Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day! A fresh new start!
And God is continually up to something NEW!
We get a fresh sunrise every morning.
He tells us that His mercies are new every morning.
A fresh fill from heaven is available.
A fresh anointing. A fresh provision. A fresh peace. A fresh strength. A fresh assignment.
God is so so gooooood! He moves in ways that make me stand back and reflect and worship Him in AWE!
Recently, my family and I did something a little crazy! We got up one summer morning while it was still dark outside and got dressed and ready for sunrise portraits in the park!
We drove across town and met our photographer at a park on the river just as the sun was coming up!
For me, photos with Polly Bloom have been God moments for sure. I first met Polly in 2017, and I can say that our entire first photo session was an act of worship. I found out the same day as our scheduled pictures that Nia would be transitioning to another family. And I almost canceled our planned portraits that day. How could I possibly take portraits with my children knowing that my baby was going to be leaving us soon? We showed up at the beach for sunset pictures and when Polly introduced herself, I began to sob. I quickly explained what was happening with our baby and she asked what to do. I felt a resolve rise up in my spirit and I told Polly, “Put my baby in every family photo. There’s no back up plan and no back up photos.”
Then on the beach, I raised my hands in worship and told God I trusted Him to make a way.
And He did! I have written extensively about the miracle of Nia’s adoption! And since then Polly has photographed Nia’s adoption, our wedding, and two more family sessions.
The years have not been easy, but He has been with us through it all. I can look back and see His fingerprints on literally everything! There have been great triumphs and also deep valleys, but I can confidently say my God was faithful through it all.
And now I look ahead to the race of faith that lies ahead and trust that He who began this work in me will carry it to completion!
This was our first SUNRISE sesson, and I felt it was deeply symbolic of a brand new season that my family and I are stepping into with God. His mercies in this season will be brand new and fresh just like the brand new dawn each day!
He is calling us forward somewhere. I don’t have any big news to share only a deep trust that God is definitely up to something and it’s gooood.
And I don’t have to have a clue where we’re headed next, I just have to know the heart of the One whom I am following! And since He is good and He has promised good plans for those who love and seek Him with their whole heart, then that’s all I need to know! I don’t need to know the destination, I just need to know the One who has both authored the start and finish of it!
He’s been strengthening me. He’s been revealing new things to me that I never thought I would get to see or do. Friends, HE IS FAITHFUL and every Word of His is true and will come to pass! There are things that Jesus told us clearly that we would be able to do in His Name that many of us haven’t stepped into because it seems tooo amazing to be true. We, myself included, need a faith infusion! We need to read the Bible with eyes of faith that receive every single Word and then move in the earth as if it is so. Our decisions, our yesses and our nos should all be based on what He has said, regardless of current circumstances.
Our movement is to be faith based, not experience based.
We move based on a Word. So friends, be bold. Believe every Word that He has spoken. As you lean in close to Him, and choose to follow Him with total trust, you can count on Him to carry you forward to the places He has planned for you.
And I’m just wildly excited and expectant of what God is going to do next in my family’s life. We are all in, and going wherever He wills.
When I began my foster care journey, God gave me this verse as both direction and promise:
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
Isaiah 54:2 NIV
And about 6 months ago, He gave it to me again! I don’t know what it means, but I’m holding onto it as a promise and a direction again.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that each person reading this receives a fresh impartation of hope. That even through the seasons of loss, the sun ALWAYS rises again! There is always a restoration available, and You are the God of breakthrough. You are the God of NEW and You are ever FAITHFUL. Lord, cause the sun to shine on any area of darkness that is draining us, harming us, or causing debilitating worry. LORD, replace all fear with Your Perfect Love that makes everything well with our soul. Thank You Lord for the victories! Thank You Lord that you are STILL fighting our battles and that we are on the winning side when we partner with You and walk in Your promises for us.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Blessings and may a fresh hope in what’s next and a complete trust be imparted to you from the Lord!
And if you came across this post and you haven’t yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, may I encourage you that by choosing Him you receive eternal life in heaven, BUT ALSO abundant life NOW. Following Him is the most precious adventure you have ever taken!! All you have to do to get started is to pray and receive Him as Lord. The Bible says to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe with your heart the precious gospel message that Jesus taught. Repent of your sins which means simply to ask Jesus to forgive you and then choose to walk away from them and go in the New Direction that God is calling you to. Confess or speak that you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for you, that He was resurrected from the dead, and ascended to heaven. And that you recieve Him as your Lord and Savior. That you are sorry for your sins and you recieve His FULL and complete forgiveness for every wrong you’ve ever committed. And that you are choosing to follow Him now and leave the ways of the world behind for the things of Jesus!!! And if you mean that with your heart, you are saved and set free to live a new life free of sin! The Bible says you are now a brand new creation! Old things have passed away and new things have come!!! The Bible also says that all of heaven rejoices whenever a person is saved!!!! Just imagine the party being held in heaven on your behalf right now!!