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Freedom or Fear?

Freedom or Fear?

Recently I read an Instagram post from Life Lived Beautifully (@llbshop; go follow her, she is awesome!! I got my new Give Me Jesus journal from her shop) that really jumped out at me. The first line read,

“Are you walking in freedom or fear”

Wow. It then went on to say,

“If you’re caught in anxiety, fearful of the uncertain and worried about the future, rest in these truths…”

 

That’s me!!! God you are speaking to me! I am walking in fear. Wow, that is tough to swallow. I’ve always been an anxious person; I don’t like the unknown and I worry about irrational things. This post really struck me. I don’t like walking in fear. I want to walk in freedom. She then lists these truths:

-” Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

-We’ve been given a spirit of adoption and freedom, not one of slavery to fear (Romans 8:15)

-It is for freedom that we’ve been set free, we are no longer slaves (Galatians 5:1)

-We can cast all anxiety on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7)

-We can be honest before God when we are anxious and share those concerns openly. His peace covers us in return (Philippians 4:4-7)”

 

If you have heard the song “No Longer Slaves”, by Bethel Music, these words might have sounded familiar. I’ve been listening to Bethel Music a lot recently and love that song, but until now it never really resonated with me. Reading this post and hearing that song…now I feel like God is directly speaking to me. It is amazing how that works. I cannot change overnight, but knowing I can live in freedom sounds so refreshing! You can too! Open up to God freely and His perfect love will cast out fear. My prayer is this post opens up your heart and speaks to you. Many of us are fearful to something…why worry when we have our Lord.

xoxo,

Grace

P.S. Sorry I have been absent! This little guy has been taking up my time 🙂

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Every girl dreams of the day she will be a bride. Since I was a little girl I remember so vividly playing “wedding” with my little sister Rachel. Her and I would dress up in my aunt’s wedding dress, put on her veil, and carry fake flowers around as we sang “Here Comes the Bride”. Rachel and I would talk about what we hoped our big day would look like. Outside in a field of wild flowers…that was my dream.

You don’t envision 100% chance of rain on your wedding day.

Let me back up a little bit and tell you about my husband. Chase and I grew up in the same small, southern town. We met each other through a mutual friend in middle school but didn’t know each other too well until the end of my senior (his junior) year of high school. We reconnected through another mutual friend and started to hang out more. We started dating soon after. I left for college and we dated throughout my freshman year, only to break it off the next summer.  He and I went our separate ways. It was a huge blessing in disguise!! Fast forward a few years. We reconnected on Facebook and decided to try the relationship again. Chase and I realized how much we had grown up, matured, and found ourselves while being apart from one another for those years in college. Our “second go around” as we like to call it ended…well….in marriage! It is crazy how God’s timing works. And I am so blessed for that time to grow as a woman in between our dating. 

Back to the wedding day.

The week before the wedding the chance of rain kept increasing and so did my anxiety. Chase and I didn’t want to change our plans of having the wedding outside. A last minute decision to rent a tent for the ceremony and reception was the best decision we made! During our rehearsal it poured  and we were so thankful we had the tent.

Morning of the wedding…..SUNSHINE! 

Was this real life? Was the whole day going to be sunny??

I was so in awe of God and His goodness. I don’t know why I was worried in the first place!

While we were getting ready and taking photos outside it was warm and sunny! The complete opposite of what was forecasted. Our ceremony started at 5 and right as my dad and I were walking out it started to drizzle. As soon as we got under the tent, light rain began to fall. It continued to rain during the ceremony and actually cooled everyone down. However, the rain ended as soon as the reception started!   What amazing timing!! The rest of the evening was beautiful,  magical and better than I could have dreamed of!

What I learned from the whole wedding planning process is that God is in control. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the little details you forget the big picture. You are marrying your best friend, and beginning your life together as one. All the worrying and stress should be given to God.

Friends, when you are overwhelmed with worry, rest in knowing God is with you, always and forever. He takes all of our burdens. Let go and enjoy the moment!

xoxo,

Grace

Wedding Day Photographs: Ashley Louise Photography