Monday, October 6, 2014

Trash the Dress and Christ's Return?

Justin and I have been talking about getting some pictures taken of us, for several months now. We were not able to have engagement pictures done, or even really pretty bridal photos. We were blessed to have a friend of the family to take our wedding photos, completely free. I love those photos dearly. But I've always wanted some really sweet, kinda romantic photos of us in our wedding garb.
So, we decided to book a "Trash the Dress" beach photo session. And oh, how glad I am that we did...
We scheduled the photos originally on the 19th of September. But as fate has it, the weather was awful that day. High winds and clouds don't make great photography. So we rescheduled for the following Tuesday. But that day turned out to be rainy. Again we rescheduled for Friday, only to have to try again Saturday, because of more rain.
Finally there was a break Saturday, and we could finally get the show on the road...

It was quite funny though that entire week, having to be ready at any moment, for the weather to be just right. 
I rode around in my Jeep all week, with my wedding dress in the back, and Justin's shirt, pants, and tie...
There was one day, where I was feeling quite impatient towards the weather, and worked myself into a tizzy, wanting to get the photos done and over with...
Then a thought came to me. Rather, a passage of scripture, from Matthew 25...
25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

And I was convicted...
Am I living my life daily, watching , waiting, and being prepared for the day that my LORD and Savior will return for me?

Am I daily living for HIM, sharing HIS gospel?
Am I daily praising HIM?
Am I showing my love for HIM?
Am I just as ready, and willing to leave with HIM if HE called me home, as I am for a little photo shoot?

It's sad to say, but it took a photo shoot, to drive the concept of being ready for Christ's return, at ANY moment...
But that is how the LORD works sometimes. He uses daily life experiences, to show us HIS word, and clear path for our lives...

 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Mathew 24:44

The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. Matthew 24:50

Praise the LORD for HIS everlasting patience in my faults!

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. In case you were wondering, my dress in perfectly fine. I took it to be cleaned and preserved, and the lady asked if I had even worn it. I told her I had actually done a trash the dress session at the beach. She said she is going to tell her brides to start doing that before bringing them in to be cleaned! :D

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  1. These are the sweetest pictures....EVER! How beautiful! :)

    Ashley B.
    Like No Other Fashion

  2. Wonderful pictures with a great story. Love the waves! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Oh my goodness! This pictures are absolutely stunning! And now that I know your dress wasn't ruined, you've got me thinking..... :)

    1. Thank-you Julianne! I would so recommend it for anyone! :D

  4. These are so beautiful, Angel! The lighting, the beach, the waves...everything is perfect! You look so happy and I'm sure you'll treasure these forever!

  5. Thank-you Tiffany! These are most assuredly, going to be treasured. :)

  6. Beautiful, beautiful photos!! Love the reminder to be expectant and excited for His return...


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