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I’m spending 1 hour a day for 30 days intentionally reading God’s word and sitting in His presence asking Him to heal, restore and transform me. I’m doing it with two close friends, who share with me daily what they learn. I wrote this out for them today, but wanted to share it with you, as I think it’s a truth that’s going to change my life. Again.

Today I wanted to read the context for the infamous phrase, “the LORD’s still, small voice” from 1 Kings 18-19. And so I did, and it blew my mind.

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As Christians we are called to be like Lucy to the world; to step out in faith through a wardrobe and open our eyes to the Kingdom of God. To defend what we’ve seen and heard, though everyone around us, even our own families, think we are liars or lunatics. To stand by the lamppost and point to the wonders and joys of the gospel, to paint a picture with our words and deeds of the glorious love of Jesus.

Every day I want to be someone’s Lucy.

Lucy and Edmund from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” by CS Lewis drawn by my beautiful friend Jacqueline Kay, whose creativity amazes me.

instagram: @athenagracee

shot on the Fujifilm xT1 and edited with Julia Trotti’s London LR4 preset.

s p e a k |

I was so hollow, and then You spoke, and the echo of Your voice still clings to the walls of my heart; refusing to let go.

Like the sound of the ocean, I close my eyes and lose myself to Your gentle voice; reminding me what love sounds like.

T.B. LaBerge // When Love Was Here

instagram: @athenagracee / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

#prayforsydney |

"Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if I told." Habakkuk 1:5

instagram: @athenagracee​ / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

#prayforsydney |

"Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if I told." Habakkuk 1:5

instagram: @athenagracee​ / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

w o n d e r |

"the world is not lacking in wonders, but in a sense of wonder." G. K. Chesterton.

tonight I walked over the Anzac Bridge and simply stood in awe of God’s creative beauty and amazing grace. He loves this city far more than I do, and He’s declaring His goodness everywhere. #moreofJesus

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 / vsco film 05 / anzac bridge, sydney, australia

amazing grace |

living with this girl for the last two months has been beyond wonderful. her voice is perfection, and every time she sings my world stops a bit.

when she picked up her ukulele and started playing, “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong on the new #noothername album, I was speechless.

and so I recorded it, and took a sneaky photo too, as she sang a song that celebrates a radically transforming truth which changed my heart, and the hearts of millions of others.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see.”

her instagram /  her music

so it took a while to work my way through my birthday messages from a few weeks ago, but tonight one caught my eye. a beautiful sister decided to DRAW my FACE. i’m blown away. mostly by her words of encouragement. for all the flaws and failures of social media, I love when it’s used as a tool for God’s kingdom and a way to encourage sisters and brothers in Christ. blown away. wow. thank you, dearest Maddy, for your drawing and kind words and just general awesomeness. you are the best. lets have coffee and do typography and take pictures.
slycreativity:

So this is Athena Grace. When I first discovered her Instagram and Tumblr and all of her work I assumed she just so happened to have a lot of convenient access to an abundance of pointless hipster crap and instagram filters… I was wrong, she has an impeccable eye for good photography and her work is definitely amongst my favourites. Everything she posts is so beautiful and she is so gifted. She also turned 21 this week and apparently that meant celebrating with a buttload of hipstery goodness and spamming it out on every social media account possible (but seriously though- that’s a good thing). Amongst this was a selfie in a flower crown (naturally) it was such a beautiful photo I couldn’t resist drawing it. So while yes, this is a quick doodle made on an iPad consider it a 21st present to an insanely talented and encouraging daughter of God who has the most full heart and inspiring words.  Happy Birthday Athena, have an excellent year. - Maddy

so it took a while to work my way through my birthday messages from a few weeks ago, but tonight one caught my eye. a beautiful sister decided to DRAW my FACE. i’m blown away. mostly by her words of encouragement. for all the flaws and failures of social media, I love when it’s used as a tool for God’s kingdom and a way to encourage sisters and brothers in Christ. blown away. wow. thank you, dearest Maddy, for your drawing and kind words and just general awesomeness. you are the best. lets have coffee and do typography and take pictures.

