With the creative eye gifted to my hubs, sometimes I get to pretend to be a legit model. My initial shyness seems to disappear, and I start to get lost in this pretend model world. I ignore the curious stares of passersby and focus on the present moment right in front of me; the camera lens searching deeply into the layers of my soul, hoping to uncover the story that bring me here today. And in those moments, when everything fades away and it is just me and that camera, my husband captures photographs like the one to your right. I look into the eyes of the image staring back at me, and I am reminded of the journey. A journey that hasn't always been easy. A story of heartbreak, fear, overwhelm, frustration, people pleasing, pain, brokenness, and longing. But also a story of redemption, of victory.
I find it funny when people who haven't seen me in a while say - "You look great, Lauren!", "You've lost so much weight!", or even "You are glowing!" Truly, I am humbled by the kind words. And today, I'm going to let you in on my secret to radiance.
Are you ready for it???
...Because it has absolutely nothing to do with me...
(Really, it's super simple!)
...is the light of Jesus shining through me!
And because it is He (and He alone) that I thirst after today, I can say with a smile that I am full of peace and joy (even after going through some pretty crappy storms over the past few years!). It is through Him, that I have been rescued from the mental bondage that kept me quiet for a very long time (removing lies and false narratives). It is through Him, that I have gained courage and confidence (trusting His will to be done). It is through Him, that I now diligently live a life of discipline (healthy nutrition/soul-care/physical activity/prayer). It is through Him, that I have gained the strength to persevere and heal my body from illness (never losing hope or fueling negativity). It is through Him, that I can fully love myself and others (healing and restoring broken relationships with an outpouring of unconditional love). And it is through Him, that I choose to live with intentional obedience to His call (humble submission), even when it doesn't make sense, or it requires taking risks others might not deem realistic or acceptable.
This is the face of victory. The face of Jesus. And it is Love. Beauty. Hope. Forgiveness. Strength. Courage. Confidence. Trust. Mercy. Boldness. Perseverance. Wisdom. And Grace.
And all of these can be yours too!
If you are interested learning more, or if you are in need of a complete mind/body/soul tune-up - a program that holds you accountable, teaches you to gain an awareness of your own unique body and soul needs, helps you uncover an abundance of peace and joy in your life TODAY, unleashes your healing potential, and helps you live a life of purpose, then apply here for a complimentary strategy session with me. Seasons have gone by, but now is the time...time for you to get your glow!
"As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God." (Psalm 42:1)