August Gratefulgrams

St. Lucia honeymoon | Lorin Marie Photography
Solly baby wearing dad | Lorin Marie Photography
Pretty wedding details | Lorin Marie Photography
Stay married | Lorin Marie Photography
Three generations | Lorin Marie Photography
Mama and baby | Lorin Marie Photography

"We cannot make things grow...ours is only to grow in grace. Ours is
only to let God grow good things in us." {Ann Voskamp}

This is one of those takes-your-whole-life-to-really-get-it-lessons. I can't be in charge of changing things I can't change - others' opinions, my family's problems, and on and on. I have to surrender it all at the foot of Him who does make things grow.

God is the ultimate gardener and tiller of our hearts. He knit us together in our mother's wombs but sometimes we act as if He couldn't possibly keep working on us now. Take hope, my friends. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." {Philippians 1:6}

I've been so encouraged by Ann Voskamp's daily email, A Holy Experience, (sign up here) and she wrote about this beautifully last week: "In a world preoccupied with control - the most radical act is openhanded trust. It's happening slowly now: I am learning to fall asleep with hands open, palms waiting and open to the willing sky."

Let us grow in trusting God as He grows goodness in us, grace upon grace.

1. Reminiscing about traveling to the beautiful ends of the earth, like St. Lucia / 2. Daddy + Maddie time makes my heart smile / 3. Giving purpose and sharing the why beautiful capturing pretty wedding details / 4. Couples like this who have made it work over years and years of marriage / 5. Three generations of family gathered together / 6. A sweet photo of me with our baby girl

{August Goals}

Sunflower field

"There is no life like this life. There is no hope like this hope.
There is no God like our God."
{Dr. Owen Strachan}

In what & in whom do I have my hope? Where am I seeking to find my life? What does God want me to be about? These are the questions I ask & want to continue to ask when thinking of each new day, week & month ahead. Fixing my eyes on the Author & Perfecter of my faith, faithfully running the straight & narrow path He has laid before me.

"Christ crucified & raised for our justification is intended to unleash us, embolden us & put us to work. Christianity is much more about serious adventure than sentimentalized safety. It is much more about faith in suffering than ease in prosperity. It is much more about death - death to sin & self - than it is about personal affirmation & precious moments."

August Goals

>> Study & journal about an attribute of God
>> Commit new verses to memory
>> Love, serve & respect Dean well
>> Enjoy a schmancy dinner date out with Dean

>> Be an intentional mama & point Madison to the Lord
>> Take a daily walk with Madison, weather permitting
>> Eat no sugar - refined or natural (For anyone interested in IQS, Sarah Wilson has great tips & recipes here)
>> Join a local MOPS group

>> Lovingly serve our LMP clients
>> Attend a coaching session with Cheyenne Schultz
>> Order new LMP equipment
>> Treat others with an abundance of kindness
>> Review our budget & plan for September

What are your goals for this month? I'd love to know what your aim & focus is set on!

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Lorin Marie Photography August Gratefulgrams

Summer may be officially over but as a state of mind, the season is definitely still going strong :) In the same way, gratitude is definitely an intentional choice we make. Just yesterday I was fretting about life to Hubby & all the while, God has blessed us tremendously with so much. In those moments of frustration, comparison & uncertainty, it's His face I want to seek & His name I want to praise. Through it all, it is well with my soul.

1. Cozy afternoon corner in Montreal / 2. Soaking up the last water days of summer / 3. Fun with adorable cousins / 4. New dog friends / 5. A beautiful photo of love

{August Goals}

Succulent planter

Thanks to this beautiful Be Still print by Julie Song Ink, I've been reminded of the importance of being whom I'm called to be over doing what I feel like I have to do. It's currently gracing my laptop background as a, "Hey, this is what you should be about" prompting throughout the day.

August Goals

>> Finish reading A God Entranced Vision of All Things (carryover)
>> Relax with Deano & celebrate our anniversary in Canada/Vermont!
>> Share sample album(s)
>> Budget for new lens or flash
>> Plan & gather inspiration for upcoming portrait sessions
>> No sugary foods! Sugar Fast, Round 2, here we go
>> Continue apartment searching & line up visits

What is your tending list for the month?