I N S P I R E D   |   b l o g   f a v o r i t e s
i am constantly being inspired by so many rad bloggers and photographers and the amazing work they put out. sooo, as the winter blues start to fade away, i thought i'd share some of my recent favourite posts that have been driving my creativity! enjoy:)

this wedding from Ariel Renae  |  swooning over every picture and every detail. and how incredible is the ceremony?!

this post about writers block from Kaihla Tonai  |  recently i've been feeling a little bit of a 'creative block' and this post provides some awesome advice on getting out of those nasty ruts.

these portraits by Ash & James  |  please take me to the woods. right now. seriously.

this couple  |  the Shalom Imaginative never fails! this is from a while ago, but the pictures + the words penned along side this post make my heart so happy.

this documentary  |  last, but definitely not least! i think all photographers + creatives need to watch this- worth every minute!

much love,
rach

O B E D I A N C E   T O   H I S   C A L L

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." 
2   C o r i n t h i a n s   1 0 : 5

Obedience to God and the Spirit's gentle whisper is something that has been on my heart for the past few months. Simply disobeying His commands or choosing not to listen to the what the Holy Spirit is leading me to do/say has been a constant conviction for me ever since listening to a sermon at The Project back in December. This sermon was about Mary and her incredible response to finding out that she is carrying the Son of God. Young, unwed and pregnant- definitely not a good mix back in the day. But despite this, her response was amazing;

"Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

How insane is that? Her life is about to be totally turned upside down and her response is simply "let it be". This is the ultimate picture of beautiful obedience to the Lord. It made me wonder, what would my response be? There will be times in my life where God so clearly speaks to me and asks something of me. And sometimes- most often times, actually- it is way outside my comfort zone and requires sacrifice and full trust in Him. There have been so many times where I have had the audacity to flat out say no to the King of Kings- acting in total disobedience to his perfect plan. Because of fear? Selfishness? Pride? All of the above. 

But man, God is so worthy of our obedience. If we genuinely believe that what he desires for us is best and if we truly want him to be Lord over our lives, we must be His servant, like Mary. Our response needs to be "Here I am Lord. Use me for Your glory." This is something that I fail at over and over! (Praise God for His grace!) Mary doesn't just see God as a loving Father, but also recognizes Him as King, Lord over all, the one who has all authority over everything.  She recognized WHY we are to be obedient. It is because He is our friend and companion who walks with us (John 15). He wants + always desires the best for us. And, when He says 'go tell others' (the great commission), it is so that we can have life to the fullest living for His glory alone. Above all else, we obey Him because He loves us and we love Him- because of our reverence for Him. If we refuse to obey Him, He is not your King- He is merely a decoration. Disobedience is in our DNA- our sinful desires cause us to chose to say no. But we also have the choice to 'step out of the boat' like Peter and trust that this will bring Him glory. I need to remind myself daily that He is worth it. 

I have been working on recognizing sin and what I am being disobedient about. His commands? His call for my life? 

Oswald Chambers said, "If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure, then obey Him in that matter." Our acts of obedience may be audacious or simple. big or small. Maybe He's simply nudging you to share Him with someone. 

"If you love Me, keep My commands." John 14: 15-18. We are broken beings who need His power and authority over our lives. This verse goes on to say that we don't have to do this on our own- He walks with us through the Holy Spirit (v 18). That's so incredibly comforting! 

much love,
rach

N E W   Y O R K   C I T Y   |   p a r t   2
viewing the city from the sky at Rockefeller,
strolling through central park,
enjoying the rich history of the Museum of Natural History,
indulging in mandatory coffee + cookie breaks,
visiting the Brooklyn bridge,
and taking a windy ferry ride to Stanton Island.

not pictured: the insane amount of food that we ate,
constant shopping and tired, tired feet!

each time i look through these photographs it
makes me miss it even more! such an amazing adventure!

much love,
rach


N E W   Y O R K   C I T Y   |   p a r t   o n e
strolled through the highline + chelsea market,
rummaged through a parking garage turned antique mall,
wondered the seemingly endless streets- each one holding a new found treasure,
and made a pit stop in times square.
can't wait to share more with you!

much love,

rach

(visit my sister's blog for more of her wonderful photos here!)