*7 countries. **5 states. ***28 cities. These are the places I traveled to and photographed that ended up featured in my devotional book, Powerful Moments in the Presence of God. And as I look at those numbers, I just can’t help but think, “That’s all?” I have such a love for travel and adventure that doesn’t quit. Just ask my husband, Gabriel!
But what a blessing this collection of images represents…the places we’ve visited and the people we’ve met have made a lasting impression on our hearts. Like this photograph of our sweet friends Natanel and Eliza with their boys. I’ve known Eliza since she was 17 years old. I photographed their beautiful, unforgettable wedding. I’ve taken more photos of their family than nearly any other. So when I wanted to get out and take some photos of people for my book, of course they immediately came to mind.
There is so much I love about this image: the highest hillside in our area that gives a sweeping panoramic vista of Seattle and the Olympic mountain range, and the real-life moment of a family moving forward, each one traveling at his own pace—dad leading the family, mom making sure the kids are okay, the boys lost in the wonder of childhood.
It is the words impressed on my heart by the Spirit of God, combined with the image, that gives this devotional so much depth of meaning to me. Because just days after this photo shoot took place, this family took their own giant step of faith as they moved away from home and family to go where God called them to go. To start a new journey seeking after His heart, in a new city surrounded by a new community of faith. This journey didn’t start the day they moved, but it was birthed in their hearts years ago and given life on the day they said, “I do.”
It takes faith to move forward…starting with one simple step. Thankfully, it is a journey we never have to take alone.
*USA. Holland. England. Scotland. France. Israel. Egypt.
** Washington. Oregon. California. Arizona. Nevada.
***WA: Seattle, Duvall, Redmond, Newcastle, Maple Valley, Renton, Alki Beach, Gig Harbor, Spokane. OR: Cannon Beach. CA: Malibu, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur. AZ: Grand Canyon. NV: Las Vegas.
International cities: Holland: Amsterdam, Haarlem. England: Windsor. Scotland: Edinburgh. France: Paris. Israel: Jerusalem, Capernaum. Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Giza.
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