There are pieces we can never understand,
Concepts and ideas that will remain a mystery.
The wonder of Your glory,
The victory You claim over our lives,
The freedom You bring,
The peace You wash over us,
Your majesty is far beyond what we could ever fathom,
Your grace is a marvelous mystery.
Majesty and mystery, the beautiful collision.
Undeserved, misunderstood, yet forever grateful.
There is no one like You,
There is no love like Yours.
Full rescue, full freedom, full surrender, fullness complete and without want.
You are our greatest joy, our purest blessing, our richest reward.
Majesty and mystery.
There could be no greater collision.
Joy in Chaos
Friends, you would never even know it, but it was crazy cold on the day of this session. Yet, the Freyenberger family was just amazing! Something that was crazy evident throughout my time with them, was their fight for joy despite what the circumstances looked liked. It was not only cold, but it was also misting when our session began. And yet, this is how they showed up, full of joy and beautiful grace despite the chaos occurring around them. Despite the crummy circumstances outlying the day, they fought for joy, and they won. If you know them, than you know what I am saying is true, but they truly fight for people. They are honest and loyal and genuine. They are calm and at peace. They are true to themselves, and they are able to enjoy being together. That is enough for them. I so wish this for all families. To be able to appreciate and soak in the beauty found in the mundane. For there is where majesty lies, right there in the mystery of the mundane.
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Letter to the Freyenbergers
The Freyenberger family. Goodness, you guys were such a delight and a joy to be around. You totally made 35 degrees and mist feel warm that day. There is this light that shines from you guys, this aroma of contentment to just be and soak each other in. And what a powerful testament that is to your faithfulness to each other and the way that you love each other. Thank you so much for blessing me above and beyond what I could have ever imagined by giving me a larger glimpse into your beautiful life.
Luke- You are a servant at heart to be sure. You protect Joel well and make sure everything is in order. And yet, everything is done with kindness. You extend all of yourself and the outpouring of that is the richest connections with others and compassion for others. Never lose that fight you have in you for others. It is going to lead you to great places one day!
Joel- the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Even as I was editing your images, I couldn't stop smiling as I looked over you. You have a way of bringing joy to all that you touch. Carefree and full of life, you whisper joy into the life of those around you. Thanks for just being you Joel!
Craig- Quiet, Firm and Steadfast. You quietly lead your family well Craig. It doesn't take a lot of words, and yet, you can lead in joy through action. The boys just long to grow up and be like you some day, and what a great example you are providing for them. Not only in leading well, and loving well, but also in serving well. Serving them, and even moreso serving Rachel. The way you tenderly look at her, the simple eye glance check in to make sure everything is all right, the warm embrace, and gentle kiss on the forehead. There is a strong gentleness about you, and it is such an encouragement to see. Thank you for serving your people so well and being a great example for other men to look to.
Rachel- oh dear Rachel, where to even begin. There are some people that just stick with you, and you are one of them. Not only because of the countless ways that you have shown up for and supported my family, but also in all the unseen ways that you serve, love and encourage others. You are an amazing encourager. You speak life into your boys and Craig. You are not caught up in nagging or strife, but rather you intentionally build up in love. The way you approach your boys in gentleness and love. It just radiates compassion from you. Luke gets his compassion for others from you, surely. You are doing such a great job Rachel, mothering, serving your people well, and being the firm root they can come to when needed. And not that you are perfect, but rather, that you point them to the One who is, and that is where the true compassion lies. So grateful for you and for our friendship, and forever grateful to be able to take these images for you guys!
Fighting for Joy
Friends, I hope that this week you fight for joy in your life. That you are able to see the majesty of our creator, and the mystery that lies in all His goodness. We will never fully be able to comprehend the complexity of all He is, or all He has done for us, but I do think that we can worship Him for the faithful God we know Him to be. And although life is not always easy, most of the time filled with hardship and pain, we can rest in knowing that He is faithful, He is good, He is true, and He is where we can rest. He can provide overwhelming joy no matter what the circumstance. Are you ready for it?!
~Rooting for you dear one!
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