Mariners, Angels, Signs and Wonders

Mariners, Angels, Signs and Wonders

“Today we’re going to catch a foul ball.” Walking to Safeco Field to watch a ballgame between the Seattle Mariners and the Angels of Anaheim, I turned to my daughter Ashley and made this great statement of faith. Or maybe it was a statement of presumption. Either way, Ashley — who is a professional baseball sports writer and has attended more ballgames than I can count — dismissed my comment without a thought. She knew better. Foul balls are never hit her way. Together with Gabriel, we took our seats in the 100 section, right in the sightline of third base. Wouldn’t you know it? At the top of the first inning, the first foul ball of the game was hit by an Angel high into the air…and as it lofted down, it looked like it was heading straight for us. The ball took its time falling from the sky. This gave me plenty of time to consider my words spoken before the game started. This did seem to be what I had wanted. I was also acutely aware that without a glove, if I stood up to catch that ball with my bare hands, it would probably hurt. A lot. I remained seated and watched the ball as it drifted down. And so did every other person in my section. No one moved! Not one person stood up to take possession of this errant ball. Eventually, the ball dropped over our heads and landed at the feet of the fans seated right behind us, then bounced away. A few innings later, I looked over at the Mariner dugout and had a flashback in my memory to a player...
The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

Twenty-nine years ago, I made some very specific promises to Gabriel, and I became his wife. I heard that marriage was going to be hard. Everybody said so. I was twenty-three years old. How did I know that conventional wisdom would prove to be so wrong? I almost feel guilty for confessing that marriage has been easy for the two of us, because I know all too well the heartache of so many others. Sure, we’ve experienced our fair share of hard times from infertility to cancer, but through it all, the love we have for each other grew stronger as together we faced whatever challenge came our way. Maybe it helped that Gabriel had a ten year start in life over me, and brought maturity to our relationship. I’m sure that played a part. But as the years have gone by—and we’ve reflected over this many times—I believe it comes back to the core values we chose from the start:  Never cross the line of respect, and always try to out-serve each other in love. Believe it or not, that’s it! Believe it or not, that may be enough. On October 18, 1986, Gabriel and I stood at the altar and he promised me to love me unconditionally with his “deepest love, unselfish devotion and tenderest care.” He promised to be “faithfully committed to me with God’s help,” and he gave me his word that he’d “stay at my side for the rest of his life.” He has lived up to these promises time and time again. One of his favorite sayings is that “love is a demonstration, not an inclination.”...
Radio Interview with Roger Marsh on Powerful Moments in the Presence of God

Radio Interview with Roger Marsh on Powerful Moments in the Presence of God

This week I had the privilege of talking with Roger Marsh, host of the radio talk show “The Bottom Line.” Roger comes from my hometown area in California, and talking with him felt like returning to my roots. I’m so glad his was the first interview I’ve had about the new release of my book, Powerful Moments in the Presence of God. I was fully prepared to answer Roger’s questions about the devotionals; surprisingly, I was caught a little off-guard with his questions about my photography. I was glad to talk about both! http://lorrainemarie.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Bottom-Line.mp3   If you prefer to listen to the interview while looking at beautiful pictures from this book, click here instead!   To order your own copy—or one for a friend—you can visit Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or...
A Step of Faith

A Step of Faith

*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. “No one starts his or her journey of life with perfect faith. Faith increases step by step, day by day.” (click to tweet) 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,...