful photos and words <3

    The Quirky Queer

  5. I am really captivated with these photos. such a beautiful piece of art. love the post too Christine.. :D and again thank you for everything.

  6. beautiful photos !


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