The prompt from captureyour365.com today was “Inspired by”. What am I inspired by? I thought about my mom, music, my husband, heck, I even thought about Ikea. (I’m inspired by their design style, mmk?) But then I stepped back for a minute and thought about inspiration on a spiritual level. What inspires me to be who I am? What is the impetus behind the way I live my life- that affects every area of my life?
God. His promise of eternal life, His everlasting forgiveness, His huge sacrifice of His son on my behalf. There is no end to the list of why I am inspired by God. My life is forever changed because of His intervention.
But how do you photograph the Lord? I mean, really. Is He in a tree? In my children’s faces? In the sunrise? Yes, yes and yes. But I couldn’t figure out how to photograph a barren tree in my backyard attractively, I’ve got numerous photos of my kids in my P365 file already, and honestly, I woke up too late to catch the sunrise. So here I was, standing in my kitchen in my pj’s, holding a rapidly cooling cup of coffee, ignoring the constant “Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom” coming from the dining room, trying to figure out how to capture God on film. It sounds weird, but it was a moment, people. A big moment. An existential moment.
Okay that’s a little dramatic but I really was thinking deeply about it.
And then it hit me: God has generously given me a tangible reflection of Himself- in fact, it is His own word. The bible. Now, I know it is cliche. I know it has been done a million kajillion times before. But this is MY interpretation- my inspiration. God explains clearly what a wife should aspire to be, and when in doubt, this is my go-to-template for my life and desires:
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her women servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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