Fendi For Yourself

Saturday morning, I woke up early to meet Hannah and Justin, our photographer, at Ascension coffee to shoot the pictures you see above. Having a digital camera and being able to see the photos while we’re shooting is so helpful and as I thought about it more, I realized how prevalent instant gratification is in our lives. I remember how excited I was to receive my first camera as a kid. I took it on camping trips with my grandparents and once I finished a roll of film, I couldn’t wait to develop the pictures and look through all the wonderful places I had been. There was a sense of excitement and anticipation that grew as I had to wait.

Today, we are annoyed if we have to wait more than a few minutes for anything. We want to see results as soon as possible. I know I’m guilty of this in my own life and must admit that I often approach God with this same frustration.

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” - Richard Foster

Charles Swindoll quotes Richard Foster in his book Intimacy with the Almighty then follows with urging readers to ask themselves, “Am I among the deep people?” I would like to think I am, but in a society where everyone is always on the go, busyness is praised and looked upon as successful. When busyness prevails, it produces shallowness. Even when the things I am "busy" doing are honoring to God, how deep can I really go?  

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!” God didn’t create us to be busy all the time; instead he calls us to be still. He created us to live in an intimate relationship with him. He wants all of us, not just a 30-minute block in our day. When time with God becomes just another item on our to-do list, we treat him like a chore and our mindset is in the wrong place. “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

My encouragement this morning is to slow down and enjoy where God has you today, in this very moment. Walk in step with his spirit (Galatians 5:16-26), trusting that he knows better than you do. Stop trying to look at the picture before it's developed. Wait on the Lord, allow that sense of excitement and anticipation to build up and let him bless you with an entire roll of pictures.

Fendi purse (similar here), Forever 21 Skirt (similar here), Wedges (similar here
Cartier watch (similar here)

photography by Justin James Photography


  1. You look great! I love this look.


    1. Thank you so much, Liz! You always look amazing :)