if you haven’t already take a look at my shoot in the spring issue of Meraki Magazine featuring a Travelling Nomad shoot designed by @allygodkin, modeled by @tiarnek & @matt_godin, it’s online NOW. 

rugs by @wearepampa / cushions and signs from @fromtheowl / handmade logs by me / print by @blackliststore / hats by @fallenbrokenstreet / fashion by @southofthebordersydney / towel by @thebeachpeople.

my instagram: @athenagracee

fujixT1 35mm / ‘london' preset LR4

wanderlust2494 asked:

Where did you get your really pretty journaling bible?

I get a lot of questions about my ESV Journalling Bible so I’ve written up a review of it with everything you need to know!

Joyously in Jesus, Athena Grace.

100 days since the day this photo was taken, the day I moved out to Balmain to join the City Light Church family and serve this city in love and grace and gospel intentionality.
this is the best thing i’ve ever done. i’ve been more challenged, more held together, more strengthened, more unravelled, more emboldened, and more thankful than ever in my whole life. 
this last week at Leading On The Frontlines in Melbourne He strengthened my zeal a hundred fold to reach the city of Sydney with the love of Jesus.

“We are on the cusp of a great awakening here. Steady your hearts and minds for God to do something greater than before.” Leonce Crump

I’m more excited then ever for where He’s placed me. The God of this city has captivated my heart, and I want to pour myself out to reach the people here who don’t know the love and grace and forgiveness of their Maker. Thankful for Balmain and the beauty, but I know this wonderment leads me to a greater wonderment over the City to come. Awaiting that Day, but thankful for God’s patience which is leading to more and more salvations in this city and world.
photo by Kirsten Chow.

100 days since the day this photo was taken, the day I moved out to Balmain to join the City Light Church family and serve this city in love and grace and gospel intentionality.

this is the best thing i’ve ever done. i’ve been more challenged, more held together, more strengthened, more unravelled, more emboldened, and more thankful than ever in my whole life. 

this last week at Leading On The Frontlines in Melbourne He strengthened my zeal a hundred fold to reach the city of Sydney with the love of Jesus.

We are on the cusp of a great awakening here. Steady your hearts and minds for God to do something greater than before.” Leonce Crump

I’m more excited then ever for where He’s placed me. The God of this city has captivated my heart, and I want to pour myself out to reach the people here who don’t know the love and grace and forgiveness of their Maker. Thankful for Balmain and the beauty, but I know this wonderment leads me to a greater wonderment over the City to come. Awaiting that Day, but thankful for God’s patience which is leading to more and more salvations in this city and world.

photo by Kirsten Chow.

Sam & Josh | 
today, these two have been married 6 months.
their wedding day was saturated by rain and by grace. it was a beautiful moment of surrender - to each other and to their Creator, but all this was nothing compared to their marriage.

"The beauty of the covenant keeping love between Jesus and His church shines brightest when nothing but Jesus can sustain it.” Piper.

these two testify to this. nothing but Christ really sustains them, and from Him flows this crazy, radical, silly, beautiful, adventurous, wild, faithful and displaying love that points the marriage-watching world to Jesus.
instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 18mm / vsco film

Sam & Josh | 

today, these two have been married 6 months.

their wedding day was saturated by rain and by grace. it was a beautiful moment of surrender - to each other and to their Creator, but all this was nothing compared to their marriage.

"The beauty of the covenant keeping love between Jesus and His church shines brightest when nothing but Jesus can sustain it.” Piper.

these two testify to this. nothing but Christ really sustains them, and from Him flows this crazy, radical, silly, beautiful, adventurous, wild, faithful and displaying love that points the marriage-watching world to Jesus.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 18mm / vsco film

the new city |

'There's a great contradiction between the beauty and the brokenness of some of the most amazing places. In cities like Sydney, why this beauty? Why this temporal magnificence? What is it about this city that draws you in and makes you want to stay and invest your life here?

God wants something so much more. Existing in this tension and contradiction is the revelation of the kingdom and the great city to come. Instead of being consumed with wonder for this city, be consumed with wonder over the City that will consume this city.  

His return is going to be so splendid and powerful and replace the brokenness with a new cosmic order. He doesn’t just take away the broken. He replaces it with His incomprehensible glory and beauty. He regenerates what was missing with something far more inexplicable and wonderful. He is making all things new. 

Remember the hour you first believed? How when the Spirit of God came all your senses came alive! Imagine that times a gazillion. It is all been a shadow, a little peak into the Reality we will have. You will have unfettered access to the power and presence and majesty of God.’

Leonce Crump, City on a Hill last night.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujifilmxT1 / vsco film

spring |

"Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing!" (Song of Songs 2:10-11)

September — #moreofJesus all over again

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 18mm / vsco film

Disrupt:Create | Reflect

I live in a city where a culture of creativity reigns.

Yes, we’re subsumed by consumerism, self-help, sex and power, but the Church often misses the cultural narrative of creativity. 
It’s not just Sydney, it’s everywhere. Creativity is arguably the most powerful force on earth. We create beautiful things that move the soul in a way abstract knowledge won’t.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

- Dead Poet’s Society

Adam Witonoswki from White Horse Church said to this, ‘Presenting propositional truth will never make people swoon the way romantic truth will. We create art and music because it moves hearts.’ You don’t win a woman’s heart by describing her height, you win her by words of affection over her beauty, her heart, creating news ways to praise her.

