Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day from Leah Christine Imagery!

Today I stand grateful for all of those who have given of themselves, so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms we partake of today.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  —Edmund Burke

"Freedom is one generation away from extinction. Freedom is not passed down through the DNA in our blood. If we dont teach our children what freedom is and how many people died for it, we can spend our twilight years tellng our grandchildren what America was like when people used to be free." —Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leah Christine Imagery {Workshop} in Review!

On Saturday, I hosted my first Beginner's Photography Workshop! Leading up to it, I was nervous that I'd say everything backwards — which I did end up doing during the day — but the workshop ended up being a blast, and everything went so well. I am so grateful for the Lord's provision in making this dream of mine become a reality!

Originally, I had 3 or 4 people interested in coming to the workshop, but they all decided they'd prefer having it one-on-one .. so I said, Why not?? Rachel was a great student, and we enjoyed a wonderful time.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sovereign God. Supreme Lord of My Heart.

The week I cut back my time on the internet to seek the Lord's direction, I heard news that a fellow IPS photography graduate died after falling into a river (from leaning over to take a picture) and he drowned. Though I did not know him personally, I went to his blog and read his very last blog post that he typed out before he died unexpectedly. He said this,

"To surrender a precious dream is a fearful thing, but to pursue anything but the full measure of the glory of God’s love is a wasted life."  Joshua Eddy

As I read the words of this 18 year old young man, a chill ran down my spine. What will my last blog post say, if God should call me home to glory unexpected? Will my blog be all about my own selfish pursuits, or a blog about the marvelous God who owns my life and (should) reign supreme in my heart? Life is too short to spend it frivolously, heaping up treasure for myself, creating idols to worship  whether that be making money, spending too much time on Facebook or Twitter, or looking to human man to satisfy the deepest needs & longings of my heart. An idol can be anything that I place on the throne of my heart! And that, my dear friends, is sobering.

The Lord has tested me in the last week with so many things. Quite honestly, I'm going through a dry season in my Christian life, and that's hard. (Lord, is that at fault of my own?) I want to panic as I see my bank account going dry. I struggle with doubt & lack of trust as God says "no" to one thing  and I wonder what it IS that He DOES want me to do. I've gone through deep times of loneliness, as my dearest friend lives half way around the world now, and I haven't had a real conversation with her since last August ... and another close friend has chosen to take a different walk in life, thus our communication is sporadic and not like it used to be. As an introvert at heart, even though I love to be friendly with everyone, I have just a couple of friends who are especially close to me & I am extremely loyal to them. (Yes, you might say, a "kindred spirit.") To have those who are closest to you, go half way around the world or take a different road in life, is a difficult thing. Do I trust God, even in that? ... or do I run to my own man-made idols?

How quick I am to forget that He is my GOD, God El Roi, the God who SEE'S. He has a purpose in each tear that falls, in every blow to the crushing & broken heart. He knows it all. And it's in those weakest moments,  He wants to step in and show Himself strong as Sovereign God, the Supreme Lord in my life. If He is the Creator & Keeper of the billions of stars ... of the entire universe, can't I trust Him to take care of me?

Monday, May 14, 2012

[the Internship]

So excited to bring to you the Leah Christine Imagery Internship! 

July 2-5, 2012

This fantastic week interning under Leah Christine Imagery will include (but is not limited to) starting your own business blog, working with a LIVE client shoot, and how to do image processing in Adobe Lightroom. While we will be learning details of a photography business, the week will also include some fun - like a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park for some fabulous landscapes! You also won't want to miss out on an awesome Fireworks display over Lake Loveland on the 4th of July! (They are voted best in Northern Colorado.)

Who can come? Young ladies (preferably under 20 years old) who are new to the photography business
How much? $550

Includes airport pickup & drop off at Denver International Airport, lodging & meals!

Contact Leah

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

World Changers' Summit 3.0

A little over a week ago, I was asked if I would come to Cambodia and serve in an orphanage on a permanent/long term basis. I agonized over it. I want to be involved in foreign mission work - but is RIGHT NOW the right TIME the Lord wants me to go overseas permanently?

So many thoughts.
So many questions.

Over this time, I was aware of a conference called, World Changers' Summit, coming up in Manitou Springs. A friend of mine started it, so I've heard about it over the last few years and had always wanted to go... so should I go THIS year? After a look at my tight finances with my recent move, my thought was, "No way. Absolutely not." Buuut, there was an old laptop and an antique desk of mine that I had been trying to sell for several weeks. So I casually told God, "Lord, if you want me to be there, let me sell my desk and laptop. That'll cover the registration fee.. and I'll go." Within two days, both items sold. I couldn't believe it. ...However, I chickened out again. "HELLO, I am poorer than a church mouse. I don't know how I'm going to pay for my next rent payment!" But this little voice kept coming back to me, "You really need to go to World Changers' Summit. If nothing else, you NEED the fellowship around like minded people. After all, didn't you say you'd go if you sold your laptop and desk??"

SO, long story short, I went.
And I'm so glad I did.

I sat in soul stirring sessions.

My friend, Tosha, and I talked for two hours straight until a late hour of the night.

I couldn't help but choke up as I shared, "I DO desire that I would be most satisfied in HIM & that He would be glorified in my life as a result... But what about THESE DESIRES that I have? Are they bad?! Do I board a plane and go to Cambodia anyway?"

Throughout the entire week, Jesus kept saying to me, "Leah, this is not even about going to Cambodia. This is about selling out. Are you willing to give me the shelf of your heart? Are you willing get rid of all the idols & things that you hold dear in that heart of yours? SELL OUT to Me. Sell out."

Friday night, the session was on "Staying the Course." The Lord really used that message to "drive in the nail" for me. Dewey Novotny brought up in this session, "Moses' rod was everything in the world to him, and God said, 'Throw it down.' Surrender what's in your hand. ...What's in your hands? Can you throw it down? Can you surrender it?" In those moments, I had a lump in my throat and the tears couldn't help but come, while all the while, Jesus kept tenderly pleading, "Sell out, my daughter. Sell out."

That night I had a 2.5 hour drive home, and it was there along I-25, that I gave God back the rights to everything.
My life, my camera, my photography business, my finances, my car, my desires, everything... it all belongs to Him. 

In the late hour of that night, my heart calmed as a peace washed over it.

Stars shined in their brilliance in the midnight sky as I drove across the Coloradoan plains.

Jesus whispered,

"You're not alone. The Father is with you."