Thursday, September 22, 2011

embracing the camera

ok, friends.
i have been challenged.
i am going to embrace the camera.
just for today.
for now.  :)

the picture below, i would have to say, is where i feel most comfortable with pics of myself.
i don't like being the main focus, or subject, and i never have.
i am sort of {ok, honestly, majorly} self conscious, and having my children around me all the time takes the focus off of me.
isn't hank cute?

the very good news...

i know that i am God's child, created in His image.
He loves me the way that i am.
He knows the number of hairs that are on my head.
He knew me before i was even born.
He loves me with a love i cannot understand.
He died for me.
all of this is enough.

my hope, joy, confidence, should not be in things of this world, or even my family{especially not my looks}!
i have all that i need in Him. and that is where my confidence lies.
man, things are so much easier that way!
so, all this to say that i am going to be confident in who i am in Him.
because that's all that matters.
i may have acne or weird lines that i don't like.
my hair may look crazy and i may have gained 10 lbs.
but He doesn't care about any of that.

"...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7

oh, yes.
an even bigger challenge.
God doesn't look at my outward appearance.
He looks at me and sees...
my heart.
now that's a whole other story.
and a whole other {several} posts.

so, here i go.
my head is even in it. woo!
i guess i got a little yappy about my insecurities today.
who knew i could have so much to say about learning to embrace photos of myself?
maybe you didn't really want to know and maybe you did.
i think hope that i'm not the only one who thinks and feels this way.

how do you feel about the camera?

you are created in His image, too.
you are unique.
you are beautiful.
God loves you.


"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10


  1. So funny, Mary. I am so much like you. I don't like having my picture made. I am not comfortable "smiling" for the camera. I am thankful that God sees my heart and hope and pray that He is pleased.

  2. you are NOT the only one who feels like this. we all do...whether we admit it or not.

    i love these photos and what you had to say. it's all so true.

    glad you embraced with us this week!


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