If we miss the cultural narrative of creativity, all that is left is propositional truth devoid of emotion. The gospel transforms the mind in order to ultimately transform the heart. If we ignore the cultural narrative of creativity, we will miss captivating the hearts of the people.

Walk the streets of Balmain, Newtown, Glebe, and see the expression by which people articulate their hearts. It’s creative. It’s expressive. 

The bible shows us what it is to be contextual. We possess the truth of the greatest act of creative contextualisation in all the world - that God created for Himself a human body to inhabit so He could come down and display His gospel to a world that rejected Him. His greatest creative expression is in His Son Jesus (Sam Haywood).

This is good news for a creative city.

This is good news for a Church that is seeking to disrupt the cultural narratives of the city with the gospel.

What would this city look like if we didn’t change every topic and ignore every cultural narrative, but brought the gospel to bear on every topic and spoke the fulfilment of Jesus into every cultural narrative?

Aaron Ivey shared that the vision at Austin Stone is that ‘worship is our full life response to God and His gospel. It’s what you do in all of the in between moments.’ As the Church, all that we do is worship. We eat a beautiful steak and we worship God for the flavours and texture. We drink wine and alcohol because it’s a good gift from a good God. We enjoy the gift of sex in marriage because it is a pleasurable gift from the God who brings ultimate pleasure and satisfaction. 

The whole bible is full of creative expressions of God. The psalms were written to stir the soul to thankfulness, which leads to worship. The Bible is words of love paired with words of truth that stir the human heart. Every sunset and every song and every kiss and every taste all cultivate thankfulness, which ultimately leads to worship, which then leads to more enjoyment of His creativity and a deeper longing to express that same creativity. 

And ultimately, Imago Dei is central here - we are made in the image of a creative God, and therefore are created to create.

- photos by Joshua Mikhaiel

Sam & Josh |

two amazing people came up for an adventure in Balmain with me today. they are so much fun and their marriage is an awesome display of Jesus’ love. I can’t wait to share these with you and tell their story.

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"Revival is preceded by prayer, birthed through intercession, and sustained by fervent, persevering prayer. Prayer is the central living element to every spiritual awakening and every moving of the Holy Spirit.’

{F. Damazio}   

Today history was made as countless Christians prayed throughout the world for Iraq on the International Day Of Prayer run by Open Doors, where we stood up and said We Are N.

'Tonight, we were writing the history of our faith. Tonight, we wrote into the history of the Church in Iraq through our prayers.' Mike Gore

There is a future for the Church and the spread of the gospel in Iraq.

He’s building His Church.

‪#‎WeAreN‬

Anonymous asked:

Hi! :) Do you a link to this picture on the phone here : /post/87466889819/in-autumn-i-celebrated-6-years-loving-and ? Thank you in anticipation. xx

hey anon, just posted it here :)

joyously in Jesus, athena grace.

for the anon that asked for the picture on my phone in this post.
that was such a random, beautiful request. here it is.
taken on the streets of Balmain the day I moved in on the FujiXT1 35mm at f1.4

for the anon that asked for the picture on my phone in this post.

that was such a random, beautiful request. here it is.

taken on the streets of Balmain the day I moved in on the FujiXT1 35mm at f1.4

1 0 0 D A Y S |
Alex & Rach.
29th November 2014.
I can’t wait to shoot their beautiful wedding.
instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1, 35mm / vsco film 05

1 0 0 D A Y S |

Alex & Rach.

29th November 2014.

I can’t wait to shoot their beautiful wedding.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1, 35mm / vsco film 05

His City |

"God has many more people in this City. People that are His, people that He will call to Himself through His Church as we go and tell people the good news of Jesus. What if we were a Church that loved so radically that the only explanation was the gospel? To be so rich in doing good and showing kindness that if we ever left this community the community would feel the loss?” Gav, City Light Balmain.

last week an old Hungarian man came into my cafe and saw me taking a photo of the sunset. We got talking and I told him about my love for the city. He took out his phone and showed me a photo he took the previous day of a sunset from the top of his building in Pyrmont. I couldn’t believe it.

His City |

"God has many more people in this City. People that are His, people that He will call to Himself through His Church as we go and tell people the good news of Jesus. What if we were a Church that loved so radically that the only explanation was the gospel? To be so rich in doing good and showing kindness that if we ever left this community the community would feel the loss?” Gav, City Light Balmain.

last week an old Hungarian man came into my cafe and saw me taking a photo of the sunset. We got talking and I told him about my love for the city. He took out his phone and showed me a photo he took the previous day of a sunset from the top of his building in Pyrmont. I couldn’t believe it.

Reach the City for Jesus |

On Saturday night the 94 members of City Light Balmain Church gathered for a night called ‘Re:Focus’ where we discussed the next step for us as a Church. Our building is full every sunday, and growth has stagnated. The leadership have sought hard after God over what’s next, and we’ve decided to split into two congregations in order to reach more people for Jesus. Here’s a summary of what my Pastor Gav said to us. I was beyond encouraged. You know when you’re so thankful you want to explode? Yeah, that was me.

"Over the past 18 months City Light has seen people come to know Jesus for the first time, and others fall more in love with Jesus. We have seen people healed emotionally and spiritually, and have seen people grow in their courage to live out their faith and share the good news of Jesus to people who desperately need to hear it. From 27 to 94 members who call City Light home, it is clear God is building His Kingdom. But we have only just begun.

God has placed on our hearts to reach this city for Jesus.
God has placed on our hearts to make Him known throughout this place.
God has placed on our hearts Matthew 28 - Go and make disciples.

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