slycreativity:

So this is Athena Grace. When I first discovered her Instagram and Tumblr and all of her work I assumed she just so happened to have a lot of convenient access to an abundance of pointless hipster crap and instagram filters… I was wrong, she has an impeccable eye for good photography and her work is definitely amongst my favourites. Everything she posts is so beautiful and she is so gifted. She also turned 21 this week and apparently that meant celebrating with a buttload of hipstery goodness and spamming it out on every social media account possible (but seriously though- that’s a good thing). Amongst this was a selfie in a flower crown (naturally) it was such a beautiful photo I couldn’t resist drawing it. So while yes, this is a quick doodle made on an iPad consider it a 21st present to an insanely talented and encouraging daughter of God who has the most full heart and inspiring words.  Happy Birthday Athena, have an excellent year.
- Maddy

makuliiitnabata asked:

Hello! What exact fujifilm preset your using to your pictures? :)

hey friend! i take my photos on a fujifilmxT1 then edit them in lightroom 5 using vsco film 05 or a julia trotti preset. lately i’ve been using her London preset (its ridiculously amazing!). or, if it’s just a quick iphone shot, i use vsco cam (generally the S1 or S2 filter). hope that’s helpful!

athena grace.

b e l o v e d |

He calls us beloved. Is that not more wonderful than all the praises of man?
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now.

instagram: @athenagracee / iphone 5s / edited with Julia Trotti London LR4 preset

b e l o v e d |

He calls us beloved. Is that not more wonderful than all the praises of man?

T.B. LaBerge // Go Now.

instagram: @athenagracee / iphone 5s / edited with Julia Trotti London LR4 preset

#thelovedays |

Jesus loves His Church, so much that He would die for her. It’s hard to fathom that kind of love, but as Liana and Joel finally united in marriage on Saturday and I saw that look on Joel’s face, I got a glimpse of a fiercely sacrificial love… a pursuing and rejoicing love.

"As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5)

Whatever souls are made of, his and hers are the same. Joined, sustained and empowered by Jesus, their marriage is going to rock this world.

The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and His church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.” John Piper, This Momentary Marriage

I was in the Bridal Party so I didn’t really take any photos… Here are the few I took, to show you a tiny glimpse into the beautiful day it was. 

instagram: @athenagracee

shot on the Fujifilm xT1 and edited with Julia Trotti’s London LR4 preset.

tomorrow my beautiful cousin and sister in Christ Liana gets married to (literally) the man of her dreams. Whatever souls are made of, his and hers are the same.
I was given the privilege of creating some flower crowns for her wedding. Though she wanted simple baby’s breath, they still turned out darn pretty, don’t you think?
follow the wedding adventures through #thelovedays on my instagram.

tomorrow my beautiful cousin and sister in Christ Liana gets married to (literally) the man of her dreams. Whatever souls are made of, his and hers are the same.

I was given the privilege of creating some flower crowns for her wedding. Though she wanted simple baby’s breath, they still turned out darn pretty, don’t you think?

follow the wedding adventures through #thelovedays on my instagram.

making flower crowns for a beautiful shoot for the next issue of MICI Magazine with my darling friend Jay, whose creativity always astounds me. can’t wait to share with you the images.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 / Julia Trotti ‘London' Preset

hello july |

another month of #moreofjesus, whose reckless grace is as boundless as His love.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 / vsco film 05

| twenty two |

this beautiful woman turns 22 today.

I love our friendship, and am so thankful for what she has taught me about kindness, compassion, and using creativity for Jesus.

Dearest sister, I’m so excited to do life with you. I love that we met through tumblr, and that He is forever using us to encourage each other.

happy birthday!

balmain / fujixT1 / vsco film 05

her instagram: @hislovecompelsme

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